Wild Weekend Warriors: Squalicum Soccer & Football


Congratulations to the Squalicum girls soccer and boys football for winning and advancing to the state playoffs.

It was a Saturday full of Squalicum glory as the Storm girl’s soccer defeated Black Hills in District 2A state quarterfinals 6 to 0, and the boy’s football beat WF West 31 to 29 to advance in the state playoffs.

My first game was the Squalicum girls as they dominated Black Hills. The sports editor David Rasbach said Squalicum was a strong team with a strong winning streak. This will the fourth year in a row they go to the state finals.

Rising Above

Squalicum's Sarah Hulbert (8) gains height over Black Hills' Sidney Lowe (2) to head the ball away from the goal during the first half in the Class 2A Girls' Soccer State Quarterfinals on Saturday afternoon Nov. 14, 2015, at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash. Squalicum defeated Black Hills 6-0 to advance to the semi-finals at Shoreline Stadium on Friday November 20th.

Squalicum’s Sarah Hulbert (8) gains height over Black Hills’ Sidney Lowe (2) to head the ball away from the goal during the first half in the Class 2A Girls’ Soccer State Quarterfinals on Saturday afternoon Nov. 14, 2015, at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash. Squalicum defeated Black Hills 6-0 to advance to the semi-finals at Shoreline Stadium on Friday November 20th. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

I had two bodies and two lenses: A D300s with a 400 f/2.8 and a D3s with a 70-200. As Squalicum was dominating by solid control of the ball, I sat about 10 yards right of the goal so I could get the scoring.

First Goal

Squalicum's Catelyn Stevens (11), left, congratulates Kim Hazlett (3) after Hazlett scored the first goal against Black Hills.

Squalicum’s Catelyn Stevens (11), left, congratulates Kim Hazlett (3) after Hazlett scored the first goal against Black Hills during the first half Squalicum defeated Black Hills 6 to 0 to advance. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Also, by sitting in that position, it’s easier to get faces as they take a shot on goal, and reactions if they score. You get great interaction between offense and defense as the offense is amped to score, and the defense tries to stop it.

Close Call

Squalicum's Braeden Hilleary (5) watches as the ball goes over Black Hills defender Janae Grimm (10) and goalkeeper Jordan Westby during the first half of the Class 2A Girls' Soccer State Quarterfinals on Saturday afternoon Nov. 14, 2015, at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash. Squalicum defeated Black Hills 6-0 to advance to the semi-finals at Shoreline Stadium on Friday November 20th.

Squalicum’s Braeden Hilleary (5) watches as the ball goes over Black Hills defender Janae Grimm (10) and goalkeeper Jordan Westby during the first half of the Class 2A Girls’ Soccer State Quarterfinals on Saturday afternoon Nov. 14, 2015, at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash. Squalicum defeated Black Hills 6-0 to advance to the semi-finals at Shoreline Stadium on Friday November 20th. (©Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

As Squalicum continued to dominate, Black Hills became more aggressive in their defense. This made for good one-on-one action shots.

Another Score

The Squalicum girls celebrate their third goal against Black Hills during the second half of the Class 2A Girls' Soccer State Quarterfinals on Saturday afternoon Nov. 14, 2015, at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash. Squalicum defeated Black Hills 6-0 to advance to the semi-finals at Shoreline Stadium on Friday November 20th.

The Squalicum girls celebrate their third goal against Black Hills during the second half of the Class 2A Girls’ Soccer State Quarterfinals on Saturday afternoon Nov. 14, 2015, at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash. Squalicum defeated Black Hills 6-0 to advance to the semi-finals at Shoreline Stadium on Friday November 20th. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

The Battle

Squalicum's Kim Dorr (16) collides with Black Hills' Janae Grimm (10) in the first half of the Class 2A Girls' Soccer State Quarterfinals on Saturday afternoon Nov. 14, 2015, at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash. Squalicum defeated Black Hills 6-0 to advance to the semi-finals at Shoreline Stadium on Saturday November 20th.

