Noblesville Athletic Department Receives Top Website Award
Writer / Peyton Gigante
It’s been a great year for Noblesville High School athletics. With two state championships under the school’s belt this year, wins have not been in short supply, including online honors.
To make it easy for the community to follow all of the action, especially during a pandemic, the school’s athletic department has been diligent in keeping their website updated. In the process, they received some recognition of their own.
The department received an award for top athletic website in the Midwest by VNN Sports, a national sports media company.
Sports Information Director Andrew Trisler, who has been with the department since the 2013-2014 school year, says the honors are due mainly to “community engagement – everything between the community interacting online with what we post, and down to the coaches giving me results, scores and a complete schedule.”
The criteria for the award consists of posted website content popularity, gauged by clicks and likes, as well as coach involvement and student body engagement.
Though there are no major recent changes to the website, the traffic due to COVID has brought quite a bit of well-earned attention.
The community has relied on the website more this year, since we’ve been restricted in the number of spectators that are allowed to come,” says Athletic Director Leah Wooldridge.
Together with the coaches as well as help from the athletes, Trisler has been paying close attention to the accuracy of the scores posted, as well as the schedule.
“I write probably 90% of what’s on the website as well as the game results,” Trisler says. “If I can’t be there, then I get a lot of help from the coaches and students.”
The Noblesville staff did not know they were in the running for the award, making the honor all the more special.
“They were doing this kind of undercover,” Trisler says. “This year was kind of a more natural competition because we didn’t know we were competing.”
Since the 2015-2016 school year, Trisler has ensured the accuracy of schedules and game results. Little did he know that four years later, the effort would help lead to an award.
“I think we’re a model for others,” Trisler says. “We’re not perfect by any means, but we do a good job of having the information on our website.”
Between the athletes, coaches and the department itself, the Millers have had a successful year despite the curveballs thrown at them.
“Athletic department-wise, with the students and coaches, the relationships make it special,” Wooldridge says. “I think that’s what makes it special, the relationships we have here, and Andrew projects that through the articles he writes.”
The award now sits in the department office among state trophies, rosters and schedules.
“It’s such a great opportunity to showcase our kids’ accomplishments,” Trisler says. For more details on Noblesville Millers sports, including a calendar, videos, athletic department information and more, you can visit their website at noblesvillemillers.com.