Sports editor’s picks: Discount Breck Bucks and #sumcosports
January 22, 2016
One of these days Louie Traub is going to get the Sports Illustrated shot he wants at a Tigers basketball game.
A little background: Over the past few months, Louie has been shooting preps sports and other events (things like the Fall Classic MTB race) for us. He's a consummate pro, a photographer with nearly a decade of experience shooting basketball, football, volleyball and more in the Las Vegas area. For a while he was team photog with a then-ranked University of Nevada-Las Vegas hoops team, so he knows his way around the hardwood.
In early January, I assigned Louie to the first round of basketball rivalry games. The Summit girl's and boy's basketball teams were playing Eagle Valley at home, and despite spotty records on both sides of the rivalry — it's been a tough start to the season for the Tigers — I had to get Louie out there. I mean, it's rivalry night. At home. In a snowstorm. It's got to be good.
As soon as Louie arrived at the gym he had one thing in mind: attaching his remote-controlled GoPro to the backboard. His hope was to shoot the closest, crispest photos you've probably ever seen from a Tigers game. He did the same thing at UNLV and, back in the fall sports season, tried it out at a home soccer game. His photo experiment worked like a charm. It shows the Palisade goalkeeper watching helplessly as the ball soars past his hand, into the net and directly past the mounted camera, almost as if Louie shoved a magnet in the ball and GoPro. I think that's the definition of Cartier-Bresson's decisive moment.
For one reason or another — not enough time between periods, not enough time between games, not enough stepladders nearby — the backboard photo still hasn't happened. But it will, one of these days, and I'm sure it'll turn out just as cool as the soccer shot.
That said, Louie won't be at every single game or match or meet of the season, and that's why we launched the #sumcosports page. It runs every Friday in the sports section and is a photo spread with the best still-life moments from Louie, coaches, parents, players and anyone else watching the Tigers. Think of it as #exploresummit for preps.
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The winter season is more than halfway finished by now, but the #sumcosports page isn't going anywhere. We just need love from the fans. When you're out at a Tigers game — hockey, basketball, wrestling, whatever — be sure to tag #sumcosports on Twitter and Instagram if you share photos of the action. That's all it takes to pop up immediately on our website homepage and eventually get published in the print edition.
You guys have it easy. Louie is still searching for a stepladder.
$5 Bucks tickets
I tell you to check out the Breck Bucks just about every weekend, but if you only make it to one series, this weekend's homestand against the No. 1 Aspen Leafs is the one. It's just $5 for ski resort and town employees with an ID, but it's also a clutch game in the final stretch of the season. The Bucks have been third in the Rocky Mountain Junior Hockey League since December, but they're only four points behind the Pikes Peak Miners and nine points behind the Leafs. If they eke out two wins — and they've defeated the Leafs before — they'll be sitting very pretty for the postseason. They'll also dethrone Aspen. At home. Maybe in a snowstorm. It's gonna to be good.
Burton Mountain Festival at Keystone
All this weekend Burton is joining with Keystone for free demos, giveaways and entertainment. It's call the Burton Mountain Festival and runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and Sunday at the Mountain House base area, right below Peru Express. There will be demos of the latest men's boards, bindings, helmets and outerwear, plus a tent just for women's gear. It's also home to the Keystone Burton Riglet Park, a Burton-only concept that pairs young snowboarders (3-5 years old) with kid-friendly gear and kid-friendly terrain made for learning to ride. That's also free and open until 4 p.m. For more info on the nationwide series see http://www.burtonmountainfest.com.
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