Carson High vs. McQueen High Basketball, January 8, 2016

It’s good to be back at Carson High!  That sounds kinda strange but it’s been some time since the last home football game in November… and while I’ve been at the school to take team photos, it’s nice to be back seeing some action! 🙂

The Boys haven’t had many home games yet this year due to some… well, I’ll call it “creative scheduling”… but they’re on a roll this year and they’re fun to watch, they play hard and last night, although the score seemed a little lopsided, they kept the pressure on and wouldn’t let McQueen get any taste of making a run… it was a very pleasant surprise to come back to!

A quick shout out to Kyle, nice job on your “estimate”, I’ll give you the one point! 🙂

Here are some images from the evening.  If you can get out to some games, I’d highly recommend it, this is a fun team to watch!!  They play the rest of their home games on Tuesdays for the balance of the season… Damonte, Galena, Douglas, Wooster, Manogue (those are the next five Tuesday’s in order…)… Hope to see you out at a game!

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2015 NIAA State Championship Soccer @ North Valleys High

What a beautiful day for soccer!  The weather was perfect, the pitch was in good condition the crowds came out for the games, what a great atmosphere!IMG_3877.JPG

In the Girls match had the Arbor View Aggies against the Coronado Cougars.  The Arbor View Aggies were going for their fourth straight state title… they had already put up seven goals against the Northern Region Champion Bishop Manogue in the state semifinal round and wasted no time getting to work attacking against the Cougars… in the end the relentless attack of the Aggies proved to be too much for the Cougars and walked away with a 2-0 win to give them their fourth Nevada State Championship in a row. Here are some shots from their game.151114_4578 151114_4644 151114_4651 151114_4704 151114_4722 151114_4746

The Nevada State Division 1 Champion Arbor View Aggies!151114_4867

The Boys game saw a rematch of the Northern Region Championship… and the game ended in the same score for the same team, the Carson Senators defeated the Wooster Colts 2-1 with an golden goal overtime goal to grab the Nevada State Championship!

Anytime these two teams meet it’s all all out battle and Saturday’s game was no different.  Overall I’d say it was well played… could have done without some of the “chippy-ness” but that can come easily in big games… 151114_4888 151114_4903 151114_4938 151114_5000

The Nevada State Division 1 Champion Carson Senators!151114_5122

2015 NIAA Northern Region Championship Soccer @ Carson High

Again, a big congratulations to all four teams for making the NIAA Regional Championship games, this year in particular is special because the North hosts state and therefore all four of these teams will compete in the State Championship tournament which is Friday/Saturday, November 13th and 14th. (stay tuned for coverage of those matches)

A big Congratulations to the Bishop Manogue Miner Girls and the Carson High Senator Boys for their NIAA Regional Championship Wins in some of the wackiest weather I’ve ever seen for a soccer game!

Don’t believe me… This was about 15 minutes into the boys game, the girls game finished in these conditions… YIKES! 🙂

I left during the boys game due to the fact that the snow was so intense the camera would grab focus on the snow and not the player… see below…

Some shots from the girls game first… The game started out with just a slight bit of rain and Douglas seemed to have more of the attacking for most of the first 3/4 of the game… not to say that Manogue didn’t have their opportunities, just seemed that the pressure of the game was with Douglas… 151109_4011

Then in the second half the weather picked up… it wasn’t quite cold enough to snow quite yet but not just solid rain either… the camera is already starting to have issues….
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As with most of the last several years of Regional Championship games, I set up a remote camera in the goal… Regional Championship day has been on a bright sunny Saturday afternoon with barely a whisper of clouds in the sky… So the “opportunity” to get something good on a night like this was very much foiled by the conditions… the big bright dots are rain drops on the lens… the blurry players are because when you shoot with a remote like this you need more light to allow you to shoot with the lens more closed down and thus my shutter speed went WAY down to 1/30th of a second for this shot (remember aperture, the smaller the number the more shallow the depth of field, with a remote you want everything in focus so you use a smaller aperture (a larger number…)…).  You generally shoot portraits of people around 1/125th and I shoot sports at 1/1000th… if it were not for the tripod the camera is on here everything would have been blurry so I’ll take what I got… 🙂151109_4149

