Emmaus vs. Pleasant Valley

in Brodheadsville on Friday, September 14, 2018.

The Emmaus Hornets faced the Pleasant Valley Bears on Friday night.

James Syracuse recovers a fumble agains Emmaus in Brodheadsville on Friday, September 14, 2018.

It was a rough night for the bears as the Hornets kept the pressure on.

Mason Demeglio sacks the Emmaus quarterback, who was flagged for intentional grounding, in the first half in Brodheadsville on Friday, September 14, 2018.

The Bears did have some highlights though, like this sack which actually resulted in intentional grounding for the Hornets.

Gabe Masker runs wide against the Emmaus defense in Brodheadsville on Friday, September 14, 2018.

The Bears kept working and gained some yards on the ground.

in Brodheadsville on Friday, September 14, 2018.

The passing game was harder to get going.

Quarterback Jack Stephens throws under pressure against Emmaus in Brodheadsville on Friday, September 14, 2018.

Emmaus kept the pressure on and won the game.

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Angelo Santana runs upfield against Emmaus in Brodheadsville on Friday, September 14, 2018.

East Stroudsburg South vs. Pocono Mountain East

in Swiftwater on Friday, September 7, 2018.

Pocono Mountain East struck first in their Friday night game against East Stroudsburg South. They marched down the field on the opening kickoff.

in Swiftwater on Friday, September 7, 2018.

Triston Hilliman scored the touchdown and the game was on!

Ryan Clark rushes for good yardage against Pocono Mountain East in Swiftwater on Friday, September 7, 2018.

It did not take long for East Stroudsburg South to respond.

in Swiftwater on Friday, September 7, 2018.

It was an exciting back and forth contest in the first half.

Ryan Clark catches a touchdown reception in the first half against Pocono Mountain East in Swiftwater on Friday, September 7, 2018.

Ryan Clark made an incredible over-the-shoulder catch on the goal line.

Ryan Clark rushes for good yardage against Pocono Mountain East in Swiftwater on Friday, September 7, 2018.

The second half featured more of Ryan Clark running and gaining yards as South went ahead.

in Swiftwater on Friday, September 7, 2018.

But East would not go away, even though in the photo above, a pass intended for Ryan Zalewski was broken up by Markens Pierre.

in Swiftwater on Friday, September 7, 2018.

The fourth quarter saw East come back within a touchdown as Triston Hilliman caught a long pass over the South defenders…

in Swiftwater on Friday, September 7, 2018.

… and ran the ball in for the touchdown.

in Swiftwater on Friday, September 7, 2018.

But South stopped the fourth quarter threat with an interception and pulled out the victory by a score of 26-20.

in Swiftwater on Friday, September 7, 2018.

East Stroudsburg South vs. Pocono Mountain West

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A Saturday afternoon matchup featured East Stroudsburg South at Pocono Mountain West. The first half was a close one. Each team was making successful offensive plays.

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East Stroudsburg South’s Nyree Ford-Cherry tripped up Kaleb Monaco to prevent a touchdown and the half ended with a one possession difference (21-14) in the score.

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East Stroudsburg South came out to play in the 3rd quarter and started manufacturing some impressive drives. They took control of the game.

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Pocono Mountain West did not give up. They kept playing hard. In the photo above, Adrian Salas-Viruet kept running after losing his helmet on an offensive play for positive yardage.

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The final score was South 49 – West 21.

PV Bears vs. Allen High School Football

Benjamin Henwood catches a pass early in the game against Allen in Allentown on Friday, August 31, 2018.

The Pleasant Valley Bears traveled to Allentown for a matchup against Allen High School on a cloudy and damp Friday night. The lights shone on the field, the bands were playing, and the atmosphere was definitely Friday Night Football!

Nasai Moon breaks free from an Allen defender in Allentown on Friday, August 31, 2018.

Allen started early and scored a touchdown. The Bears kept fighting and running the ball against the Canaries’ defense.

Christopher Tartamella gains yards against Allen in Allentown on Friday, August 31, 2018.

Some mistakes and penalties took their toll, but the Bears kept fighting and running.

Nasai Moon looks for an opening against Allen in Allentown on Friday, August 31, 2018.

The score at halftime was 13-7 in favor of the Canaries.

Christopher Tartamella runs up the middle against Allen in Allentown on Friday, August 31, 2018.

Allen received the second-half kickoff because of their deferment at the coin toss before the game began. They marched down the field on the opening series of the second-half and, with the help of a pass interference penalty, scored a touchdown again.

Ahmad Wyatt runs the ball down the 1-yard line in the first half against Allen in Allentown on Friday, August 31, 2018.

The Bears did not give up and with time winding down, scored another touchdown at the end of the game. The final was: Bears 14, Canaries 33.

