By Carter Krouse
For the past 14 years, Havenfootball.net has been the place to go to for live play-by-play stats, scores, and analysis of Strath Haven football. The men behind this program have a true passion for football, and are dedicated to enhancing the game for fellow Strath Haven fans.
Brian Carroll of Glen Mills is the talent behind the play-by-play; Pete Fulginiti of Aston is the in-game spotter and host of the halftime show; and Mike Mayer of Wallingford, who hosts the live Internet broadcast, provides color commentary, compiles stats, and manages website content at Havenfootball.net.
Before last Friday’s home game against Springfield, Mayer stated that Havenfootball.net began broadcasting in 2007, after he went to former athletic director Chip Carroll and “guaranteed him that every game would be broadcast, no matter how poorly the team may play, [because] we wanted to bring a big game feel to the Haven football program, and we wanted our program to be top notch, like the team.” Mayer says proudly that, “We are never critical of the errors kids make on the playing field, and we recognize the efforts and abilities of our opponents, as we do our own Panthers. We’re also proud that we run our website and broadcast without any taxpayer money.” The site is supported by sponsors and donors.
It’s no small job to run Havenfootball.net. In the days preceding each game, Mayer updates the website with the Delco Daily Times picks for Central League games, as well as relevant stories and links.
On game day, Mayer and his crew arrive at the field around 6 p.m. to set up equipment in the broadcast booth. Pregame analysis begins at 7:15 with Mayer and Carroll discussing lineups, injuries, and the strengths and weaknesses of the teams. The broadcast continues beyond the final whistle, as Mayer posts the score and joins Carroll for a postgame analysis.
On Saturday, game photos and stories, league updates and standings are posted by Mayer on the website. He watches game film to verify stats, and also to evaluate top plays.
On Sunday, Mayer writes and produces the Play of the Game video feature, and begins preparing for the school and football week ahead. (A retired sales manager, he is a bus driver for the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District.)
All the hard work the men put in is validated when, Mayer said, “We get a note from a mom or dad who was out of town, brought their laptop into a lounge, and listened to the game and cheered.”
Havenfootball.net comes alive as a broadcast stream during both home and away Strath Haven games. In addition, Mayer hopes to broadcast PIAA playoff football games in the postseason. Tune in!