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.
When photographing anything with speed, the main thing to remember is your photos should relay motion to the viewer when possible. If your photos show a race car with tires static and the car and tires tack sharp, the car might as well be in a showroom standing still.
For the past three years, the Howard County girls golf scene has been dominated by the talented duo of Bryana Nguyen (Atholton) and Rachel Lee (Marriotts Ridge).
Nguyen, a three-time county Player of the Year, added a state championship to her resume last fall at the University of Maryland golf course. She also owns the county’s girls golf record for scoring average over the course of an entire season.
Lee, meanwhile, is a three-time first team all-county selection in her own right. She has finished in the top three in the county in scoring average every season since arriving as a freshman and has finished fourth at the state championship tournament for two straight years.
Nguyen has verbally committed to play collegiately at the University of North Carolina, while Lee committed this spring to the University of Delaware.
The Oakland Mills boys soccer team put together its highest overall win total (13) of the past decade last fall, finishing third in the county standings and making the 2A North regional championship along the way.
The team’s mix of senior leadership and young talent was the backbone of that breakthrough campaign. John Caldwell, who will be a junior this year, is one of those underclassmen that are now hoping to help the Scorpions take that next step toward competing for a county championship.
Caldwell finished his sophomore year season with five goals and five assists. That point total (15) put him among the county’s top 20 scorers.
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 unique sport of curling remains mostly out of the spotlight. But every four years, that changes, says brothers Hunter and Caleb Clawson, of Clarksville. After each winter Olympics, the Potomac Curling Club in Laurel sees a huge influx in interest at its meetings and open houses. For now, it’s just a core group of devotees shuffling up and down the ice.
The Clawsons, trained by their father Eric for the past eight years, are competing in the International Curling Championships this week in Vancouver. On Sunday, the Clawsons did some training exercises and competed in a friendly match with other club members.
The video below was partly shot on a GoPro camera attached to a curling stone to give a rare perspective of the sport.
After winning Super Bowl XLVII, the Baltimore Ravens were welcomed back by one of the greatest victory parades in Baltimore history with over 200,000 fans in attendance on Feb. 5.
Look back at past celebrations and Opening Day sports parades. Perhaps, the biggest turnout was on April 15, 1954, when fans welcomed the Baltimore Orioles in their very first season on Opening Day against the White Sox. Over 350,000 fans were said to have shown up for the parade.
Baltimore Sun Media Group photographers Brian Krista, Nicole Munchel and Jen Rynda cover dozens of high school and youth sports competitions in the fall season. Football, field hockey, cross country and soccer fields are where they have spent many evenings and weekends — sometimes in the rain and cold — over the past three months.
Here’s a selection of their best — and favorite — shots from the season.
You don’t become the most decorated Olympian of all time without ubiquitous worldwide press coverage — hardware equals headlines — but we can safely say the ink chronicling hometown hero Michael Phelps in the pages of The Baltimore Sun could fill entire swimming pools. A record 22 Olympic medals, including 18 golds, will do that. Search “Michael Phelps” in The Sun’s print archives and you’ll find more than 1,500 articles mentioning him, a total which isn’t comprehensive for the newspaper and doesn’t include any website or mobile content. Ninety-nine front-page (1A) stories* have at least mentioned Phelps, though he’s obviously been the main subject of many of those. Not bad for a 27-year-old, huh?
As Phelps begins life after competitive swimming, we take a look back at The Sun’s coverage of his Olympic medal-winning races in Athens, Beijing and London, highlighting the print covers and stories.