This next photo seems rather uninteresting but will be talked about as a huge controversy of this game… I know FIFA is all over the news for bad and corrupt leadership but the fact still remains they are the maker and keeper of the laws of the game and this one is literally black and white in the rule book…

Law 12 from the FIFA Rule book… see the Bolded section…

  1. Sending-off offenses:
    A player, substitute or substituted player is sent off if he commits any of the following seven offences:

    • serious foul play
    • violent conduct
    • spitting at an opponent or any other person
    • denying the opposing team a goal or an obvious goalscoring opportunityby deliberately handling the ball (this does not apply to a goalkeeper within his own penalty area)
    • denying an obvious goalscoring opportunity to an opponent moving towards the player’s goal by an offence punishable by a free kick or a penalty kick
    • using offensive, insulting or abusive language and/or gestures
    • receiving a second caution in the same match

I’ve been involved with soccer a very long time (1979), there are a lot of “judgement” rules for soccer where the referees have to make a decision, is it a foul or is it not a foul (and spectators expect an instant decision…)… FIFA added this rule right before a World Cup (I believe it was before the 2002 World Cup) and it created a lot of controversy at the time but was put in place to radically discourage an age old practice and was the beginning of what has now been coined by FIFA as “Fair Play”… They have a good point as this was very common practice in all my years of playing… can’t quite get there or stop them, just take them down with a little bump, nudge or trip… no big deal… NOW with an automatic red card on the table, you don’t do that any more…. There isn’t a player on the field that hasn’t had that rule in place for their entire playing career….
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That resulted in Douglas playing with 10 with just a few minutes to go (the play was outside the box so no penalty kick, “just” a direct free kick…) and momentum swung completely in favor of the Miners… They scored and solidified their Championship.151109_4204

Here’s the muck the boys were dealing with… the camera was having fits with this weather… I had to call it a night… I have a feeling we may very well see this matchup again in the State Championship game… we’ll see on Friday if the South teams have something for either of these two teams. 🙂151109_4250151109_4231151109_4252

2015 NIAA Northern Region Championship Volleyball, Manogue vs. Carson @ Manogue

Time flies when you’re having fun… you hear that a lot… but following the Carson High Volleyball team this year has been fun… We started at the Nevada Train Museum for team photos in August and ended today in the Regional Championship.

A very big congratulations to both the Carson Senator Ladies and Bishop Manogue Miner Ladies for their accomplishment in making the Regional Championship game… and an even bigger congratulations to the Miner Ladies for their win today.  It was an exciting game, all back and forth battles that only went three games but they were action packed games!  Manogue will head to Vegas for the State Championships later this week.

Here are some photos from the semifinals and championship.

The Anderson sister’s giving each other some encouragement between games…151105_3595

Julianna made a monster kill, Maddie was impressed! 🙂
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Katelyn Oppio getting up VERY high and making the kill…151105_3634 151105_3649

Maddie up for the block…151107_3904

Jaycie for the kill!151107_3918 151107_3919

Volleyball is a tough sport to shoot… I still don’t know where to shoot from to get a “great” shot… so it’s always a challenge going to a new place… tried this angle.  I knew Katelyn would make her normal approach to the right side so I was waiting for it to happen….151107_3925

Julianna with a dig…
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Jaycie can’t keep a straight face… thanks for the fun season Ladies!151107_3934

2015 NIAA Northern Region Playoff Football, Carson vs. Spanish Springs at Carson High

Carson rolled to a first round victory tonight against Spanish Springs… Spanish Springs gave Carson a run of their money tonight… none the less Carson marches on toward the regional championship.  Here are some photos from the night.151106_3714 151106_3729 151106_3738 151106_3891

2015 NIAA Northern Region Football, Douglas vs. Carson at Douglas

Congratulations to Carson for their 2015 Sierra League Championship!!

There is something about the Douglas field that has “troubled” Carson for every game that I’ve ever seen there… maybe it’s the fact that the field is named after Coach Roman’s dad… who knows what it is… Douglas moved the ball pretty well, Carson had some huge plays that broke the game open in the end and they walked away with a 42-13 win.  Here are some shots from the night….

