Local sports coverage in Douglas County is growing thanks to a new website that launched Monday.
DouglasCountySportsOnline.com is a comprehensive online destination for local athletics. Sports fans can tune in to live internet radio broadcasts featuring local teams brought to you by experienced radio broadcasters. Other site features include exclusive highlights and feature videos right from the website, produced by television sports professionals.
One of the regular video specials is the Thurman Bell Show, a sit-down chat with Roseburg High School’s legendary head football coach.
“We also have written features including Athlete Spotlight, where we highlight local athletes and their accomplishments, both on and off the field,” DCSO Founder Jason Hink said. “DC Greats is another special feature where we take a look at former figures in the local sports scene and tell fans what they're up to today.”
Douglas County Sports Online boasts the most comprehensive directory of team schedules for each sport and every varsity team. From the largest school to the smallest, users can view team schedules from football to swimming and everything in between. All 16 high schools are represented, as well as Umpqua Community College, spring semi-pro football and summer legion baseball.
“The site has league standings for every conference that local teams compete in,” DCSO Lead Sportscaster Brent Newton said. “The best thing is everything can be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”
The website went live August 25. The first internet radio broadcast will be a live stream from Phoenix High School, with the Pirates hosting the Douglas Trojans in the football season opener for both schools. Former local sportscaster Brent Newton will have the call. Hink is also a local sports veteran, having worked eight years at KPIC Television.
“We hatched this idea because we saw a lack of local sports coverage in the area,” Hink said. “By going online, we’re able to marry traditional media with the internet to enhance the local sports experience.”