For all sports, all the time

By: Cameron Mellor
August 5, 2014


In light of the school year officially beginning this week, Digital Scout has announced big plans for the 2014-15 calender year. Starting with the fall sports season, all of Digital Scout's statistical tracking software for each sport will be available for schools to use free of charge. 


Digital Scout, the nation's leader in high school sports stat tracking since 1995, has over 11,000 schools across the country using one or more of their products. From football to basketball, soccer to track & field, the Digital Scout stat-tracking software is driven to aid coaches of all sports. Created by coaches, for coaches, Digital Scout allows schools to track their stats on-the-go, live using our state-of-the-art mobile apps. 


Schools can track their stats live and analyze play and game results in real time, during or after the game. Digital Scout offers football, basketball, baseball, softball and volleyball mobile apps as well as software for your PC for soccer, hockey and track & field. 


Digital Scout is a division of PlayOn! Sports, the nation's premier high school sports media company. 


The software used to pay for itself but now with no costs on the school's end to use, is a sure no-brainer for schools to use. The reviews speak for themselves


"I'd like to thank Digital Scout for their product: Digital Scout Basketball," Wonderview High School (Ark.) head basketball coach Jerod Squires wrote. "We've used it the past five years and it has had a tremendous effect on the success of our basketball program."


Basketball isn't the only sport, sporting rave reviews:


"We have been using Digital Scout Football for three seasons now, the program works great," Eureka High School (Mo.) head football coach wrote. "Coaches are amazed with the detailed summary of game stats available during and after the game."


Coaches and/or Athletic Directors can sign up for free for the 2014-15 seasons by clicking right here and navigating to their desired sport: Digital Scout Account Creation.


Happy tracking and good luck to all schools this season!

Acquisition creates ultimate fan experience for High School Sports


By: Digital Scout Staff
May 9, 2014



Digital Scout, the nation's leader in high school statistical software and apps, became a part of the nation's leading high school sports media company when PlayOn! Sports purchased Digital Scout this past February.


PlayOn! manages the day-to-day operations of the NFHS Network which captures the passion, pride, and energy of the high school experience by delivering live high school sports and events to family members and fans whenever they want, wherever they are through, as well as mobile apps. The NFHS Network is a joint venture among the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), its member state associations and PlayOn! Sports.


“We are very excited about joining the PlayOn! Sports team,” Digital Scout CEO, Nathan Heerdt said. "We are thrilled to join an organization that has the same passion and excitement for high school sports and its fans as we do." 


Digital Scout Football stat-tracking apps will be free again this year for all high school coaches. We'll also be working hard to upgrade and include live stat-tracking in more of our apps for volleyball, baseball/softball, soccer and more in the coming months.


Starting this August, Digital Scout will offer more opportunities to increase fan engagement with Digital Scout products by integrating our DS Football and DS Basketball live stats on the NFHS Network site to accompany the live video coverage. With the combination of live gamecasts and live video events, the NFHS Network will have the most comprehensive coverage of high school sports in the country.


Thanks for being a part of the Digital Scout coaching family.  We're working hard to keep improving our products and supporting your continued success! 


Senior shooting guard powers Golden Bears past No. 1 seed Northland


By: Cameron Mellor
March 17,  2014


It was the start of the fourth quarter in the Ohio Division I Columbus Regional Final basketball game and a mere point separated Upper Arlington and Northland. The winner earning a spot in the Ohio State Championship Semifinals. The winner, eight minutes away from a Regional Championship.


Senior shooting guard Kevin Vannatta had been the work horse for the Golden Bears through the first three quarters, much like he had been all season long for UA. Having already compiled 18 points and 11 rebounds through the first three, it would come as no surprise as the University of North Carolina-Asheville commit propelled his team to victory with an impressive performance just when his team needed him most.


Vannatta notched nine points and grabbed seven rebounds in the final eight minutes, leading Upper Arlington over Northland, 50-36. Vannatta single-handedly outscored the Vikings 9-to-5 as he and the Golden Bears’ defense held NHS to just one field goal in the final period.


For his efforts in leading UA to the Regional Championship and a trip to the State Semifinal, Vannatta has been tabbed as our HSGC National Player of the Week.


Vannatta celebrates UA's Regional Championship


The 6-foot-3 guard finished the game against Northland with 27 points, 18 rebounds, two assists and a steal. While the points were close to a season high for him, Vannatta’s 18 boards were six more than his previous high. It was also his fourth double-double this season.


Vannatta has now scored 20 or more points in three consecutive games this postseason and dating back to January, has scored in double figures in 14 consecutive games.


He and the Golden Bears have now won 25 straight games and are arguably the hottest team heading in to the Ohio Division I Semifinal. Included in those 25 are victories over No. 12 seeded Grove City (55-45), No. 6 Pickerington Central (63-53) and No. 2 Gahanna-Lincoln (55-49).  With their defeat over the No. 1 Vikings, Upper Arlington doubled (4) any other team’s total of victories over top 15 ranked opponents in the Columbus Region. Dublin Coffman and Northland were the only other teams with more than one victory over a top 15 team.


