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Marriotts Ridge field hockey all-access

Marriotts Ridge field hockey all-access

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It’s been a long time coming for Marriotts Ridge varsity field hockey. In its ninth season, the Mustangs have captured a spot atop the final county standings — albeit a three-way tie shared with Atholton and Glenelg.

But standing in the way on the road to the title was a late-season game against the Howard Lions, whose season included a four-game win streak.

Coach Stacie Gado and her girls allowed Howard County Times Sports to document the team’s preparations for the Howard game in the next installment of our continuing “all-access” series.

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Best of high school sports, week of Oct. 13-18

Best of high school sports, week of Oct. 13-18

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Baltimore Sun community papers’ photographers were out again this past week capturing moments from high school sports games, which featured a county field hockey championship game in Baltimore County. Here’s a collection of shots from Howard, Harford and Baltimore counties.

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Best of high school sports: Week of Sept. 8-13

Best of high school sports: Week of Sept. 8-13

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Baltimore Sun community papers’ photographers were out again this past week capturing moments from high school sports games. Here’s a collection of shots from the second week of sports in Howard, Harford and Baltimore counties.

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The art of sports portraits

The art of sports portraits

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Baltimore Sun Media Group photographer Jen Rynda has a reputation for her sports portraits, or “sportraits,” as she calls them. When local high school athletes are selected as either a player to watch for the upcoming season, or the editors’ choice for player of the year, Jen is sent to spend some time with that athlete to photograph them. She often tries to capture them in a way that is not only artistic, but also shows off their athletic prowess.

The set-up is elaborate, the process tedious, and Jen is meticulous. So, we thought it would be interesting to time-lapse her setting up and shooting athletes at the end of the spring 2014 season.

Click through the gallery to see some of her sportrait shoots over the past two years, and watch the video below to see how the magic happens.

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Tiny steeds, big deeds at the Howard County Fair Miniature Horse Show

Tiny steeds, big deeds at the Howard County Fair Miniature Horse Show

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It doesn’t draw crowds like the Bull Blast or Monster Truck Madness, but the Howard County Fair’s Miniature Horse Show, held on Wednesday, Aug. 6, is quite unique.

There are competitions for adults and youths (the humans, not the horses), that include various types of showmanship, jumping small hurdles and maneuvering an obstacle course.

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The life of a rodeo cowboy

The life of a rodeo cowboy

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“There’s no injured reserve for bull riders,” said Chip Ridgely, the owner of Rockin’ R Western Productions, which put on the Bull Blast at the Howard County Fair Monday night, and will again on Thursday.

We took look into the life of rodeo cowboys, who travel around the country in groups for weeks on end to entertain crowds at fairs and other events. Most people are aware of how dangerous the sport can be, but few may realize what bull riders go through from day to day.

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Sports Breakdown: How to shoot three-pointers

Sports Breakdown: How to shoot three-pointers

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With the return of summer also comes the return of the Howard County Times’ video series ‘Sports Breakdown,’ where athletes from across the county teach our reporters and editors how to do what they do best.

Our first installment this year brings together rivals Tori Diggs, of Oakland Mills High, and Rachel Lazris, of Wilde Lake High, who teach girls basketball beat reporter Matt Owings how to sink three-point shots.

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