A Season in Division III Basketball
A Season in Division 3 Basketball
Here are a bunch of guys we can all
root for. The Washington College Men’s Basketball
Nobody is slipping them cash or sliding them a hooker. A big, fat, endorsement is not headed their way.
NBA scouts do not come to the games.
The athletes in the Centennial Conference play for (gasp!) love of the game.
Over the course of a season we will get to know the players and coaches.
We will sit in the stands with parents.
We will sit a ref down and flat out ask the question, “Are you blind?”
This is the story for the rest of us.
The overlooked good guys of college sports.
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CHESTERTOWN, MD -- Local filmmaker Kurt Kolaja is going where mainstream national sports media rarely does - deep inside NCAA's Division III. Kolaja is producing a web documentary series entitled "A Season in Division III Basketball," examining the Division III experience through the backdrop of the 2011-12 Washington College men's basketball season.
"It is easy to perceive that the world of college sports is a filthy, polluted planet, yet here's this place called Division III where the air, as far as I can tell, is clean," says Kolaja, who has over 30 years of experience in film and video production. "Ugly gets the headlines, while stories about the regular guy go unnoticed. Not this time."
Kolaja begins his tale with an ending, a heart-wrenching look inside the locker room following the Shoremen's season-ending loss at Johns Hopkins last February. He has since added a pre-season chat with head coach Rob Nugent and, most recently, an episode entitled "We are D3," which strives to define Division III juxtaposed to its more famous, scholarship-sports cousins. The learning curve may be as steep for the filmmaker as it is for the average viewer unfamiliar with Division III, but Kolaja understands that such a journey is the essence of the documentary process.
"I can't make a blanket observation about Division III as my exposure is limited to Washington College. A documentary project like this is, by its nature, a work in progress. I will learn more about Division III as I go."