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Best pictures from the winter high school sports season

Mar 14, 2014

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With the winter high school 2013/14 sports season wrapping up this weekend, The Darkroom is taking a look back at some of the best photographs from the season. These images demonstrate the fierce competitive nature of these young athletes as they battle it out in basketball, track and wrestling.

City guard Timothy Bond twists backward, attempting to save the ball in front of Coolidge's Jamal Gregory during the Baltimore-DC Challenge at Heritage High School. (Karl Merton Ferron/Baltimore Sun)

City guard Timothy Bond twists backward, attempting to save the ball in front of Coolidge’s Jamal Gregory during the Baltimore-DC Challenge at Heritage High School. (Karl Merton Ferron/Baltimore Sun)

Oakland Mills' Daivon Tapscott tries to hang on to the ball during the boys basketball game against River Hill in Columbia. (Jen Rynda/BSMG)

Oakland Mills’ Daivon Tapscott tries to hang on to the ball during the boys basketball game against River Hill in Columbia. (Jen Rynda/BSMG)

Edmondson's Kani Coles tries to avoid hitting the fans while City guard Timothy Bond (12) attempts to keep the ball in play. (Karl Merton Ferron/Baltimore Sun)

Edmondson’s Kani Coles tries to avoid hitting the fans while City guard Timothy Bond (12) attempts to keep the ball in play. (Karl Merton Ferron/Baltimore Sun)

Francesca Venegas leaps into the arms of her Atholton teammate Chelsea Mitchell as the team celebrates their win over Reservoir during the 3A East regional girls basketball playoff game. (Brian Krista/BSMG)

Francesca Venegas leaps into the arms of her Atholton teammate Chelsea Mitchell as the team celebrates their win over Reservoir during the 3A East regional girls basketball playoff game. (Brian Krista/BSMG)

From left, Catonsville's Lauren McDonald, Perry Hall's Shawnika McCallum, and Catonsville's Maja Wichhart battle for a loose ball. (Amy Davis/Baltimore Sun)

From left, Catonsville’s Lauren McDonald, Perry Hall’s Shawnika McCallum, and Catonsville’s Maja Wichhart battle for a loose ball. (Amy Davis/Baltimore Sun)

Poly's Teira Pendleton bounces on top of Damascus' Anna Warfield as they scramble for a loose ball, with Warfield getting injured on the play. (Karl Merton Ferron/Baltimore Sun)

Poly’s Teira Pendleton bounces on top of Damascus’ Anna Warfield as they scramble for a loose ball, with Warfield getting injured on the play. (Karl Merton Ferron/Baltimore Sun)

River Hill's Halley Seybold, left, and Sydney Poindexter, right, battle Howard's Sydney Biniak, center, for the ball. (Jen Rynda/BSMG)

River Hill’s Halley Seybold, left, and Sydney Poindexter, right, battle Howard’s Sydney Biniak, center, for the ball. (Jen Rynda/BSMG)

Reservoir's Aaron McDonald jumps over City's Juwan Grant on his way to the hoop during the 3A East regional championship boys basketball game at Reservoir. (Brian Krista/BSMG)

Reservoir’s Aaron McDonald jumps over City’s Juwan Grant on his way to the hoop during the 3A East regional championship boys basketball game at Reservoir. (Brian Krista/BSMG)

In a game against the Dulaney Lions, New Town guard/forward Kenny Sherrod (2) celebrates his buzzer-beating 3-pointer. (Karl Merton Ferron/Baltimore Sun)

In a game against the Dulaney Lions, New Town guard/forward Kenny Sherrod (2) celebrates his buzzer-beating 3-pointer. (Karl Merton Ferron/Baltimore Sun)

Patterson Mill guard Qalea Ismail (left) gets a congratulatory embrace from teammate Sia Barnes after Ismail - daughter of Baltimore Ravens retired player Qadry Ismail - drained her 1,000th point on a free throw against the Aberdeen Eagles. (Karl Merton Ferron/Baltimore Sun)

