Ryan Paul

Founder of Chaska Basketball Report and Chaska Hawks Broadcast Network

Ryan is currently occupied with many responsibilities. Whether it be Directing Chaska's Traveling Baseball tournament, supervising at youth basketball tournaments or even coaching a 7th grade football team, he is always busy. He also attends Chaska High School as an 11th grader. He has recently found a passion for writing, broadcasting, and sports media, and enjoys covering the Chaska basketball teams. The whole website has been done by Ryan. He also is a catcher for the baseball team at Chaska. His contact information can be found below.
Twitter: @rypaul21

The Story

Click the image below to read the in-depth story about how the CBR and CHBN came to fruition.

It's a great read, and a fantastic road that we have traveled.

The Story

From stats sheets to game videos, it all started somewhere. Follow along the journey below!

Fall 2015 - The First Stat Sheet

Before he started the CBR, Ryan would sit in the stands and just watch the games. Before a game vs Jefferson, Ryan developed the first version of the stats sheet. While watching the team warm up, he pulled out the laptop and threw together what would eventually start the CBFR/CBR. The "stats sheet" has now evolved into two spreadsheets, that track each player's shots, and makes thousands of calculations, and formulations.
RIGHT: the original stats sheet

Fall 2015 - First Ever Announced Game

As the season progressed, and Ryan became more involved with the teams, he started to play music and PA announce the games. The equipment he used was a 1995 boom-box, and his wireless football referee microphone, which he modified for use with a handheld microphone. Eventually, he was able to use a newer speaker and microphone.
LEFT: Ryan announcing the starting lineups at a game

Winter 2015 - Chaska Freshman Basketball Report Founded

Soon after becoming the PA announcer, Ryan created a website dedicated to the 9A and 9B teams. It featured rosters, schedules, stats and recap articles. The recap articles caught attention, and propelled the CFBR website into the public eye. You can still view the Freshman Basketball Report website, by clicking here.
RIGHT: A screenshot of the Chaska Freshman Basketball Report website

Winter 2015/16 - First Online Radio Broadcast

After the freshman season ended, Ryan wasn't ready to be done. On the day that Chaska played Prior Lake in the section 2AAAA playoffs, Ryan arrived at school at 7:30am to prepare for the long night that would be ahead. The dismissal bell at 3:00pm rang and he began preparing for the game. While lowering and raising hoops, setting up the bleachers and scorer's tables (video), he was thinking about where to broadcast from. Time was not necessarily tight, because the main gym was ready for action at 4:00pm, and the girls team took the court for practice. At 5:30pm, the girls were gone and Kenny had began scrubbing the floor. With 90 minutes until gametime, he set the scoreboard clock and PA mic up, and took position. The game was not one to disappoint, even though the Hawks were victims to a devastating overtime loss. Listen to the game here: 1st half, 2nd half.
LEFT: Chaska senior Jameson Meyer hits a three at the buzzer to send the game into overtime. You can listen to the audio, paired with video of the shot by clicking here.
Watch and listen to the end of the game here

Summer 2016 - Out With The Old, In With The New

The Chaska Freshman Basketball Report website was officially locked in March of 2016, and the new site: Chaska Basketball Report, was created. The new website will focus on 10th Grade, JV and Varsity basketball. We will cover offseason news when able, and will begin full coverage of the team in fall of 2016. For more information about our story, or to join the team, please email us at [email protected]
RIGHT: www.chaskabasketballreport.com is published!

Winter 2016 - The Chaska Hawks Broadcast Network

In the winter of 2016 Ryan founded the Chaska Hawks Broadcast Network. The internet-streaming network was a big hit for parents, grandparents, and all fans. All boys varsity basketball games were streamed live and on demand to The Cube. Ryan called play-by-play, operated the camera, and produced the graphics all on his own. 

To visit the CHBN website, click on the Broadcast Network tab above.

2016/2017 - CHBN Expansion

The Chaska Hawks Broadcast Network underwent a major enhancement in this time period. Equipment upgrades, expansion into baseball and boys hockey, and the addition of a tremendous staff composed of graphic editors, producers, personalities, and more. The broadcast network - which Ryan still does PxP for all boys basketball games - now streams almost 50 games in one MSHSL season.

You can watch all of these streams by going to the Broadcast Network tab.