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Reynolds 50, Lake Oswego 40 Thursday, February 28, 2008

Lake Oswego's Shannon Reader (no. 50) tips an offensive rebound away from Kelsey O'Neil and Becky Luetjen Feb. 27 in the third quarter of the Lakers' 50-40 loss to Reynolds in the first round of the 6A state playoffs.

The Reynolds Raiders ended up on the right side of a back-and-forth game against Lake Oswego Wednesday night in the first round of the 6A girls state basketball playoffs. The Lakers held a two-point lead coming into the final frame, but Reynolds came back to win 50-40.

The Raiders will play at Lincoln Saturday. The winner of that game will advance to the state championship tournament.

Breann Miller, 5, dances with Reynolds cheerleader Amanda Green Feb. 27 as fans celebrate on the court after the Raiders' playoff win.

Getting ready for the playoffs Tuesday, February 26, 2008

The Lady Cardinals scrimmage against the freshmen boys' team as they prepare for the state playoffs. Lincoln will play the winner of tonight's Lake Oswego/Reynolds game on Saturday. (below) Erin Toothaker gets fouled as she goes inside.

Jefferson spoils seniors' night for Lincoln Friday, February 22, 2008

Tresa Palmer poses with her grandparents as her dad takes a picture after the game Feb. 21. It was seniors' night for the Cardinals, on their last regular season home game of the year.

Lincoln's six seniors honored their parents Thursday night with flowers and balloons at the last regular season home game of their high school careers.

Then the PIL(6A) champions took on their undefeated 5A counterparts, Jefferson, in the unofficial city championship for girls basketball.

(right) Jefferson's Arquisha Jackson intercepts Makenzie Blythe's pass to the wing in the third quarter.

Lincoln came out strong against undefeated Demos, leading by four at the end of the first quarter. But Jefferson, who beat Lincoln 65-50 in January, came back with strong play in the second and third quarter, going on to win 62-50.

Kelsey Goodell led the Cardinals with 14 points. Dequise Hammick scored 16 for the Demos.

Both teams have a bye in the first round of their respective playoffs. Lincoln will play the winner of Reynolds vs. Lake Oswego on Mar. 1 in the 6A playoffs. On the 5A side, Jefferson will take on the winner of Pendleton at Silverton on Feb. 29.

(left) Aliyah Green squeezes between Jefferson's Hollisha Watson (left) and Dequise Hammick in the first quarter. Green scored five for the Cardinals.

Website revamped Thursday, February 21, 2008

Just a quick note to say that I've just launched a completely revised version of the Trillium website. My regular viewers have probably seen most of the photos before, but there are some that I dug out of the archives that even I had forgotten about—particularly in the Proyecto Las Tolas section.

There are a couple of known bugs—the "back" buttons don't seem to work on a couple of pages, and if you use FireFox, the map isn't showing up in the Proyecto Las Tolas section for some reason. I haven't tested it with Safari.

Please feel free to let me know what you think, and especially if you find a bug!

The end of a perfect (league) season Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Tresa Palmer flies in front of Benson's Diamond Bolden Feb. 19 in the second quarter of the Cardinals' 62-38 win over the Techsters. The win capped a perfect 12-0 PIL(6A) season for the Cardinals. They play Jefferson Thursday, and have a bye in the first round of the playoffs.

I brought my lights over to Lincoln tonight for the final game of the Cardinals' league season. They have two small balconies at one end of the gymnasium which provided the perfect place to m
ount the lights. They don't have power outlets there, though, so I had to run extension cords to a utility closet across the hallway. And the railings on the balcony are quite large—my superclamps barely fit on them. But I'm pleased with the results, especially tight in on the baseline like these first two shots.

Kelsey Goodell bursts past Benson's Jayonna McKinley for a layup
in the second quarter. Goodell scored seven for the Cardinals tonight.

Bouncing the lights off the ceiling, I could shoot at f/4 (ISO400) on the close end, and f/2.8 at the far end of the court. Even shooting from the other end into the light was alright as long as you weren't too wide. Kind of makes a nice rim light effect.

(below) Makenzie Blythe brings the ball upcourt Feb. 19 against Benson.

Lincoln hosts Jefferson (the top 5A team) Thursday. They open the playoffs at home March 1 against the winner of Reynolds vs. Three Rivers League #4.

