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I wouldn’t call myself a sports photographer by any means, but when you photograph as many sports as we at the Daily Record do, you can’t help but consider the immense variety of humanly physical achievements these athletes are attempting via any amount of training or number of techniques.

Take, for instance, javelin. Javelin is but one sport in the all-encompassing term “track and field,” but it’s similar to shot put in that both involve an athlete manipulating his/her physique in order to manipulate physics in order to propel an object as far away from him/her as possible. Yet, if you observe different javelin athletes, you can’t help but notice each one is using completely different techniques to attempt the same basic objective.

And that’s just javelin. Shot put has the same basic objective, but it’s achieved completely differently. And again, each athlete has his/her own techniques to that end.

Maybe I think too much about these things. But these are the types of things I think about when I’m sent to cover two very different track assignments in one day.

Track and field…

Littlestown's Lucas Reynolds fails to clear the high jump at 6 feet, 2 inches on the first day of the District 3 track and field championships on Friday, May 16, 2014, at Shippensburg University. Chris Dunn — Daily Record/Sunday News

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Littlestown’s Lucas Reynolds fails to clear the high jump at 6 feet, 2 inches on the first day of the District 3 track and field championships on Friday, May 16, 2014, at Shippensburg University.

…and sprint car racing:

Hanover driver Logan Schuchart, in his first season in the World of Outlaws, drives a time trial before racing the Pennsylvania Posse at Williams Grove Speedway on Friday, May 16, 2014. The World of Outlaws raced their first night of the season at Williams Grove against the Pennsylvania Posse on Friday, May 16, 2014. Chris Dunn — Daily Record/Sunday News

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Hanover driver Logan Schuchart, in his first season in the World of Outlaws, drives a time trial before racing the Pennsylvania Posse at Williams Grove Speedway on Friday, May 16, 2014. The World of Outlaws raced their first night of the season at Williams Grove against the Pennsylvania Posse on Friday, May 16, 2014.

Yesterday was the first of two days of PIAA District 3 track and field championships at Shippensburg University. Track and field is a good sport to cover if you want to stay on your toes, because it comprises so many different types of sports (and, in the case of track, different events) that are all photographed differently.

Yesterday was also the World of Outlaws’ season debut at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg. Sprint car racing is a good sport to cover if you don’t mind partial hearing loss.

Anyway, when you cover these different sports in one day, it’s hard not to marvel at what the human body (plus the occasional gears, wheels and oil) is capable of doing.

I’ll stop babbling. Photos:

Drivers warm up their cars on the track as others get their cars pushed onto the track before the World of Outlaws and the Pennsylvania Posse raced at Williams Grove Speedway on Friday, May 16, 2014. The World of Outlaws raced their first night of the season at Williams Grove against the Pennsylvania Posse on Friday, May 16, 2014. Chris Dunn — Daily Record/Sunday News

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Drivers warm up their cars on the track as others get their cars pushed onto the track before the World of Outlaws and the Pennsylvania Posse raced at Williams Grove Speedway on Friday, May 16, 2014. The World of Outlaws raced their first night of the season at Williams Grove against the Pennsylvania Posse on Friday, May 16, 2014.

Dallastown's Lillian Cook throws the javelin for 117 feet, 9 inches on the first day of the District 3 track and field championships on Friday, May 16, 2014, at Shippensburg University. Chris Dunn — Daily Record/Sunday News

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Dallastown’s Lillian Cook throws the javelin for 117 feet, 9 inches on the first day of the District 3 track and field championships on Friday, May 16, 2014, at Shippensburg University.

(Left to right) Crew members Vince Hamberger and David Rohrbaugh change out the rear gears of York driver Cory Haas' car before the World of Outlaws and the Pennsylvania Posse raced at Williams Grove Speedway on Friday, May 16, 2014. The World of Outlaws raced their first night of the season at Williams Grove against the Pennsylvania Posse on Friday, May 16, 2014. Chris Dunn — Daily Record/Sunday News

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. (Left to right) Crew members Vince Hamberger and David Rohrbaugh change out the rear gears of York driver Cory Haas’ car before the World of Outlaws and the Pennsylvania Posse raced at Williams Grove Speedway on Friday, May 16, 2014. The World of Outlaws raced their first night of the season at Williams Grove against the Pennsylvania Posse on Friday, May 16, 2014.

West York's Abdul Junaid runs the 100-meter dash trial on the first day of the District 3 track and field championships on Friday, May 16, 2014, at Shippensburg University. Chris Dunn — Daily Record/Sunday News

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. West York’s Abdul Junaid runs the 100-meter dash trial on the first day of the District 3 track and field championships on Friday, May 16, 2014, at Shippensburg University.

