Sports bring spectators and athletes together in a united display of spirit and emotion. Photographs capture the focus and skill involved in competition and display the story of the athletes and their work as a team. Perhaps the most powerful sports photographs I have had the opportunity to capture are those that illustrate the intense emotion that athletes poured into their sport and team.
A member of the junior varsity swim team, sophomore Emma Buchanan, surfaces for air while swimming the backstroke during the team’s meet against ThunderRidge High School.
Sophomore Bella Ingui catches the ball at second in an attempt to get a runner out in the varsity softball team’s regional game against Cherokee Trail High School.
A member of the varsity hockey team collides with a Denver East High School player during play. The Golden Eagles defeated their opponent, 4-1.
Senior Conner Staib fights past two defenders in the varsity basketball team’s game against Arapahoe High School.
Senior Kaitlyn Krason balances on the beam during her routine in the state gymnastics meet. “When I finally got on the beam one final time, I was more focused on taking in the moment rather than concentrating on my actual routine,” Krason said.
In the varsity softball team’s rivalry game against ThunderRidge High School at the Metropolitan State University softball fields, senior Erin Kerby pitches the ball. The Golden Eagles defeated their opponent, 8-1.
Sophomore Jenna Fitzsimmons hugs her teammates after finishing first place in the women’s 5A state championship race for cross country. “It was just so crazy I was thinking of the team and trying to do as much as I could to help out the team,” Fitzsimmons said. “It’s just cool to think of how hard we have worked this year.” Her performance, coupled with that of her teammates, earned a state title for the school.
Senior Carter Dillon kisses the men’s varsity cross country team’s newly-won state championship title trophy. Dillon and senior Shayan Zarrin (pictured left) placed in the top ten of the race.