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Marin Catholic Opens its Track and Field Season

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Marin Catholic hosted Justin-Siena and San Rafael Thursday in its first track meet of the 2015 season. I tried to find the results in the Marin Independent Journal the next day but was unsuccessful. The MaxPreps website was more confusing than helpful.

I have the feeling that winning or losing in track isn’t as big a deal as, let’s say football. The young athletes just seem to be out there having a good time. There were more parents volunteering on the field than watching from the bleachers. Here are a few shots from the day.

As the season progresses I’l try to feature different events. You’ll find more photos at VarsityPix.com.

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Written by Ron Greene

March 14, 2015 at 3:03 pm

Marin Catholic’s Darius Peterson

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The Seattle Seahawks meet the New England Patriots in the NFL Super Bowl XLIX on February 1. I’m rooting for the Seahawks because I like their name better. Besides, Seattle managed to pull off a gutsy last-minute win last Sunday against the Green Bay Packers. I had turned the TV off, assuming the Packers had the game wrapped up, when my iPhone flashed the final score. Thank goodness for TIVO. I sat back down and watched the final four minutes in amazement. The Seahawks never gave up on themselves even when all seemed lost. How could anyone who likes storybook endings not root for them?

And then there is Deflategate, calling into question the integrity of the Patriots football machine and its golden boy quarterback, Tom Brady.

But this post isn’t about professional football or its quarterbacks. If you’ve been following my posts you know I photograph Marin Catholic football games. Marin Catholic is just a few blocks down Sir Francis Drake Blvd. from my home, so even though I’m definitely not Catholic, I’ve come to think of it as my school.

Lately, I’ve wanted to summarize the MC season with a collection of photos picked at random. But then I read a piece in our local newspaper, the Marin IJ, which changed my mind. The paper named Marin Catholic’s junior quarterback, Darius Peterson (7), the paper’s offensive player of 2014.

According to the Marin IJ, Peterson piled up 3,000 yards at the helm of the league’s (MCAL) most prolific offense. He accounted for 40 touchdowns. Twenty-one through the air and 18 on the ground. And if that wasn’t enough, Peterson also scored on a kickoff return.

So I decided to change course and go back through my files looking for shots of Peterson in action.

Darius Peterson will be back at Marin Catholic next fall for his senior year as quarterback. He deserves some attention. I’ll be there, along with the college scouts.

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2014.08.12_Greene_MC v Drake--30

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Written by Ron Greene

January 24, 2015 at 10:56 am

Our 26th Wedding Anniversary in Carmel

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Rica and I just returned from spending our 26th wedding anniversary in Carmel, California. We stayed at Clint Eastwood’s Mission Ranch. We were here last year at this time, so for me, as someone who usually avoids anything that smacks of ritual, this has become a tradition. Two years!

A Hindu priest conducted our ceremony on Christmas Eve in India, at a wedding arranged by Professor B. P. Sinha. I met Jai at Ohio State University where we were pursuing Ph.D. degrees. Jai had an easy time of it, but I was in deep trouble most of the time and wouldn’t have succeeded without his friendship and long hours of tutoring. So in a way, I owe him big time for a happy marriage and a long career in psychology. I think of him a lot this time of year.

I brought my new Olympus OM-D E-M1 camera with me, and here are some photos. As you see, we spent a good part of our time near the water at Point Lobos State Reserve, the Piedras Blancas Rookery, and on Monterey Bay.

Carmel Farm House 2014

Mission Ranch was originally a working dairy farm. In the 1850’s, the property became one of the first California dairies. Clint Eastwood bought the ranch in 1986, keeping it from becoming a condominium development. Our room was on the ground floor of the original farmhouse pictured above.

Carmel Pasture 2014

This pasture seems a sheep paradise. They spend the night in the little shelter to the right in this photo, but during the day they roam freely over acres of lush grass.

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This was our view as we ate dinner on Christmas Eve. An evening fog was rolling in off the nearby ocean.

Carmel Dining Room 2014

The creamery, which provided the county with cheese and butter, now houses the Mission Ranch restaurant. It’s where we ate many of our meals.

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We had our continental breakfasts at the tennis club.

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Rica made sure to buy me lots of candy at my favorite store in Carmel.

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I don’t usually enjoy touristy streets like Ocean Avenue in Carmel. But I have to admit some of the shops are interesting.

We always make time to visit Point Lobos State Reserve, and never tire of the beautiful coastal views.

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We drove over to Monterey and discovered that someone had used a hot branding iron to mark this little girl.