Patterson Mill guard Qalea Ismail (left) gets a congratulatory embrace from teammate Sia Barnes after Ismail – daughter of Baltimore Ravens retired player Qadry Ismail – drained her 1,000th point on a free throw against the Aberdeen Eagles. (Karl Merton Ferron/Baltimore Sun)

Poly's Morgan Newton (25) and Jasmine Smith (4) sit on the bench after the Engineers' loss to Damascus during the Class 3A Semifinals at Towson University. (Karl Merton Ferron/Baltimore Sun)

Poly’s Morgan Newton (25) and Jasmine Smith (4) sit on the bench after the Engineers’ loss to Damascus during the Class 3A Semifinals at Towson University. (Karl Merton Ferron/Baltimore Sun)

South Carroll's Jake Pooton jumps into the arms of his coach as he celebrates victory over Fallston's Austin Rutkowski in the finals of the 2A/1A 182-pound weight class during the state wrestling tournament at Maryland's Cole Field House. (Brian Krista/BSMG)

South Carroll’s Jake Pooton jumps into the arms of his coach as he celebrates victory over Fallston’s Austin Rutkowski in the finals of the 2A/1A 182-pound weight class during the state wrestling tournament at Maryland’s Cole Field House. (Brian Krista/BSMG)

Mount St. Joseph's Malik Woody, left, wrestles Loyola's Dominick Reyes for the 120-pound championship at the Spalding Duals. (Kenneth K. Lam/Baltimore Sun)

Mount St. Joseph’s Malik Woody, left, wrestles Loyola’s Dominick Reyes for the 120-pound championship at the Spalding Duals. (Kenneth K. Lam/Baltimore Sun)

Patterson Mill's Eric Eckstein, left, tries to keep his balance as Hereford's Brock Turnbaugh goes for a take down in the finals of the 2A/1A 220-pound weight class during the state wrestling tournament at Maryland's Cole Field House. (Brian Krista/BSMG)

Patterson Mill’s Eric Eckstein, left, tries to keep his balance as Hereford’s Brock Turnbaugh goes for a take down in the finals of the 2A/1A 220-pound weight class during the state wrestling tournament at Maryland’s Cole Field House. (Brian Krista/BSMG)

McDonogh's Sam Martino, front, controls Mount St. Joseph's Cornelius Schuster over his shoulders in the 138-pound match. (Brian Krista/BSMG)

McDonogh’s Sam Martino, front, controls Mount St. Joseph’s Cornelius Schuster over his shoulders in the 138-pound match. (Brian Krista/BSMG)

Huntingtown's Dominic Sita, top, works his way to a pin against John Carroll's Phillip Venanzi in the 145-pound final of the C. Milton Wright Iron Horse Duals in Bel Air. (Steve Ruark/for The Baltimore Sun)

Huntingtown’s Dominic Sita, top, works his way to a pin against John Carroll’s Phillip Venanzi in the 145-pound final of the C. Milton Wright Iron Horse Duals in Bel Air. (Steve Ruark/for The Baltimore Sun)

River Hill's Michael Beck, left, celebrates after defeating Mt. Hebron's Jeff Hayden in the finals of the 4A/3A 120-pound weight class during the state wrestling tournament at Maryland. (Brian Krista/BSMG)

River Hill’s Michael Beck, left, celebrates after defeating Mt. Hebron’s Jeff Hayden in the finals of the 4A/3A 120-pound weight class during the state wrestling tournament at Maryland. (Brian Krista/BSMG)

McDonogh's Sam Martino, front, and Archbishop Spalding's Matt Pente wrestle in the 138-pound final at the MIAA wrestling championship at Mount St. Joseph. Pente won the match. (Steve Ruark/for The Baltimore Sun)

McDonogh’s Sam Martino, front, and Archbishop Spalding’s Matt Pente wrestle in the 138-pound final at the MIAA wrestling championship at Mount St. Joseph. Pente won the match. (Steve Ruark/for The Baltimore Sun)

