Spring Fling 2019

Spring Fling 2019

Besides the Olympics, I’ve photographed just about every level of athletic competition from pee wee football to the PGA Tournament. You would think I’d be spoiled by these big events, but I still find tons of excitement shooting high school sports.

Professional athletes are refined in their technique and don’t take as many risks. High schoolers on the other hand, love risk. They’ll try to steal second base every time. Energy and passion courses through their veins, and, upon victory or defeat, raw emotion takes them over in a different way than I’ve seen in professional athletes. Not to mention the passionate parents and rowdy students cheering on the sidelines, it’s a condensed version of a big sporting event.

Maybe I’m wrong, but high school sports is just as exciting as the big event. Plus there’s no traffic jams or crazy media logistics.

KNS CAK vs CPA

CAK’s Zane Keener (22) pitches during a Division II-A championship game between CAK and CPA at the TSSAA state championships in Murfreesboro, Tennessee on Thursday, May 23, 2019.

KNS CAK vs CPA

A CAK player wears the chains and necklaces of other players during a Division II-A championship game between CAK and CPA.

TSSAA South Side

South Side’s Kayla Beaver (19) pitches during a TSSAA Class AA softball game between South Side and Marion Co. at McKnight Field in Murfreesboro, Tennessee on Tuesday, May 21, 2019.

KNS Halls vs Ooltewah

Ooltewah’s Makayla Strickland (8) runs onto first as Halls’ Aspen Calloway (5) tries for an out during a Class A softball game between Halls and Ooltewah at the TSSAA state championships in Murfreesboro, Tennessee on Wednesday, May 22, 2019.

TSSAA Bearden Oakland Soccer

Bearden’s Jonathan Diaz (0) and Bearden’s Holdon Giesecke (1) warm up before a TSSAA Class AAA quarterfinal soccer game between Bearden and Oakland at Richard Siegel Soccer Complex in Murfreesboro, Tennessee on Tuesday, May 21, 2019.

TSSAA Bearden Oakland Soccer

Bearden’s Collin Lewis (23) dribbles the ball as Oakland’s Evan Alford (10) defends during a TSSAA Class AAA quarterfinal soccer game.

TSSAA Bearden Oakland Soccer

Bearden’s Trey Kelly (9) fights an Oakland player for the ball during a TSSAA Class AAA quarterfinal soccer game.

KNS Halls vs Ooltewah

Halls’ Cassie Norris (44) pumps up the team before a Class A softball game between Halls and Ooltewah.

KNS Halls vs Ooltewah

Ooltewah’s Mackenzie Patterson (35) pitches during a Class A softball game between Halls and Ooltewah.

KNS Halls vs Ooltewah

Halls’ Chandler Baldridge (9) slides into home during a Class A softball game between Halls and Ooltewah.

KNS Halls vs Ooltewah

A plane lands behind a Class A softball game between Halls and Ooltewah.

KNS grace Christian Gatlinburg-Pittman soccer

Grace Christian’s Levi Jones (4) attempts a shot over Gatlinburg-Pittman’s Briggs Jones (1) during a Class A championship soccer match between Franklin Grace Christian and Gatlinburg-Pittman at the TSSAA state championships in Murfreesboro, Tennessee on Friday, May 24, 2019.

KNS grace Christian Gatlinburg-Pittman soccer

Gatlinburg scores a goal during a Class A championship soccer match between Franklin Grace Christian and Gatlinburg-Pittman.

KNS grace Christian Gatlinburg-Pittman soccer

Grace Christian celebrates their victory over Gatlinburg-Pittman in a Class A championship soccer match.

KNS CAK vs CPA

CAK’s Zane Keener (22) pitches during a Division II-A championship game between CAK and CPA.

KNS CAK vs CPA

CAK’s Jesse Osborne (15) holds up the trophy in celebration of their 3-2 win over CPA.

KNS Farragut vs Summit

Farragut’s Nick Barnes (7) prepares to bat during a Class AAA baseball game between Farragut and Summit at Siegel High School Murfreesboro, Tennessee on Wednesday, May 22, 2019.

KNS Farragut vs Summit

A Summit coach gestures during a Class AAA baseball game between Farragut and Summit.

KNS Greeneville vs Sevier County soccer

Sevier County’s Bryan Moran (5) reacts after scoring a goal during a Class AA championship soccer match between Greeneville and Sevier County at the TSSAA state championships in Murfreesboro, Tennessee on Friday, May 24, 2019.

KNS Greeneville vs Sevier County soccer

Sevier County’s Joseph Rodriquez (2) walks off the field after falling to Greeneville during a Class AA championship soccer match.

KNS TKA vs Chattanooga Christian

TKA’s Kaylan Cole (2) pitches during a Division II Class A game between TKA and Chattanooga Christian at the TSSAA state championships in Murfreesboro, Tennessee on Thursday, May 23, 2019.

KNS TKA vs Chattanooga Christian

TKA’s Kaylan Cole (2) slides into second as Chattanooga Christian’s Mary Vendergriff (3) attempts to tag her out during a Division II Class A game between TKA and Chattanooga Christian.

KNS TKA vs Chattanooga Christian

A game official keeps stats during a Division II Class A game between TKA and Chattanooga Christian.

KNS TKA vs Chattanooga Christian

Chattanooga Christian’s Savannah Ricketts (25) is out at second during a Division II Class A game between TKA and Chattanooga Christian.

KNS TKA vs Chattanooga Christian

TKA’s KayLeigh Ammons (28) slides into home as the ball is thrown to the catcher during a Division II Class A game between TKA and Chattanooga Christian.

KNS Farragut vs Summit

TSSAA South Side

South Side’s Camden Robertson (9) warms up during a TSSAA Class AA softball game between South Side and Marion Co.

KNS bearden station camp soccer

Station Camp’s TC Craig (25) makes a save during a Class AAA championship soccer match between Bearden and Station Camp at the TSSAA state championships in Murfreesboro, Tennessee on Friday, May 24, 2019.

KNS bearden station camp soccer

Station Camp’s TC Craig (25) dives to block a kick during a Class AAA championship soccer match between Bearden and Station Camp.

KNS bearden station camp soccer

Station Camp’s Justin Sarduy (4) pulls down Bearden’s Collin Lewis (23) during a Class AAA championship soccer match between Bearden and Station Camp.

KNS bearden station camp soccer

Station Camp’s Josh Street (2) weeps after falling to Bearden 4-3 in penalty kicks in a Class AAA championship soccer match.

KNS bearden station camp soccer

Bearden’s Finn Harrison (21) celebrates with teammates after defeating Station Camp 4-3 in penalty kicks in a Class AAA championship soccer match.

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