Hanover driver Jacob Allen drives a time trial before the World of Outlaws and the Pennsylvania Posse raced Friday, May 16, 2014, at Williams Grove Speedway. The World of Outlaws raced their first night of the season at Williams Grove against the Pennsylvania Posse on Friday, May 16, 2014. Chris Dunn — Daily Record/Sunday News

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Hanover driver Jacob Allen drives a time trial before the World of Outlaws and the Pennsylvania Posse raced Friday, May 16, 2014, at Williams Grove Speedway. The World of Outlaws raced their first night of the season at Williams Grove against the Pennsylvania Posse on Friday, May 16, 2014.

You can view more track and field photos here, and more sprint car racing photos here.

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Penn State ended its 2013 football season on a high note tonight, but here’re a few action-feature photos from the two regular-season games I shot this year. (I did shoot the spring Blue-White game, and did video for a third regular-season game.)

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Penn State’s Zach Zwinak brings the ball into the endzone against Eastern Michigan in the first quarter on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013. Penn State defeated Eastern Michigan University 45-7.

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Penn State’s Adam Breneman celebrates in the end zone after scoring the first touchdown against Nebraska on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. Penn State lost 23-20 in overtime.

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg finds an opening in the Nebraska defense to rush a third-quarter touchdown on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013.

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Penn State kicker Sam Ficken reacts after watching his bad field goal attempt in overtime against Nebraska on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013.

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The first high school football game of the season is tomorrow, and we’re sending folks to cover Penn State’s first game on Saturday. With that in mind, here’re a few pictures I made last year while working on a story about pee wee football.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Boys Club rink varsity football players do the crab-walk while drilling at practice on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012.

For one and a half years, practically every fall evening as I drove back to the office via Parkway Boulevard, I’d see miniscule football players running through drills and practices. Finally, my interest had been sufficiently piqued and, one evening, I pulled over, observed the final minutes of practice and chatted up one of the fathers who was making sure his son wasn’t slacking. Then he introduced me to the coach, and after that, I was at practice at least once a week.

After following the “rinkies” for about a month, I pulled the story together with this basic summary:

After an undefeated regular season — and not allowing first downs or touchdowns in all but the last game — the Boys Club of York Red Raiders’ rink varsity football team lost the York County Youth Football Association championship game 12-0 to West York’s rink varsity football team on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, at Northeastern High School. The “rinkies” are 7-8-year olds who had practiced every weekday from August through the beginning of November on a field just off Parkway Boulevard in York. This team of rinkies has played together for three years so far and, despite three consecutive undefeated seasons, has yet to claim a league championship title.

You can read my final story here, and view more pictures here, but finally, after a year, I’m showing a few of my personal favorites:

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Marlyn Dellinger ties the shoe of his son’s Boys Club rink varsity football teammate Jonathan Orr, 8, before practice on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Armonni Borges, 5, waits for the whistle as Jaxiel Ascencio, 8, runs through a drill during practice on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2012, at a field just off Parkway Boulevard in York. Armonni’s older brother Terrance Price, 8, plays for the Boys Club’s rink varsity team, but Armonni is too young to join the Boys Club’s youngest division — the 6-7-year-old “smurfs.” Nevertheless, the “rinkies” coaches allow Armonni to practice alongside the older boys and to watch games from the sidelines.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Boys Club rink varsity football coach Shanoy Moody knocks helmets while trying to pump up the boys near the end of practice on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Zamir Weedon-Parker, 8, stands with his co-captains in the endzone before the semifinal game against the Eastern York County Blackhawks on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, at Central York High School.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Boys Club’s Jonathan Orr stiff-arms Yorktowne’s Imeire Manigualt on his way to a touchdown in the final regular-season game on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012, at Central York High School. For the first time this season, the Red Raiders allowed first downs and touchdowns, but defeated the Yorktowne Patriots 32-18.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Andrew Miller, 11, encourages his nephew Zamir Weedon-Parker, 8, as Zamir stretches out after a long rush for a touchdown to bring the Red Raiders up 12-6 after the half against the Eastern York County Blackhawks on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2012, at Central York High School.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Zamir Weedon-Parker, 8, is carried off the field by teammate Mehki Workman, 7, and uncle Andrew Miller, 11, after the Boys Club won its semifinal game against Eastern York County on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, at Central York High School.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Nani Nieves, 8, listens to the Boys Club coaches’ post-game talk during a huddle after the Red Raiders defeated the Eastern York County Blackhawks on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, to advance to the York County Youth Football Association championship game. Nieves’ mother Neesha said she likes to wear makeup at home — and, evidently, while playing football.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Neesha Nieves helps her daughter Nani, 8, get geared up for practice on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Boys Club rink varsity football players march down the track before playing the York County Youth Football Association championship game against West York on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, at Northeastern High School.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. West York’s Connor Michael breaks past the Boys Club defense in the York County Youth Football Association championship game on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, at Northeastern High School.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Boys Club rink varsity quarterback Kerry Glover, 8, leaves the field, tears streaming, after the Red Raiders lost the York County Youth Football Association championship game to West York on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, at Northeastern High School. “The hardest part for me was seeing the look on their faces,” said his father, also Kerry Glover, who is head coach.