Carson's Asa Carter Strips the ball from the Douglas Wide Receiver
Asa’s strip that wasn’t to be… this was blown dead by the official as stopped forward progress by the offense… pretty clear who has the ball here… 🙂
The Douglas Quarterback was elusive all night extending quite a lot of plays and converting them into big gains for the Tigers
The Douglas Quarterback was elusive all night extending quite a lot of plays and converting them into big gains for the Tigers
The swarming Carson High Defense
The swarming Carson High Defense
Carson Senator Kicker Johnny Barahona
Kicker Johnny Barahona gives me the thumbs up!

2015 NIAA Northern Region Football, Carson vs. Galena at Carson High

Carson wins 51-21 over Galena heading into the final two weeks of the season with one league game left against rival Douglas in two weeks…  Offensively Jace Keema was able to connect for at least three long pass plays with Connor Pradere to really open up the game and make it that much tougher to stop them…  Galena obviously was able to exploit a few weak points in the Carson defense but only on a few plays…  Great win for Carson heading into their bye week, time to get people rested and on the mend headed into the playoffs in three weeks.

Here are some shots from the night. I’ll be updating this post in a few days when my buddy Ron gets his gallery of the game up… 🙂

Galena’s running back Mateo Lemus seems to be floating around the field, here’s two photos with him “flying”… 🙂

Carson Senator Defense just a fun shot, Galena Running Back

Sometimes you get that catch just right!Galena rectption

Like last week, that one last block and Asa Carter was off to the end zone!Carson Senator Asa Carter on his way to the endzone

Jace Keema started and lead the Senators tonight…Carson Senator Jace Keema

2015 NIAA Northern Region Football, Bishop Manogue vs. Carson at Bishop Manogue

A day game… haven’t shot a high school day game since the 2014 State Championship last year (Gorman vs. Reed @ Damonte Ranch)!  Today was Bishop Manogue’s Homecoming… and well, they chose a very tough opponent for their homecoming but they’re in a rebuilding stage with their program so…

Just a few photos from the day… I’ll start with the first touchdown of the day for Carson… when your teammate (who just happens to be your brother…) gives you one of those blocks that clears the path like Abel Carter did here for Asa Carter… you better make good and get yourself into the end zone and Asa delivered… 🙂

Asa Carter with a block from his brother Abel Carter
Abel Carter makes a block for brother Asa Carter for Asa’s touchdown run to make the game 6-0 Carson
Asa Carter with a block from his brother Abel Carter
Asa Carter headed for a touchdown to make the game 6-0 Carson

Jace Keema saw quite a bit of action today at Quarterback… he seems to have an uncanny ability to get his hand on his opponents helmet stiff arm style… I’ve got several photos in the gallery… 🙂

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Carson’s Jace Keema running the ball against the Manogue Defense.

Carson’s Spencer Rogers making a tackle on one of Manogue’s receivers… there seemed to be a desire by the Carson team to make a bit of a statement today…

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Carson’s Spencer Rogers makes a tackle.

Manogue’s Johnny Cavilla flying at Carson’s Abel Carter for a tackle… these two used to both suit up in Carson Pop Warner jerseys…

Johnny Cavilla (25) and Abel Carter (6)
Manogue’s Cavilla goes after Carson’s Abel Carter for a tackle.

A quick shout out to Nick Andreas for his sack today… good to see you back out there Nick… it’s been a long time coming to see you play this year!

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Carson’s Nick Andreas makes a sack.

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2015 NIAA Northern Region Football, Carson vs. Damonte Ranch at Carson High

Carson won at home against Damonte Ranch 17-14.

The hype about this game being close was no joke!  And the game delivered a great deal of entertainment….  In my opinion the score doesn’t really reflect the overall “feel” of the game, Damonte started off strong (and Carson started slow…) and passed one into the end zone to take a quick early lead 7-0 and then looked to be threatening again but were picked off by double coverage in the end zone to end their second drive… then Carson got going… and after that, the “tone” of the game seemed to be all Carson…  The offense wasn’t as successful as in games past but we all knew this was the game for first place in the Sierra League for 2015.

