Lakin versus Hoisington 11-8-19

The Lakin Broncs traveled to Hoisington to face the Cardinals in a Class 2A Regional Playoff game. The Cardinals won the game 48 to 7.

Below are some of the pictures I took at the game:

Haircut Time for Al and Charlie

When the hair of my two oldest sons started to get a little shaggy, my wife Anita decided it was time for a haircut.

Al got to go first. Both boys are not fans of clippers, but they are getting better about tolerating them.

Al looks up as Mommy uses the clippers on him.
Al looks up as Mommy uses the clippers on him.
Al does not enjoy the clippers going over his head.
Al does not enjoy the clippers going over his head.
Al looks on as his Mommy tries to cut his bangs in a straight line.
Mommy works to cut Al’s bangs as straight as possible.

As time goes on, the little boy getting the haircut starts to loose his patience.

Al tries to pull away as he's does not like how long the haircut is taking.
Al starts to protest how long the hair cut is taking.

Finally, Al is done with his haircut.

Al shows off his shorter haircut.
Al shows off his shorter haircut.

Now it’s time for older brother to loose some hair.

Mommy begins Charlie's haircut using the clippers.
Mommy begins Charlie’s haircut using the clippers.

Sometimes Mommy gets a little extra help in the course of a haircut.

Al helps to comb out Charlie's hair.
Al helps to comb out Charlie’s hair.

Mommy works on making some final touchups to Charlie’s hair.

Mommy bends Charlie's ear back to trim around it.
Mommy bends Charlie’s ear back to trim around it.

A happy boy enjoy’s his new haircut with his stylist.

Charlie smiles at his new haircut from Mommy.
Charlie smiles at his new haircut from Mommy.

Wichita Northwest versus Great Bend 9-20-19

The Wichita Northwest Grizzlies traveled to Great Bend to take on the Panthers.

Northwest had been known for putting up a ton of points in their first two games. Great Bend managed to hold them to 31 points.

The defense of the Grizzlies held Great Bend to zero points on the night. Three times the Panthers either fumbled or turned the ball over on downs within the red zone.

Below are some of the pictures I took at the game:

Andover versus Great Bend 9-6-19

The Andover Trojans traveled to Great Bend for an exciting start to the 2019 football season.

Some games are decided long before they end. Some games take longer for one team to build up a lead over the other. Then there are games that change in a minute, the last minute to be more specific.

Andover scored the first touchdown of the game early in the first quarter. Then to close out the first half, David Kemp kicked a 49 yard field goal to give the Trojans a 10 to 0 lead.

For most of the game, Great Bend’s offense could not sustain a drive. Their defense, on the other hand, held Andover’s offense mostly in check. They forced three turnovers, that the offense could not capitalize on.

With under three minutes to go in the game, the Panthers had three cracks at scoring a touchdown from one yard out. They could not get across the goal line. Andover celebrated their successful goal line stand.

The Trojans took over the ball on their one yard line. Great Bend’s defense held them to only a few yards of gain. Forced to punt from the end zone, Andover’s punter, quarterback Eli Fahnestock, saw his punt get blocked. In the scramble after the block, Fahnestock knocked the ball out the back of the end zone. This gave Great Bend a Safety and two points.

The Panthers now had 54 seconds and 50 yards to get eight more points to tie up the game. Their first three plays only netted six yards. On the fourth down, quarterback Dalton Miller heaved a Hail Mary pass to the end zone and receiver Alex Schremmer. Schremmer caught the ball and scored the touchdown as time expired for the game. They quickly converted the two point conversion to tie the game at 10 points all.

In overtime, Andover had the ball first, but they were unable to score. They attempted a field goal from about 26 yards out, but it barely missed.

Great Bend took the ball but were forced to attempt a field goal. Their kicker, Angel Razo, never attempted a field goal or even a point after touchdown in a game before. He stepped up and made the 29 yard field goal to win the game.

Afterwards fans dubbed the game the “Miracle on Morton.” Needless to say, it made for an exciting end to the first game of the season.

Below are some of the pictures I took at the game:

Great Bend Football Jamboree 8-30-19

For the first time ever, Great Bend hosted a football jamboree with Hoisington and Scott Community High Schools.

