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There's humor in sports
Most the time when I'm out and about taking photos, I see things that strike me as kind of funny. I'm not sure others always notice these things so this week I thought I would point out a few.

An example was last week at Southmont's Leap into September cross country meet. This photo opportunity struck me a quite funny. I'm not sure you can call a foul in cross county but Coach Marvin Walters ...I'm calling a foul here as it appears that he is chasing a runner down with a cart. I must say she did pick up the pace! In reality coach Walters was zooming along the course cheering on all runners and making sure they were safe along the route.

Monday, September 8, 2014
Bring on the North-South rivalry game
I don't know about the rest of you, but I really wish Friday would get here. I always look forward to Friday night football games, however when it's North vs South week it seems to add a lot more excitement.

Last year was one heck of a battle. Southmont came from behind to pull out a victory in overtime. To be honest, North got-well-"Burtoned," meaning Devon Burton. Many teams gotten "Burtoned" while Devon and his older brother Austin played. Now the Burton boys have graduated someone else will step up from one of the teams to be the hero.

Both North and South both come into Friday's game with a 1-1 record. I'm not ready to make any predictions with this game quite yet. My only prediction is that it will be a good game with lots of action. Just remember no matter how big the rivalry is, let's keep it classy. In the past fans may have let emotions get the best of them at times.

Monday, September 1, 2014
A week of milestones
First, I would like to give some attention to some of our coaches that reached milestones this past week. In football, coach Josh Thompson of North Montgomery and Mike Hammons of Crawfordsville both went home Friday night with their first wins as head varsity football coaches. Hopefully, they will reach many more milestones in their careers. I promise one win is not enough to keep either of them happy.

In volleyball, North Montgomery's Jodi Webster reached 200 wins as a varsity coach. Two-hundred wins is very impressive and I'm sure there are many more victories to come her way.

Then there is Kelly Johnson, who earned her 500th victory last week. How do you follow up 500 victories? Well, Crawfordsville keeps winning. They are off to a 5-0 start. I believe Johnson is now at 504 wins. She has always been quite humble about her milestones and attributes it all to having good players that work hard throughout her career. Sorry coach Johnson, I know by running a photo of you last week I broke your rule of no photos of you. It's all about the team. However, no matter how much you down play it, 500-plus wins is quite an accomplishment. I agree you have had some great girls on your teams since I have been covering Crawfordsville volleyball, but it takes a great coach to bring out that talent year after year. So Congrats Coach you deserve it!

Monday, August 25, 2014
It all (mostly) starts today
Woo Hoo! Today is the day. Pretty much all fall sports start tonight. With football season of course starting Friday.

All three volleyball teams are home tonight. North plays host to Covington, Crawfordsville is home against Rockville and Southmont will be playing North Vermillion in the Mountie gym. I know all three local teams are raring to get the season started.

Of course, from my standpoint, it makes for a busy night. Tonight alone, besides the three volleyball games, North tennis will start their season, and all three schools also host a soccer game. North and South girls are both home and Crawfordsville boys soccer will start off the season with a conference match up against Western Boone.

Whew! That means seven events, three schools and I have roughly 2.5 hours to accomplish the whirl wind tour of county events. Actually I know people think I'm crazy but I love nights like tonight. I will do my best to be at all the events. First I have to plot out my route and figure out a rough time frame for each event. Soccer coaches you can help me out by running plays that go right along the sideline where I am standing. Then of course, score on the play. Feel free to call the play "the Lori" I won't be offended.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Smile for the camera
Well I hope many of you were able to get out and watch the intra-squad scrimmages Saturday of our local high school football teams. I enjoyed getting out and being able to shoot some football. All three scrimmages were spread out throughout the day giving me plenty of time to see the action at each school.

This Friday the teams will get to scrimmage against other teams. Crawfordsville will host Sheridan, North Montgomery will be at McCutcheon and Southmont will be at Greencastle. I'm sure the teams are ready to see how they fare against competition. Let's face it, the football teams are tired of practicing and doing drills. They are ready for making some hard tackles and want prove they need some varsity time.

Over the past week, I have been busy taking head shots of all the fall athletes and varsity team photos. Now I don't want to embarrass anyone. However, when taking a photo of one of the cheerleading squads for the schools program. They requested that the "yellow thingy" be in the back ground of their photo on the field. Ladies the yellow things that stands up in the end zones are called goal posts. Not trying to get to technical or anything, just trying to help you out a little.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014
The day has finally come
Oh!!! It's so good to see the fall teams out and working hard for the new season. Fall sports are back! Practices officially began yesterday and athletes all over the county were out there with lots of enthusiasm getting ready for the new year or sport.

The first day of practice, sometime coaches go in with a solid plan and then have to wing it a bit as they get last minute physicals coming in and other factors that come into play on the first day.