Happy football season, everybody!

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Softball picture from forever ago:

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Red Lion’s Alexa Taylor, left, swivels around third to successfully evade Central York’s Kelsey Wisner in the fifth inning at Central York on Friday, April 26, 2013. Central York defeated Red Lion 6-4.

 

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Today, the York Catholic girls played their seventh state championship game in the past eight seasons.

Today, they lost 45-38 to Bishop Canevin.

But — they lost with grace.

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. (Left to right) York Catholic’s Zaenna Echevarria, Morgan Klunk, Hannah Laslo and Amelia York listen to head coach Kevin Bankos in their locker room after losing 45-38 to Bishop Canevin in the PIAA Class AA girls basketball championship game on Friday, March 22, 2013, at the Giant Center.

I began following the team’s journey this morning after I checked in with the student tailgate outside the Giant Center:

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. (Left to right) York Catholic seniors DeeDee Davis and Bri Raineri and junior Ian Shelley help themselves to eggs as Mary Williams and her daughter Christina, 11, work on cooking the bacon at a student tailgate outside the Giant Center before attending York Catholic’s PIAA Class AA girls basketball championship game on Friday, March 22, 2013.

Hairspray:

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. (Left to right) York Catholic’s Zaenna Echevarria and Deanna Chesko fix up their hair as Morgan Klunk washes her hands in their Giant Center locker room on Friday, March 22, 2013, before playing the PIAA Class AA girls basketball championship game.

Socks:

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. York Catholic’s Amelia York prepares to change out of a lucky pair of socks in the locker room at the Giant Center on Friday, March 22, 2013.

High-fives:

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. York Catholic’s Morgan Klunk swoops in for high fives from her teammates as they get ready for a group picture on the Giant Center’s court on Friday, March 22, 2013, before the PIAA Class AA girls basketball championship game.

After the game, tears:

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. York Catholic’s Amelia York, right, wipes her face after receiving her PIAA Class AA runner-up medal on Friday, March 22, 2013, at the Giant Center. To her left is Marissa Ressler (22).

Trophy:

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. York Catholic’s Morgan Klunk holds the PIAA Class AA runner-up trophy while watching Bishop Cavenin players receive their championship trophy on Friday, March 22, 2013, at the Giant Center.

Chocolate:

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. York Catholic’s Hannah Laslo holds up a five-pound Hershey’s chocolate bar as she and her teammates greet the student section after losing 45-38 to Bishop Canevin in the PIAA Class AA girls basketball championship game on Friday, March 22, 2013, at the Giant Center.

And a pep talk:

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. While comforting teammate Hannah Laslo, York Catholic’s Amelia York gives a pep talk to her fellow players after York Catholic lost 45-38 to Bishop Canevin in the PIAA Class AA girls basketball championship game on Friday, March 22, 2013, at the Giant Center.

I’d like to thank the girls for letting me follow them around, even inside the locker room, and being completely normal about it. They’re a class act, a strong team and wonderful people.

For more coverage:

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My first-ever cheerleading assignment took me to the YAIAA Cheerleading Championship, where seven teams competed in two divisions. It was a lot of fun, especially with the presence of the youth cheerleaders who performed showcase, non-competition routines. If I shoot this next year, I’ll definitely take my shooting to the next level, but nevertheless — this was fun.

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Dallastown Cougar youth cheerleader Nautica Shortlidge, 11, works on 11-year-old teammate Lauren Maher’s hair as Riley Sharp, 10, looks on before they showcased in the 2013 YAIAA Cheerleading Championship on Saturday, March 16, 2013, at Dallastown Area Senior High School. William Penn took first place in the “small” division of the 2013 YAIAA Cheerleading Championship on Saturday, March 16, 2013, at Dallastown Area Senior High School, while Central York won in the “large” division.

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Members of a Dallastown Cougars youth cheerleading squad practice their routine in the wrestling room before showcasing in the 2013 YAIAA Cheerleading Championship on Saturday, March 16, 2013, at Dallastown Area Senior High School.

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Susquehannock cheerleaders return to the locker room after performing their routine in the YAIAA Cheerleading Championship on Saturday, March 16, 2013, at Dallastown Area Senior High School.

