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Waynedale grad captures life, sports highlights


Cole Sarver, 19, of Apple Creek, is building his own media company, Cole Sarver Media, with videography, photography and graphic design services for jobs ranging from weddings to vehicles to sports of all levels.

APPLE CREEK   Have you ever discovered an account on Instagram or another media platform, checked out a couple videos and then found yourself sucked in and continuing to scroll through the account? Your thumb keeps slowly scrolling so you can view the next one. And then the next one.
Cole Sarver’s photos, snippets of sports videos, sneak peeks at weddings and other jobs he completes for clients – and for fun – that he shares with the public on Instagram are just like that.

Once you view one, you want to watch more. The videos are short. The music fits perfectly. The angles take the viewer up close to the action.

At the same time, have you ever watched a movie and you took yourself out of the experience, paused for a second, and contemplated: “How did the cameraperson get that amazing shot, anyway?”

The Waynedale High School graduate’s work is like that as well. One wonders how Sarver captures the speed of the football thrown on a field and shows the velocity of a shiny pick-up truck navigating a country road, or how he perfectly shares those tender emotions of a bride and wedding party, and excitement of the crowd and players after a thrilling game-day win.

A variety of sports from high school to college to pro – such as Waynedale Golden Bears football and Orrville High School’s volleyball team to Columbus Crew soccer – as well as milestones in life are all being captured by an up-and-coming Apple Creek videographer. And he’s only 19.

The 2021 graduate has a full-time job in the warehouse at Weaver Leather. Outside of that job he is also working hard at building his own business and cultivating his passion: Cole Sarver Media.

Sarver began Cole Sarver Media and the Instagram page about a year and a half ago in March 2021. His first video was for a hunting YouTube channel. He transitioned into creating sports highlight videos for local athletes and his name is getting out there.

Sarver, son of Mark and Megan Sarver, is completely self-taught.

“I loved messing around with it ever since I was little,” he said.

Read the complete story in the Oct. 19, 2022 edition.


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