Wrestling finals Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Randy Larson of Hermiston gets ready to take down Eagle Point's Robby Mannenbach Saturday night in the 171-pound final at the 5A state wrestling tournament in Portland. Larson scored a technical fall in the third round to win his first state title.

Daryl Watkins of Corvallis celebrates after beating Crook County's Micah Perry Feb. 16 in the 5A, 160-pound final at the state wrestling tournament in Portland. The second-seeded senior edged out his opponent 6-5 to take the title.

I wasn't shooting this match, but it was so close that you knew there would be some good jubilation at the end of it so I grabbed my camera and moved closer to the mat. I just wish I'd shot it vertical ...

Hillsboro's David Noah is consoled by coach Adam Reese Feb. 16 after losing the 103-pound final 5-0 to Hermiston's Ben Jorgensen at the 5A state wrestling tournament in Portland. Jorgensen, the defending state champion, beat Noah in the 2007 semifinals by the same score.

You can read more about the Hermiston winners here. Click the related links at the bottom for more stories and photos.

OSAA State Swimming Championships—girls

Ontario's Kaitlin Spokas is the first into the water in the girls 500 yard freestyle final at the 4A/3A/2A/1A state swimming championships Feb. 16 in Gresham. The senior finished fifth with a time of 5:55.28.

Crystal Kibby of Cascade dominated the girls 200 yard IM at the 4A/3A/2A/1A state swim meet Saturday, winning the race in a meet record time of 2:07.99. She also won the girls 100 yard breaststroke, and was part of the third place team in the 400 yard freestyle relay.

Astoria's Clara Weidman (left) and Bridget Nurding perform a poolside chicken dance during an audience stretch break Feb. 16. Right after the dance, the pair swam the 200 yard freestyle relay with teammates Meredith Barnes and Hannah Whisler. They finished sixth with a time of 1:48.72.

OSAA State Swimming Championships—boys Sunday, February 17, 2008

Pendleton junior Lucas Hill swims in a 500 yard freestyle preliminary heat Feb. 15 at the state championships in Gresham. Hill's time of 5:00.75 made him the first reserve swimmer for Saturday's final.

If I shot swimming more often, I'd probably get better at it, but to be honest, it's ... well, let's say tough. You have to respect the guys that do it well. At least this venue had plenty
of light.

Ashland's Dash King celebrates after winning his 50 yard freestyle at the state swimming championships Feb. 15 in Gresham with a time of 22.18 seconds. King won the 5A final Saturday with a time of 22.05. He also won the 100 yard freestyle, and anchored Ashland's 5th place 400 yard free relay team.

Pendleton junior Lucas Hill crouches on the start block Feb. 15 before a boys 200 yard freestyle preliminary heat at the state swimming championships in Gresham. Hill's time of 1:51.53 was 8th in the preliminaries. The top six qualify for the finals.

Another night, another win. Thursday, February 14, 2008

A mess of Cardinals and Trojans scramble for a rebound Feb. 14 in Lincoln's 53-42 win over Wilson.

Lincoln started tonight a little flat. To be fair, they have several sick players right now. But they did fall behind in the first quarter by as many as seven points to Wilson, and didn't catch the Trojans until just before the end of the second quarter.

Leading by three at halftime, they pulled away with a 23-6 third quarter. In the fourth period Wilson scored as many as they did in the previous three. It was, however, too little, too late. The Cardinals hung on for a 53-42 win to stay unbeaten in conference play with just one game remaining.

Kelsey Goodell has started every game for the Cardinals so far, and is normally one of their top three scorers. However, I've found that it's not easy to get a good picture of her in action. The first photo here, is a pretty typical example—one of the taller girls on the team, Kelsey usually plays on the post, bumping and grinding among a pack of knees and elbows.

Tonight, my goal was to get a good picture of her, doing what she does best. The opportunity came in the third quarter (below).

Kelsey Goodell scored 5 points for the Cardinals Feb. 14 against Wilson.

Makenzie Blythe led the Cardinals with 15 points. For the second time this season, all but one of the players made it onto the scoreboard. Free throw shooting for Lincoln was pretty weak tonight—7 for 15 overall.

OSAA State Wrestling Championships

Lebanon's Amy Bloom tries to get Marshall's Huyen B Hoang off her back Feb. 14 at the 5A state wrestling tournament in Portland. The 112-pound junior may be the only girl among more than 1,100 wrestlers competing at the tournament.

The state wrestling tournament started this morning at Memorial Coliseum in Portland. It continues through Saturday evening. You can find the latest information on the OSAA's website.

