Lynden def. Black Hills in Distrcit 2A Playoff


With the Lynden Lions leading the Black Hills Wolves 17 to 14 at the end of the third quarter, I had to leave as my afternoon deadline for The Bellingham Herald was looming. As Lynden was playing well, I did not want to leave.

Up and Over

Up and Over - Black Hills' Ethan Loveless (4) stops Lynden's Brody Weinheimer (35) during the third quarter of the 2A state first round playoff varsity football game on Saturday afternoon Nov. 12, 2016, at Civic Stadium in Bellingham, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Up and Over – Black Hills’ Ethan Loveless (4) stops Lynden’s Brody Weinheimer (35) during the third quarter of the 2A state first round playoff varsity football game on Saturday afternoon Nov. 12, 2016, at Civic Stadium in Bellingham, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

It was a nice day. Although the clouds were roiling over Civic Stadium, the temperature was nice and with no wind, the day was getting better. 180 degrees out from last night when I shot the Squalicum Storm lost to Bonney Lake 24 to 7. That game was horrible. I’ve never seen the Storm get blown over so bad.

Gaining Yardage

Gaining Yardage - Lynden's Brody Weinheimer (35) flips over as he is tackled by Black Hills' Ethan Loveless (4) after a short gain during the third quarter in the 2A state first round playoff varsity football game on Saturday afternoon Nov. 12, 2016, at Civic Stadium in Bellingham, Wash.

Gaining Yardage – Lynden’s Brody Weinheimer (35) flips over as he is tackled by Black Hills’ Ethan Loveless (4) after a short gain during the third quarter in the 2A state first round playoff varsity football game on Saturday afternoon Nov. 12, 2016, at Civic Stadium in Bellingham, Wash.

As the last 90 seconds of the third quarter ticked off the clock, Lynden scored a field goal giving them the advantage at the half. I really wanted to stay as I felt the Lions had the momentum to keep the pressure on Black Hills and carry home the win.

Group Hug

Group Hug - Lynden's Pablo Martinez (15) is stopped at the line of scrimmage by the Black Hills defense during the second quarter in the 2A state first round playoff varsity football game on Saturday afternoon Nov. 12, 2016, at Civic Stadium in Bellingham, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Group Hug – Lynden’s Pablo Martinez (15) is stopped at the line of scrimmage by the Black Hills defense during the second quarter in the 2A state first round playoff varsity football game on Saturday afternoon Nov. 12, 2016, at Civic Stadium in Bellingham, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

But, deadlines are deadlines, and as Bernie white says in The Paper, a deadline is “Deadline: A date or time before which something must be done.” So off I went.

Three Finger Hold

Three Finger Hold - Lynden's David Bode holds tight onto Black Hills' Christian Williams (3) behind the line of scrimmage during the second quarter in the 2A state first round playoff varsity football game on Saturday afternoon Nov. 12, 2016, at Civic Stadium in Bellingham, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Three Finger Hold – Lynden’s David Bode holds tight onto Black Hills’ Christian Williams (3) behind the line of scrimmage during the second quarter in the 2A state first round playoff varsity football game on Saturday afternoon Nov. 12, 2016, at Civic Stadium in Bellingham, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

As I had another game at 6, Mount Baker vs Hoquiam, and it was now 3:30, I drove to the local Woods Coffee to get, well, a cup of coffee and edit my images. Post processing for me is rather simple. The hard part is captioning the photo. Making sure the players are identified correctly, you have the right info for each play, and you’re choosing a few photos you like as well as those that tell the story of the game.

Push Off !!!

Push Off - Lynden's Aaron Weidenaar (1) pushes Black Hills' Justin Gudaz (62) while looking for an opening during the second quarter of the 2A state first round playoff varsity football game on Saturday afternoon Nov. 12, 2016, at Civic Stadium in Bellingham, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Push Off – Lynden’s Aaron Weidenaar (1) pushes Black Hills’ Justin Gudaz (62) while looking for an opening during the second quarter of the 2A state first round playoff varsity football game on Saturday afternoon Nov. 12, 2016, at Civic Stadium in Bellingham, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

After choosing 4 or 5 for the print edition, I continue editing to find more to get 18 to 24 images for the website slide show. That’s a good number for a single game. Some photographers tend to put up as much as 50, which I believe is way too much.

By the Shoe

By the Shoe - Black Hills' Taylor Simmons (21) pulls down Lynden's Rylan Severson at the lie of scrimmage during the third quarter of the 2A state first round playoff varsity football game on Saturday afternoon Nov. 12, 2016, at Civic Stadium in Bellingham, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

By the Shoe – Black Hills’ Taylor Simmons (21) pulls down Lynden’s Rylan Severson at the lie of scrimmage during the third quarter of the 2A state first round playoff varsity football game on Saturday afternoon Nov. 12, 2016, at Civic Stadium in Bellingham, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

TIP: Leave the viewer wanting more. Don’t overload the show. Keep it simple. Too many photos bore the viewer.

To purchase prints and view more of the images from the game, visit the gallery Lynden vs Black Hills in 2A Playoffs.

For a better description of the game, read the story Lynden Holds Off Stiff Test From Black Hills for 2A State Win on The Bellingham Herald website.

To view more of my work for The Bellingham Herald, visit the page My Work for the Bellingham Herald.

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