The title says it all. I was inundated with sports coverage in February. I’m not complaining.
Basketball. Wrestling. A little swimming. And a just a touch of other stuff. I stayed busy last month. There were many late nights in high school gyms.
Here’s a selection of my photos from February 2017.
I’ll start off with the non-sports stuff.
First is a photo when school bus drivers were preparing to strike. I was sent to an elementary school to get photos of bus drivers at the end of the school day.I had a fun assignment to photograph Jim Dorsey at his apartment in Freeport. Ham radio is Jim’s life. All hours of the day, he’s on the radio. I hung out with him for an hour or so as he talked to other ham radio operators in the region.
Ok. That’s it for the non-sports stuff. Sure, I shot a little bit more, but a lot of it is for projects that don’t publish till the end of March. So stay tuned!
Now for the bombardment of sports photos.
I’ll start with swimming. I covered a handful of swim meets, but the images I’ve selected are from practices. First was a story on a school with three autistic swimmers and one legally blind swimmer. The picture I chose isn’t super unique. I just loved the light in the pool.Next is a from a diving practice. In a dark aquatic center, focus and timing can mean everything. Waiting for the subject to face a certain way or enter a small patch of light makes all the difference. I also tried to look for different angles and fresh perspectives. Ok. Onto the next sport — wrestling.
I didn’t cover a whole lot this year until we got into tournament season.
I wasn’t able to follow our local wrestlers to the state individual tournament, however, I did get to go down for the team championship meet.And now for basketball. I don’t know what’s in the water this year, but some of the games I covered were the most exciting games I’ve ever seen. Out of all of the exciting games I covered, the Class 3A regional championship was the most exciting game I’ve ever seen. In the final eight seconds of regulation play, you thought the game was over three separate times. Ordinarily I wouldn’t care about a free throw shot. However, look at the scoreboard. Stillman Valley was down by one and Alexa Ballard fired off a buzzer beater 3-pointer. She missed. However, she was fouled while taking the shot. So with no time left on the clock and down by one, she got three free throws. She sunk the first one to tie the game and missed the next two, sending the game into overtime. Another great game was Class 4A Sectional championship between East and Boylan. It was a close game through the third quarter. And of course, nothing like a trip down to Redbird Area in Normal to cover one of our local girls’ teams fighting for the state championship. But it really wasn’t much of a fight. Byron won with ease. To see more current stuff as I shoot it, be sure to follow me on Instagram.