LSJ salutes 2015: Great sport shots from the past year
Jan 02, 2016
There is never a shortage of great sporting events to cover in the Muskegon/lakeshore area, and the reporters and editors at Local Sports Journal have a great time doing it.
But our website and monthly magazine really come to life through the efforts of our photographers, who drive long miles at all times of year to capture the images that illustrate our work and showcase the skills of area athletes.
We would like to salute the skilled and dedicated LSJ photo staff, first by name, then with the following gallery of images, showing off some of their best work from 2015. Just click on any of the shots for a closer look.
The LSJ photo team includes Tim Reilly, Eric Sturr, Joe Lane, Marc Hoeksema, Scott Stone, Sherry Wahr, Carol Cooper, Kevin Sieloff, Randy Riksen, Steve Markle, Doug Sims and Jason Goorman. Thanks to all of them for their great work!
The dominance of Muskegon High School’s Deyonta Davis, Michigan’s Mr. Basketball in 2015, is on display in this photo of one of his many monster dunks. Photo/Tim Reilly
The kids on the Pioneer Trailblazers wheelchair basketball team hit the court. Photo/Tim Reilly
Little leaguer Ryan Gillings prepares to cross home plate following his third home run in a game last spring. Photo/Scott Stone
These linemen illustrate the intensity of the annual Fruitport-Spring Lake football matchup. Photo/Carol Cooper
Spring Lake girls basketball player Reiko Johnson drives to the wing in a game against Ludington last season. The Lakers had a perfect 20-0 regular season. Photo/Jason Goorman
The Muskegon Mustangs semipro football team won the 2015 Great Lakes Football League championship. Photo/Scott Stone
Football is just a game. Players from Muskegon Catholic Central and Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes wore stickers on their helmets in the Division 8 football state championship game,
honoring Mitchell Snyder, a St. Ignace player who was killed by a drunk driver in the fall. Photo/Tim Reilly
Muskegon Catholic’s Christian Martinez goes in for the winning TD in the state championship football game at Ford Field. Photo/Tim Reilly
The Muskegon Big Reds became the first prep football team in the state to reach 800 wins. Photo/Tim Reilly
Vernonnell Smith’s slam dunk jump-started a huge North Muskegon comeback win against Western Michigan Christian to wrap up 2015. Photo/Tim Reilly
Montague’s Jacob Buchberger scores a touchdown against NorthPointe Christian in the playoffs while a star-struck young fan looks on in awe. Photo/Tim Reilly
God provides the Friday night lights in this beautiful shot from the Muskegon Catholic-Fruitport football game. Photo/Tim Reilly
A gritty Reeths-Puffer squad gave a hard-nosed effort in a loss to powerful Muskegon in O-K Black football. Photo/Joe Lane
Big Red PP Copeland breaks loose for a big gain against Reeths-Puffer. Photo/Joe Lane.
Coach Matt Koziak addresses his Mona Shores football team during the successful 2015 season. Photo/Eric Sturr
Tyler VanBeek of Western Michigan Christian scores a goal against Hart in district tournament action. The Warriors advanced to the state semifinals. Photo/Randy Riksen.
Rachel Younts winds up to deliver the pitch for the Holton softball team, which advanced to the state semifinals last spring. Photo/Jason Goorman
The Muskegon Catholic baseball team celebrates its state championship at Michigan State University in June. Photo/Jason Goorman
Muskegon Catholic lefty Nick Holt pitched a gritty victory in the state finals against Centreville. Photo/Tim Reilly.
Spring Lake soccer player Ryan Zietlow heads in the winning goal in districts against Fruitport. Photo/Kevin Sieloff
Erin Palmer shows off her 10.7 pound steelhead during the Kevin Zoulek Memorial Steelhead Tournament in Shelby. Photo/Jason Goorman
Oakridge quarterback Brady Luttrull calls out signals while his wide receivers line in up the background. Photo/Sherry Wahr
Grand Haven’s Morgan Ross (12) goes for a block against Fruitport’s Rebekah Busscher in the annual Battle On The Boardwalk tournament in Grand Haven. Photo/Carol Cooper.
A little boy gets a boost to the bucket by his heroes from the West Michigan Lakehawks pro basketball team. Photo/Joe Lane.
Lou Williams of the West Michigan Lakehawks goes in for a dunk. Photo/Joe Lane.
Conner Glick of the Muskegon Clippers speeds toward third base in a game last summer at Marsh Field. Photo/Jason Goorman
Jeff McClure of the Muskegon Risers pro soccer team prepares to head the ball during action last summer. Photo/Jason Goorman
Mona Shores No. 22 Jordan Walker drives to the hoop against Muskegon No. 3S Shawnteanna Dame in girls basketball action last season. Photo/Tim Reilly
Muskegon Lumberjack Bo Hanson (standing) and Dubuque’s Carson Vance have a close encounter in the goal crease during USHL hockey action. Photo/Marc Hoeksema
Goalie Eric Schierhorn of the Muskegon Lumberjacks makes a diving save during last spring’s Clark Cup playoffs. Photo/Jason Goorman.
The follow through on Robbie DeMontis’ back-hand clear catches Sioux Falls Troy Loggins up high. (Photo/Eric Sturr)
Lumberjacks’ Rem Pitlick nets the team’s 5th goal of the night on December 5th. Photo/Eric Sturr
Western Michigan Christian’s Braxton Snuffer gets ready to cross the finish line to win the GMAA city cross country meet. Photo/Jason Goorman
Mona Shores tennis player Koby Gossett reacts with disbelief after being informed by teammates that his victory over a Whitehall player clinched the city meet championship for the Sailors. Photo/Jason Goorman
Montague volleyball standout Emma Flagstead gears up for the kill in a match against rival Whitehall. Photo/Jason Goorman
Shelby’s Danny Beckman drives past Spring Lake’s Kyle Zietlow in a February basketball matchup. Photo/Joe Lane
Mona Shores’ Dom Shermeta breaks a tackle and goes 59 yards to give the Sailors a 21-3 third-quarter lead in their win over Muskegon in October. Photo/Tim Reilly