If one takes a peek at Dan Scotchmer's Facebook page, you'll be immediately drawn to his cover photo.
The shot is of University Disch-Falk Field on the University of Texas campus, the home of the Longhorns baseball team and a place where Scotchmer, then a Kent State University undergraduate, participated in radio broadcasts on the Golden Flashes' run to the NCAA regional final in 2011.
Nearly two years later, the 23-year-old Jamestown native calls the experience his greatest personal thrill.
Harvard’s Siyani Chambers (1) celebrates with teammate Christian Webster, right, after defeating New Mexico, 68-62, during a second-round game in the NCAA college basketball tournament in Salt Lake City on Thursday.
"Austin, Texas takes the cake,'' Scotchmer said by phone late Friday afternoon. "I was such a part of that team.''
As the college basketball-loving world turns its attention to March Madness, though, Scotchmer - the son of Doug Scotchmer and Marie Carrubba of Jamestown - is finding himself a part of another team. This one has H-A-R-V-A-R-D stitched across the front of its jerseys and a figurative glass slipper on order in the wake of the 14th-seeded Crimson's 68-62 victory over No. 3 New Mexico on Friday night in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in Salt Lake City.
Harvard's win - the university's first-ever in the tournament - was chronicled by Scotchmer, the team videographer who was positioned baseline at the EnergySolutions Arena.
He also videotaped the on-court postgame celebration and locker room interviews and posted it all on the team's website. That was in addition to other responsibilities he has been given since becoming a Harvard athletics communications assistant last August.
"I think everybody was pretty fired up and excited,'' Scotchmer said. "There were a lot of hugs shared and high-fives had after (Friday's game). I think people are definitely excited for the team. I know there's going to be a 'watch' party back in Cambridge (Mass.) for tonight's game against Arizona. (The win over New Mexico) exploded on Twitter (Friday night) and Harvard was trending worldwide because of how they played."
Scotchmer, a 2008 Jamestown High School graduate, is one of two Jamestown natives in Salt Lake City. Kirsten Green, also a JHS grad, is Harvard's director of basketball operations, having also served in the same capacity at Seton Hall and Michigan since graduating from Duke in the mid-1990s.
"I told 'Dan from Jamestown' - as I call him - it was all him,'' Green said in a text following the Crimson's upset win.
Scotchmer laughed when told of Green's comments.
"I don't know if I'm a good-luck charm,'' he said. "I'm just fortunate to go along for the ride. I've made the most of my opportunities, which have ended up putting me in the right place at the right time."
For proof of that, Scotchmer, who was a part-time sportswriter at The Post-Journal while still in high school, has a nice collection of credentials obtained at sports venues across the United States, including five for just this weekend in Salt Lake City.
In case you didn't know, Scotchmer has become an expert at multi-tasking.
"I don't think what I'm doing is special or outside the ordinary, so to speak,'' he said. "I've always worked hard and I've been willing to make sacrifices that I don't think other people my age would be willing to make.''
All the hard work has obviously paid off. That explains the response Scotchmer often gives when friends ask how he is doing.
"I'm living the dream.''