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CdM's Grable answers call

Daily Pilot High School Athlete of the Week

Sea Kings' senior, who aspires to be a sports broadcaster, has stepped up for boys' basketball team at the right moment.

January 31, 2013|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza
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As one of the best players on the Corona del Mar High boys' basketball team, Blake Grable speaks to reporters after games. He's usually a big reason why the Sea Kings come out on top most of the time.

One day, Grable might be the one conducting the interviews.

Grable wants to become a sports broadcaster. Ryan Schachter, CdM's coach, says Grable, a 6-foot-3, 175-pounder, has the looks, the smarts and voice to be on TV someday.

As part of his senior project at school, Grable got a chance to see what it takes to be a successful sports broadcaster. A family friend put Grable in touch with a professional, who happens to cover the Los Angeles Lakers and has ties to CdM.

Grable shadowed John Ireland, the Lakers' play-by-play voice on the radio. Before a game at Staples Center, Grable went to the ESPN studio, where Ireland does his radio show when he's not on the road with the Lakers.

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Ireland showed Grable around and let him hang around during the pre-game show. Grable put the headset on and just listened in.

He learned that Ireland does more than sell the Lakers.

"I saw him go in and record a commercial," Grable said. "He read it off this [long] script and he had to do it in 30 seconds. He did it real fast."

Ireland impressed Grable with his quick words.

When it came to interviewing Ireland, Grable asked him how he got to where he's at now. No, Ireland, who graduated from CdM in 1981, didn't start in the No. 2 market in the country.

"He started in a small town in Louisiana," said Grable, who learned the small town was Monroe. "He basically told me that you have to do a lot [to get anywhere in this business]. You're going to have to go to remote places right out of college and you've got to stick it out."

Grable has some time before he decides where his first broadcasting job will be.

In the meantime, he's more concerned about how his basketball team will finish the season. So far, the guard has helped CdM stay in contention for a Pacific Coast League title.

Grable has played well in league play, averaging close to 14 points and two three-pointers per game. He has produced 27- and 22-point games, but the most impressive effort was his 17-point performance against Woodbridge last week.

All of his points came in the second half and the Sea Kings needed them to stave off defending league champion Woodbridge, 59-52. The victory kept CdM (17-8, 7-1 in league) one game back of first-place Northwood in the league standings.

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