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Picture this! – A look back at some of our favorite photos from 2007

By Staff | Dec 27, 2007

The 2007 sports year for local teams have provided wonderful memories from year to come.

I’ll get to those stories later this week though.

Today, here are a few of my favorite photos published in 2007.

Taking notes for a story and trying to shoot a good picture are always a challenge. The best action happens while you’re still writing about the last play.

Most days I do my best not to put the same athlete in every time and rotate through the players on the team.

Some days that’s been a challenge.

I’ve come up with a corollary to Murphy’s Law while covering sports.

For those unfamiliar with Murphy, the maxim is: Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.

My version is: Any time I publish a photo of an athlete, the next time I cover that person, I’ll take a better photo of him or her.

Parents or fans who take photos of sporting appreciate the challenges of trying to catch the action.

A camera only takes one picture at a time or has a flash that needs to recharge after a shot, the timing needs to be perfect.

Thus photos in daylight are easiest to take. But regardless, the photographer must be ready and the camera focused.

Here’s a look at what we have on the page, starting at top right and working clockwise.

Estherville Lincoln Central catcher Kristi Juergens made two consecutive run-saving tags at home plate in a Lakes Conference matchup with Spirit Lake. After making one of those tags, Juergens and Spirit Lake’s Megan Ingvall ended up like this–helmet to helmet–the epitome of the two schools’ rivalry.

The next three photos showed area schools all had cause for celebration.

The Graettinger/Terril girls basketball team had plenty to celebrate after winning the Class 1A state championship. This first shot actually was after their overtime victory over Cornbelt Conference rival Woden-Crystal Lake-Titonka.

The Estherville Lincoln Central softball team had one of its best seasons ever this past year too. The Midgettes went deep into the playoffs. Although I missed the tag on this play against Okoboji, the celebrating parents in the background made a better shot.

The Armstrong-Ringsted football team made its first trip to the UNI-Dome. No victory was greater than the overtime win over Ar-We-Va. Catching running back Brett Tigges in mid-air was a bonus I didn’t discover until returning from Cedar Falls.

Volleyball is one of the toughest sports to take good pictures. Although it may seem easy to follow a bump, set, spike, the speed of the ball makes focusing a difficult task. This shot of Erin Beardsley occurred at the ELC Tournament and I just happened to be pointing the lens in her direction.

Catching bodies flying through the air–and of course in focus–is an aspect for which all sports photographers strive. Here is ELC shortstop Kris Kirchner making a diving tag–a classic.

I probably missed some of your favorites, but I can’t wait to see what 2008 will bring.