Upper Arlington will face Trotwood-Madison next in the Ohio Division I State Semifinal on this Friday at 8:30 PM. HSGC will be at all of the Ohio Divisional Semifinals as well as each of the State Championship games this weekend at the Jerome Schottenstein Center on Ohio State University campus.


The Division I State Championship game will be Saturday at 8:30 PM between the winner of Trotwood-Madison-Upper Arlington and the winner of St. Edward-Cleveland's East Technical.


If you can’t make all of the games, follow along live on or @HSGameCenter on Twitter or HSGameCenter Facebook during the games for up-to-the-minute updates.

State by state lists of boys basketball playoff start dates


By: Digital Scout Staff
February 18, 2014


Florida – February 13

Alabama – February 14

Oklahoma – February 14

Maine – February 15

Missouri – February 16

South Carolina – February 17

Texas – February 17

Minnesota – February 18

New York – February 18

Ohio – February 18

Tennessee – February 18

California – February 19

Hawaii – February 19

Nevada – February 19

Arizona – February 20

North Carolina – February 20

Georgia – February 21

Massachusetts – February 21

Louisiana – February 22

Utah – February 22

Illinois – February 24

North Dakota – February 24

Vermont – February 24

Mississippi – February 25

Wisconsin – February 25

Arkansas – February 26

Colorado – February 26

Delaware – February 27

Maryland – February 28

Rhode Island – February 28

South Dakota – February 28

Washington – February 28

Wyoming – February 28

New Hampshire – March 1

Virginia – March 1

Kentucky – March 2

Kansas – March 3

Montana – March 3

New Jersey – March 3

West Virginia – March 3

Oregon – March 5

Idaho – March 6

Nebraska – March 6

Connecticut – March 7

New Mexico – March 7

Pennsylvania – March 7

Iowa – March 10

Michigan – March 10

Alaska – March 15

Indiana – March 15

Nebraska's Mitchell Hahn gets Fremont back to it's winning ways


By: Cameron Mellor
February 12, 2014


It’s the middle of the week and that means it’s time for HSGC's Wednesday Athlete Watch. This week, we take a closer look at Fremont Tigers star Mitchell Hahn.


Hahn and the Tigers sit at 11-8 on the season after their most recent victory over North Platte. They jumped out to a 10-5 record before slipping in the recent week. After dropping their previous three games by just a combined 11 points, it was Hahn who propelled the Tigers back into the win column with the victory over NPHS.


Behind Hahn’s 18 points and 12 rebounds, the Tigers cruised against the Bulldogs en route to a 51-33 victory. Hahn also chipped in with two assists, two steals and two blocks.




Hahn has been tops on the team in both points and rebounds during 10 of their 19 games this season, including the game against North Platte on February 8. His top scoring performance came back in December against the Northwest Huskies as he scored 33 points and brought down 13 rebounds.


Another impressive performance came in December against Lincoln Northstar when he secured 21 rebounds and had 19 points.


Hahn is averaging a double-double this season and has achieved the feat 13 times this year. After his most recent outing, Hahn averages 19 points and 10.9 rebounds while shooting over 40 percent from the field. He leads the team in steals and blocks to boot.


Fremont is back in action this Friday, February 14 in one of our HSGC Game's of the Week against Lincoln High School. You can check out the action here:



Ohio sophomore Mason Baich our HSGC Player of the Week


By: Cameron Mellor
February 11, 2014


It is said that there is no substitute for hard work. It is also said that age is just a number. Well, sophomore guard Mason Baich of the Dublin Jerome Celtics is a testament to both of those sayings.


Baich paced Jerome in their two most recent victories, scoring a total of 35 points and pulling down 20 rebounds combined, despite this being just his second year at Dublin Jerome. For his efforts, Baich has been named our HSGC National Player of the Week.




“Mason has a great motor,” Dublin Jerome head coach Jamie Pearson said. “He is a very competitive and skilled player who gets better every game.”


Baich and the rest of the Celtics were propelled by a fast paced, hard-nosed first half against Canal Winchester last Tuesday. Jerome held the Indians to just 22 points in the first half and led by 13 at the break while Baich was one of four Celtics to score in double figures. He also led the team in rebounds during what turned in to a 71-51 victory.


Baich continued his impressive play against Westerville South this past Friday, when his team needed him. Down four points coming down the stretch, it was Baich’s three rebounds in the closing minutes that gave his team second chance opportunities that allowed the Celtics to force overtime.


It was in the extra period that Baich scored five of the team’s 11 points, boosting the Celtics to the 73-69 victory. He totaled 24 points and 12 rebounds against WSHS, achieving his first double-double of the season.


In the two-game span, Baich was 12-of-21 from the field and 8-of-12 from the free throw line. He shot equally as well from behind the three-point line as he was 3-of-5 from beyond the arc.



“Mason can score inside or out,” Pearson said. “He shows great intangibles as a player.”


Those intangibles were on showcase during the victories over the Indians and Wildcats as Baich also pulled down 20 rebounds, eight of them offensive. He also chipped in with 11 assists and four steals in the victories.


