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.

2019 Grapple on the Gridiron 6-28-19

For the second year, Great Bend High School hosted the Grapple on the Gridiron team dual wrestling camp.

Wrestlers from 20 high schools came to Central Kansas to get in some mat time and learn how to be a better grappler.

Unfortunately, the Kansas heat kept the wrestlers inside instead of wrestling under the lights of the football stadium for the final round of the first day.

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

2019 Kansas Shrine Bowl 6-8-19

The 2019 Kansas Shrine Bowl was held at Memorial Stadium in Dodge City for the first time ever. The West Team came out on top over the East Team by a score of 26 to 7.

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

Great Bend Girls Swimming Invitational 4-26-19

Nine teams of swimmers went to the pool in the Kirkman Center on the campus of Barton Community College for the Great Bend Girls Swimming Invitational.

Manhattan dominated the meet winning seven of the twelve events and taking first as a team. Newton took first in the other five events but finished third in the team competition twelve points behind host Great Bend.

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

Plainville Boys Basketball vs Hoisington 2-5-19

The final game of the evening saw the Plainville Cardinals face off with the Hoisington Cardinals.

Hoisington scored the first points of the night. Plainville then took the lead thanks to some accurate three-point shooting. At one point they were 5 of 9 from behind the arc in just the first quarter. Hoisington worked hard to overcome the deficit and led at the end of the first quarter by four points.

The hosts never surrendered the lead. Plainville would try to mount a comeback, but Hoisington weathered those challenges and foul trouble to continue building on their lead.

At the final whistle, Hoisington won by a score of 70 to 53.

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

Plainville Girls Basketball vs Hoisington 2-5-19

The Plainville Lady Cardinals traveled to Hoisington to face the Lady Cardinals in a Tuesday evening matchup.

Plainville lead for most of the game. Hoisington would narrow the lead at times to approximately four. The hosts just never found the run to take the lead. By the final few minutes, Plainville began to extend their lead.

The game finished with the visitors on top 49 to 35.

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

Garden City Football versus Great Bend 10-19-18

The Garden City Buffaloes made the familiar trip to Memorial Stadium to face the Great Bend Panthers.

A win would hand the Western Athletic Conference title to the Panthers. A loss would mean just a share of the title along with two other fellow conference schools.

Great Bend quickly let it be known that they wanted the trophy all to themselves. The Panthers scored about three minutes into the game. On the next Garden City snap, Dalton Miller would strip the ball away from the Buffalo and take it in for six more points.

The Great Bend Panthers went on to win the game by a score of 49 to 6.

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

Central Plains Football vs Little River 9-21-18

Week four saw the start of district play in Eight-Man Division I. The Central Plains Oilers traveled to face the Little River Redskins.

Central Plains came into the game with a six-year streak of not losing a district game. Little River looked to play spoiler as both teams took to the field with undefeated records.

The Oilers struck first with a touchdown after only four minutes played. They would continue to add points until the game was called near the end of the third quarter.

Video highlights and a more detailed recap of the game is available at CatchItKansas.com

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