With most high school fall sports playoffs nearing the finish, there are lots of emotions on the field – both from winners and losers – as they see their seasons come to a close. Baltimore Sun Media Group photographers saw action from many playoff games in Howard, Harford and Baltimore, Carroll and other counties last week, including soccer, field hockey, cross country, volleyball and football. The latest edition of the best of high school sports.
From Howard County to Baltimore County to Harford County, photographers for the Baltimore Sun’s community papers cover many high school sporting events each week. Here is a roundup of some of the best sports action shots from the week of Monday, Oct. 28 through Friday, Nov. 1.
After 16 years, attendees of the Howard County Fair finally got to see some bucking bulls.
With a new event called “Bull Blast” held Monday night, the fair launched itself back into the ring with professional riders putting on a show for about 2,000 cheering fans.
“We’re going to see some spills, some falls, maybe a couple cowboys getting bucked off real good,” said Justin Howard, of Rockin “R” Western Productions, which produced the show. “We’re going to have some fun.” (Story continues below video)
The Centennial boys cross country team pushed to the top of Howard County last fall, capturing county and regional titles. The team’s balance from top to bottom was a big reason for the breakthrough campaign.
Rising senior Hutson Baumann is among the Eagles runners returning this fall to try and successfully repeat.
Baumann turned in top 15 individual performances at both the county (10th in 17:55) and regional championship (15th in 17:47) meets, before finishing in the top 25 at the state meet.
His efforts earned him recognition on the all-county second team.
In the latest edition of Sports Breakdown with the Howard County Times, editor Brent Kennedy faces off on the putting green with reigning state golf champion Bennett Buch, of Marriotts Ridge High School.
Buch made history last fall as a freshman, capturing the boys golf state championship with a record-setting two-day total of 138 (4-under par) at the University of Maryland golf course.
Leading up to his sophomore year, Buch has continued his outstanding play. In late June, he captured the 89th Maryland Junior Amateur title by three shots.
Ever wanted to learn how to kick a field goal? Or how to long putt? Or make a penalty kick?
The Howard County Times, part of the Baltimore Sun Media Group, has started a new summer video series called Sports Breakdown. In each installment, one of our sports reporters will team up with Howard County high school athletes to teach them (and you) how to do what they do best.
In our first installment, Howard sports editor Brent Kennedy gets a lesson in hitting fastpitch softball from River Hill High School’s Kinsey Johnson and pitcher Sabrina Curtiss, who led county this spring with a 0.89 ERA.
Photographers in the Baltimore Sun Media Group shoot at dozens of high school sporting events in the spring. Softball, baseball and lacrosse are the most common team sports, but track and field and tennis are covered as well. Of all of their shutter clicks, photographers Jen Rynda, Brian Krista, Jon Sham, Gene Sweeney Jr., Karl Merton Ferron, Algerina Perna, Lloyd Fox and Kenneth K. Lam compiled some of their favorites from this season. It’s the Best of High School Sports: Spring Edition.
The Lisbon Ole Fashion Christmas Horse Parade was held for the second year on Saturday. But with the number of people who showed up to see the holiday-dressed horses parade through town, you’d think it had been going on for decades.
The parade moved west across Frederick Road in Lisbon, in Howard County, and featured horses and people of all sizes, wearing any number of holiday and Christmas costumes. Watch the video below the gallery to see some action from the parade.
Every summer, Maple Lawn Farms in Fulton brings in 20,000 newborn baby turkeys to their grounds. For several months, they feed them, raise them and let them grow in time for Thanksgiving. Farm manager Chris Bohrer says they take a lot of pride in their turkeys because they eat them, too. Learn more about Maple Lawn Farms and its turkeys in the video below the gallery.
Patuxent photographer Sarah Pastrana spent some time at the Howard County Fair last week, looking for its more interesting characters. With the help of photographer Jen Rynda on the editing side, they produced six video vignettes in which the photos literally come to life. Click here to see them all.