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Winter State Tournaments: We've Got You Covered

2020 marked another historical slate of state tournaments, and we were there for it all

By: Brandon Hill
Published: 3/17/2020 5:19:03 PM
 


Three weeks.

Three tournaments.

Countless competitions.

The IdahoSports.com staff works tirelessly to bring you the best high school sports information all season long. But when winter state tournaments come around, with girls basketball, wrestling and boys basketball packed into a three-week span, we pride ourselves in giving you the most complete coverage in the state.

This year was no exception. 

In 2020, we wanted to bring you closer to the action. For those who were unable to attend this year’s state tournaments in the Treasure Valley, we strived to provide real-time updates, highlights and action photo galleries , garnering just under half a million web site visitors and over 2.6 million page views to our online coverage and written content.

For wrestling, a state tournament unlike any other, we utilized our Instagram page to provide countless highlights and updates from the Ford Idaho Center. 

And during the tournament, we sought out interesting storylines to pursue, while also ensuring our readers, comprised of students, families and fans, had ample score updates they could find on our website. 

This included a story on how Capital High School kickstarted a tradition across the state of Idaho, centered around the hair-dyeing talents of one alumnus. 

We also made sure to highlight the many female wrestlers in Idaho doing their part to push for equal representation in the sport. We previewed this year’s unsanctioned girls wrestling state tournament, and also talked to those individuals who feel passionately that Idaho should provide an officially sanctioned tournament just for female wrestlers.  

We rounded out our editorial coverage by focusing on the officials that make every state competition possible. We published a breakdown of the rules of basketball, so fans could be more informed before the game. And in a larger feature story, we talked to officials across the state, asking if their current rate of pay justified the verbal and sometimes physical assault they endure by fans. 

For state basketball, we again utilized our Instagram stories for in-game updates, positioning ourselves as close to the floor as possible to give a unique angle to the game. We also migrated much of that content to our Twitter and Facebook pages, so none of our more than 10,000 followers missed a second.

We also continued our tradition of providing live audio streams on our website, so no matter where a fan might be, they could listen to their team compete for a championship. Those streams, as well as our updated tournament brackets, could all be found in one easy location.

And after each tournament round, we ensured to provide scores and stats of standout players. After every championship game in the Idaho Center, we recapped all that had happened, complete with post-game video interviews, which we also made available on our social media platforms. 

Following the conclusion of the boys and girls basketball tournaments, our broadcasters compiled a list of the best players they witnessed compete. Our staff took those nominations and created the all-tournament teams for boys and for girls, honoring the greatest postseason performances of the year. 

2020 was another incredible year in high school winter athletics, and we thank you for choosing IdahoSports.com as your source for scores, schedules, features, photos and GameStreams. And despite the temporary pause in spring athletics, we will continue to keep you updated throughout the year. Like our new tagline says: We’ve Got You Covered.

 


Wrestling State Tournament
Twitter Impressions 101.2K
Facebook Impressions: 47.5K
Instagram Impressions: 58 K
State Wrestling Scores and Brackets: 17,293 views
3 stories (8,408 reads)

Girls Basketball State Tournament
Twitter Impressions: 344.4K
Facebook Impressions: 45K
Instagram Impressions: 35 K
Girls Coverage Page Reads: 31,819
Girls State Tournament Brackets: 203,616 views
Girls Audio Streams: 66
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Facebook Impressions: 81.9 K
Instagram Impressions: 15 K
Boys Coverage Page Reads: 39,259
Boys State Tournament Brackets: 292,836 views
Boys Audio Streams: 66
66 game recaps (18,410 reads)

 
 


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