The jamboree is a preseason gathering of three or four schools to scrimmage against each other.

In the past, most schools would hold a soap scrimmage. In a soap scrimmage, the varsity side would line up against the junior varsity. For a jamboree, two school’s varsity teams would face each other for a set number of plays.

This format gives a coach a chance to see his team against different competition for the first time in a season. The players also get some idea of how they are performing as they head into their first game week.

Below are some of the pictures I took at the game:

2019 Central Kansas League Preseason Volleyball Tournament 8-31-19

The volleyball teams of the Central Kansas League gathered in Hesston on August 31st for the league Preseason Volleyball tournament.

The host team, Hesston, came in ranked fourth in Class 3A in the Kansas Volleyball Association poll. Their toughest competition on the day would come from the other ranked team, Nickerson, who were selected seventh in the Class 4A poll.

Both teams advanced out of pool play into the semi-finals. They then won each of their respective matches to square off for the championship.

It took three games to decide the winner. In the end, the hosts fell to Nickerson. The Lady Panthers enjoyed their first ever victory in the tournament.

Below are some of the pictures I took at the game:

Gender Reveal for Baby Santana 8-17-19

When a family find out they are having a baby they naturally want to know if it is a boy or a girl. That desire becomes even more evident when you already have a child. For those that don’t want to wait until the child is born, they have a gender reveal party.

At a gender reveal party, a friend finds out the big secret first and devises a way to tell it to the expecting parents.

But, first you have to have a meal.

Guests gather under a tent in the back yard to find out the gender of the Jaime and Bertha’s baby
Guests gather under a tent in the back yard to find out the gender of the Jaime and Bertha’s baby. Family and Friends gather to see the gender of the next baby in the household of Jaime Santana and Bertha Rodriguez in Great Bend, Kansas on August 17, 2019. (Photo: Joey Bahr, www.joeybahr.com)
Guests go through the food line.
Guests go through the food line. Family and Friends gather to see the gender of the next baby in the household of Jaime Santana and Bertha Rodriguez in Great Bend, Kansas on August 17, 2019. (Photo: Joey Bahr, www.joeybahr.com)

To mark the occasion, blue and pink decorations adorn all the tables for the event.

Decorations sit on a table before the meal.
Decorations sit on a table before the meal. Family and Friends gather to see the gender of the next baby in the household of Jaime Santana and Bertha Rodriguez in Great Bend, Kansas on August 17, 2019. (Photo: Joey Bahr, www.joeybahr.com)

After some time for conversation, it’s time for the big event. First come out a carton of eggs.

Stephanie present eggs to Jaime and Bertha that could possibly hold the gender
Stephanie present eggs to Jaime and Bertha that could possibly hold the gender. Family and Friends gather to see the gender of the next baby in the household of Jaime Santana and Bertha Rodriguez in Great Bend, Kansas on August 17, 2019. (Photo: Joey Bahr, www.joeybahr.com)
Stephanie present eggs to Jaime and Bertha that could possibly hold the gender
Jaime and Bertha crack open an egg. Family and Friends gather to see the gender of the next baby in the household of Jaime Santana and Bertha Rodriguez in Great Bend, Kansas on August 17, 2019. (Photo: Joey Bahr, www.joeybahr.com)

Just yellow confetti fall from the eggs. Time to open the big box.

Kaiden tries to help his parents open the big box
Kaiden tries to help his parents open the big box. Family and Friends gather to see the gender of the next baby in the household of Jaime Santana and Bertha Rodriguez in Great Bend, Kansas on August 17, 2019. (Photo: Joey Bahr, www.joeybahr.com)
The box does not spill the secret either as Jaime and Bertha look confused
The box does not spill the secret either as Jaime and Bertha look confused. Family and Friends gather to see the gender of the next baby in the household of Jaime Santana and Bertha Rodriguez in Great Bend, Kansas on August 17, 2019. (Photo: Joey Bahr, www.joeybahr.com)

More yellow. All of a sudden, another balloon shows up. Will this one reveal the secret?

