Hot shots: sports

When covering a local high school team playing a non-local opponent, we rarely run a big photo of the other team’s player on page A1. On April 13, however, we couldn’t help but run this shot of Saranac softball pitcher Nikki Donah winding up to deliver the ball to a Saranac Lake batter amid a mid-game snowstorm. The intensity in her eyes is electric. (Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)
Every year we take thousands of photos of the Ironman Lake Placid triathlon, and as we sift through them to pick ones to publish, we try to make sure we can see the racer’s number on an arm or swim cap so we can match it up with the registry and name him or her in the caption. We couldn’t identify this swimmer, but the gaping intake of breath, the form of the arm, the ring of splashes frozen with a fast shutter, even the mirror shades and tattoo made this the clear choice for the front page of the Ironman results paper July 25. (Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)
Fishing derbies are sports, too, with plenty of action if the photographer is as patient as the anglers. Here, David Reber, a 15-year-old from outside of Philadelphia, smiles intently as he nets a rainbow trout during the U.S. National Fly Fishing Championships on June 2 in the AuSable River’s West Branch in Wilmington. (Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)
This one is a little different, but the headlamp beams catch the eye as runners start the 238-mile Peak to Brew relay from the castle near the summit of Whiteface Mountain early on the morning of Aug. 12. The run ended at the F.X. Matt brewery in Utica, home of Saranac and Utica Club beers. (Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

The Enterprise has not employed a designated staff photographer since 2003, but our staff reporters still manage to amaze editors and readers with the excellent photos they take.

Even when we had a staff photographer, our sports writers took their own pictures of the athletic events they covered. They didn’t go to school for it; they learned on the job — and they got pretty good.

Here are some of my favorite sports shots our staff took in 2016. We’ll focus on non-sports photos on this page next Saturday.

Keep in mind that our staff does this for you — to put you in the scene and show you more vividly what’s happening in your area. Thank you for your support.