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Dodge City A’s vs Great Bend Bat Cats 7-25-18

The Great Bend Bat Cats held their final game of the season on July 25th by hosting the Dodge City A’s.

With it being the final game, the team recognized the local families that opened up their homes to host a player or players for the summer.

After thanking the families, it was time to play some baseball.

Both teams went 1-2-3 in their respective halves of the first inning. Then Dodge City exploded for seven runs in the second inning. The A’s added two more runs in the third inning.

Great Bend threatened to put a run on the board in the bottom of the third, but the Dodge City catcher tagged the runner out at home plate.

Early in the bottom of the fourth inning lighting crackled across the sky and caused the game to be delayed. After consulting weather radar and seeing several more lightning bolts flashing near the field, the coaches decided to call the game.

This ended the season for both teams.

Head Coach Rodger Ward took his players aside and talked to them for one last time this summer. He then shook hands and hugged each player before everyone gathered for a final team picture.

The season did not go as hoped at the start. All of the players could not hide the pride they had in being a Great Bend Bat Cat and for the friendships they made this summer.

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

High School Photos Sports Wrestling

Grapple on the Gridiron 6-29-18

During the summer, most people think of football and basketball teams doing camps and other activities. Wrestlers get to enjoy camps also.

Great Bend High School hosted one of the more unique camps in the state with the Grapple on the Gridiron. Coach Nathan Brockelman set up a camp where schools could bring teams to compete in a dual format.

Most of the matches would occur inside a gymnasium. One round instead took place on the football field under the stadium lights.

This event brought teams from Kansas schools like Labette County, Norton Community, Manhattan, Russell, Abilene, Liberal, Goddard Eisenhower, Wichita South, Rock Creek, and Pueblo West from Colorado.

The event provided the athletes with a great opportunity to put on the singlets and get some grappling in during the summer months.

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


Capturing a Father’s Pride

When you shoot sports, the action is front and center. Sports photographers call the pinnacle moment of a play “peak action.” Yet, one of the most powerful things you can capture is emotion.

The emotion of winning or losing a game. The emotion of cheering on a teammate or showing the frustration from a mistake.

Then there is the emotion from the end of a competition.

After the final horn or whistle sounds and the two sides of the athletic event shook hands, parents, classmates, friends and other fans will stream onto the field of play. Many times a player will be greeted with handshakes and pats on the back (or pads if it’s football).

This time presents ample opportunities to capture emotional greetings. Especially if the game held importance to one or both sides.

On November 6, 2010, the Otis-Bison Cougars made the long trip to Bird City for an Eight-Man Division II Regional Match against the Cheylin Cougars. The afternoon football game saw Otis-Bison continue on their winning ways with a 51 to 6 victory. The victory was their tenth straight game that ended due to the 45-point mercy rule.

It also meant the Cougars would play in the Sub-State game the next week for the first time since 1992.

To say it was a significant win for the team would be an understatement.

After the final whistle, as happened in all the previous weeks, the fans, friends, and family greeted the players on the field. I switched lenses on my camera to my wide-angle 18-55mm kit lens from my standard 70-200m. This allowed me to get closer to people and capture some of the emotion of the moment.

One I gladly captured occurred between Otis-Bison’s star running back/linebacker Michael Hlavaty and his father Mark.

Out of the corner of my eye, I saw Mark closing in on his son. It was not hard to see how proud he was of his boy and the performance he just gave on the field. He closed the distance and embraced his son, pads and all, tightly.

A Father Hugs His Son
Mark Hlavaty hugs his son Michael after the Otis-Bison Cougars defeated the Cheylin Cougars 51-6 in the Eight-Man Division II Regional game on November 10, 2010 at Cheylin High School in Bird City, Kansas (Photo Credit Joey Bahr,

I snapped away as I moved from one side to the other. Of the few frames I quickly looked at on the back of my camera, I knew I captured a special moment between a father and son.

Otis-Bison would go on and win the Sub-State game but lost in the State Championship game. The 2010 team provided the Cougars their second banner, both for Eight Man Runner Ups.

I decided to take this photo and make something special out of it by printing it large and framing it and gave it to Mark for Christmas. I know this would be something he would enjoy having as a reminder of that great day and moment.

Baseball Bluestem High School Photos Spearville Sports

2-1A State Baseball Bluestem vs Spearville 5-24-18

The nightcap of the 2018 KSHSAA Class 2-1A State Baseball Tournament quarterfinals pitted the Spearville Royal Lancers against the defending the champions, the Bluestem Lions.

Spearville took the lead with one run in the second inning. They added two more runs in the fourth and two more for insurance in the sixth inning. Bluestem got one back in the top of the seventh inning, but they grounded into a double play to end the game.

Spearville will move on to the semi-finals to be played on Friday.

Bluestem ends the year with a record of 14 and 9.

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

Baseball Chase County Photos Sports West Elk

2-1A Baseball Chase County vs West Elk 5-24-18

The Chase County Bulldogs faced the West Elk Patriots in the quarterfinals of the Class 2-1A State Baseball Tournament.

West Elk jumped out to a 5 to 0 lead by the end of the second inning. Over the next three innings, Chase County would add 16 unanswered runs to seal the victory 16 to 5 in a run rule shortened five inning game.

Chase County moves on to face Spearville in the semi-finals on Friday. West Elk ends the season with a 19 and 4 record.

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

Baseball Halstead High School Hoisington Photos Sports

Halstead Dragons vs Hoisington Cardinals Baseball 4-27-18

A lovely Spring evening made a great setting for the second game of the Halstead Dragons at Hoisington Cardinals baseball double-header.

Both teams scored in the first inning with Halstead plating one run and Hoisington getting three. The Cardinals added more runs in every inning but the sixth. Halstead tried to catch up but ultimately fell by a score of 10 to 6.

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

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Halstead Lady Dragon Softball vs Hoisington Lady Cardinals 4-27-18

On a beautiful spring afternoon, the Halstead Lady Dragons traveled to Hoisington to face the Lady Cardinals in a softball double-header.

Game one of the twin bill started off with both teams going scoreless until the bottom of the second inning. The Lady Cardinals put two on the board then and kept adding runs in the third, fifth, and finally the sixth inning to win the game 12 to 2 in a run rule shorted game.

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

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2018 Hoisington Winter Jam Boys Championship – Pratt Greenbacks vs Hoisington Cardinals 1-20-18

The last game of the 2018 Hoisington Winter Jam saw the Hoisington Cardinals host fellow Central Kansas League member the Pratt Greenbacks. This year marked Pratt’s first time in the tournament and the championship game. The Cardinals came into the night as back to back champions of the Winter Jam.

The game featured a back and forth nature almost like a boxing match. One team would gain a lead only to see the other side fight back and tie or take a small lead. Pratt took a one point advantage into the locker room at halftime.

In the fourth quarter, Hoisington took advantage of working the ball inside and some free throws to gain a lead. The Greenbacks tried to launch multiple three-point shots, but none would fall. The Cardinals won the game with a 47 to 41 score.

They now have won the Winter Jam for three consecutive years.

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

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