Here are some shots from the night.

Carson High's Greg Wallace (23)
Carson High’s Greg Wallace (23) runs the ball as Damonte Ranch High’s Jakob Saffle (44) tries to close him down during the NIAA Northern Division 1 football game between the Damonte Ranch High Mustangs and Carson High Senators at Carson High School, Carson City, NV
Carson High's Jace Keema (21)
Carson High’s Jace Keema (21) breaks through the line and tackles Damonte Ranch High’s Samuel Banghart (11) behind the line during the NIAA Northern Division 1 football game between the Damonte Ranch High Mustangs and Carson High Senators at Carson High School, Carson City, NV
Carson High's Caulin Bartley (9)
Carson High’s Caulin Bartley (9) intercepts the ball to end Damonte’s second drive of the NIAA Northern Division 1 football game between the Damonte Ranch High Mustangs and Carson High Senators at Carson High School, Carson City, NV
Damonte Ranch High's Cade McNamara (12)
Damonte Ranch High’s Cade McNamara (12) drops back during the NIAA Northern Division 1 football game between the Damonte Ranch High Mustangs and Carson High Senators at Carson High School, Carson City, NV
Damonte Ranch High's Elijah Sapico (7)
Damonte Ranch High’s Elijah Sapico (7) catches the ball against Carson High’s Spencer Rogers (33) for a touchdown during the NIAA Northern Division 1 football game between the Damonte Ranch High Mustangs and Carson High Senators at Carson High School, Carson City, NV
Carson High's Greg Wallace (23)
Carson High’s Greg Wallace (23) is tackled by Damonte Ranch High’s Dru Jacobs (6) and Robert Garlock (10) during the NIAA Northern Division 1 football game between the Damonte Ranch High Mustangs and Carson High Senators at Carson High School, Carson City, NV
Carson High's Greg Wallace (23)
Carson High’s Greg Wallace (23) is tackled by Damonte Ranch High’s Dru Jacobs (6) and Robert Garlock (10) during the NIAA Northern Division 1 football game between the Damonte Ranch High Mustangs and Carson High Senators at Carson High School, Carson City, NV
Carson High's Elijah Fajayan (34)
Carson High’s Elijah Fajayan (34) cuts back on his way to the end zone for Carson’s second touchdown during the NIAA Northern Division 1 football game between the Damonte Ranch High Mustangs and Carson High Senators at Carson High School, Carson City, NV
Carson's Steamroller Vic Castro (5)
Carson’s Steamroller Vic Castro (5) during the NIAA Northern Division 1 football game between the Damonte Ranch High Mustangs and Carson High Senators at Carson High School, Carson City, NV
Carson High's Abel Carter (6) celebrates
Carson High’s Abel Carter (6) celebrates a Carson Recovered onside kick late in the NIAA Northern Division 1 football game between the Damonte Ranch High Mustangs and Carson High Senators at Carson High School, Carson City, NV

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2015 NIAA Northern Region Football, Carson vs. Hug at Carson High

Very quick post tonight, it’s homecoming week so there are a lot of events going on… Soccer all day tomorrow at the school… 🙂

The team was fired up at the start tonight… homecoming week, there were a lot of things going on at the school and before the game… it was a pretty exciting atmosphere tonight… 150925_1519

A big congratulations to the entire homecoming court… it seems like just a few days ago I started photographing you all but it’s been eight years if you can believe that… all of you have grown up right before me… baseball, soccer, cheer, softball, football, volleyball, track, basketball… it’s been a lot of fun!150925_1846

OH, and a game happened tonight too!  The Carson Senators rolled to an easy victory over the Hug Hawks… the Hawks were without their starting quarterback, would have been nice to see him fit to play to see what they were capable of…

There were some impressive plays tonight… Abel Carter’s run early in the first quarter was impressive, one of the coaches was telling me seeing it from the booth, he wanted to see a replay of it because the cuts he made and the moves… going to be fun watching Abel for the next few years! Here he his making the fist touchdown run…150925_1432

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