ESPX Receives National Honor

Saturday, May 25, 2019

ESPX, the award-winning student broadcast program at St. Pius X, has been named an Elite program by the NFHS Network for the fifth consecutive year.  Only 50 schools from 15 different states achieved the top honor of Elite school, considered the best of the best in terms of producing, broadcasting, promoting and covering their school's athletics.

In addition to the honor, ESPX shattered viewership and production numbers during the 2018-19 school broadcast year.  The program produced 100 events and totaled 91,401 views, breaking the previous record by more than 25,000 views.  ESPX also set new viewership standards in every sport covered this year, including 24 events receiving in excess of 1,000 total views.  The boys' basketball state quarterfinal game versus Americus-Sumter was the most watched event with 10,617 view, a school record for a single event.

President Chad Barwick said, "ESPX is our voice for Athletics, and it is growing to represent us in myriad other ways. We are more than proud of their dedicated and excellent coverage, which helps us to reach our Golden Lions nationally and globally. What is often overlooked is the hundreds of hours of preparation these talented young people have put in to making our broadcasts look seamless and easy. My special thanks to Luke's leadership over the years and I look forward to listening to him in the future."

Also receiving recognition was Luke Winstel, the "Voice of the Golden Lions."  Winstel was a named a finalist for the NFHS Network National Best  Student Broadcaster.  This follows his finalist selection for the Top Highlight Call of the Year in 2018.  ESPX also garnered the National Best Marketing Award in 2018, as the broadcast program eclipsed one million impressions on social media, a mark that it has exceeded this year. 

Winstel has been joined by the production crew of Matthew Adams, Nicolas Bartholomai, Ryan Beason and George Madathany.  Keenan Finneran accompanied Winstel as the analyst on football broadcasts.  The student-produced broadcast program was started in 2012, and has been directed by St. Pius X staff members, Gary Schmitt and Meggan Wilcauskas.