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 State Swim Meet, Carson Aquatic Facility

Shot the 2015 Nevada High School State Championship Swim Meet today… Here are some photos of some of the local kids… Been shooting some of these kids for quite a few years now!  Great to see them excelling in the pool!

Kaela Forvilly
Kaela Forvilly competes in the 200 yard Medley Relay for Douglas High School at the 2015 NIAA State Swim Meet hosted by the Carson Aquatic Facility, Carson City, NV
Taylor Sullivan
Taylor Sullivan competes in the 200 yard Medley Relay for Douglas High School at the 2015 NIAA State Swim Meet hosted by the Carson Aquatic Facility, Carson City, NV
Kaila Duffy
Kaila Duffy competes in the 200 yard Medley Relay for Douglas High School at the 2015 NIAA State Swim Meet hosted by the Carson Aquatic Facility, Carson City, NV
Dagen Kipling
Dagen Kipling competes in the 200 yard Individual Medley for Carson High School at the 2015 NIAA State Swim Meet hosted by the Carson Aquatic Facility, Carson City, NV
Ryan Chen
Ryan Chen competes in the 200 yard Medley Relay for Douglas High School at the 2015 NIAA State Swim Meet hosted by the Carson Aquatic Facility, Carson City, NV
Dagen Kipling
Dagen Kipling competes in the 200 yard Individual Medley for Carson High School at the 2015 NIAA State Swim Meet hosted by the Carson Aquatic Facility, Carson City, NV
Shelby Koontz
Shelby Koontz competes in the 200 yard Individual Medley for Douglas High School at the 2015 NIAA State Swim Meet hosted by the Carson Aquatic Facility, Carson City, NV

2014 NIAA Division 1 State Championship Football, Gorman vs. Reed

On Saturday, December 9th I had the pleasure of shooting the NIAA State Championship football game for the Las Vegas Sun… here are the photos I shot for the paper… Here’s their article Las Vegas Sun

NIAA Northern Regional Championships, Soccer, Volleyball

November 8, 2014 will be a day remembered for the Douglas High Girls Athletics program! The photos will speak for themselves… Two Regional Champions crowned just hours apart, Girls Soccer and Volleyball… and plenty of smiles to go around!!  Congrats ladies!!  Good luck at State!

Douglas High Athletics Photos

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One more for Douglas!! down in Vegas… State Champion… Lindsay Adams took her second State Cross Country Championship!  Congrats!  Sorry for the year old photo… don’t have a newer one…1D1_2694

And last, but not least, the North Valleys Boys Soccer team won the NIAA Northern Region Championship today defeating Galena 2-0.  Here’s one shot from that game with my remote goal cam… kinda fun!

North Valleys Boys Soccer Photo Gallery

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2014 NIAA State Track Meet @ Carson High

Photography is a very multifaceted hobby/profession/art… The 2014 NIAA State Track meet this weekend was an event that I went out to try a few things photographically as well as record some important events in the lives of some of these athletes… saw some broken State records… saw some real gut level performances of some kids that clearly wanted that impressive title… “State Champion”…  There were a lot of impressive athletes to watch!

Track is very different than most of the other sports that I cover… it’s all about you, the athlete, putting your very best out yet right next to you is the next guy/gal also trying to do the same, who’s the fastest today?  Gotta love competition!

So here are some photos that I shot…  Congratulations to all the athletes for making “the big game”… I hope our time in Carson for this great event was enjoyable and fruitful for your athletic careers!

Friday “night” this was our sky… cleared up a lot for Saturday but the clouds gave us a nice show and kept the temperature down a bit on Friday…140523_NIAAStateTrackCHSCarson Freshman Valerie Meyer starting in the 400m.  … this was the STATE meet… looking forward to seeing her compete for the next few years!  She’s also a great soccer player for Carson High.140523_7536 Here’s some of that photographic “trial”… slow the shutter speed and pan with the action… 140523_7581 140523_7623I’m gonna call him Mr. Carson High Track… Corey Reid competing in the high jump… 140524_7677 This was a great thing to witness… Randal Cunningham, Jr. was attempting to set a new national mark at 7 feet, 2 ½ inches… he already had won the State Championship but was pushing for more!  His sister also won the State Championship… you would think it’s in the blood or something… 😉140524_7704 Mr. Carson High Track again… here’s the start…140524_7721… and the finish… Corey squeaked out a 0.02 second win this time… The Regional final went to the thousands of a second…  State Champion Corey Reid!  Bet that feels great! … and a shout out to Josie Daggs in the background cheering!
140524_7728Southern Nevada Centennial’s Tiana Bonds easily striding to her State Championship in the 300m hurdles…140524_7739

NIAA State Division 1 Semifinal Football, Reed vs. Liberty

Saturday I ventured up to Bishop Manogue High School to shoot the 2013 NIAA State Division 1 Football Semifinal.  Reed High (Sparks) hosted Liberty High (Henderson).

