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Gavel by day, microphone for Friday night football

Becky Campbell • Aug 17, 2018 at 12:14 AM

When Criminal Court Judge Stacy Street hangs up his judge’s robe this afternoon, he’ll put on a radio announcer’s headset.

It’s not quite a career change, but Street will be the color commentator for Elizabethton High School Cyclone football games this season. He’s filling in during the absence of long-time commentator John Holsclaw Sr., who is battling a prolonged illness, according to WBEJ Radio Sports.

Play-by-play action will come from Tony Briggs, but Street will be beside him to provide listeners with more about the atmosphere during the game.

“John Holsclaw is, and will always be, the voice of the Cyclones,” Street said earlier this week. “He’s battling a real bad illness and I think everybody hopes this is temporary. I, like everybody else, wish it was not necessary. I’ll gladly go back in the stands. John has done this for 40 years. It’s heartbreaking it’s not going to be his voice on the radio.”

Street, an Elizabethton High School graduate, is no stranger to the football field.

He was an all-conference defensive end and linebacker for Elizabethton High School from 1982-1985 for Coach Dave Rider, and a member of the 1982 conference champions. Street was also an all-conference baseball player for EHS during the same years for Coach Hack Hyder. From 1986-1988, Street was an assistant coach at T.A. Dugger Jr. High for Coach Jim Crowe, and after law school he coached various youth teams as well as assisting Ryan Witten at Witten Huddle, the Witten Huddle Stars travel teams, and at various football camps throughout the region.

“Football is fun,” Street said. “High school football is such a community-based thing and everybody looks forward to it. At Elizabethton High, football is a big deal ... the excitement, you can feel it in the air.”

That will the case tonight when the Cyclones host the Science Hill Hilltoppers in the home opener.

“I told them the day job takes precedence over anything and they were all very understanding,” Street said. “After getting the OK, I told them I would be honored to help them out. Tony’s going to do the play-by-play, and I’m going to do some color analysis.

Street said after sitting in court all day listening to cases involving charges of murder, robbery or rape, being in the announcer’s box on Friday nights will be a nice change of pace.

Briggs attended Patrick Henry High School in Glade Spring, Virginia, from 1985-89 and describes himself as being a student of the game for more than 30 years.

He has served as both a coach and head coach during his years of involvement with Youth Club football. In 2017, Briggs joined WBEJ alongside Holsclaw as an announcer for the Cyclones football team. He’s the current president and a founding member of the Cyclone Touchdown Club. Additionally, he is in charge of loading, transporting, and unpacking the equipment trailer for the Cyclone football team.

All of the Cyclones games will be broadcast on WBEJ 107.9 FM /1240 AM.

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