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While there, we noticed someone seemingly in trouble, but after a few minutes of struggle, he recovered.

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We always find time for birdwatching.

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The Piedras Blancas elephant seal rookery is located four miles north of Hearst Castle on California Highway 1. In the photo below you see moms squabbling over their newborn pups.

Carmel Mother Seals 2014

 

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And finally, I set up my tripod to memorialize the happy couple. As the year comes to an end, we wish all our friends around the world a wonderful 2015.

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Written by Ron Greene

December 28, 2014 at 12:38 pm

Marin Catholic Wildcats Roll Over Alhambra

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Marin County | California

The Marin Catholic Wildcats rolled over Alhambra (48-9) last Saturday and will be facing Rancho Cotate tomorrow as they advance to the sectional semifinals. My weather app forecasts rain, so that complicates everyone’s game plans. I’ve got my new rain gear out, prepared for the worst.

Here are some of the Alhambra game photos. These and many more are for sale on VarsityPix.com. I donate my share of profits to homeless programs in Marin County.

MC v Alhambra (1 of 44)

MC v Alhambra (3 of 44)

MC v Alhambra (7 of 44)

MC v Alhambra (9 of 44)

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MC v Alhambra (41 of 44)

MC v Alhambra (43 of 44)

MC v Alhambra + (1 of 1)

Written by Ron Greene

November 28, 2014 at 1:49 pm

Marin Catholic defeats Tam in Postseason Opener

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Marin County | California

Marin Catholic football opened its first game of the postseason with a 50-6 home victory over Tam last Saturday. The weather was bright and sunny, which is fine except that Rica bought me $200 worth of rain gear. Now I’m wondering if it will go to waste. There’s been little rain this season as California is in the midst of a three-year drought. On the plus side, Marin County has avoided the terrible weather that seems to be plaguing the rest of the country.

The entire team played well, but I was stuck on one player. Joe Kelly (85) had five catches for 129 yards, including a 61 yard touchdown. I don’t think I’ve ever spoken to Joe, but I mention this because Rica worked for many years with his uncle, Andy Kelly, also a physical therapist, at the Asher Clinic. So there’s a connection, although a little tenuous.

The MC Wildcats will host Alhambra in the D-III quarterfinals this Saturday.

You’ll find more game photos at VarsityPix.

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Written by Ron Greene

November 17, 2014 at 1:57 pm

Marin Catholic Downs Terra Linda

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Marin County | California

The Marin Catholic football team beat Terra Linda (40-14) last Saturday, creating a three-way tie for MCAL first place with Justin-Siena and Novato. This Saturday Marin Catholic will enter the North Coast Section Division III tournament with a game against Tamalpais. Earlier this year the Wildcats defeated Tam 54-14.

Here are some quick picks from photos I took Saturday. Many more are at VarsityPix.com.

 

Greene_MC v Terra Linda (50 of 51)

 

Greene_MC v Terra Linda (48 of 51)

 

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Greene_MC v Terra Linda

 

Greene_MC v Terra Linda (3 of 51)

Written by Ron Greene

November 11, 2014 at 11:48 am

Marin Catholic Rolls Over Redwood

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Marin County | California

Marin Catholic football shutout Redwood last Saturday 63-0. The Wildcats face a weak Terra Linda tomorrow and are sure to share this year’s MCAL title. The postseason starts in two weeks.

As the season winds down, I have to admit that my photos are looking more and more alike to me. I keep hoping for something special and unique, but it hasn’t happened yet. I keep trying, and that hope brings me back to the games every week. I’d like to take a photograph that people look at for more than a second or two. It’s a little discouraging because digital photographers are producing and publishing so many good pictures these days that it’s hard for people to find the time to savor any single image.

Inky Beecher sent me a Guardian article this morning about Robert Frank. He turns 90 this Sunday and is considered one of America’s iconic photographers. A quote from Robert Frank struck me as a sentiment I hope I can put off as long as possible. “There’s no point in it anymore for me, and I get no satisfaction from trying to do it. There are too many pictures now. It’s overwhelming. A flood of images that passes by, and says, ‘why should we remember anything?’ There is too much to remember now, too much to take in.”

What do you think? When was the last time you spend more than a moment on any photo?

Here are some of the game images. You’ll find more at http:/www.VarsityPix.com.

Greene_MC v Redwood Football (1 of 25)

Greene_MC v Redwood Football (2 of 25)

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Greene_MC v Redwood Football (25 of 25)

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