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- Richard Rohlfing
All sports are a challenge to photograph, a least well. The consensus among sports fotags is that volleyball is one of the most difficult.
The ball comes in really fast and, with a longer lens, you typically have to guess where. The opposition gets in the way, and the camera’s focusing mechanism is often fooled by the net, rendering the player out of focus. Furthermore, gyms tend to be dark, making stopping action and getting shots with enough light and good dynamic range very difficult.
Players when going up for a hit or block usually are looking upward, and so you get a lot of up-the-nose shots. Or, you get a lot of shots covered by arms.
I like to have the net in the shot because it is such a key part of the game. I posted a few from last night's Clipper game against New Ulm. http://www.rohlfingphoto.com/p285944031http://www.rohlfingphoto.com/p285944031.
I don’t want to say how many went in the recycle bin to get these.
It was a pair of defeats for the Cleveland girls summer 18 team Tuesday as it fell 6-1, 13-4 to visiting New Ulm.
Desi Becker threw the first game of the double header. The Clippers were limited to just two singles in the contest: one off the bat of short stop Kylie Krause and the other one from catcher Megan Gjemse.
Cassidy Kopet took the mound for Cleveland in the second game. The Clippers took an early 2-0 lead after hits by Krause and first basemen Anna Dickie.
Dickie also started the third with a hit and scored. Kyndra Baker, who walked her way to first, also scored in that inning, but that was all the offense the Clippers could muster as New Ulm, who fielded several players from the State playoff contending team, cruised to an easy triumph.
The Clippers will be back in action with another double header on Thursday when they take on Mankato. The first game is at 6:00 pm.
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Jared Roberts went the distance on the hill during the Cleveland Spider’s first win in two seasons on Sunday in men’s amateur baseball action.
Roberts used a series of off-speed pitches to gain control the New Richland Reds in an 11-5 triumph. The game was played on the Cleveland field.
Offensively it was a balanced attack by the Spiders with nine players picking up at least one hit.
There are a number of local athletes on the Spiders’ roster this year including Cleveland High School seniors Kyle Ziebarth and Josh Plonsky, Matt Collins and Jared Schloesser from Le Center and Mitch and Garrett Rohlfing from Cleveland. The team is managed by Mike Krenik.
The Spiders will be back in action on Saturday when they take on the Kato Cubs. The game will be played at Mankato East and is slated for 2:00 pm.
Check the gallery for more photos.
Congratulations to the Cleveland Varsity Softball team award winners: L-R, Front: Cassidy Kopet - Most Improved Player, Rookie of the Year; Erika Wobbrock – Miss Hustle; Back: Kylie Krause - All Conference Honorable Mention, Co-Most Valuable Player; Molly Zimmerman – All Conference, Co-Most Valuable Player; Kyndra Baker – Clipper Spirit Award.
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