Sandy , Utah

Copper Hills v Weber

Sandy , Utah

Brighton v Olympus

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Olympus’s Ian Jones (1) fouls Brighton’s Braxton Jones (5), setting up a penalty kick and score as Brighton defeats Olympus High School 3-2 in overtime in the 5A boys state championship game at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Thursday May 23, 2019.
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Olympus’s Adam Naylor (10) and Brighton’s Chandler Turpin (13) as Brighton defeats Olympus High School 3-2 in overtime in the 5A boys state championship game at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Thursday May 23, 2019.

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Brighton’s Cameron Neeley (12) as Brighton defeats Olympus High School 3-2 in overtime in the 5A boys state championship game at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Thursday May 23, 2019.

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Brighton players celebrate after defeating Olympus High School 3-2 in overtime in the 5A boys state championship game at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Thursday May 23, 2019. At left is Brighton’s Braxton Jones (5).

Taylorsville , Utah

Herriman v Syracuse

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Herriman players celebrate a win over Syracuse in the 6A Softball State Championship game, Thursday May 24, 2018. Herriman’s Kaitlyn Slade (10) and Herriman’s Lexi Slade (22) embrace.

Taylorsville , Utah

Box Elder v Bountiful

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Box Elder beats Bountiful High School in the 5A Softball State Championship game, Thursday May 24, 2018. Box Elder players celebrate.

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Box Elder beats Bountiful High School in the 5A Softball State Championship game, Thursday May 24, 2018. Box Elder’s Kyra Hardy (16) runs to first.

Bluffdale , Utah

Judge v Morgan

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Judge Memorial players celebrate their win over Morgan High School in the 3A state championship game, Saturday May 12, 2018. Holding the trophy is Ferdinand Bambabate.

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Judge Memorial’s Joseph Paul scores the game-winning goal against Morgan goalkeeper Trek Loveridge in the 3A state championship game, Saturday May 12, 2018.

Bluffdale , Utah

Desert Hills v Park City

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Desert Hills players celebrate their win over Park City High School in the 4A state championship game, Saturday May 12, 2018.


Bountiful , Utah

200 Free

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Hillcrest’s Katelyn Davies, women 200 freestyle at the high school swimming 6A State Championships in Bountiful, Thursday February 8, 2018.

Salt Lake City , Utah

Looking Closely at an Activity in our Public Schools

The past two years, with so many societal changes, have brought to my mind this question: What things are normal and accepted today that won’t be in the future?

We don’t photograph the normal things. But I’m trying to stop putting my camera down when something happens that I’ve seen over and over and at the time seems superficial to what I’m covering.

I’ve been thinking about things like injuries at football games. Over the years I’ve found myself not photographing them, or just taking a photo in case it’s a big blow to the team’s season to lose a star player or something like that.

But has a bigger story been at play the entire time?

Football players get injured. It’s a normal part of life.

But I wonder how normal it will look in the future as we learn more and more about CTE. Reading League of Denial is enough to open anyone’s eyes to the dangers to the head.

But with that said, congrats to the state champs! Right?

Salt Lake City , Utah

Assignment: Mountain Crest v. Orem

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Mountain Crest’s Lepi Taukiuvea (5) and Orem’s Ben Daley (3) as Orem faces Mountain Crest in the Class 4A High School State Football Championship game in Salt Lake City, Friday November 17, 2017.
(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Mountain Crest’s Brady Hall (1) watches the ball fall out of his hands with Orem’s William Tenney (49) standing over him as Orem faces Mountain Crest in the Class 4A High School State Football Championship game in Salt Lake City, Friday November 17, 2017.
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