Penn State Baseball in Cuba: Index

Story posted December 12, 2015 in Best of CommMedia by Madeline Shutt, Courtney Barrow, Cameron Hart, Kelsie Netzer, Tyler Feldman, Maddie Bright, Andy Madore, Gabrielle Chappel.

While their Penn State classmates traveled home for Thanksgiving last month, the Nittany Lions baseball team became the first college players to compete in Cuba since the restoration of diplomatic ties this year.

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“It’s a tremendous educational opportunity at a critical time,” said John Nichols, Professor Emeritus of Communications and International Affairs. He has been visiting Cuba since 1971 and returned their with the team. He said baseball holds a special place in Cuban sports culture.

“Taking the track team to Cuba would be a big deal. Or taking the baseball team to Mexico would be a big deal, but taking the baseball team to Cuba is a really big deal,” he said.

Eight student journalists accompanied the team on the historic trip. Despite the challenge of finding Internet service in Cuba, they documented the experience in text, images and video. They also called all three games for the ComRadio audience back in the United State. Here is their report.


In Cuba, baseball is more then just a sport, it is a passion and a way of life
Story posted November 27, 2015 by Madeline Shutt

Female umpire calls big league games in Cuba
Story/Video posted November 26, 2015 by Courtney Barrow and Kelsie Netzer

Photos: Best Of Penn State Baseball In Cuba
Pictures posted December 12, 2015 by Cameron Hart and Kelsie Netzer

Preparing for Cuba

Penn State baseball team readies for Cuba trip
Story posted November 19, 2015 by Maddie Brightman

Game coverage

Penn State baseball team gets rained out of Sunday game one in Cuba
Story/Video posted November 22, 2015 by Maddie Brightman and Courtney Barrow

Photo Gallery: Penn State baseball in Cuba | Sunday
Pictures posted November 22, 2015 by Cameron Hart and Kelsie Netzer

Baseball In Cuba: Competitive Nittany Lions fall to Industriales, 2-1
Story/Video posted November 23, 2015 by Maddie Brightman and Courtney Barrow
Includes play-by-play audio

Photo Gallery: Penn State baseball in Cuba | Monday
Pictures posted November 24, 2015 by Cameron Hart and Kelsie Netzer

Bats silent, Penn State loses to Cuban champs, 2-0
Story/Video posted November 25, 2015 by Andy Madore and Kelsie Netzer
Includes play-by-play audio

Photo Gallery: Penn State baseball in Cuba | Wednesday
Pictures posted November 25, 2015 by Cameron Hart and Kelsie Netzer

Worth the Trip: Penn State gets 9-3 win over Cuban league’s Mayabeque
Story posted November 28, 2015 by Tyler Feldman
Includes play-by-play audio

Penn State heads home with 1-3 record in Cuba against teams from top league
Story posted November 29, 2015 by Andy Madore

Video extras / Centre County Report

Penn State Baseball’s Trip to Cuba
Video posted December 14, 2015 by Tyler Feldman

A New Kind of Pitch?
Video posted December 10, 2015 by Gabrielle Chappel

PSU Baseball: Celebrity Status in Cuba
Video posted December 10, 2015 in Baseball in Cuba by Tyler Feldman


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About the Contributors

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Tyler Feldman

Senior / Broadcast Journalism and Marketing

Currently, Feldman is an executive producer, reporter and anchor for the Centre County Report, as well as ComRadio’s senior sports director. He also is the host of the Penn State Coaches Show featuring Guy Gadowsky, which airs live from Lettermans on ESPN Radio 1450 and every Tuesday night at 6 p.m. Additionally, he was the first to report the hiring of Joe Moorhead as Penn State football’s new offensive coordinator on December 12, 2015.

He’s a member of the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism within the College of Communications and enrolled in the Smeal College of Business.

Feldman, a Pittsburgh native, has broadcasted sporting events from a number of international and professional venues, including Estadio Latinoamericano in Cuba, Madison Square Garden, CONSOL Energy Center, Wells Fargo Center, MetLife Stadium, M&T Bank Stadium, and EverBank Field.

Last spring, he traveled with the Penn State men’s volleyball team as their play-by-play man, announcing his very first NCAA tournament matches at Stanford’s Maples Pavilion.

He has gained valuable broadcasting and reporting experience interning and working at WTAJ-TV, MLB Network,, 105.9 The X, 970 AM ESPN, Big Ten Network Student U, and State College’s ESPN Radio 1450.

Feldman has a strong passion for sports and dreams to become a sports anchor/reporter in a national market and/or a hockey play-by-play announcer.

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Gabrielle Chappel

Junior / Broadcast Journalism and Spanish

Gabrielle is an aspiring sports reporter with a passion for storytelling. She is currently a contributor for ESPNU, as well as a host and guest producer of 46 LIVE -a student produced webcast of the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon (otherwise known as THON).

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Maddie Brightman

Senior / Broadcast Journalism and Spanish

Maddie Brightman is the General Manger of ComRadio and a reporter and producer for the Centre County Report. A member of the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism, Maddie was recently a part of reporting trips to Cuba and Super Bowl 50. At ComRadio, she also serves as a producer for multiple Penn State sports has done play by play for Penn State football, baseball and lacrosse.

Maddie has interned at ESPN, Fox Sports Radio (Los Angeles), WBAL-TV (Baltimore) and 105.7 the Fan (Baltimore). One day, Maddie hopes to work behind the scenes in management or production for a national sports network. Follow her on Twitter @maddiebrightman or email her at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Andy Madore

Senior / Broadcast Journalism

Andy Madore is a senior majoring in broadcast journalism and minoring in labor and employee relations. He is one of the General Manager’s at ComRadio and is a member of the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism.

He serves as a play-by-play voice, writer, and producer for various Penn State sports at the station. He also co-hosts a sports talk show, Charm City Chirps.

You can contact him at (443) 632-5970 or email him at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Follow him on Twitter at @Andy_Madore

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Courtney Barrow

Senior / Journalism

Penn State senior majoring in broadcast journalism. Extensive broadcast experience with several internships, including ABC News, AccuWeather, and WFMZ-TV. Currently reporter, producer, and anchor for the Centre County Report, and executive producer for 46 LIVE. Formerly executive producer for PSN News.

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Kelsie Netzer

Senior / Visual Journalism and Integrative Arts

Kelsie Netzer is from Bakersfield, California. Her areas of interest revolve around photojournalism and design. She worked as The Daily Collegian’s Visual Editor for three years and has had internships with several newspapers and an advertising agency. Follow her on Twitter @ktnetzer

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Cameron Hart

Senior / Visual Journalism

Cameron Hart fell in love with photography his first year of college and is exploring documentary and journalistic photography. Branching into multimedia journalism he has discovered a passion for telling stories through building relationships and establishing personal connections. Last summer he interned with the Toledo Blade. Follow him on Instagram @cameronhartphoto

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Madeline Shutt

Senior / Broadcast Journalism and Sports Journalism

Most recently Madeline was part of a group of students who traveled to Cuba to report on games played by the Penn State Baseball team. She currently works with Intercollegiate Athletics and the Big Ten Network Student U helping to produce videoboard and live stream feeds. Madeline has gained valuable experience in behind the scenes production through internships and work with ESPN,, Intercollegiate Athletics and Big Ten Network Student U, and QVC. Madeline looks forward to a career behind the camera in production and eventually a producer.