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. William Penn cheerleader Shalai Tyler and Central York cheerleader Abbie Davis, center, hug on the mat after each school took first place in its respective division in the 2013 YAIAA Cheerleading Championship on Saturday, March 16, 2013, at Dallastown Area Senior High School.

Check out more photos, plus a video I produced of Central York’s winning routine.

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I love shooting basketball. It was the first sport I ever shot (thanks for throwing me in, Rae) and much of my first winter in York was spent covering high school games. This season, not so much, oddly enough. But here’s a collection of some reaction-oriented feature pictures — or jubilation, or “jube” — from the post-season.

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Dallastown’s Katie McGowan cuts off a piece of the net after the Wildcats won the YAIAA girls title game on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013. Dallastown defeated West York 50-37.

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. William Penn’s Trey Shifflett, left, looks on as Stephen Dickson gives South Western’s Mike Duffy a hug after the Bearcats defeated the Mustangs 57-44 for the YAIAA boys title game on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, at York College.

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Susquehannock’s Makenzie Fancher looks at the scoreboard after the first half of the District 3 AAA girls basketball title game on Saturday, March 2, 2013, at the Giant Center. Palmyra defeated Susquehannock 46-30 to capture the District 3 AAA girls basketball title.

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Delone Catholic’s Allyson Shipley, 32, stares straight ahead during the runner-up medal ceremony after York Catholic girls defeated Delone Catholic 56-38 to win a District 3 record eighth Class AA basketball championship on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, at the Giant Center.

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. William Penn cheerleader Shalai Tyler comforts player Derek Wilson as he gets up from the bench to congratulate Harrisburg after the Cougars defeated the Bearcats 78-76 in overtime to capture the District 3 AAAA boys basketball title on Saturday, March 2, 2013, at the Giant Center.

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. William Penn’s Stephen Dickson leaves the court after congratulating Harrisburg after the Cougars defeated the Bearcats 78-76 in overtime to capture the District 3 AAAA boys basketball title on Saturday, March 2, 2013, at the Giant Center.

And, to end on a joyous note, four pictures from the York Catholic girls’ eighth consecutive district title win — which, by the way, is a District 3 record:

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. York Catholic’s Amelia York, 12, hugs her fellow starters as they greet the relief players on the court after defeating Delone Catholic 56-38 to win a District 3 record eighth Class AA basketball championship on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, at the Giant Center.

For me at least, it’s easy to forget, after covering some of these girls for three seasons, that they’re just girls. They’re still in high school. They’re just kids. Then you get off the court, and they’re jumping and whooping and giving each other piggy-back rides back to the locker room, where they then break out into song and run around and remind you that they’re still girls, and that’s totally okay.

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Standing on a chair, York Catholic’s Amelia York leans on teammate Morgan Klunk while pretending to be a character from the Disney movie “Mulan” in the team’s locker room after defeating Delone Catholic 56-38 to win a District 3 record eighth Class AA basketball championship on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, at the Giant Center.

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. York Catholic players Emma Keffer, Morgan Klunk and Amelia York celebrate in the locker room, alongside their assistant coach’s daughter Amanda Reed, 6, after defeating Delone Catholic 56-38 to win a District 3 record eighth Class AA basketball championship on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, at the Giant Center.

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When I asked fellow photographer Kate about shooting wrestling at Milton Hershey School, she gave me two really good tips: Use a 300, and shoot from the track level.

I understand wrestling just enough to shoot it, so I’ve never tried to have fun with it before. Today, I did just that by acting on her tips. Thanks Kate!

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Boiling Springs’ Grant Bond, top, wrestles with Bermudian Springs’ Dalton Becker in the 120-pound bout in the District 3 Class AA team championship match on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, at Milton Hershey School. Boiling Springs defeated Bermudian Springs for the District 3 Class AA team championship.

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Boiling Springs’ Kyle Shoop, left, wrestles Bermudian Springs’ Ted Marines, right, in the 126-pound bout in the District 3 Class AA team championship match on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, at Milton Hershey School.

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Bermudian Springs’ Briton Shelton, left, wrestles with Boiling Springs’ Tyler Kauffman in the 145-pound bout in the District 3 Class AA team championship match on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, at Milton Hershey School.

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As soon as I made this picture at Saturday’s Penn State game…

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Ohio State mascot Brutus Buckeye greets wide receiver Jake Stoneburner as he rushes the ball for a touchdown in the second half on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, at Beaver Stadium. After a 7-7 tie at halftime, Ohio State defeated Penn State 35-23.

…I immediately thought of this picture from another, very different Penn State game:

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Penn State’s Mike Hull rushes for a 74-yard fumble recovery touchdown in the fourth quarter on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012. Penn State won its first 2012 game, 34-17, against Navy.

