Categorized | Samantha Baker, Sports

7A State Championship – Fayetteville vs Little Rock Hall

I had the wonderful pleasure of not only photographing Fayetteville High School’s boys basketball team for the first time, but it also photographing my first state championship game. Little Rock Hall was a very tough opponent for Fayetteville to take on and the Bulldogs certainly held their own in the first half of the game. Unfortunately for the Purple Dogs, Hall won the game, 42-31, putting up 27 points in the second half.

The lighting in Summit Arena was incredible so there was no need for me to light the gym. It really reminded me of shooting at Colorado State University basketball (my alma mater), so I was instantly charged and ready to shoot. To my dismay however, one of the referees seemed to love standing in my way, so I wasn’t the happiest of campers. I also was bummed out when my wireless cable release did not work properly.

However, on a funnier note, I had to dive out of the way in the first half the game when Kile Graves of Fayetteville charged  into the baseline to save a ball. Not only did he have to jump over me, but he half jumped, half fell, into the table directly behind me. Luckily, Graves wasn’t injured in his spectacular dive. It’s been awhile since a player has almost (or successfully) taken me out, so it was fun to be reminded that it can happen!

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I'm originally from Colorado and I was introduced to photojournalism in high school while working on the school's yearbook. In 2011, I graduated from Colorado State University with degrees in journalism and art. This is my first “real-world” job, but while in college I worked for CSU's daily student newspaper and I interned for Denver-based Westword, the Colorado Eagles (ACHL hockey team) and Johnson and Wales University. I cherish analog photography and I like to shoot on a medium-format Mamyia RB67 whenever I can. While I'm not at work, I enjoy doing all sorts of physical activities, especially mud runs and Crossfit, and I love to bake desserts (which are usually consumed by my coworkers).