March Madness

March Madness

March Madness is cool. But high school basketball is cooler.

While professional and college basketball is higher profile, the same emotions and moments can be found on the high school court.  Last week I covered ten games in four days at the Tennessee state championships, wrapping up four months of shooting the sport.

To me, the details and moments on and off the court are more interesting and exciting than the actual sport. The action photos are fun, but they are a dime a dozen. The features of fans, the emotions of the players and the drama breathe life into the game and the experience. I strived to make these photos, but took them my way. I shoot it the way I see it, not “traditionally” per se. These photos have become known as “Calvin photos” by my coworkers.

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A man walks into the arena at the TSSAA boys state basketball championships at the Murphy Center in Murfreesboro, Tennessee on Friday, March 16, 2018.

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Memphis East’s Laquincy Parker (4) defends against Bearden’s Ques Glover (0) during a Division I Class AAA semifinals game between Bearden and Memphis East.

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Fulton’s DeShaun Page (44) shoots a layup during the championship game between Fulton and Hamilton for the Class AA state title.

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A referee watches the game during a Division I Class AA quarterfinals game between Fulton and South Side.

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Fulton’s Trey Davis (2) dribbles down the court during the championship game between Fulton and Hamilton for the Class AA state title.

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Fulton players warm up in the hallway during the championship game between Fulton and Hamilton for the Class AA state title.

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Bearden’s London Stephney (4) spins the ball on his finger before taking to the court during a Division I Class AAA semifinals game between Bearden and Memphis East.

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Stratford’s Kevonte Boyd (23) dunks the ball during a Division I Class AA quarterfinals game between Tyner and Stratford.

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Memphis East’s James Wiseman (32) goes for a layup during a Division I Class AAA semifinals game between Bearden and Memphis East.

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Fans bask in the sunlight during the championship game between Fulton and Hamilton for the Class AA state title.

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Bearden’s Ques Glover (0) goes for a layup during a Division I Class AAA semifinals game between Bearden and Memphis East.

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Fans arrive to the TSSAA boys state basketball championships at the Murphy Center.

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Fans purchase refreshments from a kiosk at the TSSAA boys state basketball championships at the Murphy Center.

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Hamilton Head Coach William Smith gestures during the championship game between Fulton and Hamilton for the Class AA state title.

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A Blackman fan cheer from the stands at the TSSAA boys state basketball championships at the Murphy Center.

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North Greene’s Evan Pierce (12) dribbles down the court as Oakdale’s Rhett Nelson (3) defends during a Division I Class A quarterfinals game between Oakdale and North Greene.

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A Tyner player warms up during a Division I Class AA quarterfinals game between Tyner and Stratford.

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A Blackman fan speaks on their cell phone while entering the arena at the TSSAA boys state basketball championships at the Murphy Center.

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Bearden’s Shamarcus Brown (35) walks on the court during a Division I Class AAA quarterfinals game between Bearden and Mt. Juliet.

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Oakdale’s Dawson Smith (5) wears pink bandages on his fingers during a Division I Class A quarterfinals game between Oakdale and North Greene.

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Oakdale Head Coach Travis Nelson speaks with Oakdale’s Garrett Best (4) on the sidelines during a Division I Class A quarterfinals game between Oakdale and North Greene.

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A North Greene cheerleader watches the game during a Division I Class A quarterfinals game between Oakdale and North Greene.

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Fulton’s Deshaun Page (44) reacts after a call against Fulton during a Division I Class AA quarterfinals game between Fulton and South Side.

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South Side’s Travelle Turner (3) sports customized sneakers during a Division I Class AA quarterfinals game between Fulton and South Side.

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Fulton’s Trey Davis (2) dribbles past Hamilton’s James De Jesus (4) during the championship game between Fulton and Hamilton for the Class AA state title.

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Players on the court are seen through a miniaturizing filter at the TSSAA boys state basketball championships .

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Fulton’s Josh Berry (22) takes a jump shot during the championship game between Fulton and Hamilton for the Class AA state title.

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Players take a moment to do their homework behind the scenes at the TSSAA boys state basketball championships at the Murphy Center.

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Fulton’s Trey Davis (2) hypes up the team during a huddle during the championship game between Fulton and Hamilton for the Class AA state title.

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Fulton’s James Davis (4) reacts after defeating Stratford 73-72 in double overtime during a Division I Class AA semifinals game.

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Fulton’s Ron Davis (2) and Fulton’s Bryson Hartsell (32) celebrate after defeating Stratford 73-72 in double overtime.

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Fulton’s DeShaun Page (44) receives a medal after the championship game between Fulton and Hamilton.

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Fulton’s Ron Davis (2) walks off the court at the beginning of the first overtime during a Division I Class AA semifinals game between Fulton and Stratford.

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A fan takes a snack break at the TSSAA boys state basketball championships at the Murphy Center.

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Fulton’s Josh Berry (22) walks with Fulton’s Edward Lacy (14) during a Division I Class AA semifinals game between Fulton and Stratford.

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An Oakdale fan cheers on the team during a Division I Class A quarterfinals game between Oakdale and North Greene.

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Bearden’s Ques Glover (0) reacts after falling to Memphis East 72-60 during a Division I Class AAA semifinals game between Bearden and Memphis East.

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Bearden cheerleaders console one another after Bearden’s 72-60 loss against Memphis East during a Division I Class AAA semifinals game between Bearden and Memphis East.

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A fan yawns while sitting in the upper stands at the TSSAA boys state basketball championships at the Murphy Center in Murfreesboro, Tennessee on Friday, March 16, 2018.

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Fulton’s DeShaun Page (44) reacts after falling to Hamilton 60-58 during the championship game for the Class AA state title.

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Alcoa’s Nick Roberts (4) and Alcoa’s Isaiah Cox (12) react towards the end of the game before losing to Livingston during a Division I Class AA quarterfinals game.

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