Exeter-Milligan basketball players, media class talk state tournament, other topics on new podcast

Exeter-Milligan basketball players, media class talk state tournament, other topics on new podcast
Exeter-Milligan seniors (from left to right) Johnny Babula, Colton Bossaller and Spencer Pribyl record the latest episode of the "T-Wolf Experience" in their digital media class on Wednesday morning.

EXETER, NE – The Exeter-Milligan Timberwolves have “walked the walk” on the basketball court, getting back to the state tournament for the first time since 2015.

Even before punching their ticket to Lincoln, some members of Dean Filipi’s team have “talked the talk” in the classroom this winter.

The T-Wolf Experience Podcast started this semester in Ashley Stutzman’s digital media course – an idea that was sparked by the schools’ connection with Striv and Class Intercom – two Lincoln-based companies that specialize in high school media production and social media.

It was a Striv conference in Henderson last fall when Stutzman and some of her students were introduced to the idea of a student-driven podcast.

“We listened to a few podcasts,” Stutzman said. “Kind of talked about what we liked about them and what we could improve upon for our own school one. So then, we’ve kind of started it. We’ve only done a few episodes so far, but it’s been well.”

Stutzman’s digital media class is small with five members total. Two of those five are seniors Colton Bossaller and Johnny Babula – both starters on the Timberwolves’ state qualifying basketball team.

On Wednesday, a day before their state tournament game against Riverside, Babula and Bossaller welcomed teammate and fellow senior Spencer Pribyl as their guest.

Touching on topics like, what activities are you involved in? What was the key in getting back to state in basketball? How do you win at state? What do you need to improve?

A few of their episodes can be heard here.

“(The podcast) makes it easier to express yourself and talk,” Bossaller said. “You don’t have a physical audience, but you do know there’s going to be the community and people out there listening.”

The guests on The T-Wolf Experience have been fellow students and faculty thus far. With the project still in its infancy stages, the hope is that the show can grow into a consistent source for students, parents and staff to take a deeper dive into what’s happening in their school and community.

“I think just getting ideas outside of class and kind of using that time as well just to talk to more students and get it going (will help),” Stutzman said. “Since we just started, I think it will grow hopefully.”

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