Squalicum’s Kim Dorr (16) collides with Black Hills’ Janae Grimm (10) in the first half of the Class 2A Girls’ Soccer State Quarterfinals on Saturday afternoon Nov. 14, 2015, at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash. Squalicum defeated Black Hills 6-0 to advance to the semi-finals at Shoreline Stadium on Friday November 20th. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

During the game, the rain escalated to a constant downpour. I had a late afternoon deadline I needed to make so I left to go to Wood’s Coffee to download, edit, transmit, and warm up. As I was working on my pictures, I could see the rain get progressively worse.

Almost Intercepted

Squalicum's Noah Westhoff and WF West's Garrett Yarter (12) go up for a pass intended for Yarter during the third quarter on Saturday evening Nov. 14, 2015, in the District 2A State Playoffs at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash.

Squalicum’s Noah Westerhoff and WF West’s Garrett Yarter (12) go up for a pass intended for Yarter during the third quarter on Saturday evening Nov. 14, 2015, in the District 2A State Playoffs at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash. Westerhoff failed to make the interception as Squalicum defeated WF West 31-29. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

As the second game I was assigned to cover began, it became clear the rain would be a factor. Thankfully, I had my gear covered to protect it. But I, however, became completely soaked by the end of the first quarter.

The Classic “Jersey Pull”

Squalicum's Brian Pullman (22) and Will Nickleson (32) tackle WF West's Elijah Johnson (3) at the line of scrimmage during the third quarter in the first round of District 2A State Playoffs on Saturday evening Nov. 14, 2015, at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash. Squalicum defeated WF West 31 to 29.

Squalicum’s Brian Pullman (22) and Will Nickleson (32) tackle WF West’s Elijah Johnson (3) at the line of scrimmage during the third quarter in the first round of District 2A State Playoffs on Saturday evening Nov. 14, 2015, at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash. Squalicum defeated WF West 31 to 29. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Squalicum did not play well in the first quarter. Fumbles, sacks, and an interception kept them at their best. But they would rally and give WF West a run for their money.

TOUCHDOWN!!!

WF West's Kolby Steen (30) attempts to tackle Squalicum's Josiah Westbrook (1) from scoring a late second quarter touchdown on Saturday evening Nov. 14, 2015, during the first round of the District 2A State Playoffs at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash. Westerbrook scored the touchdown and the resulting extra point made the score 14 to 21 at the end of the first half.

Squalicum’s Brian Pullman (22) and Will Nickleson (32) tackle WF West’s Elijah Johnson (3) at the line of scrimmage during the third quarter in the first round of District 2A State Playoffs on Saturday evening Nov. 14, 2015, at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash. Squalicum defeated WF West 31 to 29. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

As I had deadline, I left at the end of the third quarter. But did I miss a good show. After Bellingham tied to make it 21 all, the went on to score another TD making it 28-21. WF West scored again and then made a 2 point conversion with 2 minutes left making it 29-28.

The Mighty Tumble

Squalicum's Creighton Kaui (16), bottom, and Kyle Basart (63) take down WF West's Nathan Anglin (7) at the line of scrimmage during the first quarter on Saturday evening Nov. 14, 2015, in the first round of District 2A State Playoffs at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash. Squalicum defeated WF West 31 to 29.

Squalicum’s Creighton Kaui (16), bottom, and Kyle Basart (63) take down WF West’s Nathan Anglin (7) at the line of scrimmage during the first quarter on Saturday evening Nov. 14, 2015, in the first round of District 2A State Playoffs at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash. Squalicum defeated WF West 31 to 29. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

On their last drive, Squalicum got within field goal range and Ben Peterson made a 24 yard field goal to make the score 31 to 29. A wild end to a wild game.

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Paul Conrad is an award-winning freelance photographer living in Bellingham north of Seattle, WA, in the Pacific Northwest. His work has been published in newspapers and magazine throughout the United States and Europe. He is available for assignments anywhere in the Pacific Northwest.

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His specialty is photojournalism covering news, sports, and editorial portraits, he also is skilled in family portraiture, high school senior portraits, and weddings.

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