Loyola Blakefield wrestling coach Steve Truitt hugs wrestler Jake Nordhausen, left, after Nordhausen's win against McDonogh's Mike Smith, bottom, in the 220-pound final at the MIAA wrestling championship at Mount St. Joseph. (Steve Ruark/for The Baltimore Sun)

Loyola Blakefield wrestling coach Steve Truitt hugs wrestler Jake Nordhausen, left, after Nordhausen’s win against McDonogh’s Mike Smith, bottom, in the 220-pound final at the MIAA wrestling championship at Mount St. Joseph. (Steve Ruark/for The Baltimore Sun)

Patterson Mill's Eric Eckstein takes a moment to snap a quick selfie before leaving the podium after taking first in the 220-pound match at the UCBAC championship tournament at Aberdeen. (Matt Button/BSMG)

Patterson Mill’s Eric Eckstein takes a moment to snap a quick “selfie” before leaving the podium after taking first in the 220-pound match at the UCBAC championship tournament at Aberdeen. (Matt Button/BSMG)

Mt. Hebron's Ben Weinstein, center, passes the baton to Ryan Huyett, left, for the final leg of the boys 3A 4x800 meter relay race during the indoor track and field championships at Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex in Landover. (Jen Rynda/BSMG)

Mt. Hebron’s Ben Weinstein, center, passes the baton to Ryan Huyett, left, for the final leg of the boys 3A 4×800 meter relay race during the indoor track and field championships at Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex in Landover. (Jen Rynda/BSMG)

Century's Nick Neral celebrates as he clears the bar in the 2A Boys Pole Vault competition during the 1A/2A indoor track state championships at the Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex in Landover. Neral won the event with a height of 15 ft., but come up short at his attempts to tie a state record at 15 ft. 2 in. (Brian Krista/BSMG)

Century’s Nick Neral celebrates as he clears the bar in the 2A Boys Pole Vault competition during the 1A/2A indoor track state championships at the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex in Landover. Neral won the event with a height of 15 ft., but come up short at his attempts to tie a state record at 15 ft. 2 in. (Brian Krista/BSMG)

Wilde Lake's Jamila Brown, left, beats Long Reach's Jadah Cadogan to the finish line in the girls 55-meter dash final during the Howard County indoor track championships at Prince George's Sports  Learning Complex. (Brian Krista/BSMG)

Wilde Lake’s Jamila Brown, left, beats Long Reach’s Jadah Cadogan to the finish line in the girls 55-meter dash final during the Howard County indoor track championships at Prince George’s Sports Learning Complex. (Brian Krista/BSMG)

Centennial's Alec Font runs the final stretch of track on his way to victory in the boys 3,200-meter run during the Howard County indoor track championships at Prince George's Sports  Learning Complex. (Brian Krista/BSMG)

Centennial’s Alec Font runs the final stretch of track on his way to victory in the boys 3,200-meter run during the Howard County indoor track championships at Prince George’s Sports Learning Complex. (Brian Krista/BSMG)

Bryan Rawlings of Dundalk wins the boys 300-meter dash during a high school track meet at the Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex in Hyattsville. (Daniel Kucin Jr./for The Baltimore Sun)

Bryan Rawlings of Dundalk wins the boys 300-meter dash during a high school track meet at the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex in Hyattsville. (Daniel Kucin Jr./for The Baltimore Sun)

Reservoir participates in the boys 3A pole vault during the indoor track and field championships at Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex in Landover. (Jen Rynda/BSMG)

Reservoir participates in the boys 3A pole vault during the indoor track and field championships at Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex in Landover. (Jen Rynda/BSMG)

Reservoir's Katie Wilson, left, hugs teammate and out-of-breath anchor runner Julianne Knoblett after their team won the girls 4x800 meter relay event during the Howard County indoor track championships. (Brian Krista/BSMG)

Reservoir’s Katie Wilson, left, hugs teammate and out-of-breath anchor runner Julianne Knoblett after their team won the girls 4×800 meter relay event during the Howard County indoor track championships. (Brian Krista/BSMG)

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