2011 CHSAA State Hockey Semi Finals

© Matthew Jonas 2011/Evergreen Newspapers 2011

State hockey playoffs began last weekend. Out of the 8 schools I consistently cover, we have 3 with hockey teams, Columbine, Dakota Ridge and Chatfield. This year Chatfield made it to the second to last round of playoffs which took place at the Pepsi Center last Friday, February 25. I always enjoy shooting at the Pepsi Center. The security staff doesn’t get in my way, the WIFI is generally fast (and free) and the lighting is very good. To go on top of that there are “cutouts” in the glass at various locations throughout the rink that allow you to shoot through the glass with little to no affect on image quality. I wish our local rinks had these. It would make my job a lot easier (that and 50 lights instead of 10). I always like the overhead shots but for hockey I feel like being at ice level produces the best opportunities. I was somewhat inspired to post these after seeing this post on the FM forums which actually include some of the same plays from a different angle. To make a long story short, Chatfield was shutout, 3-0, by Lewis Palmer ending their playoff run. Even as one sided as the scoring was, it definitely made for a few great pictures. Enjoy.

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State Softball

© Matthew Jonas 2010/Evergreen Newspapers 2010

Last weekend I covered the 2010 CHSAA State Softball tournament. In previous years I have had more schools than I have had time to cover over the 3 day tournament. This year was a little different. We only had 2 teams advance to state: Platte Canyon and Evergreen. Platte Canyon is 3A school and Evergreen is a 4A school in softball. That meant unfortunately that their games would be played at the same time at different complexes (AWESOME!!!). Needing coverage from both games, I would have to hustle between complexes to make sure we had enough content to fill the sports pages for 2 papers. If you have ever been to state softball, you know that the Aurora Sports Park is enormous and that there is the possibility of 12 games being played at once!

Both games started at 12:15. After watching Evergreen play during the season, I made the decision to start at their game and then make my way to the Platte Canyon game around the 4th inning. That is one advantage of being at a small town paper. You cover the same teams every week so you get to know how they play. My decision ended up paying off. Evergreen was eliminated in the first round. While covering Evergreen, I ran into the perpetual Colorado Springs Gazette intern, Brandon Iwamoto. Good luck with the job hunt. Anyway, on to the Platte Canyon game.

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