Baich and the Celtics are back in action Tuesday, February 11, against Westerville North. Check out the game by here:


Dublin Jerome will host Bishop Watterson in the final game of the regular season on Tuesday, February 18. Check back in for the action here:

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Baich paces Dublin Jerome to victory

South Dakota's Winner High School gets back to their winning ways


By: Cameron Mellor
February 2, 2014


A mere three days after dropping their first game of the season, the Winner High School Lady Warriors basketball team got back to it’s winning ways, in a 73-28 rout over Miller High School last week. Winner (13-1) continued their winning ways four days later with a 58-51 victory over Mount Vernon-Plankinton on Saturday afternoon.


For their efforts in rebounding after a tough loss, the Warriors have been selected as the HSGC National Team of the Week.


“No one on this team likes to lose, but it wasn’t a bad loss,” Winner head coach Larry Aaker said. “It showed us some things that we need to get better at and it got us focused on finishing the regular season.”


Their focus was evident in the game against Miller as they were paced by Cassidy Hanson, who led the game with 23 points, and Kelsey Bertram who nearly had a double-double with eight points and 10 assists.


Bertram leads the team in both points and assists on the season, averaging over 13.9 points and 3.9 assists per game.


“The game right after a loss can always be an interesting one, especially after your first loss of the season,” Aaker said. “I thought the girls responded really well and got us right back on track.”

The Warriors jumped out to a 26-7 lead at the end of the first quarter before heading into the break, up 36-12. Winner held the Rustlers to under 10 points in each quarter while out-rebounding Miller by a 25-16 margin. The Warriors also caused 24 turnovers and had 18 steals on the night.


While their game against Mount Vernon-Plankinton started off slower for Winner, due to their defense, the results were still the same. Down 29-18 at halftime against the Titans, it was the defense that stood strong Saturday afternoon, limiting Mount Vernon to just 22 points in the second half, including a meager eight points in the third quarter.


Sara Husher led all scorers with 16 points while Katie Mathis was right behind her with 14 of her own. Each player had seven rebounds and two steals to boot.


“We stress defense and it is something that we work on every day in practice because we know our defense fuels our offense,” Aaker said. “We also stress rebounding and only giving our opponents one opportunity every time down the floor.”


The stress on rebounding, especially at the defensive end, was evident in their two latest victories as they allowed only five combined offensive rebounds while obtaining 31 defensive rebounds themselves.


On the season, Winner is outrebounding foes by a combined margin of 431-301 while they have only given up 67 offensive rebounds to 14 opponents. They have also forced 274 turnovers on the year and are holding opponents to 28 percent shooting from the field. Cassidy Hanson leads the team on the defensive end as she’s grabbed 82 rebounds on the season. She is also the team’s second leading scorer.


The Warriors travel to Ainsworth this Tuesday night before hosting four of their final five regular season games. Be sure to check out their game against the Bulldogs by clicking here:

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Warriors Rebound to Victory

Crowley's Byron Cooke selected as HSGC Player of the Week


By: Cameron Mellor
January 23, 2014


The final minutes of any sporting event can be an intense few moments, but the final seconds that lead to an overtime period on the high school hard court is something to behold.


That was evident this past Tuesday night in Texas when Crowley High School’s lead man – Byron Cooke – was leaned upon late in the fourth quarter and then again in overtime during a contest against Centennial High School. Cooke led the Eagles in points and assists, but it was two crucial steals in the extra frame that ultimately led to the 69-67 victory over the Spartans.


Cooke finished with 18 points, six rebounds, six steals and five assists en route to being named HSGC’s National Player of the Week.


“He is a captain and our leader on the floor,” Crowley head coach Alfred Jones said.



The first four quarters were nothing short of exciting as Centennial jumped out to an early lead in the first. Crowley inched closer in the second as the teams went to halftime with the Spartans leading, 28-25.


It was Centennial who looked poised to take the game over after the break as they outscored Crowley in the third giving them an 11-point lead at the end of three. The fourth quarter was all Crowley, as it was Cooke who led the Eagles on a tear, closing the final quarter on a 18-10 run, inching within three points with less than 10 seconds on the clock.


With the game on the line, it was Cooke with the ball in his hands.


“Byron hit a three-pointer with four seconds left to send the game into overtime,” Jones said. “Byron is our catalyst.”


After Byron’s game-tying three, the two teams headed into overtime tied at 60. It was Cooke again to lead for Crowley. He assisted on the first basket of OT by Wyatt Beene then sank a basket of his own, giving the Eagles a quick four-point lead.


As overtime progressed, Centennial closed the gap and secured possession down only two points, 69-67, with under a minute to play. Cooke stole the ensuing possession from the Spartans, but his efforts were squandered by a costly turnover at the other end of the court, breathing new life into the Centennial sails.


Alas, it was Cooke again to the rescue for Crowley as he again stole possession from the Spartans before running the clock out, locking up the victory.


“Byron plays 30 minutes a game, and leads us to victory,” Jones said.



Cooke and the Crowley Eagles will be back in action Friday night, January 24, 2014 against the Everman Bulldogs. Follow along with the action right here:

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Cooke Key in Texas 4A Victory