Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Self-Portrait



February 25, 2009 - Fort Wayne-based professional photographer Chad Ryan shows that although he has a serious aversion to it, he is not beyond using a Nikon camera when the assignment calls for it. But Ryan had hoped that none of his friends would've seen anything other than his trusty Canon cameras in his hand while photographing the International Hockey League's Turner Cup.

Photo by Chad Ryan.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Sisters claim titles


Photo by Chad Ryan

Homestead sisters McKenzie Bagan, right, and Tori Bagan hug after McKenzie won the 100 yard butterfly championship at the Indiana State Girls Swimming and Diving championships on Saturday at the IUPUI Natatorium in Indianapolis. The pair combined for two state titles, two runner-up finishes and helped their team to a third place finish in the team competition.


Photo by Chad Ryan

McKenzie, who also finished fifth in the 200 individual medley, fell behind early to Carmel swimmer Jessie Hammes, but she made up the ground and surged past Hammes in the final 25 yards to win with a time of 54.82.

McKenzie and Tori kicked off their trip to the finals with a second place finish in the 200 medley relay behind Carmel, which set a national high school record in the event.

Tori then swam the 50 freestyle and finished in second place with a time of 23.48, just .01 seconds back of Carmel's Megan Detro who touched in 23.47. After watching her older sister's finish in the fly finals, Tori also had to come from behind in the final 25 yards of the breaststroke final to out-touch Carmel's Lauren Stauder and this time win by .01 seconds with a time of 1:02.83 to Stauder's 1:02.84.


Photo by Chad Ryan

Tori Bagan, right, hugs Homestead teammate Kristen Kinzer after winning the 100-yard breaststroke state championship by .01 seconds on Saturday at the Indiana girls state swimming and diving championships at the IUPUI Natatorium in Indianapolis.



Photo by Chad Ryan

Check News-Sentinel.com Sunday and Monday for photos and the full meet story.



Photo by Chad Ryan

Pics from Girls State finals

Here are a few photos from the preliminary round of the Indiana State girls swimming and diving championships on Friday, Feb. 13, at the Indiana University Natatorium in Indianapolis.



February 13, 2009: Homestead's Tori Bagan swims in the 100 breaststroke preliminaries at the Indiana girls state swimming and diving championships on Friday at the IU Natatorium in Indianapolis. Bagan set a personal best time of 1:02.25 to claim the top seed in Saturday's championship final.
Photo by Chad Ryan.

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February 13, 2009: From bottom left, Homestead's Mariah Hamil, Tori Bagan, Kristen Kinzer and Emily Keefer huddle up before the start of their 200 freestyle relay preliminary heat during the Indiana girls state swimming and diving championships on Friday at the IU Natatorium in Indianapolis. The Spartans' squad finished with a fourth seed for Saturday's championship final.
Photo by Chad Ryan.

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February 13, 2009: Homestead's McKenzie Bagan swims in the 100 butterfly preliminaries at the Indiana girls state swimming and diving championships on Friday at the IU Natatorium in Indianapolis. Bagan finished in the second position and will swim in lane five for Saturday's championship final.
Photo by Chad Ryan.

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Thursday, February 12, 2009

One for today



February 10, 2009: Fort Wayne's Ron Howard, center, ducks under Utah's Andre Ingram for a fourth-quarter lay up. The Mad Ants dropped their first game back at Memorial Coliseum after spending a month on the road, losing 113-100 to Utah on Tuesday .
News-Sentinel photo by Chad Ryan.

Monday, February 09, 2009

Pics of the week

Well, at least a couple that I liked.




February 4, 2009: Trent Busse, left, his teammates, coaches and the Bellmont Braves fans celebrate after Busse pinned Yorktown's Trent Castner to pull the Braves to within two points with only one match remaining in the first round of the Adams Central team regional. Teammate Grant Melcher, not pictured, pinned his opponent in the final match to complete Bellmont's comeback 31-27 win over the Tigers on Wednesday at Adams Central.
News-Sentinel photo by Chad Ryan.


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February 7, 2009: Homestead diver Mariah Kiefer completes a dive during the finals of Saturday's South Side girls swimming and diving sectional championship at Helen P. Brown Natatorium. Kiefer won the event, advancing to the Fishers diving regional on Tuesday.
News-Sentinel photo by Chad Ryan.


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February 7, 2009: Homestead's Sarah Lohman launches off the starting block first in the 200 medley relay race at the South Side Sectional championships on Saturday at Helen P. Brown Natatorium. The Spartans set a new sectional record in the event and Lohman later beat the state cut in the 100 backstroke with her second-place finish.
News-Sentinel photo by Chad Ryan.


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Sunday, February 01, 2009

Was it a goal?

Sure looks like one.


Photo by Chad Ryan

Port Huron goalie Ryan Mior snapped up a close-range wrist shot from Fort Wayne forward Mark Versteeg-Lytwyn in his glove during Saturday's IHL contest at Memorial Coliseum. Most people in the arena thought Mior had just made a great save, but did he? The goalie's glove appeared to be behind the goal line, and Versteeg-Lytwyn protested.

As the photo here shows, the shadow on the ice from Mior's arm and glove is several inches behind the goal line. Because of the angle of placement of the lights at Memorial Coliseum a shadow cast from front to back is nearly impossible. The lights there create shadows that are almost directly downward, especially as close as the goalie's arm is to the ice.

The referee waived the goal. To his credit, it was probably tough to see. But not if he had been in position. The goal didn't matter in terms of the game as the Komets won 4-0, but a goal is a goal and Versteeg-Lytwyn deserved credit for a hell of a shot.

And since we're talking about goalies, what about Sebastien Laplante? He's fresh off the IR list and back to action after breaking a collar bone early in the season. Laplante had a relatively easy first two periods of work last night, but he got peppered in the third period and nothing got by.



Photo by Chad Ryan

And here's a shot of P.C. Drouin playing the body on Port Huron's Jamie Lovell in the first period.


Photo by Chad Ryan

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