Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, Robert G. Bee, Vice President and General Manager of WBRE-TV announced today that WYOU-TV will broadcast the NCAA Division II Football Playoff game between Bloomsburg University and Shippensburg University this Saturday beginning at 12pmEST. The game will be anchored by Eyewitness News Sports Director Phil Schoener.
Both teams boast a substancial number of players who graduated from High School in Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania. The Bloomsburg Huskies' lineup features 24 local players, while the Shippensburg Radiers include 11 local players.
The local high schools represented on the teams include Shikellamy, Pocono , Mt West, Jersey Shore, Central Mountain, Northwest Area, Selinsgrove , Mt. Carmel, Bloomsburg, Lakeland, Berwick, Hazleton, Coughlin, Blue Mountain, Delaware Valley, Line Mountain, Abington Heights, Jim Thorpe and Pottsville.
Bloomsburg and Shippensburg (10-1) meet for the second time this season. In a battle on unbeaten teams on Oct. 27, the Huskies roared back from a 35-7 halftime deficit to tie the game at 42-all with less than three minutes to play. However, the Red Raiders tossed one of seven touchdown passes with four seconds left to earn a 49-42 victory.
Phil Schoener, Eyewitness News Sports Director said "Every Friday we have featured so many of these players as High School Varsity players. It's exciting to now be able to watch them on a much bigger stage like the NCAA Division II Playoffs."
The Eyewitness News Sports team, led by Schoener, is a six-time recipient of the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcaster's Excellence in Broadcasting Award.
Nexstar Broadcasting owns WBRE-TV and all associated digital operations, and through an Outsourcing Agreement provides services to WYOU-TV, which is licensed to Mission Broadcasting.