Heart & Soul of Kansas Sports

Saturday to Saturday

Saturday to Saturday

Over eight days, two recent November Saturdays brought great joy and a new appreciation for how richly I have been…

Volleyball’s Fascination

Volleyball’s Fascination

Volleyball always fascinates me. Such grace and power combined in a game dependent on every player’s skill meshing with their…

Newton Invitational Gymnastics

Newton Invitational Gymnastics

Gymnastics stands out as the most regional of the 15 sports certified by the Kansas State High School Activities Association….

Wilson!

Wilson!

Emotions run high on any football senior night in Kansas. The two seniors playing their final home game for Wilson…

Belgian Waffle Ride

Belgian Waffle Ride

In Kansas, where gravel bicycle racing planted its roots and grew into a nationwide phenomenon, one of the unique iterations…

Holy War

Holy War

When a rivalry becomes so big that it is known by every prep football fan in Kansas’ metropolitan Wichita area…

This & That

This & That

The shift between summer and fall sports is not that hard. Whenever I am asked about my favorite sport to…

The Setting Sun

The Setting Sun

The visit to Altoona-Midway High School last Friday stems from my desire to find a football field where bleachers and…

A Dam Good Meet

A Dam Good Meet

Watching runners warming up ahead of the cross country meet hosted by Parsons High School last Thursday at Big Hill…

Float Your Boat

Float Your Boat

Milford Lake can handle boats of many sizes. On the state’s largest reservoir, everything from the smallest fishing boats to…

Finally!

Finally!

In the second game of the 2014 prep football season, Highland Park defeated KC Harmon 60-26. Finally, 65 games later,…

Football in Three Forms

Football in Three Forms

The high school football season kicks off Friday. Kansas offers communities, no matter their size, the opportunity for players to…

Mystic-al Waterskiing

Mystic-al Waterskiing

I want to ensure everyone understands that the number of photos accompanying this story might seem indulgent. I admit that…

In the Arena

In the Arena

In April of 1910, former President Theodore Roosevelt delivered a speech in Paris titled “Citizenship in a Republic.” Part of…

Kickball at Home

Kickball at Home

Funny how the games people played as kids still resonate with adults. Kickball is the kind of game to evoke…

Committed to Help

Committed to Help

On July 5, a seismic shockwave rolled through the small community of Nickerson, 11 miles northwest of Hutchinson, Kansas. Resident…

County Fair Magic

County Fair Magic

Who doesn’t love a fair? Throughout the summer months, the magic of a county fair is displayed throughout Kansas. It…

Whitecap Regatta

Whitecap Regatta

The face of Kansas forever changed in the 1960s as work began on creating what is now 24 reservoirs spread…

Lazos Que Unen

Lazos Que Unen

The weekend tied to July 4th celebrations in Newton, Kansas, for the past 74 years has been devoted to the…

Diamond Dreams

Diamond Dreams

Rathert Stadium stands in Junction City as a striking example of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) that created jobs for…

Splash

Splash

Summertime means pool time. Nothing brings relief from Kansas’ hot, humid summer months like a dive into the crystal blue…

A Whirlwind

A Whirlwind

The photos and this story reflect our recent life. It has been a whirlwind filled with good times and bad,…

Quite Simple

Quite Simple

There are only seven photographs with this short story. However, I love these images. Therefore, I had to give them…

Three Ballparks

Three Ballparks

Whether they are called stadiums, ballparks, or simply fields, I have found during my journeys for the Heart & Soul…

Paralympic Boccia

Paralympic Boccia

Look past the wheelchairs, the unusual ramps, the pointers attached to heads and the various communication devices that are all…

Optical Illusions

Optical Illusions

As the sun began to set on the second game of a softball doubleheader featuring Sabetha High School hosting Perry-Lecompton…

A Fun(d) Raising Good Time

A Fun(d) Raising Good Time

This odd recipe created a morning of fun on April 2 at Troy High School. The event organizers, trying to raise funds to enhance the school’s end-of-the-school-year academic and athletic banquet, chose dodgeball and teams showed up to help the school’s dedicated parents get closer to their goal.

