Kingston finished out the 2016 football season with a 24-3 win against Loudon. Seniors were recognized during an emotional pregame ceremony where tears were shed and hugs were handed out like candy on Halloween. I flipped back through the last few years and put together some Now vs Then photos of four seniors. The Loudon at Kingston photo gallery can be found here.
York Institute traveled to Kingston this past Friday night and ran into a nest of Yellow Jackets. York jumped out with an early 3-0 lead but soon found themselves outgunned by the Yellow Jackets. It was homecoming for Kingston and that seemed to be reason enough to not let off the gas for the large home crowd. Kingston defeated York 35-15.
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Homecoming means Homecoming Queen. Caroline McDonald was voted Homecoming queen and crowned at halftime. You can see a full list of photos in the photo gallery.
Homecoming queen nominees were (in order of appearance): Rachael Baggett, Shandi Bullington, Mandy Finks, Brianna Garcia, Meg Hartley, Ashton Martin, Audrey Massey, Caroline McDonald, Hannah Owings, and Kaitlyn Stiles.
Visit the York at Kingston photo gallery to see more photos.
Gabe Shillings kicks a 46 yard field goal against Scott High School. Gabe has a reputation for kicking the football through the end zone on kickoffs but Friday night he was able to showcase his skill as a field goal kicker. Kingston lost the game 48 - 24 and ended their hopes for a playoff spot.
Homecoming is this Friday night against York.
You can visit the Kingston vs Scott High photo gallery here.
Kingston traveled to Greenback and collided with the best single A team in the state, losing 41-0. Greenback is a tough venue for any team and Friday night was no exception. The Jackets played a tough game but ultimately come up short. New faces are becoming less new and more normal as more players get worked into the ballgame as the season progresses. It is always fun watching new faces receive well deserved playing time.
I have compiled rushing statistics sourced from the Roane County News. I hope to add receiving statistics next week. Here are the top three rushers to date.
You can view the entire photo gallery for the Kingston vs Greenback game here.
Kingston heads to Scott high school this Friday, September 30, at 7:30 pm to face off against the Highlanders in a tough district game.
The Kingston Yellow Jackets were upbeat and excited about traveling to Christian Academy of Knoxville (CAK) Friday night. The weather conditions were near perfect for a Friday night high school football game. I counted five different major news agencies on the sidelines covering the game. Being a district game, playoff implications create an atmosphere only experienced on a Friday night.
CAK jumped out with an early lead and never looked back. The players left it all on the field and played four quarters of football but it wasn't meant to be for Kingston. Kingston played to the end and lost to CAK 42 to 22.
Kingston travels to Greenback Friday, September 23.
View the Kingston at CAK photo gallery.
It was my first game photographing volleyball and I immediately knew it was going to be a challenge. The speed of the game makes this one of the more challenging sports I have photographed. I really have not experienced a sport as difficult to photograph as volleyball. The Junior Varsity Lady Jackets defeated Alcoa 2-0 and the Varsity Lady Jackets fell to Alcoa 3-1.
It also happened to be senior night and I was able to get two photos of the two seniors playing and with their families. Their teammates were cheering them on and everyone seemed to be genuinely happy and overjoyed for their seniors on the team.
You can view all of my photographs from the game here.
The Zeiss Batis 18mm F2.8 is a native full frame lens for Sony E mount cameras. The lens is surprisingly lightweight for its low distortion, wide angle, moderately large aperture for a lens at this focal length, and the inclusion of auto focus. The Batis 18 is physically larger than the Batis 25, but the size is not indicative of the weight. The lens weighs 330 grams, which is 5 grams lighter than the Batis 25.
Rockwood visited Kingston Thursday night. The game was dominated with both teams running and grinding it out. New faces continue to pick up valuable experience and playing time on both sides. Kingston won the game 35 - 14.
It was also alumni night for all former Kingston football players. One player that had played for Kingston in the 1940s was present on the field. Simply amazing! Check out the full photo gallery of the 1600+ photos here.
Next week Kingston is on the road Friday night, September 16, at Christian Academy of Knoxville (CAK) at 7:30 pm.
Kingston faced off against McMinn Central Friday night in a game that would have both fan bases on their feet the entire game. Both teams exchanged the lead back and forth until the end when McMinn Central took over on downs to win the game. See all 1300+ photos from the game.
Next week Kingston plays county rival Rockwood at home on Thursday, September 8, at 7pm.
Located in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, Abrams Falls may be the most famous falls in the entire park. The water fall has more water flowing over it by volume than any other water fall in the GSMNP. It is also a dangerous waterfall for swimmers and people who get to close to the falls. You must respect the falls and not swim or put yourself in a position to fall in the water close to the falls. Death will occur. However, there is plenty of water to wade and possibly swim in around the waterfall that is safe (but really cold) and the waterfall is beautiful.
The hike is 5.2 miles round trip and is half shaded and half sunny. Take plenty of water and some lunch. Pack out what you pack in. Arrive early to avoid the Cades Cove traffic. Plan to be parked by 9 am if possible at the trailhead in order to have a nice day. Expect a delay leaving the park because you get to join the crowds circling Cades Cove.
The hike is kid friendly and our at the time 6 year old son can attest to. You should be able to walk 8 miles without issue before considering this hike. It does have some elevation gain and the trail is rocky in some spots.
Waterall location: Trailhead is located in Cades Cove, Great Smoky Mountain National Park. GPS Coordinates 35.591438' N 83.852988' W
Full frame recommended focal length: 16mm for right beside the water fall to 85mm away from the fall. Longer focal lengths are welcome as you will have plenty of space between you and the water fall.
Do's: Pack a hammock, lunch, and maybe your swim gear to wade in the water far away from the falls if you can stand the cold water. Have fun.
Don'ts: Do NOT get near the water falling into the lower pool. This waterfall has been listed as one of the ten most dangerous hikes in the entire United States. This is due to the number of drownings that occur at the falls. Once you go under, you stay under. Do not get too close to the falls and do not climb to the to top of the falls.