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Photos: Colorado 5A Baseball Championship

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DENVER, CO - MAY 29: John-Michael Osley (15) and Matt Meraz (5) of Cherokee Trail celebrate during a time out after Osley hit an rbi double against Rocky Mountain during game two of the Class 5A high school baseball championship at All-City Field in Denver, Colorado on May 29, 2016. Cherokee Trail defeated Rocky Mountain 9-4 to win the Class 5A championship. (Photo by Seth McConnell/The Denver Post)

DENVER, CO – MAY 29: John-Michael Osley (15) and Matt Meraz (5) of Cherokee Trail celebrate during a time out after Osley hit an rbi double against Rocky Mountain during game two of the Class 5A high school baseball championship at All-City Field in Denver, Colorado on May 29, 2016. Cherokee Trail defeated Rocky Mountain 9-4 to win the Class 5A championship. (Photo by Seth McConnell/The Denver Post)

I haven’t shot baseball in over five years. I’ve photographed enough touchdowns, slapshots, checks, tackles, tries, rucks, baskets, jump shots and goals to last a lifetime in the last five years but not a single pitch or at-bat. I shot a lot of baseball when I was still in South Dakota. Rapid City was, and still is, very much a baseball town. So I’ve had my fair share of covering America’s Past Time but since I’ve been in Denver, baseball has not been a priority. Most sports have not been priority, outside of rugby. Any sports I’ve covered has been out of chance. So I jumped at the chance to shoot the 5A championship game on Sunday.

I was a little nervous, baseball can be a tough shoot. Five years of rust is not something you can knock off very quickly. Fortunately shooting rugby and hockey has upped my reaction time and watching the game at a professional level for the last five years has improved my ability to anticipate plays. The pressure was also diminished as it was a championship game (actually games as it was double elimination and they ended up playing two) so no matter what the most important photo was going to be the jubilation shot (or jub shot in journalism speak) at the end of the game.

Both games ended up being pretty decent and a lot of fun to shoot. Hopefully it won’t be five years before I shoot another game.

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In The Ruck: Back to Back

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Glendale Raptors vs San Francisco Golden Gate Rhinos PRP Grand Final

GLENDALE, CO – MAY 14: Glendale Raptors vs San Francisco Golden Gate Rhinos in the PRP Grand Final at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on May 14, 2016. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

A year ago (yesterday) I slammed my hand in a car door, requiring 7 stitches in my right index finger. My shooting finger. It was two days before the PRP Grand Final. I was on strict orders to rest for ten days. No shooting, no heavy lifting. I had covered the entire season, to miss the final left me feeling pretty terrible. Through a pretty heavy haze of pain killers I followed the game on Twitter. The Raptors won, bringing home their first PRP championship. When the Raptors secured their place in the final last Saturday, I knew I needed to I make sure to be extra careful this week. I wasn’t going to miss the final two years in a row. The caution was worth it. The Raptors took home their second straight PRP championship yesterday. Dominating San Francisco Golden Gate from the opening whistle. Congratulations to the Raptors and the entire organization. Thanks for looking.

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In the Ruck: March 2016

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GLENDALE, CO - MARCH 12: Denver Barbos vs Santa Monica Dolphins at Infinity park in Glendale, Colorado on March 12, 2016.

GLENDALE, CO – MARCH 12: Denver Barbos vs Santa Monica Dolphins at Infinity park in Glendale, Colorado on March 12, 2016.

Saturday’s are for rugby. Over the last three years I’ve spent almost every Saturday in the spring and fall on the pitch in Glendale shooting rugby. I haven’t blogged about it or spoke about it much. I’ve kept it under the radar for the most part and I can’t tell you why. The Glendale Raptors as an organization have been amazing and very easy to work with. Their dedication to growing the game in Denver has been awesome to watch. In an attempt to actually blog more, I’ll be posting up photos after every game starting next week. The season started a while ago so the first two months of the season will be put in digest form. Thanks for looking.

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Photos: RugbyTown 7s

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Over the last three years, I’ve been covering rugby as the official team photographer of the Glendale Raptors Rugby Club in the suburbs of Denver. Its been a rather fun and rewarding experience that has gotten me into a different mind-set and given me an opportunity to do something different and fun. Every August the club hosts the Serevi RugbyTown 7’s tournament which brings in teams from all over the country and several countries to play the speedy version of rugby.