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In the 48 hours between Friday evening and earlier today, I covered three football games.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. South Western’s Dillon Thomas brings in the ball for a touchdown while knocking off William Penn’s Darren Stevens’ helmet in the second half at Small Field on Friday, Oct. 26, 2012. William Penn lost 28-21 on senior night to South Western on Friday, Oct. 26, 2012, at Small Field.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. South Western’s Tyler Sterner completes a pass to Brady Thayer in the second half against William Penn at Small Field on Friday, Oct. 26, 2012.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Penn State wide receiver Allen Robinson fails to catch a pass from Matt McGloin as Ohio State defensive back Bradley Roby defends in the second half on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012. After a 7-7 tie at halftime, Ohio State defeated Penn State 35-23.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. A pass from Penn State quarterback Matt McGloin flies over the shoulders of Ohio State defensive back Bradley Roby and wide receiver Allen Robinson in the second half at Beaver Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012.

(View more game photos here.)

  • Today: The Red Raiders of Boys Club of York defeated the Blackhawks of Eastern York County 12-6.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Pre-game push-ups.

I’ve been following York’s pee wee football team — specifically, the Red Raider rinkies, who are 7-8 years of age — for an upcoming photo story. These are just a few shots from today’s game, but I’ve been covering practices, and also shot their last regular-season game.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News.

As for today? After their third undefeated regular season, the Red Raiders had a bye week in the first round of playoffs and, today, won their semifinal game. They play West York in next week’s championships.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News.

So, even though I just shot my last Penn State game of the season, there’s still more football to come. But for now, it’s time to prepare for upcoming Sandy/Frankenstorm coverage.

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When the York Revolution lost the playoffs last month, they completed not only their post-season chance for a third Atlantic League championship — they also completed manager Andy Etchebarren’s career.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. York Revolution manager Andy Etchebarren shakes hands with fans after the Revolution lost 12-8 to the Lancaster Barnstormers, ending their season at the semifinal level and concluding Etchebarren’s career, on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012. The York Revolution lost 12-8 to the Lancaster Barnstormers, who clinched Game 3 of the Atlantic League’s Freedom Division playoffs.

The day started well enough. The Revs had lost the first two games in their best-of-five series, but spirits were high:

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. York Revolution pitcher Corey Thurman, left, gives a pre-game spoken word performance in the dugout as third baseman Chris Nowak dances on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. York Revolution shortstop Joe Thurston jumps in the air after scoring the Revs’ first run in the first inning against the Lancaster Barnstormers on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012.

Then the Barnstormers started racking up runs, and the Revs just couldn’t keep up.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. York Revolution second baseman Andres Perez, right, and Lancaster Barnstormers outfielder Blake Gailen watch as Barnstormers first baseman Tommy Everidge, foreground, beats Perez’ ball to first base in the fifth inning at Sovereign Bank Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012.

After shooting last season’s Champagne-soaked playoff jubilation and championship victory, covering the swift end of the Revs’ post-season play and the quiet conclusion of Etchebarren’s storied career was a little strange.

Etch has managed the Revs for only three and a half seasons, but because I’ve shot those last two seasons (and was never too familiar with Etch’s career with the Orioles), it’s hard for me to separate Etch from the Revs, and vice-versa. I think I haven’t worked long enough in one place as a photojournalist to have developed a distant- or vast-enough perspective of time and the changes it brings. Sometimes, when I look back on my body of work, I’m surprised by how much I’ve covered and how much of it I’d forgotten about until reviewing it. Then I remind myself that I’ve been working professionally for just over a year and generally for barely six years — and that’s really just a drop in the bucket, in the grand scheme of things.

So maybe someday, in a few years or 20, I’ll forget that Etch was here when I first started working in York, at least until I review my work again. In the meantime, I can hardly imagine next season without his presence on the field, but I’ll find out soon enough what that’s like. Soon enough in the grand scheme of things, that is.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. York Revolution manager Andy Etchebarren waves farewell to fans after the Revolution lost 12-8 to the Lancaster Barnstormers, ending their season at the semifinal level and concluding Etchebarren’s career, on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012.

(Be sure to check out some more photos from Etch’s last game.)

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Shot my second Penn State game of the season yesterday. It’s also now exactly a year to the day that I got knocked over by two high school football players, couldn’t walk for about 10 minutes and suffered an impact fracture at the top of my tibia — all of which is relevant because shooting football even a year later can be a little painful.

But it was one of my better games to shoot. Take that, knee.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. With help from fellow Penn State sophomores Jon Pigeon (left) and Hayes Clark (right), Stefano DiPietro gets a child abuse prevention ribbon outlined in white against his blue body paint outside Beaver Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012. State students held a “Blue Out” in support of child abuse victims, during the game against Temple.

