Prep football report: week 8

October 29, 2007









For the second consecutive week I found myself at Covina’s district field on friday night, this time covering the game between the Covina Colts and Ganesha High.

Not that it was a close contest with the Colts winning 40-21. After the game, I decided to do something different and get a player’s perspective. I usually only have time and print space to get the head coach’s reaction, but I was getting bored of interviewing coaches so I decided to interview a Covina player instead. It was interesting because the whole time I was asking him questions his dad was by his side with his arms over his shoulder pads, obviously proud of his son’s accomplishments. You don’t see this a lot at the college games where the parents usually don’t come down to the field after a game and usually just talk to the players from the railings on the bleachers. Someone who looked a little to young to be the mother (so I assumed she was a relative or a friend) asked if she could get a copy. I told her, “Just look for the Tribune, it should be out tomorrow morning.” Maybe she thought I was from the yearbook staff or something, not realizing she could buy herself a copy in less than 8 hours. This week I have to go out to El Monte to cover a Mountain View game against South El Monte and I have to write an article for the Weekly so it should be another busy week.


new action shots (what d’ya think?)

October 18, 2007

When I was a staff writer at Mt. SAC I won first place for sports writing 2 semesters in a row, the first semester I entered two articles and the judges could not decide so I tied with myself for first place honors. The last time it was especially rewarding because one of the judges was Doug Spoon who was formerly sports editor at the Tribune and teaches reporting at Cal Poly.

I don’t mention this to brag, it’s just that I anticipated taking an advanced reporting class with him at Cal Poly so it was especially cool to receive an award on a contest he judged. Nowadays though, I have been mostly freelancing for Citrus’ magazine and shooting sports. Here are some photos from the latest edition of the Clarion where I photographed women’s soccer. The bottom shot was blown up and used as a page 1 photo. I was pretty grateful my friend lent me his telephoto lens, or I don’t think they would have come out as nice, though I found out that I could get some good shots from near the sidelines.

I got pretty lucky that it wasn’t sunny, a bit hazy so I didn’t have to worry too much about shadows.

Getting good results with moving action is very tricky but I think that with practice I can improve some more. I hope to keep getting assignments so I get the chance to practice more.