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.
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.
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.
As Squalicum continued to dominate, Black Hills became more aggressive in their defense. This made for good one-on-one action shots.
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.
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 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.
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
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.
His clients include Getty Images, Wire Image, AirBnB, The Bellingham Herald, and many local business in Whatcom County. Previous clients are Associated Press, the New York Times, L.A. Times, Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News, and many others.
His specialty is photojournalism covering news, sports, and editorial portraits, he also is skilled in family portraiture, high school senior portraits, and weddings.