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DRIBBLE, JUMP, SHOOT

And here are the numbers: three days, nine games, one winner, 1200 photos. Boy is my finger sore, I think I need to ice it now that the games are over. Last weekend I covered the Great West Basketball Tournament and I watched more b-ball than I’ve seen in a several years. I’m proud to say I saw a lot of good “D”, some awesome pick and rolls, some impossible three pointers, and some dunks you don’t even see at the county fair. But being “up close and personal” is a whole new experience, and I gave it a 110% effort. I was hoping to get some good photos, but as they say, it ain’t over till it’s over, and the fat lady just sang, so here are some of my favorite shots. I told my boss that I came to play, I put my game face on, and gave it my all.  At this point, all I can say is, “wait till next year.” If there are any sports clichés I’ve missed, chalk it up to experience, and I’ll be back.

Pushing is allowed only on 'bad hair days' What's with the basketball, I thought this was yoga class?Why don't they put a handle on these balls?       OMG, are cheerleaders allowed to do THAT??Uh oh, should have used my GPS....going the wrong way  Blocking the dribblers leg with your groin is very effective defense What's the call, ref, jump ball? Mama said there'd be days like this New hybrid sport: Full Contact WrestleBall  It's my ball and you can't play CAT FIGHT !!!!Sorry, but I get emotional at basketball games

College Track & Field Meet

High jumpHigh jumpLong Jump Long Jump Long Jump Long Jump Pole Vault Pole Vault Pole Vault Womens hurdlesWomens 400 metersMens sprint Women's mileMens hurdlesWomens relayWomen's Shot PutWomen's Shot Put
At the end of February I shot a two-day track & field meet in Sterling IL for the Great West Conference.  That is a bit of a misnomer, as there are teams in this conference from Washington State, Utah, Texas, Chicago, and New Jersey.  I have shot professional and college sports on occasion–it is certainly not a specialty–but there is nothing better than learning on the job.  The low level of the indoor lighting presented a considerable challenge and I envied those sports photographers who have the luxury of shooting outdoors.  In spite of this challenge, I was able to capture numerous images that illustrated “the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.”  Later this month I progress to a basketball championship at Chicago State University, and, with luck, the next stop will be London and the Olympics.