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Posted on Wed, Dec 26, 2012 : 6:01 a.m.

Top high school sports photos of 2012

By Staff

High school sports provides the opportunity for students to kickstart an active lifestyle, make friends, and create lifelong memories.

The dedication and energy these student-athletes bring to their competitions is a favorite for us to capture so we've compiled some of our favorite shots from 2012.

Which photo from the gallery is your favorite? Tell us in the comments below.


Sports Mom V

Mon, Jan 14, 2013 : 2:09 a.m.

I love the photo of Chris Gaskill at States. It was a monumental moment and Pete captured it perfectly. Those moments - and photos - don't come along every day.

Pete Cunningham

Wed, Dec 26, 2012 : 3:57 p.m.

So many great photos to choose from. Our photo staff does a great job, this album could have been five times this size in my biased opinion. My two favorites are of Pioneer point guard Jimmy Holman being carried off the court by his students after hitting a game-winning shot (photo #5) and of Milan wrestler Chris Gaskill celebrating with his coaches after a last second comeback 10-9 victory at the individual state finals (photo #8). I'll give the edge to Gaskill because the win made him all-state whereas a loss would have ended his season and career. Plus, you have to get bonus points for looking like a Bond villain that cries tears of blood.

Claude Kershner

Wed, Dec 26, 2012 : 3:47 p.m.

Great photos! The only question I would have is why did you include the Dexter/Pioneer post game shoulder ride of Pioneers Assistant Coach who formerly coached at Dexter? The Lack of sportsmanship displayed at that game was the preamble to the Huron/Pioneer brawl a few weeks later which was a community disgrace.


Wed, Dec 26, 2012 : 2:06 p.m.

Too hard to pick a best one. I am always impressed with the photos you take; timing sports photos and getting the "joy of victory and agony of defeat" is difficult. Truly, the photojournalists at are the best part of this "newspaper."

tom swift jr.

Wed, Dec 26, 2012 : 12:57 p.m.

Looks like we missed the "most published" high school sports photo from this year, eh?

Susie Q

Wed, Dec 26, 2012 : 9:03 p.m.

While the photo of the brawl did not display high school sports the way we would like them was certainly an example of excellent journalistic photography. It captured the raw emotion of the moment. I think it may not be the sports photo of the year; but for sure is the photo of the year, period.

Pete Cunningham

Wed, Dec 26, 2012 : 3:36 p.m.

I assume you guys are talking about the brawl photo. It's in there, photo #32. Say what you will about our coverage of the brawl, that photo and what it took to get it is fantastic photojournalism.

Craig Lounsbury

Wed, Dec 26, 2012 : 2:20 p.m.

nicely played sir.