A large black balloon could hold the big secret
A large black balloon could hold the big secret. Family and Friends gather to see the gender of the next baby in the household of Jaime Santana and Bertha Rodriguez in Great Bend, Kansas on August 17, 2019. (Photo: Joey Bahr, www.joeybahr.com)
Jaime takes a knife to the balloon to see if it truly holds the secret of the gender of his next child.
Jaime takes a knife to the balloon to see if it truly holds the secret of the gender of his next child. Family and Friends gather to see the gender of the next baby in the household of Jaime Santana and Bertha Rodriguez in Great Bend, Kansas on August 17, 2019. (Photo: Joey Bahr, www.joeybahr.com)
IT’S A GIRL!
IT’S A GIRL! Family and Friends gather to see the gender of the next baby in the household of Jaime Santana and Bertha Rodriguez in Great Bend, Kansas on August 17, 2019. (Photo: Joey Bahr, www.joeybahr.com)

It’s a girl! Time to celebrate the new daughter.

Jaime and Bertha celebrate the news of them having a daughter.
Jaime and Bertha celebrate the news of them having a daughter. Family and Friends gather to see the gender of the next baby in the household of Jaime Santana and Bertha Rodriguez in Great Bend, Kansas on August 17, 2019. (Photo: Joey Bahr, www.joeybahr.com)
Jaime hugs Bertha tightly after finding out they are having a daughter.
Jaime hugs Bertha tightly after finding out they are having a daughter. Family and Friends gather to see the gender of the next baby in the household of Jaime Santana and Bertha Rodriguez in Great Bend, Kansas on August 17, 2019. (Photo: Joey Bahr, www.joeybahr.com)

Come to find out, the new big brother, Kaiden, knew all along.

Kaiden gives a look to say that he definitely knew all along.
Kaiden gives a look to say that he definitely knew all along. Family and Friends gather to see the gender of the next baby in the household of Jaime Santana and Bertha Rodriguez in Great Bend, Kansas on August 17, 2019. (Photo: Joey Bahr, www.joeybahr.com)
Jaime, Bertha, and Kaiden show off some pink to tell that they will welcome a girl into their family
Jaime, Bertha, and Kaiden show off some pink to tell that they will welcome a girl into their family. Family and Friends gather to see the gender of the next baby in the household of Jaime Santana and Bertha Rodriguez in Great Bend, Kansas on August 17, 2019. (Photo: Joey Bahr, www.joeybahr.com)

Congratulations to Jaime, Bertha, and Kaiden on adding a girl to their family.

2019 Central Kansas Wheat Harvest – Maneth Family – 6-30-19

Harvest time can be an opportunity for new blood to come into their own.

Many of the families that farm the ground in Kansas hope to pass the tradition on to a child. In those families, the kids will start at an early age helping out.

During harvest that could mean driving the grain cart or a combine, maybe helping fix a breakdown, or manning the truck to help move from field to field that also has the extra fuel and the cooler of “refreshments”.

When one of those children get old enough to farm on their own, it is a time when their ground is added to the list of fields to cut.

On a Sunday Afternoon, I took some time to join Michael Maneth and his sons Bryce and Colton. They were cutting some ground that Bryce recently took over.

Bryce drove his combine in addition to an uncle cutting with a second one. Colton took the important job of driving the grain cart, under the watch of his grandfather, Dale Brady.

The yields were good, but you could see Bryce planning on how to get more out of the field with each pass.

Below are some of the pictures I took in the field:

2019 Central Kansas Wheat Harvest 6-27-19

This year I am trying to work on more photo stories, also known as documentary photography. The first subject I am working on is the 2019 Central Kansas Wheat Harvest.

Every year farmers spend approximately a week to two weeks to bring in the largest crop in Kansas. They planted the wheat in the ground in the fall. The plants spent the winter sitting dormant waiting for the warmth of spring to begin growing. With the heat and wind of summer, the plants reached maturity and turned a distinctive golden color.

This year farmers began cutting later than normal thanks to an overly wet May. The moisture could lead to larger than expected yields. It also could mean less than average grain in the bin due to the plants not maturing fast enough or worse yet, drowned.

There are many elements of bringing this important cash crop to market. I hope to get the opportunity to document those over the coming days.

First up is a few photos from Marvin and John Schneider and their farm north of Albert, Kansas.