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updated: 11/18/2011 12:19 PM

Batavia football fans enjoy TV spotlight

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  • Matt Hartzell, 17, and Connor Dahlman, 18, dressed up as bananas Friday to make themselves stand out in the crowd during the taping of NBC5's "Prep Destination of the Week" at Batavia High School.

       Matt Hartzell, 17, and Connor Dahlman, 18, dressed up as bananas Friday to make themselves stand out in the crowd during the taping of NBC5's "Prep Destination of the Week" at Batavia High School.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • NBC5 camerawoman Maria Ruiz is swarmed by students after they empty out of the bleachers and onto the floor during a live shot for NBC5's taping of "Prep Destination of the Week" Friday at Batavia High School.

       NBC5 camerawoman Maria Ruiz is swarmed by students after they empty out of the bleachers and onto the floor during a live shot for NBC5's taping of "Prep Destination of the Week" Friday at Batavia High School.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Students perform the "roller coaster" for the camera Friday morning.

       Students perform the "roller coaster" for the camera Friday morning.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Batavia High School students dance Friday as they wait to go live on NBC5's morning news program. The TV station picked the school as its "Prep Destination of the Week."

       Batavia High School students dance Friday as they wait to go live on NBC5's morning news program. The TV station picked the school as its "Prep Destination of the Week."
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • NBC5 camerawoman Maria Ruiz tapes a live shot of Batavia High School students during the newscast's "Prep Destination of the Week" Friday.

       NBC5 camerawoman Maria Ruiz tapes a live shot of Batavia High School students during the newscast's "Prep Destination of the Week" Friday.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

 
 

Batavia football fans showed plenty of school spirit during an NBC5 broadcast Friday morning for the "Prep Destination of the Week" sports segment. And boy, that marching band drum line put on a spectacular performance for "Dance Friday."

But due to technical problems, viewers didn't get to see all of it.

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Engineers had problems getting a signal to work, according to NBC5 traffic and transportation reporter Matt Rodewald, who arranges the broadcasts. He said the station will run the "Dance Friday" portion of the broadcast at noon Friday and on the early-morning newscast Monday. You can also watch it on the NBC5 website, nbcchicago.com.

"My sincerest apologies to all the Batavia fans for our technical problems that persisted throughout our live morning broadcast," Rodewald said in a prepared statement. "I want to thank the best student section in the Tri-Cities for getting up so early and being so energetic this morning. The pictures online proved the Bulldogs are ready for Saturday's historic matchup. In the end, let's hope this becomes an afterthought to a magical season that will hopefully end in the school's first state championship."

The Bulldogs, who are undefeated, play a Class 6A semifinal game at home against Prairie Ridge at 1 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $6.

Also on Saturday, Kaneland hosts Montini in Class 5A at 5 p.m., and Aurora Christian hosts Tolono Unity in Class 3A at 5 p.m.

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