The olympics of Pennsylvania high school track and field athletes took place this weekend at Shippensburg University. With two full days of sprints, runs and jumps I captured elite athletes from Centre County battle towards the medal stands. With a first medal for a new school, a school record beat, and a gold medal winner it was an exciting 48 hours.
After a rain delay and evacuation of the stadium fans ran through the gates and to their seats at Beard Field for the final game of the day, the class AA title game, featuring Bald Eagle Area and Central Columbia. After covering Bald Eagle all season I knew their of their strong fielding and big bats, but all that seemed to fall apart as the game progressed. Frustration and disappointment flashed across the girls faces as they got the state silver medal after a 13-5 loss.
Centre County softball teams keep battling the bats to continue in the PIAA softball tournament. This afternoon I traveled to cover Philipsburg-Osceola take on Beaver at St. Francis University. I had never photographed at the Red Flash stadium, and I spent most of the game wondering around the field looking for the right angle and location to get clean images. I did this as the Lady Mounties started on a high note, fell apart for several inning then came back in the seventh for the win.
Today I traveled to Hershey for the first day of PIAA State wrestling. After covering wrestling all season I was ready for the 8 mats that cover the Hershey Giant Center’s floor for the first round. This year we didn’t have as many wrestlers for me to keep track of and I’ve learned the ropes of the tournament after my three day stay there last year.
Yesterday brought the high school wrestling season to a close. The day started early, with AAA semi-finals and consolations starting at 9 am in the Hershey Giant Center.
I had my eye on one local wrestler as he was left in the brackets in the semifinal round. I spotted him in the tunnel warming up before his match and made a few images without distracting him before his bout, which he won.
Another local in the consolations wrestled and moved on to another round, which allowed him to place in the tournament after a forfeit
As the afternoon continued it was time for the AA championships. Even though I had no wrestlers from our coverage area, we were covering a few of them who have committed to wrestle at Penn State. I didn’t mind as it gave me something to photograph.
After another short break the arena was emptied and filled back up for the AAA championships. As I waited till the upper weights I wondered made my way to the top of the arena for some new views.
Finally the 182 pound weight class arrived and I photographed as our local wrestler clenched the state title.
The title was extra special as he hugged his Dad, who also won a state wrestling title as a high schooler.