It also rained a bit. Nothing dramatic — just a steady drizzle — so when the sun came out and finally created enough contrast for the water droplets to show up in-camera, I seized it:

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. The sun comes out and rain continues falling as Penn State’s Kyle Carter rushes with Temple’s Ahkeem Smith at his heels in the second quarter on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012.

I guess I’d be angry, too, if I were getting tackled:

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Penn State’s Da’Quan Davis leaps to bring down Temple’s Montel Harris in the fourth quarter on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, at Beaver Stadium.

It’s almost ballet-like, the way it seems as if Rumer is lifting Zordich. Almost:

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Penn State’s Michael Zordich leaps in the air to try evading Temple’s Thomas Rumer, but instead crashes into him, in the second quarter on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012.

And finally, a “whaaa–?” moment from QB1 and coach:

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Penn State quarterback Matt McGloin and head coach Bill O’Brien exchange looks with a referee (off-camera) during the first half against Temple on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012.

Be sure to check out more photos on the YDR website!

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The last time I shot Navy football, I was pretty frustrated. Not because the Midshipmen defeated the Missouri Tigers in the Texas Bowl, but because their triple-option offense utterly confused me and had me falling for more than a few fake plays.

The last time I shot Penn State football was the first game without Joe Paterno. The second-to-last time I shoot Penn State football was Joe Paterno’s last game — a victory that got him the title of the winningest Division I football coach. And all that was stripped when the NCAA vacated all the Nittany Lions’ wins since 1998.

Which made yesterday’s victory over Navy Penn State’s first victory since 1997 — and Bill O’Brien’s first win as head coach.

A lot has happened since the first time I stepped inside Beaver Stadium. But, as I walked onto the sidelines yesterday, all I could think about was how not to fall for more fake plays in the Midshipmen’s offense.

I think I did reasonably okay. You can check out all the (action) photos on YDR’s website, but here’re a few of my favorites:

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Two military jets perform a fly-over from the south end of Beaver Stadium for military appreciation day as the Blue Band finished playing the national anthem on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012. Penn State won its first 2012 game, 34-17, against Navy at Beaver Stadium.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Penn State’s Mike Hull rushes for a 74-yard touchdown after a fumble recovery in the fourth quarter on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Penn State head football coach Bill O’Brien greets quarterback Matt McGloin after a Penn State touchdown in the first half on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012.

On an unrelated note: Armed with editor Brad’s iPad, I was able to tweet out a few photos — from my DSLRs — during the game. The signal was pretty shaky at times, but it was a neat exercise in being actually digital-first. Editor Eileen had reassured me before the game that tweeting wasn’t my priority and, if it felt overwhelming, that I could just put it aside. But I had a lot of fun with it (at least, when the signal worked), didn’t let it get in my way and got some good feedback from Twitter as well as fellow photographers on the sidelines.

Would I do it again? Absolutely.

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The first time I ever shot boxing was also the first time the main-event, hometown favorite lost as a professional.

Fortunately for me, I got to test out vantage points and shoot several amateur and pro matches before Carney “Beeper” Bowman took the ring. The Valencia Ballroom — where high schools host their proms and older societies hold their formal events — seemed like a strange boxing venue, but I did my best to have fun with it.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Benjamin Carter is lifted by trainer Julio Alvarez after defeating opponent Leonard Langley in the 123-pound amateur bout in the Battle of York VI in the Valencia Ballroom on Friday, Aug. 10, 2012. The Battle of York VI featured several amateur bouts and three professional bouts, ending with York’s Jesus Saucedo against Alberto Manukyan and West York’s Carney “Beeper” Bowman against Ramesis Gil, on Friday, Aug. 10, 2012, at the Valencia Ballroom.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. York’s Jesus Saucedo takes in the hometown crowd as he walks to the ring before his bout against Alberto Manukyan, which he won, on Friday, Aug. 10, 2012, at the Valencia Ballroom.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. A referee signals before the start of an amateur bout at the Battle of York VI in the Valencia Ballroom on Friday, Aug. 10, 2012.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. A ring girl walks the ring before the second round of an amateur bout in the Battle of York VI in the Valencia Ballroom on Friday, Aug. 10, 2012.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. The referee stops the action before Ramesis Gil delivers a blow to West York’s Carney Bowman’s back during the main-event bout in the Battle of York VI on Friday, Aug. 10, 2012, in the Valencia Ballroom.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Trainer Julio Alvarez, right, puts a bottle of water on West York’s Carney Bowman’s head after Bowman lost by a split decision to Ramesis Gil in the final professional bout in the Battle of York VI on Friday, Aug. 10, 2012, at the Valencia Ballroom.

