Categorized | Samantha Baker

2013 4A Girls State Basketball Championships

The score was tight the entire game which had me, literally, at the edge of my seat (or padded cushion if you want to be technical). While it was a shame to see the Lady Leopards of Malvern High School defeat the Lady Tigers of Prairie Grove, it was exciting to see Malvern win its first state title in their first finals appearance. My consolation prize was a very (and I mean VERY) animated coach from Prairie Grove. I’ve seen some expressive coaches before, but you, Coach Kevin Froud, you win the award for Most Animated Coach Ever! Congrats to both teams for a great season and intense championship game!

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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).