(left) Lebanon's Amy Bloom gives a tearful handshake to the opposing coach after losing her first-round match 6-4 to Huyen B Hoang of Marshall. The coach told her that she had nothing to be ashamed of.

Lincoln clinches PIL title with win over Grant Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Tresa Palmer shoots a free throw in the second quarter of Lincoln's 56-51 victory Feb. 12 over Grant. With the win, the Cardinals clinched the PIL title for the second year in a row.

Tonight, Lincoln's girls earned a bye in the first round of playoffs with a 56-51 win over Grant. With the victory, the Cardinals improved their league record to 10-0 (17-5 overall) and clinched first place in the PIL(6A) conference.

Lincoln has two league matches left in the season. The Lady Cards play their final road game at Wilson on Thursday before playing Benson at home Feb. 19. They finish the regular season Feb. 21 with a non-conference match against Jefferson.

Retro 70s night at Cardinal Coliseum Sunday, February 10, 2008

Friday night was Retro 70s night for the Cardinals as they took on the Franklin Quakers. The team donned vintage 1970s uniforms they dug out of the closet for the occasion, and Coach Peeler found a tacky tweed jacket and salmon shirt at Goodwill.

I think the girls, who are used to the baggy styles and long shorts of today's uniforms, were a bit uncomfortable in the old-school kit, but they had fun with it.

Not surprisingly, they beat the Quakers 66-23. Alexis Gleason had 16 and Makenzie Blythe added another 14 for the Cardinals.

The surprise star of the night, though, was Mackenzie Lamson. She netted seven points and at least one steal in about seven minutes of "Lamson time" in the fourth quarter.

With the win, Lincoln improved their league record to 9-0 (16-5 overall). They can clinch the PIL(6A) title with a win Tuesday over Grant.

New year, new tools Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Lincoln's Makenzie Blythe jumps for a bucket in the second quarter of the Cardinals' 72-19 win over Cleveland Tuesday night. For the first three or four minutes, the Warriors hung with Lincoln. But the Cardinals finished the first quarter ahead 23-10, and never looked back in the non-conference game.

OK, this post is mostly about my new toy tool: today, I bought a new Nikon D300. One of my D200's is at the shop getting cleaned up for sale. (Want to buy one? Email me!)

Of course the folks at Nikon have been working to improve the camera since I bought the D200 two years ago, and I expected to be impressed. But putting it to the test tonight ... well, I'm impressed. Really impressed.

(right) D200 at ISO3200, 1/400, F/2.8, 200mm

First, for reference, here is a shot from tonight's game between the Lady Cards and Cleveland. This is a 100% crop of the file as it came out of the camera. Without lights, 1/400 at ISO3200 (actually called "HI1.0" on the D200) is as fast as you can shoot at Lincoln. Most of the basketball shots you've seen on my blog from Lincoln's home games were shot at that setting.

Compare that to what the D300 can do at ISO3200 (below, same exposure).

Then, the D300 can go up to its own "HI1.0," equivalent to ISO6400. Below is an image from the D3
00 at ISO6400, 1/640, f/3.2. Certainly more grain than at ISO3200, but less than the D200, and at twice the shutter speed. So I'm happy on that account. And with 12-megapixel images (compared to 10-MP on the D200), the new camera's images will get compressed more before viewing, which tends to reduce the apparent grain.

And then there's the matter of focusing. Two years ago the D200 seemed pretty impressive with 11 focus points. The D300 blows that away with 51 points to choose from. The points are smaller (therefore more precise), and allegedly the AF software is better too.

One night of shooting isn't much of a test, but the focusing seemed much improved to me, which was my biggest reason for upgrading.

There are a few other benefits with the new camera, like a bigger LCD screen, brighter display through the eyepiece, and an optional "live view" mode that will put the live image onto the LCD like most P&S cameras. I haven't tried it yet, but that will be useful for shooting in awkward situations like right on the floor or perhaps overhead, to give me a better idea of what I'm aiming at.

The D300 can also shoot more frames per second than the D200. That feature, like the higher resolution, is both good and bad—on the one hand the motor drive is more likely to capture the ideal moment. On the other hand, that will mean more, larger files to manage/store on my computer, and fewer pictures on my CF cards. The unprocessed JPEGs are about 6-7 MB.

Now I just have to read the manual to figure out how to use all these new features ... and put up with the D200 as the #2 camera for another year or so.