Sports: Action

Until I started in journalism, I had little appreciation for photography. On the other hand, sports have always been a huge part of my life. I grew up on the sidelines of a football field, a baseball diamond, a wrestling mat, a basketball court and a track watching my two older brothers dominate every corner of the athletic world. When I was a kid, I played everything imaginable from gymnastics to softball to volleyball. My involvement with most sports ended when I became passionate about softball. I had played from the time I was four until the time I was 16 when I quit mid-season to focus on my grades and, most importantly, journalism.

After that, I took up photography as a way to watch a few of my favorite things even though my athletic involvement with them was over. I photograph every sport at Mountain Vista, but I definitely favor some over others thanks to my past experiences.



You have to play this game like someone just hit your mother with a two-by-four.
— Dan Birdwell

If you play basketball, you’ll end up on the cereal box. If you sing in musicals, you’ll end up in my mom’s refrigerator.
— Chad, High School Musical

Senior Joey Yamane goes up for two points during a game against Fossil Ridge High School.

Junior Issac Essien successfully goes for a shot against a Castle View defender. 

Junior Issac Essien successfully goes for a shot against a Castle View defender. 

Senior Brady Subart tries to dodge an Overland defender to get the ball to his teammates during his last high school game. 

Senior Brady Subart tries to dodge an Overland defender to get the ball to his teammates during his last high school game. 

Senior Molly McCabe fights with a Heritage player for a jump ball.

Senior Molly McCabe fights with a Heritage player for a jump ball.

Kyla Dezell (front) and Abby Walz (back) look to snag a rebound following a free throw during a game against Liberty High School. Dezell, Walz and the rest of the Golden Eagles defeated Liberty, 68-46.

Kyla Dezell (front) and Abby Walz (back) look to snag a rebound following a free throw during a game against Liberty High School. Dezell, Walz and the rest of the Golden Eagles defeated Liberty, 68-46.


The softball field is the environment that I'm most comfortable with because I played the game for 12 years. When I walked away from the field to focus on school and journalism, I immediately jumped on the opportunity to cover softball as my beat for Mountain Vista. I've also covered various other teams for player photos and state tournaments. 

When I played softball, I’d steal second base, feel guilty and go back.
— Woody Allen

Valor freshman Savannah Behabetz leads off towards home plate against Frederick High School. Behabetz made it home and ended up being one of six runs on Valor Christian’s side of the scoreboard. The final score of the quarterfinal matchup was 6-2, Valor Christian.


I’m attracted to soccer’s capacity for beauty. When well played, the game is a dance with a ball.
— Eduardo Galeano

Senior Brent Lackey dribbles the ball around a defender from Heritage High School.