About State Champs!

About State Champs! Network

For 15 years we have been producing high quality, award winning sports and feature shows, TV series, and radio and podcast shows, including the State Champs! High School Sports Show, a weekly, half hour TV program providing a comprehensive look at the athletic events, lives and accomplishments of high school athletes, school programs, coaches and students.

In addition to exciting highlights and interviews, we also deliver:

  • behind the scenes features on leading High School programs, outstanding student athletes and coaching excellence, including our weekly “In Focus” segment;
  • major statewide sports contests and awards including Mr. Football, High School Hockey Player of the Year, Softball Player of the Year and more;
  • in-depth regional sports media analysis and recruiting features throughout the year, including our annual “College Recruiting and Signing Day Show";
  • and our special production feature shows – such as our “Robozone” series and our “Legends”, “Rivals”, “True Champions” series highlighting legendary coaches, classic rivalries and special athletes who overcome all odds in the pursuit of their dreams.

 

Award Winning Productions

State Champs! Network shows, produced by our in-house Yellow Flag Productions team (http://yellowflagproductions.com), have been the recipient of 5 Emmy Awards since 2008 for Outstanding Youth Television.

Having aired over 420 TV programs and hundreds of radio shows and podcasts, our goal is to become the Midwest's premier high school sports and achievement media network through the promotion of youth sports, personnel development and academic and athletic achievement. 

Our Emmy award winning High School Sports Show – Michigan can be seen across Michigan on Fox Sports Detroit on Sunday mornings at 9 am, and we are proud to be a part of the Fox Sports family!

Our High School Sports Show – Indiana can be seen on Sunday mornings at 10 am on Fox Sports Midwest beginning in August 2018!

Our Extra Point! Football Show – a Fall show that focuses solely on High School Gridiron action - airs on Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. on Channel 7, WXYZ across Southeast Michigan in the fall.

Our special feature shows – such as our annual Recruiting and Signing Day Show, and our Legends, Rivals, True Champions, and Robozone features - air on various networks across Michigan and Indiana including Fox, CBS and Comcast 900, where our show re-airs reach 3-4 million households.

To view our current TV and Events schedule: please click here 

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State Champs! Network Team

The State Champs! and Yellow Flag Productions Emmy award-winning production team is led by veterans Lorne Plant (Host/Co-Producer); Jonathon Kidd (Lead Videographer/Co-Producer); media analyst and journalist Tom Markowski, a long time Senior Reporter for the Detroit News; and longtime Michigan sports media analyst and writer Scott Burnstein.

Our leadership team is led by founder and President Lou Bitonti, a marketing executive and long-time champion of youth sports in Michigan; Mark Rottenberk, Marketing executive and Yellow Flag Productions producer; and Jim Weissenborn, an established national business leader and co-founder of the Varsity Shop Training Center. Media and Technology senior advisory is provided by Steve Weissenborn, an affiliate CIO. 

In addition to Lorne and Tom, our media analysts team also includes Clear Channel Sports Radio host Sean Baligian, recruiting expert Allen Trieu of Scout.com, Sam Webb of Fox Sports Next, as well as other media guests, coaches and athletic directors.
 

For more information on the State Champs! team: please click here