Touchdown!

Touchdown!

Two quarterbacks dropped back and fired passes to receivers running short curl-in patterns. Every pass was thrown hard and zipped…

Organized Chaos

Organized Chaos

Please be aware that there is one photograph showing a fighter with a bloody nose in the attached gallery.  My…

Reflection and Satisfaction

Reflection and Satisfaction

The Seaman Vikings celebrated like all Kansas state basketball champions did last Saturday. They had just won the 5A Boys…

A Cavalcade of Delight

A Cavalcade of Delight

Start with a wrestler’s celebratory lift and roll of his coach onto the mat. Then, add a three-time state champion…

A Whole New Level of Basketball

A Whole New Level of Basketball

As I drove to Sunrise Christian Academy last Friday, the size of the school surprised me. I expected a lavish…

Busy Days

Busy Days

Hello. I realize time has flown by since my last post. There are some long-term uncompleted photo projects involved in…

Overcoming Obstacles

Overcoming Obstacles

Just living in today’s crazy, mixed-up world is challenging enough. Yet, some find the need to overcome obstacles in their…

Grappling State

Grappling State

Hang a map of Kansas on the wall. Then, close your eyes and throw a dart at the map. Unless…

The Beauty of Growing Old

The Beauty of Growing Old

Stepping into Southwestern College’s Stewart Field House proves that growing old can be a beautiful thing. I felt utterly transported…

Counties

Counties

The photographs accompanying this short story have everything to do with the immense expectation I set for myself and The…

Let’s Photograph Two

Let’s Photograph Two

This is a story about football, but before I can detail the fun Laura and I shared covering two high…

Unified

Unified

On November 18, the Kansas State High School Activities Association hosted the Unified Bowling Inaugural State Championship. The 15 teams…

Hear, Hear!

Hear, Hear!

In the fall of 2016, Shawnee Mission-Bishop Miege captured their fifth state 4-1A boys soccer title dating back to 1998….

Streaking

Streaking

The bizarre-looking photographs that highlight this story come from a simple feeling. Sometimes this photographer just wants to have fun….

Wild West Bowl

Wild West Bowl

How fitting that Dodge City, known for its wild west heritage, hosted the Wild West Bowl, the championship game of…

Volleyball Lessons

Volleyball Lessons

A look at photographs from the Kansas State 2A Volleyball Championship and semi-final matches reveals one of the great joys…

Worthy of Attention

Worthy of Attention

Most Kansans’ exposure to gymnastics comes once every four years during the Summer Olympics. However, it is essential to know…

Cricket

Cricket

To photograph cricket for the first time in my career took some work. Laura joined me for the trip to…

BMX

BMX

“Ok, riders, random start. Riders ready? Watch the gate.”  A BMX bicycle rider’s life is built around those words as…

An Ambitious Goal

An Ambitious Goal

When the PRIDE of Kansas Football League formed in 2014, the thought was to take the growing interest in tackle…

Providence

Providence

Needing fuel, I stopped at the lone gas station in Lebanon following my time at the Geographic Center of the…

Simple Perfection

Simple Perfection

During an August road trip, Laura and I passed by the Hanover High School football field.

A Stroke of Good Fortune

A Stroke of Good Fortune

In August 2009, Frank Halsey began secretly creating mountain bike single-track trails through the dense woods …

Pickleball

Pickleball

The game of Pickleball is deceiving.

Silhouettes

Silhouettes

Last Thursday, Laura and I were on an evening ride southeast of Topeka

Polo in Kansas?

Polo in Kansas?

For a sport that played its first matches in Kansas in 1917 and was certified as a club in 1930, it is hard to imagine a lesser-known sport in the state than polo.

Home Again

Home Again

Last Thursday, Clint Bowen proved once again just what it means for himself and his family to live and work in Lawrence.

Hallowed Tradition

Hallowed Tradition

Throughout my long photography career, many great sports traditions have left an indelible mark on me.

The Dirty Truth

The Dirty Truth

If we are honest with ourselves, the truth is that all of us driving a car have more than once wanted to crash into a rude or dangerous driver.