Friday Night Football is Back!

in East Stroudsburg on Friday, August 24, 2018.

High School teams all across the country are taking the field under the lights to compete in football competition. There is nothing quite like the atmosphere of Friday night football!

I was on the sidelines this past Friday night to cover two local games. You can see more of the photos from these games here:
http://bobshankphotography.com/Recent%20Events.html

in Stroudsburg on Friday, August 24, 2018.

Pleasant Valley Wins in the Purple Pit!

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It might have been close at the beginning, but PV got stronger as the game clock clicked down. East Stroudsburg South connected on some early passes, like the one in the photo above. Quarterback, Jakob Cirillo, made some quality and accurate passes to keep PV’s defense on its heels early in the game.

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Penalties were costly for both teams at times and the referees had to consult on several occasions to sort it all out. The game actually took a lot longer due to all the penalties and especially because of the time it took the refs to get it all figured out along the way.

in East Stroudsburg on Friday, October 9, 2015.

PV’s quarterback, Mikey Brown, was a double threat with his arm and his legs. He connected on some crucial passes but also gained some positive yards against the Cavalier’s defense.
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Even though the Cavaliers got behind on the scoreboard they didn’t give up. Cirillo kept throwing to his receivers and made the game more interesting.

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These high school athletes certainly can put a great game on the field! It is a privilege to have the opportunity to photograph them and try to capture their athletic skills with my cameras!

The Kickers

in Brodheadsville on Friday, October 2, 2015.

The place kickers and punters in a football game can become heroes or goats in an instant. Just look at the fate of the NFL kickers this past Sunday and how many kicks missed their mark. It is not easy being a football kicker. The pressure and conditions can all take a toll on the psyche of any kicker. Last Friday night the weather in Brodheadsville for Pleasant Valley was terrible. It was raining steadily and the wind was whipping. Consider this: being a high school kicker is hard enough in good conditions let alone these terrible conditions!

in Brodheadsville on Friday, October 2, 2015.

Photographing a kicker can be equally frustrating! A lot of action happens on every place kick, punt, and kickoff. Players and referees appear all over the field and oftentimes right  in front of the kicker! Timing is imperative, too.

I think of capturing the kickers during the game as a game within the game for us sports photographers. Newspapers, magazines, and news wires want the touchdown scores and sometimes the celebrations after the score. But then, immediately after all this exciting action, is the point after attempt. We need to get into the proper location right away or we will completely miss the extra point attempt.

Here is one more of my favorite shots I captured of a high school kicker. Kickers do not have it easy and yet win many games!

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Faces in Sports Photography

in Brodheadsville on Friday, September 25, 2015.

Sometimes in sports photography it is difficult to capture the players’ faces, especially if they are wearing a helmet. Faces show emotions and passion. Last Friday night, Pleasant Valley showcased their Cubs Football Players and Cheerleaders.

in Brodheadsville on Friday, September 25, 2015.

They were introduced onto the field prior to kickoff, as parents, families, and fans cheered and supported them. It was much easier to capture some of these incredible faces!

in Brodheadsville on Friday, September 25, 2015.

in Brodheadsville on Friday, September 25, 2015.

Following the introductions of the PV Cubs, it was time for the National Anthem and the High School Alma Mater. It was during this last song that I captured this photo of a game-ready face before he strapped on his helmet for the game.

in Brodheadsville on Friday, September 25, 2015.

Faces show a lot and we should try our best to capture the athletes’ faces in sports photography!

Borre Runs Wild!

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Austyn Borre had a big night for Pleasant Valley as they faced off with William Allen. Both teams entered the game looking for their first win of the season. PV’s schedule was incredibly tough in those first three games and the team played well at times but not enough to secure a victory.

Tonight was different. Borre had three big pass receptions and ran wild all over the field. He even had a blocked punt that he recovered for another touchdown! At times he ran down the open field but there were other times when he gained tough yardage.

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PV and Austyn Borre were about to have a big night. It was a just a matter of time. I believe Borre is going to have another big night very soon!

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Bears Continue Their Win Streak

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The PV Bears won another game, this time at home against East Stroudsburg North. It was a thrilling game that wasn’t completely decided until close to the end of regulation. PV struck first on a touchdown pass to Danny Hunter.

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It was Senior Night at Pleasant Valley and before kickoff the Senior football players and cheerleaders were announced. They were accompanied by parents as they were introduced to the crowd.

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Quarterback, Brandon Kuehner, had a big night and threw for two TDs. He connected with Tanner Parascando who made a circus catch as you can see in these next three photos.

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It was a very memorable night for the 2014 PV Senior Football Players!

at  in Brodheadsville on Friday, October 17, 2014.