Jackpot! Reed Rosales takes on sports commentary and highpointing

Sophomore Reed Rosales got his first taste of sports broadcasting in high school. He worked as a camera operator, filming games and occasionally directing game coverage — a passion he has continued to pursue in college.

“I’m really passionate about camera operating. I just love it so much. I could talk about it forever. I work for Tiger Network. We do the sports broadcasts and all the live streams you see on the Trinity University YouTube channel. And usually, I’m a camera operator, but recently I’ve been getting into commentary as well as announcing the games, and it’s a lot of fun,” Rosales said.

Rosales primarily commentates on basketball games, though he has commentated on other sports too. He cites Trinity graduate Brian Yancelson, who also worked for Tiger Network, as the main reason he got interested in sports commentary.

“He has kind of been my role model for commentating. He is the most helpful person ever and so responsive — so, so supportive. I don’t think I’d be where I am without help from him,” Rosales said.

Rosales has had many adventures while camera operating, from a flying baseball bat colliding with his camera to having to defend his coworkers in live stream chats. His proudest moment, however, is a little more serene.

“I think the proudest moments were getting shots of the city skyline, just barely, because it looks so awesome. It’s a lot of proud moments from that. Proud moments also from when I commentated my first volleyball game. I thought I’d be completely lost because volleyball is a fast-moving sport, but I think I kept up reasonably well, and Brian told me I did too,” Rosales said.

Outside of the world of sports commentary, Rosales enjoys badminton, reading and hiking. More specifically, he enjoys hiking mountains, a passion that has recently expanded into a larger mission.

“We went to Mount Magazine in Arkansas, and we got to the highest point and there was no view from the top but there’s just a bench from the Highpointers Association. It’s this group of people who make it a hobby to try and go to the highest point of every state and it’s a good way to see the country. It’s a good way to find good hikes. I’ve gotten 10 or 11 under my belt. It’s so worth it,” Rosales said.

His next stop? Mount Elbert in Colorado — the second-highest peak in the continental United States. Until then, his most difficult hike remains Guadalupe Peak right here in Texas.

“We went at the worst time during the summer,” Rosales said. “It started off 50 degrees, but then when I got down, at the very end when I was kind of dying, it was 111. The worst part is that there was this church group of little kids that were running up and down the mountain, and I go up, and they run down past me. I’m like, ‘man, to be young again.’ But that was definitely the funnest one because it was so difficult but so worth it from the top, and you could see so far, and you know you’re high up when the airplanes are noticeably closer to you.”