It’s a weird feeling to see a high school kid you photographed four years ago play for the NCAA National Championship. Mostly, it’s a reminder of how fast time goes by, as well as how much has changed for me professionally since then.
Here are some pictures I made in 2006 for the Tampa Tribune of Shawn Vanzant, who played on the Butler team that eventually lost to Duke. It’s a great story for a kid who otherwise had some serious bad luck tossed his way. Wish the ending had a different outcome this time, though — But still, what a game!
11.20.2006 -- TAMPA -- Wharton's Shawn Vanzant drives past Brandon's Jeremy Jackson in Wharton's 64-49 home win on Nov. 20, 2006. Vanzant scored 24 points, with 3 assists, 2 steals and 2 rebounds in the win.
11.20.2006 -- TAMPA -- Wharton's Shawn Vanzant drives past Brandon's Marcus Morrison, right, and Jared Paul in Wharton's 64-49 home win on Nov. 20, 2006. Vanzant scored 24 points, with 3 assists, 2 steals and 2 rebounds in the win.
And a simple headshot for the preseason preview page.
11.16.2006 -- TAMPA -- Wharton basketball player Shawn Vanzant.
In honor of the outdoor soccer season starting back up here in Massachusetts, here’s a little soccer sportrait from Tampa:
11.20.07 - TAMPA - Senior Matt Montgomery, central midfielder for Wharton High School.
Unlike here in the Northeast, soccer is a winter sport down in Florida. The light fades fast in the winter, so this was pretty much at pitch black before one of their games. Wanted to go with a little more of a commercial look on this one, went with the header because this kid had a walking boot on his foot, which he injured the last game.
So, keeping it timely. Got my game Friday night in Brighton!