Packed Calendar

Packed Calendar

During the week of May 24-29, if my math is correct, the Kansas State High School Athletics Association (KSHSAA) held 26 sports championships.

The Jayhawk Open

The Jayhawk Open

I get a wonderful feeling when I photograph an event marked by a long heritage and a continual pedigree of champions.

The Flint Hills Rodeo

The Flint Hills Rodeo

There was one event that was an absolute, can’t miss event for my project – The Flint Hills Rodeo.

Three Championships

Three Championships

There are two reasons I held back the soccer photographs that could have gone with the story from my last post highlighting late May state champions.

Sand Greens

Sand Greens

Most golfers desire to stay out of the bunkers lining fairways and dotted around greens.

Dead Ringers

Dead Ringers

A man throwing horseshoes inside Gage Park in the 50s is a memory that has stuck with me all my life.

Bonded by Victory

Bonded by Victory

This post is the beginning of six that will come from eight days of coverage of nine events in various counties of Kansas.

A Gentleman’s Game

A Gentleman’s Game

While covering a rugby match on a rainy day in a lush, wooded setting in Vermont …

Mad Hatters

Mad Hatters

Unless you are an opponent, it is tough not to like the Topeka High softball team.

Softball with a Small Town Feel

Softball with a Small Town Feel

Over time as the rural population of Kansas shifted and shrunk, school districts in the state began melding older high schools in small towns into one unified modern high school.

Motocross

Motocross

Standing behind a row of motocross bikes readying for the start of a race is a full-on sensory overload.

Lacrosse

Lacrosse

My Heart & Soul travels took me to Leavenworth County and Chieftain Park …

Back on Court

Back on Court

By a wide margin, I have photographed basketball more than any other sport in my soon-to-be 52 years of photography.

Rural Reigns

Rural Reigns

Washburn Rural’s wrestling team dominated the Kansas 6A Boy’s State Championship.

A Sight to See

A Sight to See

During the second season of Kansas Girls State Wrestling, I was treated to quite a sight.

WaterWorks

WaterWorks

The best the state of Kansas offers showed off their impressive work inside the Shawnee Mission School District Aquatic Center

Life Lifting

Life Lifting

The whirl of activity at last Saturday’s USA Powerlifting Star City Showdown suddenly came to a halt.

Long May It Run

Long May It Run

The United States Postal Service long boasts of its ability to deliver the mail no matter the weather.

A Fit Man on a Beastly Day

A Fit Man on a Beastly Day

Last Friday, steady 25 mph winds out of the northwest drove the wind chill index to a bitter 18 degrees during the early afternoon in Topeka.

An Epiphany

An Epiphany

It took an epiphany to save a Wichita prep wrestling meet.

A Tale of Two Titles

A Tale of Two Titles

Picking a state football championship to photograph would generally be challenging.

Olpe

Olpe

Laura and I chose the 1A state football semi-final between Lyndon and Olpe because it was a much-anticipated rematch between two good teams.

11-3 = 8. Now That’s a Perfect Number

11-3 = 8. Now That’s a Perfect Number

I am not much of a mathematics whiz, but the Madison/Hamilton 34-24 victory over home team Canton-Galva on November 13, proved to me that eight players on each team was the perfect number.

The Faces of Change

The Faces of Change

What I will long remember while photographing the 6A Boys State Soccer Championship are the faces of the Dodge City players throughout the match.

The Process

The Process

Highland Park football coach Mike Foristiere believes that coaching the Scots is “a process.”

Ground Level

Ground Level

In every sport, players begin at ground level. Since I started my project on Kansas sports at ground level, coach-pitch tee-ball baseball seemed the perfect place to swing away with my cameras.

Disc Golf

Disc Golf

In January 1957, a new product rolled out to change the way Americans looked at casual fun.

A Record Hour

A Record Hour

In the vast world of bicycle racing with events ranging from short sprints to epic endurance events, one challenge maintains mystical prestige – the hour record.

Rainy Day Hoops

Rainy Day Hoops

Five blocks from our home in the Old Town section of Topeka sits Faith Temple Church and its school.

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