Check out the full gallery here… https://instaimage.com/NIAA/football/2013semifinal

What a FANTASTIC day for football! I shot this pano with my phone at half time… compared to the bitter cold we’ve had and all night games, a big reason I went was simply because the opportunity to shoot with such great conditions!  Yes, I was hoping for a great game too… and this one did NOT disappoint!  Wow!photoAs always you try to chat with people around the stadium to get their “take” on the game… with this one, it was all over the board, Liberty was favored, Reed was favored, blah blah blah… when I showed up and started setting up the Liberty kids were warming up at this near end… they have some BIG kids!  Wow!  Apparently we don’t grow ’em like that up here in the north state! 🙂  Would that be a factor?  What did the Football Gods have in store for us today?

I also had an ulterior motive with this game… been messing with the camera and the auto focus settings… trying to get a “better” one… full sunlight, good contrasty uniforms, should make for a good test day… well… I’ll start the photos off with this… Reed’s game winning touchdown… see that blurry bit behind the FANTASTICALLY in focus ref?  The camera LOVES the ref… his ultimate contrast uniform is the camera’s biggest delight…  I would have completely snarffed this shot anyway so maybe it’s not such a deal but here’s what happens… the real stuff… “… did you get that shot?”… Yes I did… TOTALLY out of focus and there’s a significant “distraction”… but yes, yes I did get it… 🙂  Opps!

131130_3502_touchdown follieSo the “scouting reports” say that Reed (who I’ve seen once vs. Carson in the bitter cold last week…) will run a lot but has a good passing game as well and Liberty likes to air it out and has a good passing game… so I tried to get a little quarterback action…

Here Liberty’s quarterback looking to air one out down field on some down and long…
131130_NIAA State Football Semifinal_Reed vs Liberty_Liberty QuarterbackReed’s quarterback… I just liked these two shots of him….131130_NIAA State Football_Reed vs Liberty_Reed Quarterback131130_NIAA State Football_Reed vs Liberty_Reed Quarterback2So after watching this awhile, I had a hunch… I went down to the end zone and waited… and Liberty delivered!  Airmail for Liberty #2!131130_NIAA State Football Semifinal_Reed vs Liberty_Liberty touchdown passAs you can see… 7:31 to go in the 2nd quarter… between hard nosed defense by Reed and HUGE costly penalties by Liberty… we saw 3rd and long… so long I had to take a photo because it’s the “long”est that any of us had ever seen in a football game… 3rd and 51… over half the field!!131130_NIAA Football State Semifinal_Reed vs Liberty_3rd51 Here’s some of that Reed hard nosed defense…

131130_NIAA State Football Semifinal_Reed vs Liberty_Reed TackleReed’s running back on his way to a second half touchdown!
131130_NIAA State Football Semifinal_Reed vs Liberty_Reed Running BackSo for those of you that didn’t see the game… They battled back and forth for a lot of the game… In my opinion, Reed kinda always had the upper hand, their opening drive for example, after Liberty had burned a BUNCH of time off the clock and missed a field goal… Reed sprinted up the field in two plays and were on the scoreboard 7-0… so there was a lot of back and forth, I score, you score, I score… then we came down to this play…  Reed was marching up the field… Liberty intercepted but the Reed wide out turned it all around and stripped the ball from the Liberty player… Did I mention above this was a GREAT football game!

Reed was able to march up the field one last time and go ahead 35-31….131130_NIAA State Football Semifinal_Reed vs Liberty_Reed stipping the ball
Which led to this attempted… and I say attempted because you have to see the end result in the next photo to understand the outcome… 131130_NIAA State Football Semifinal_Reed vs Liberty_Liberty Quarterback 2… with 7 seconds left on the clock the Liberty pass from the above image ended up like this… Reed took a knee with seven seconds to go to go onto the State Championship at UNLV on Saturday, December 7th against Bishop Gorman.  Congratulations and good luck to both teams next week!

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2013 NIAA Division 1 State Soccer Championships, hosted by Carson High

The Nevada Division 1 State Soccer Championships were today… the girls match saw Arbor View High from the south defeat Carson High from the North 3-0… In the boys match Eldorado High defeated Palo Verde High 2-0.  Congratulations to all the teams competing in the State Championships!

To see the action from the games check out these links…

The girls match, Arbor View vs. Carson

The boys match, Eldorado vs. Palo Verde

Here are some shots from the games…

A BEAUTIFUL day for soccer!!131116_instaimage_Nevada High School Soccer_Carson vs Arbor View Championship131116_instaimage_Nevada High School Soccer_Carson vs Arbor View Championship challenge Tried something different with the remote today… and got a pretty decent result… 131116_instaimage_Nevada High School Soccer_Carson vs Arbor View Championship goal131116_instaimage_Nevada High School Soccer_Eldorado vs Palo Verde Championship challenge131116_instaimage_Nevada High School Soccer_Eldorado vs Palo Verde Championship challenge 2There was a fair amount of “discussions” with the referee today…131116_instaimage_Nevada High School Soccer_Eldorado vs Palo Verde Championship RefWhat a great smile!!!  Congratulations!!!
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