Mount Baker decimates Hoquiam 39 to 14


Another Saturday game at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash. I was back after making my deadline filing my images of Lynden defeating Black Hills in District 2A Playoff in the first round. Now the Sun has set and a full Super Moon filled the sky.

Can’t Touch This

Can't Touch This - Hoquiam's Artimus Johnson (4) dives to stop Mount Baker's Jed Schleimer (4) as he breaks the line of scrimmage during the first quarter of the Division 1A state playoff game on Saturday evening Nov. 12, 2016, at Civic Stadium in Bellingham, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Can’t Touch This – Hoquiam’s Artimus Johnson (4) dives to stop Mount Baker’s Jed Schleimer (4) as he breaks the line of scrimmage during the first quarter of the Division 1A state playoff game on Saturday evening Nov. 12, 2016, at Civic Stadium in Bellingham, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

I took a few minutes to relax and have a coffee after sending images to The Bellingham Herald from the Lynden game. My computer was put away and as I slowly sipped on the coffee in front of me, I watched as the sky broke west and the Sun popped out igniting the skies on fire. I always have to wind down a bit after shooting a game.

Touchdown Catch

Touchdown Catch - A wide open Thomas Barbo (32) with Mount Baker catches a long pass from quarterback Kaleb Bass (12) deep in the secondary of Hoquiam minutes into the first quarter their District 1A state playoff game on Saturday evening Nov. 12, 2016, at Civic Stadium in Bellingham, Wash. Barbo completed the pass and ran it into the end zone for a touch down. The resulting two point conversion catapulted Mount Baker ahead of Hoquiam 8 to 0. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Touchdown Catch – A wide open Thomas Barbo (32) with Mount Baker catches a long pass from quarterback Kaleb Bass (12) deep in the secondary of Hoquiam minutes into the first quarter their District 1A state playoff game on Saturday evening Nov. 12, 2016, at Civic Stadium in Bellingham, Wash. Barbo completed the pass and ran it into the end zone for a touch down. The resulting two point conversion catapulted Mount Baker ahead of Hoquiam 8 to 0. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

With the spare minutes, I pulled my phone to read through the game predictions for the week from David Rasbach, sports editor at The Herald. I wanted to make sure I had more knowledge of the players.

Pushing Off

Push Off - Mount Baker's Jed Schleimer (4) stiff arms Hoquiam's Artimus Johnson (15) as he gains yardage during the second quarter in the Division 1A state playoff game on Saturday evening Nov. 12, 2016, at Civic Stadium in Bellingham, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Push Off – Mount Baker’s Jed Schleimer (4) stiff arms Hoquiam’s Artimus Johnson (15) as he gains yardage during the second quarter in the District 1A state playoff game on Saturday evening Nov. 12, 2016, at Civic Stadium in Bellingham, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

TIP: As a photographer for a paper, it is important you keep up on the news, working assignments, and what to look for when shooting a game. Who to keep your eyes one, what plays will they run. Are they good at passing and do they pass a lot? Information is just as important as the lenses you carry.

Fear In His Eyes

Fear in his Eyes - Hoquiam's Gregory Dick (6) gets pressured from Mount Baker's Maxwell Tolman (75) during the second quarter in the Division 1A state playoff game on Saturday evening Nov. 12, 2016, at Civic Stadium in Bellingham, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Fear in his Eyes – Hoquiam’s Gregory Dick (6) gets pressured from Mount Baker’s Maxwell Tolman (75) during the second quarter in the District 1A state playoff game on Saturday evening Nov. 12, 2016, at Civic Stadium in Bellingham, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Size Doesn’t Matter: I had no long glass while shooting Friday’s game as Squalicum Loses to Bonney Lake 24 to 7. The lens I used was my trusty old 70-200 f/2.8 and my 17-35 f/2.8 as a back up. Yet I was still able to get some really good images.

INTERCEPTION!!!

Interception - Mount Baker's Thomas Barbo (32) makes an interception with Hoquiam's Anthony Nash (10) as the clock ran out of the first half during the District 1A state playoff game on Saturday evening Nov. 12, 2016, at Civic Stadium in Bellingham, Wash. Barbo ran the ball back and additional 40 yards to end the half. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Interception – Mount Baker’s Thomas Barbo (32) makes an interception with Hoquiam’s Anthony Nash (10) as the clock ran out of the first half during the District 1A state playoff game on Saturday evening Nov. 12, 2016, at Civic Stadium in Bellingham, Wash. Barbo ran the ball back an added 40 yards to end the half. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

You just need to be patient and wait for the action to come close to you. Yes you’re going to miss some important action. Yes you will miss some great shots, but the reality is, even with a 300 or 400, you’re going to miss shots. So be patient, be vigilant, and pay extra attention. You just never know.

To view more of the images from the game, visit the gallery Mount Baker Defeats Hoquiam 39 to 14.

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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