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GLENDALE, CO - AUGUST 14: Coast Guard vs Navy during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 14, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO – AUGUST 14: Coast Guard vs Navy during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 14, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO - AUGUST 14: Navy v Marines during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 14, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO – AUGUST 14: Navy v Marines during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 14, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO - AUGUST 14: Army v Marines during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 14, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO – AUGUST 14: Army v Marines during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 14, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO - AUGUST 14: Air Force vs Marines during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 14, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO – AUGUST 14: Air Force vs Marines during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 14, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO - AUGUST 14: Air Force vs Marines during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 14, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO – AUGUST 14: Air Force vs Marines during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 14, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO - AUGUST 14: Raptors vs Stars Rugby during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 14, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO – AUGUST 14: Raptors vs Stars Rugby during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 14, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO - AUGUST 14: Denver vs Northeast ODP during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 14, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO – AUGUST 14: Denver vs Northeast ODP during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 14, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO - AUGUST 15: Utah Lions vs Atlantis for the High School Cup during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 15, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO – AUGUST 15: Utah Lions vs Atlantis for the High School Cup during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 15, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO - AUGUST 15: Army vs Air Force during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 15, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO – AUGUST 15: Army vs Air Force during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 15, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO - AUGUST 15: US Stars vs Mexico during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 15, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO – AUGUST 15: US Stars vs Mexico during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 15, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO - AUGUST 15: US Stars vs Mexico during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 15, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO – AUGUST 15: US Stars vs Mexico during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 15, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO - AUGUST 16: Mexico vs Marines during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 16, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO – AUGUST 16: Mexico vs Marines during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 16, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO - AUGUST 16: Air Force vs Northwest ODPduring the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 16, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO – AUGUST 16: Air Force vs Northwest ODP during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 16, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO - AUGUST 16: Bermuda vs Mexico during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 16, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO – AUGUST 16: Bermuda vs Mexico during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 16, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO - AUGUST 16: Bermuda vs Mexico during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 16, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO – AUGUST 16: Bermuda vs Mexico during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 16, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO - AUGUST 16: Bermuda vs Mexico during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 16, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO – AUGUST 16: Bermuda vs Mexico during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 16, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO - AUGUST 16: Denver vs Serevi Selects during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 16, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO – AUGUST 16: Denver vs Serevi Selects during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 16, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO - AUGUST 16: Denver vs Serevi Selects during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 16, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO – AUGUST 16: Denver vs Serevi Selects during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 16, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO - AUGUST 15: Navy vs Bahamas during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 15, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

GLENDALE, CO – AUGUST 15: Navy vs Bahamas during the Serevi RugbyTown 7s tournament at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on August 15, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell)

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August 18, 2015 at 4:43 pm

Photos: 2014 RugbyTown 7s

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SEREVI7s Rugby is a hell of a sport.

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September 3, 2014 at 3:48 pm

Photos: Rugbytown 7’s

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One of the best parts about being a photojournalist is the opportunity to shoot something new. To explore a new topic, understand it and master it in a short time period.

I had the opportunity to shoot an international rugby 7’s tournament here in Denver a couple of weekends ago. I had never shot rugby in a game setting, much less seen it played live. I’m still not completely sure of the rules but it was a blast to watch. These dudes are tough and with the 7’s format the games were fast. So as soon as you got into a rhythm the game was over and two new teams took the pitch and battled it out.

I would in no way say that I’ve mastered rugby but I’ve found a new game to learn and potentially love. I’m really looking forward to getting out and shooting a full 90 minute game or two this season and seeing what I can do with it.

Here are a few frames from the weekend that I liked.

Serevi Rugby Town Sevens
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August 28, 2013 at 1:07 am

Ice Level: Avalanche Vs. Sharks

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In the five years I have been shooting hockey, I’ve never shot through holes in the glass. It’s something that I asked for when I was covering the Rush in Rapid City. I was incredibly vocal about getting holes cut in the glass. I was turned down by Civic Center management time and again. So tonight when I had the chance to shoot the Avalanche vs. Sharks game from ice level while giving the Avs team photog a hand, I was stoked. FINALLY, holes in the glass… and holy crap is it hard to shoot through the hole in the glass. The holes are a lot smaller than I was expecting and it involves a lot more moving to get a clear shot.  My back hurts and I’m pretty much worn out from leaning back and forth trying to get the most acute angle possible to shoot the action on the boards but I’ll be damned if it wasn’t a lot of fun. You can feel the wind come through the hole as the players skate by. The puck only skipped over my hole once and I missed taking a shot to the face by six inches.

I’m not sure if it was nerves , the hole or both but shooting NHL caliber players at ice level is a different beast than I was used to. It took a lot of adjustment to keep up with the pace, follow the puck and realize how intense they play the puck at this level. I love a good challenge and this was by far one of the best challenges I’ve had in a while. It was a hell of a lot of fun. Plus the Avs won the game with 2/10ths of second left in overtime. Good times.

I can’t wait to do it again.