Tim Wilkinson has always been a sports fan.
But instead of competing out on the field or the court, the Orange Lutheran senior is in front of the microphone, serving as a public address announcer for the Lancers.
Over the course of this school year, Wilkinson could be found both on Montell Field and in the Ellwein Center, calling games for OLu’s soccer, basketball and volleyball teams.
Wilkinson has always had an interest in this aspect of athletics and has spent countless hours practicing his skills by calling games while watching sports on television, including hometown Angels and Ducks contests. When the opportunity to step into this role for the Lancers came available, he didn’t hesitate to jump at the chance.
“It’s been an amazing experience,” says Wilkinson. “Talking about sports is always something I’ve loved to do in front of a bunch of people.”
Wilkinson’s preparation for each game or match centers around reviewing both teams’ lineups, verification of name pronunciations and compiling additional related notes and stats.
The flow and the energy of each sport can vary, but the 18-year old has learned to adapt, thanks in large part to his mentor, long-time Lancer PA announcer, Patrick Brown. Brown’s guidance and advice have been immeasurably helpful as Wilkinson has developed his skills.
“Tim is a talent that speaks for itself,” says Brown. “The fact that he has established himself to be an outstanding high school and college announcer as a high school senior is something unique and special. He is using the skills that God has provided him in a manner that provides enjoyment for many people.”
Wilkinson’s PA work at OLu has opened the door for him to take on opportunities at the collegiate level, including calling men’s and women’s basketball games for UC Riverside and baseball games for Concordia Irvine.
“Tim is hard-working, talented, responsible, committed and respected by each of the institutions he has served,” says Brown. “He has a continuous strong desire to fine tune his craft, and I look forward to hearing him announce in a major league pro stadium in the future.”
Wilkinson may be closer to that goal than expected, as he recently took a technical position with Orange County Soccer Club that involves operating the scoreboard, video board and sound for the team’s matches.
After graduation, Wilkinson is headed to Arizona State University where he will study mathematics and statistics. Additionally, he will continue to pursue his passion as a public address announcer by connecting with possible opportunities at ASU and surrounding local colleges and high schools.
Having the chance to be in this role for his high school has meant the world to Wilkinson. From calling Lancer victories on the soccer pitch to being behind the mic when the OLu girls basketball team won their CIF championship, he considers the opportunity a blessing.
“It means a lot,” says Wilkinson. “It shows that the people who schedule me have faith in me and trust me, and that means a lot to me.”