Check out Jim’s article, which sums up and reports Bowman’s first professional loss much better than I ever could, and which includes a few other photos as well.

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I’m pretty sure every fall sport had a scrimmage this past weekend, and begins this full season this week. So last week, my editor sent me hunting down some practices between assignments. Here’s what I found:

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. York Suburban junior Kayla Gibbs, right, leaps over the jump boxes during a drill as sophomore Sabrina Geary, left, returns to the starting block on the first day of tryouts for the varsity and junior varsity teams on Monday, Aug. 13, 2012. The teams will be announced on Wednesday evening, with the first scrimmages on Saturday. Monday, Aug. 13, 2012, marked the first day of fall sports practice for YAIAA schools.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. (Left to right) York Suburban sophomore Aly Dieter, freshman Lauren Rower, senior Lindsay Saxman and freshman Devon Hornberger complete a setting rep drill on Monday, Aug. 13, 2012, in the high school gym on the first day of varsity and junior varsity volleyball tryouts.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. York Catholic boys trying out for the varsity and junior varsity soccer teams run a speed drill on Monday, Aug. 13, 2012. The teams will be announced on Thursday or Friday, and will have their first scrimmage at Dover Area High School the following Monday.

Maybe it’s because it’s been so terribly long since I’ve been in school, but this summer really flew by. It feels like I just shot West York’s baseball championship game a few weeks ago, and I can’t believe we’re on the brink of football season. Suffice it to say, I’m keeping a bottle of Alleve in my camera bag… and will do my best to avoid further football injuries this year.

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The celebration didn’t end with the Bulldogs’ infield pile-up after they clinched their first-ever state championship win.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. West York baseball players Brandon Kinneman, Kaden Hepler (with trophy) and Jerrin Toomey share a moment during the assembly held in honor of the team’s PIAA Class AAA state championship win on Thursday, July 12, 2012. West York Area Senior High School honored the baseball team’s win with a parade around the borough and an assembly in the gym.

Something I’ve observed and come to appreciate about West York athletics is its close ties to the community. I’ve only shot a few of the program’s different sports, but at the conclusion of every game — win or lose — the West York fans line up as close to the playing field as they can get, and the players and coaches come to them to give each fan a high-five or hug. This tradition can be really exciting to observe when they win, or really heart-wrenching to see when they lose, but either way,  it’s something I’ve never seen anywhere else, and I now look forward to it each time I shoot a West York game.

As befitting a team that won state and a community that stands proudly behind its team no matter what, West York threw its champions a small parade and hosted an assembly in the gym earlier this week. Check out the video I produced, which features some Wes Anderson-y editing in one section:

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Summer means baseball, and in these parts, that means a) the York Revolution and b) local league ball.

I’d never shot at Stewartstown’s field before, nor had I ever seen a similar setup. The playing surface is maybe six feet below the ground on which the nearby community building stood, and the fence serving as the backstop extends all the way to the dugouts, whose roofs rise about three feet above ground level. So, after securing the home team manager’s permission, I camped out on their dugout roof while I covered the game.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Taken in the bottom of the seventh and final inning. That red thing on the dugout roof marks roughly where I sat.

With that vantage point and some gorgeous evening light, I got to make baseball pictures I’ve never made before.

For example, twin dirt clods:

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Red Lion’s Eric McNeil gets home for a run as Stewartstown’s Adam Allshouse waits for the ball in the third inning on Thursday, June 28, 2012, at Stewartstown.

Evening light was insanely nice. And the game was moving at a pace where I felt like I could relax and make pictures, not just shoot-shoot-shoot.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Red Lion’s Austin Hinkle lets a ball past him in the fourth inning against Stewartstown on Thursday, June 28, 2012, at Stewartstown.

I’d never shot on a field with such nice, selective light on a pitcher:

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News.

The sun soon faded beyond the horizon, and the light evened out on the playing field. Then I noticed that the pitchers — from both teams — had dug quite a hole into the pitching mound. Never saw that before, either:

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News.

So, combined with the nice angle-of-light and the higher vantage points possible, I’m excited for the next time I shoot at Stewartstown.

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Yesterday, I went to State College not for Penn State (for once) but, rather, a local team making its first state championship baseball game appearance. West York, who had lost the district semifinal football game last fall to Lampeter-Strasburg, was facing them again — this time, for the state title in baseball.

Sure enough, the West York Bulldogs delivered their comeuppance in a 9-6 victory over the L-S Pioneers.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. West York’s Brock Gladfelter hoists the state championship trophy toward West York fans after defeating Lampeter-Strasburg to win the school’s first-ever state championship in baseball on Friday, June 15, 2012, at Penn State in State College.

