I covered some very exciting games on Day 2 of the Idaho State Tournament for IdahoSports.com. The game between Carey and Summit Academy went into three overtime periods and the game between Timberlake and Snake River ended with only a 1 point difference after 2 overtime periods. Here is a photographic recap of the four games that I covered on Friday.
This week I am covering the Girls Idaho State Basketball Tournament for IdahoSports.com. Photographing the State Tournament requires a lot of hours. The drive to Boise from Northern Idaho requires a lot of hours behind the wheel, photographing at least 4 games a day requires a lot of time behind the lens and then after the games are finished the editing requires many late night and early morning hours in front of the computer. State takes a large investment of time but the quality of play combined with the drama and emotion of the tournament is a recipe for a very fun and exciting three days of basketball. Here are a few highlights from the games I covered on day 1.
Tri-Valley Titans (37) vs. Carey Panthers (46)
Nicole Gomez, Carey
Victoria Branch, Tri-Valley
Summit Academy Patriots (56) vs. North Gem Cowboys (27)
Nicole Wemhoff, Summit Academy
Shycole Simons, North Gem
Filer Wildcats (37) vs. Marsh Valley Eagles (66)
Sierra Koyle, Filer
Shaylyn Brown, Marsh Valley & Katie Hughes, Filer
Priest River Spartans (50) vs. Fruitland Grizzlies (48) – Double Overtime
Miranda Clinton, Fruitland
Ambrea Cuellar, Fruitland & Jill Weimer, Priest River
Karly Douglas, Priest River
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The IEL 4A District Tournament began Tuesday as the Sandpoint Bulldog Boys Basketball team traveled to Rathdrum to take on the Lakeland Hawks.
Mathew Burgstahler, Sandpoint
Aaron Spencer, Lakeland
Ryan Schwartz, Sandpoint
Tyrel Derrick, Lakeland
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It takes a substantial commitment of time and money to be a part of club sports. The Sandpoint Volleyball Club works hard to come up with ways to raise funds to help offset the financial burden that club volleyball requires. This year they are putting together a magazine featuring the teams with funds being raised through the sale of advertising to local businesses. I had the opportunity to be the feature photographer in the production of the magazine which is scheduled to be finished the first week of February and should be available all over Sandpoint.
The first thing we needed was a cover shot, something that would be signature Sandpoint and also catch the eye. Volleyball uniforms are not exactly insulated but nonetheless Beth Lewis braved the cold Winter day to work with us for a cover photo. Here is the cover shot along with a couple more shots from the afternoon.
For the rest of the photography we moved indoors. We took some team photos and then moved on to some individual photos. I wanted to be able to do some composite work with the shots so we took head shots and full body shots using a seamless paper backdrop like this one below.
Shooting this way made it a bit easier to do some composites. Here is a single player version:
Now a single player along with a team photo.
The composite that I really wanted to put together was a team photo made up of each individual portrait. I created one for each of the three teams that we created full body shots for.
To finish off the day four of the ladies stuck around to do some action portraits. We set these up using five different lights, two high powered strobes were the main lights and then for some of the photos I used as many as three speedlights to ad some interest in the otherwise black background.
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Saturday was a very busy and exhausting day, the first 8 hours was spent photographing a wedding in Sandpoint after that I had to hustle to Priest River in time to set up my lights for the Annual “Battle of the Buck” basketball spirit games. Weddings are a lot of work and with all that happens at the Battle of the Buck it is one of the more tiring sporting events that I cover, add those together on the same day and you have one sore shooting hand and one useless photographer the next day! Thankfully it was worth the Battle of the Buck is such a fun event and I would have been really disappointed to miss it!
Here are some shots from the evening, there is also a link at the bottom of this post where you can see all the galleries from the event.
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A couple of great games were on tap as some of Idaho’s best basketball teams faced off last Friday night. The Post Falls Trojans traveled to Coeur d’Alene High school to take on the Vikings. The games did not disappoint, especially the boys game that ended up in overtime with the game winning shot coming at the buzzer. Here are a few shots from the night as well as links to the galleries to see all the photos.
Junior Varsity Girls
Olivia Ellison, Post Falls
Tristen Gould, Coeur d’Alene
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Sydni Parker, Couer d’Alene
Brooke Litalien, Post Falls & Kyeli Parker, Coeur d’Alene
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Deon Watson, Coeur d’Alene
Marcus Colbert, Post Falls
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Cheer, Dance and Fans
Due to a few different circumstances I did not get all the shots that I would have liked to at these two basketball games. I had an appointment that kept me from the first half of the JV game and then due to a medical condition by one of the folks from St. Maries I was not able to use my flashes for the Varsity game. The quality is so much better when I can use my two Paul C. Buff Einstein lights, but every so often I have to return to bumping up the ISO to 6400 and grabbing some shots with the little bit of light that the school gym offers. Here are a couple shots from each game as well as links to the entire gallery of photos.
Collin Jurenka, Sandpoint
Luke Feasline, St. Maries
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Ryan Kennelly, St. Maries
Adam Couch, Sandpoint
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Here are a few photos the JV Girls, Varsity Girls and Varsity boys basketball games between Sandpoint and Coeur d’Alene as well as links to view the entire gallery from each game.
Junior Varsity Girls
Makayla Sundquist, Sandpoint
Brittany Tackett, Coeur d’Alene
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Caelyn Orlandi, Coeur d’Alene
Hailey Olin, Sandpoint
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Sam Nitcy, Sandpoint
Ty Higbie, Coeur d’Alene
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Yesterday the Lewiston Bengal made the trip up north to take on the Post Falls Trojans in basketball. I was able to make it for the second half of the Boys JV game and the entire Girls JV and the two varsity games. Here are a couple shots from each game followed by links to see the entire gallery from each game.
Boys Junior Varsity
Tanner Dickenson, Lewiston
Dalton Thompson, Post Falls
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Girls Junior Varsity
Michelle Waller, Post Falls
Caitlin Teichmer, Lewiston
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Chelsea Waters, Lewiston
Rai Franklin, Post Falls
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Taylor Valente, Post Falls
Sam Heitzman, Lewiston
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On Friday night a fellow photographer gave me a gift that I am still appreciating today, that gift was a set of ear plugs. I am certain that had I not had those my ears would still be ringing tonight, almost 24 hours later. The reason was that Coeur d’Alene High School’s Jordan Court was overflowing with students who had the goal of making a lot of noise to show off their school spirit. Yesterday was the annual “Fight For The Fish”, the spirit games between the Coeur d’Alene Viking and the Lake City Timberwolf basketball teams. Here are some photos from some of the different aspects of the event, at the end of this post you will find a link to view all the photos from the evening.
Varsity Girls Game
Cheerleaders and Mascots
We Love Bobby!
One of the goals of spirit games is to raise money for a good cause. This past fall Priest River football player Bobby Clark was seriously injured during the homecoming game against Timberlake. The Coeur d’Alene and Lake City students chose to raise money to help Bobby’s family with their medical bills. I live in the Priest River area and covered the game when he was hurt so when I heard that the students were donating $1,000 to help Bobby I was thrilled. Then when they started chanting “We Love Bobby” over and over again had to grab a clip so that Bobby, his family and all his friends could see it for themselves. Here is about 9 seconds of the chant:
Of Course, The Fans!
And the winner is . . . . .