North football got off schedule a bit as they took longer to check helmets and make sure they are all fitted properly. Football coaches have had to go through training this year to hopefully know ways of preventing concussions as well as they possibly can. Helmet safety is a huge priority this season. Helmets have been tested and rated this season as part of an ISHAA mandate. However they must also fit properly to work right.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Fall sports look promising
The fall season is almost here and excitement is mounting by the day. Every day on Twitter I see local students saying things like "they are so ready for football season." or "Can't wait for Friday night games!"

So Here is the countdown:

Six days till football practice begins, per IHSAA rules Aug. 6 teams can start contact in practice. They can have non-contact practices starting Aug. 4

Aug. 15 scrimmages are played.

Aug. 22 season opener games.

Twenty-four days until football games begin!

Well the real required practices start on Monday. Many of the teams will hold two-a-day practices. Let's face it, that can be brutal and all the athletes that have endured two-a-days are probably not looking forward to the first week of practices. However, handwork does pay off.

I'm looking forward to getting out there and getting some practice photos. You see, as much as I love baseball. I get really tired of shooting baseball at this point in the year. Baseball started back in March and just wrapped up for the most part with American Legion games and Thunder seasons all coming to a close.

Golf actually begins practice a bit earlier. They can start on Friday. That is because their season starts earlier and ends earlier than the other fall sports.

North Montgomery will tee off the season Aug. 6 at the Harrison Hills Invite. Southmont also starts their season Aug. 6 at the Seeger Invite and Crawfordsville plays their first match Aug 12 with Frankfort and Hamilton Heights.

So don't worry sports fans, the fall season is almost here.

I'm sure all coaches are hopeful for great things to come during the 2014 fall season. I recently spoke with North Montgomery volleyball coach Jodi Webster while at the 4-H fair. Webster is super fired up about this year's team. She compared them to the last sectional championship team she had and said they are really working extra hard and coming together as strong team. We'll get our first look when North opens their season at home on Aug. 19 against Covington.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Plenty going on at 4H fair
Since we are in a bit of a down time for sports. I have been busy out at the Montgomery County 4H Fair shooting lots and lots of photos. I thought I would share just a few of my tips about the fair.

For the most part I'm too busy taking photos at the fair to sample all the foods there. I do have one tradition of always getting the caramel apples bowls with peanuts. I highly suggest that treat to all. The homemade caramel is loaded on and is oh-so-good!

My next tip is . . . ALWAYS watch where you are walking. Lots of animals means lots of poo. I thought I was doing well watching my step, but during the pet parade, I moved in the arena to get a good shot of a cute little kid and stepped in a pile. Nothing like getting shoe-pooed while working.

Since many of our local athletes also have projects at the fair, it's kind of fun to see other things they are involved in. I know all the kids put many hours of hard work into their animals or projects.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Lori happy to give advice to anyone
As the Montgomery County 4H fair nears. People often ask me to look over their photos they would like to enter or to give them some advice.

First advice is take lots and lots of photos from several different angles. Then narrow down the photos you like the best.

I always enjoying going through and looking at all the photos that the 4-Hers have come up with. OK I'll admit it that part is actually my favorite part of the fair. Shocking I know!

Some have asked how I choose photos that are printed in The Paper. Well that kind of depends. First, with sports photography I'm looking for the best action or best reaction. Sure if I can capture the game winning shot or home run then that is the photo I send to go best with the story. Sometimes it comes down to the player that has had a tremendous game and carried the team to victory.

Some have asked me how many photos do I shoot per game. I have no clue! It varies from event and how much time I have before I need to get to the next event. I usually try to get at least five decent photos per event that I think can be used for The Paper.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Fall sports are around the corner
Wow the summer is flying by. It's hard to believe the Fourth of July has already past. Last week was the mandatory IHSAA moratorium week. This means athletes and coaches must take the week off and not be at any organized high school workouts/practices.

Hopefully it was a nice relaxing week for all. My guess is there is some sore athletes today after taking a week off and hitting the weights again yesterday.

Now it's time to get ready for the fall season. Did you know the first football game of the season is just 45 days away? I bet the county football coaches know that and how many hours of practice they will have between now and then to get ready. All three schools have big spots to fill due to graduation. Who will step up and show they are worthy of the fame of Friday night lights?

North will have first-year head coach Josh Thompson leading them this season. Thompson inherits a 7-3 team from last year and has been the varsity assistant for many years under Charley German who retired from teaching and high school coaching. German of course could not just give up football, he will be an assistant at Wabash.

Mike Hammons will be in his second year at Crawfordsville. After a rough 0-10 season last year, he and his staff will be looking for a way to earn some wins and build the program.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014


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