As the only photographer sent to the game, I was responsible for two section fronts, a slideshow’s worth of photos, a video and, of course, a bit of social media as well. After some pre-trip brainstorming with editor Brad and fellow photographer Jason, I walked into the stadium three hours before West York and L-S took the field, and started working right away: I explored the stadium, found the team and didn’t stop until after the game was over.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. West York’s first baseman Brandon Kinneman kneels in prayer during batting practice at Medlar Field before playing the state championship game against Lampeter-Strasburg on Friday, June 15, 2012. Kinneman’s grandmother Maryland Slonaker passed away on Wednesday, June 13, and a post-victory huddle was held in the outfield in memory of Slonaker and others close to the West York team.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. West York pitcher Kaden Hepler stretches with a band before playing the state championship game against Lampeter-Strasburg on Friday, June 15, 2012.

The game itself wasn’t my best in terms of shooting for action. Unlike any other high school baseball game or even any Revs game, I was pretty limited in my mobility by the officials as well as by the geography of the dugouts. But, as reporter John assured me, state championship games are all about emotion — and I did get plenty of that.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. West York’s Brandon Kinneman celebrates in a dogpile among his fellow players and coaching staff after defeating Lampeter-Strasburg 9-6 for the school’s first-ever state championship.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. West York head baseball coach Roger Czerwinski leads the team and staff in a moment of silence in the outfield in memory of family members and close friends of the team who have passed recently, before greeting West York fans after defeating Lampeter-Strasburg to win the school’s first-ever state championship in baseball on Friday, June 15, 2012, at Penn State in State College.

For my video — thanks to Jason’s suggestion — I focused on the starting pitcher, Kaden Hepler, who ended up pitching 23 of 26 innings in West York’s state playoff games:

Check out a slideshow of more photos, too.

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I had only shot one track-and-field competition — and, since I was to focus only on the track events, I had never shot any field events — until I was assigned to make pictures of Jared Allison.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Dallastown’s Jared Allison ties up his training shoes as Palmyra Springs senior Shawn Mayer watches Cumberland Valley senior Chase Gehr use the rings before they all began a pole-vaulting training session on Wednesday, April 25, 2012, at the indoor training facility VaultWorx in Camp Hill. Dallastown’s Jared Allison — one of the best pole vaulters in the state — trains at VaultWorx, which is an indoor facility in Camp Hill.

At the time that reporter John and I followed Jared during one of his pole-vaulting training sessions at an indoor facility, the high school senior had his eye on breaking the state record and capturing the gold at the state championships, which were about a month away.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Dallastown’s Jared Allison works on his lift method during a training session at the indoor facility VaultWorx in Camp Hill on Wednesday, April 25, 2012.

I did my best in the indoor facility. The light situation was terrible. One end of the large, tall-ceilinged room was lit with blue-white fluorescents, the other end (where the landing pad was) was lit with dim orange lamps and finally, just beyond the landing pad, were windows that let in a good amount of sunlight. Not the ideal situation for decent white balance.

But I had fun. Pole-vaulting is such a fundamentally strange sport, as John alluded to in his profile of Jared, and I had never shot it before. So it was a challenge on multiple levels — lighting and exposure, the novelty of the sport — but it was fun.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Dallastown’s Jared Allison runs with the pole during a training session on Wednesday, April 25, 2012, at the indoor facility VaultWorx in Camp Hill.

Be sure to check out John’s full article, which includes more photos.

And as for the state championship? Jared didn’t get the gold or break the state record — but that’s okay.

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I’ve only shot softball three times (including a doubleheader, so four games), and every time, Central York has won.

More significantly, each time I’ve covered their games, the Panthers have won by scoring a run in either the last inning in regulation or the last, pre-tiebreaker inning.

The first time:

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Central York’s Courtney Hastings slides safely into home in the seventh inning against Spring Grove to score the game’s only run on Thursday, March 29, 2012. Central York defeated Spring Grove 1-0 in softball at home on Thursday, March 29, 2012.

The second:

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Central York softball players gather at home plate to cheer on pitcher Taylor Rohrbaugh, far left, as she runs home after hitting a homerun in the ninth inning of the YAIAA softball championship game on Wednesday, May 16, 2012, at New Oxford Senior High School. Central York defeated Littlestown 4-2 in nine innings.

And the third — last night’s:

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Central York’s Kelsey Wisner hugs Courtney Hastings after Hastings hit a walk-off double that allowed Central York to defeat Elizabethtown 1-0 in nine innings on Thursday, May 24, 2012, at Millersville University to advance to the PIAA District 3 softball semifinal.

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