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 Sunday, April 6 through April 13.
The Baltimore Lutheran girls lacrosse team, which struggled last season and earned only a 1-9 record, has seen major improvements this year under the team’s new coach, former pro John Tucker.
Players say Coach Tucker, a former professional lacrosse player and coach for several Major League Lacrosse and National Lacrosse League teams, has stressed fundamentals to put the team back in winning form.
Lacrosse is the official team sport of Maryland and Kennedy Krieger International Center for Spinal Cord Injury is hoping even more people will be able to play. Kennedy Krieger in partnership with FreeState Wheelchair Lacrosse recently put on a wheelchair lacrosse clinic at Johns Hopkins University. The oldest sport in North America is one of the newest adaptive sports. There are currently only a handful of teams in the country
Horseback riders of all ages can play polocrosse, a sport invented in Australia in the 1930s. Think of the sport as a cross between polo and lacrosse, with players on horseback carrying rackets that resemble lacrosse sticks, scooping up the ball and passing it to their teammates – all while riding a horse. Sun photographer Karl Merton Ferron has more details.
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.
Wilson Hicks, former Executive Editor for Life Magazine, once wrote, “The most graphic reporting is eyewitness reporting. ‘I was there, I saw it happen, it was like this.’ In journalistic print, the firsthand account which comes closest to reproducing the actuality of an event is the picture…”
Baltimore Sun photographers were on hand to witness and photograph the highs and lows of 2012, from the resurgent Orioles making the playoffs for the first time in 15 years to the devastation of Superstorm Sandy.
The images in this gallery are a sampling of these pictures as selected by Sun Director of Photography Robert Hamilton. Some of these photographs are from significant events that shaped the lives of people; others are small moments of universal truths.
Patuxent Homestead photographers cover scores of high school sporting events during the school year. They capture hundreds of goals and runs, victories and losses, tears of joy and sadness. Photographers Jen Rynda and Brian Krista each picked six of their favorites from baseball, softball, lacrosse and track, and shared a couple of tips for taking great sports shots. (Below)
Mike Brunner is a 40-year-old business owner, real estate agent and a freshman at CCBC-Catonsville. The 6-foot-7, 320-pound father of three is also the leading scorer on the school’s lacrosse team, the Cardinals.
When he and head coach Bill Zopp found out that he was eligible to play, he signed up for the team. Other teams weren’t ready for Brunner at first, because he didn’t play in the fall, but now they design their defenses around him.