Mystic Garden Photography: Blog https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog en-us (C) Mystic Garden Photography mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 06:41:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 06:41:00 GMT https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/img/s/v-12/u501043984-o153493091-50.jpg Mystic Garden Photography: Blog https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog 120 80 Staley Mustangs 7th Grade Football Blue Team vs. Scoggins https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/11/staley-mustangs-7th-grade-football-blue-team-vs-scoggins The Staley Mustangs 7th Grade Football Blue Team ended their season on a high note after easily defeating the Scoggins Seahawks 28-6.   The Mustangs scored on their first possession behind the running backs #21 and #32.  Staley's #21 took it the final twenty yards for the first score. A successful PAT gave the Mustangs an 8-0 lead.   The Mustangs kicked off to the Seahawks, who could not make any head way through the stellar Mustang defense.  The Mustangs quickly took over after the Seahawks went three and out.  After making a first down with the running game, the Mustangs decided to throw the ball down the field.  Quarterback #2 threw the ball to a wide open #20, who caught the ball and ran it 50 yards for the touchdown. Staley's #17 kicked the ball through the uprights to give the Mustangs a 16-0 lead. The Seahawks had a good run back on the kick off to give them good starting field position on the next series.  The Seahawks handed the ball off to their big running back, who plowed his way through the Staley offense.  The Seahawks repeated that play until they made it into the end zone.  The Mustangs stopped the PAT, putting the score at Mustangs  16, Scoggins 6 with two and a half minutes left in the half.  The Mustangs were moving the ball down the field, and had twenty five second left to score, but a couple of incomplete passes had the clock winding down to zero before the could make any more progress.  The score remained 16-6 at the half time break.   

The Mustangs got possession in the second half when #55 got the onside kick at midfield.  The Mustangs #21 ran it down the field 30 yards  to the twenty yard line. The Mustangs made it down to the fifteen yard line when they turned the ball over on a mishandled exchange in the backfield.  The Seahawks recovered. The Seahawks were making some progress up the field with the big running back leading the way, but the Mustang defense tighten up and stopped the Seahawks and forced a punt.  The Mustangs #21 returned the punt for a touch down.  The Mustang took the lead 22-6 after a missed PAT.  The Mustang defense shut down the Seahawks on the ground and in the air to get the ball back.  The Mustang running game went to work.  Mustangs running backs #20, #8 and #32 had them moving the ball into the end zone.  A touchdown by #32 was called back by a holding penalty, but the Mustangs repeated the play for a Staley touchdown.  The Mustangs' PAT kick fell short of the uprights, but the Mustangs had a great lead 28-6 with 2:18 left in the game. The Staley defense did their job, tackling the running back, causing the fumble and recovering the ball. The Mustangs lined up in the victory formation and kneed the ball to run out the clock and take home a big 28-6 win. 

While the 7th Grade Blue team did not finish with a record they hoped for, there is no shortage of talent or desire in the group of kids.  Each and every game the coaches had the players ready and fighting until the very end.  A few plays made the differences in the win and loss column, but the Staley boys got better and better as the season went on, always gave it their all and played with great Mustang spirit and sportsmanship, they build their character and learned the values of hard work and persistence.  As always, it is my privilege and pleasure to be down on the sidelines not only capturing the action, but watching and cheering on these upstanding Staley athletes.  Congratulations on a great season and I can not wait until next year!

Here are some images of the game.

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Staley Mustangs Middle School Sports-7th Grade Football White Team vs. Scoggins https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/11/staley-mustangs-middle-school-sports-7th-grade-football-white-team-vs-scoggins The Staley Mustangs 7th Grade Football White Team dominated the Scoggins Seahawks tonight in their final game.  The Mustangs offense was on fire, and the defense was strong.  

The Mustangs stuffed the Seahawks on their first possession and Staley got the ball with great field position. after a Seahawks punt.  The Mustangs  ran one play and then fumbled the ball, and the Seahawks recovered. The Staley defense proved to be tough as the dropped the Seahawks for consecutive losses.  The Mustangs got the ball back after the Seahawks failed to convert on fourth down.  The Mustangs wasted no time, on the second play of the series Staley's #7 took it about 20 yards for the score.  The Mustangs were stopped short of the goal line on the PAT running play, but led 6-0.  The Mustangs kicked off and the defense went to work.  Once again the Mustangs stopped the Seahawks from converting on fourth down.   The Mustangs used their strong running game  by #44 and #25 to get several first downs.   Mustangs #44 took it in for a 25 yard touchdown run near the end of the half.  The Mustangs had an incomplete pass on the PAT, but had a 12-0 lead at the break. 

The Mustangs received the kick off from the Seahawks at the start of the second half.  The Mustangs did what they do best, run the ball.  Mustangs # 25 and #44 brought the Mustangs down the field and #44 scored his second touchdown of the night when he ran it into the end zone from twenty yards out.  The Mustangs were stopped short on the PAT, but had the 18-0 lead midway through the third quarter.  The Seahawks could not make their way past the Mustangs mighty defense, and went four and out.  The Staley Mustangs were driving down the field on the verge of scoring when a holding call wiped out a first down and had the Mustangs facing fourth down with over ten yards to go.  The Mustangs threw towards the end zone but an incomplete pass at the goal line had the Mustangs turning it over on downs. The Seahawks, already deep in their own territory, were in real trouble when the Staley defense tackled the running back in the back field, followed by a bad snap.  The Seahawks were backed up to their own three yard line.  The Mustangs thought they got a safety when the defense tackled the running back in the end zone, but forward progress had the officials marking him down on the one yard line.  The Seahawks ran one more play as time ran out.  The Mustangs took home a convincing victory 18-0.  

The Mustangs 7th Grade White Team capped off their season with a dominating win.  The offense played great, making their way into the end zone three times, while the defense did not let the Seahawks into the red zone, let alone in the end zone.    The Staley Mustangs 7th Grade White Team finished  their season 6-2.  Throughout the season, they learned the game, and learned to work together as a team.  These boys played hard, week in and week out, never giving up.  Their hard work, dedication and commitment were the basis of their success. Each and every Mustang player contributed to the team making it a very strong unit.  

Although I am a little sad to see another Staley football season come and go all to quickly, I will once again say, how much I LOVE being down on the sidelines, with these boys, and the coaches, watching, photographing and cheering them on. I love every minute of the games, from the pre-game huddles to the last huddle break on "Mustangs" and everything in between.  I love the excitement of the coaches and players on the field and on the sidelines, after big plays and big hits. I love seeing all the boys in their Staley blue and white, representing our school so well with excellent sportsmanship  I love watching these boys, go out and give it their all every week, playing with heart and the Mustang spirit.  And of course, seeing another one of my sons wearing his Staley uniform with great pride, and having fun. 

Congratulations on a fantastic season!! I can not wait until next year!!  

Here are some images of the game. 

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Staley Mustangs 8th Grade Football Blue Team vs. Griffin https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/10/staley-mustangs-8th-grade-football-blue-team-vs-griffin The Staley Mustangs and Griffin Gators played a great game last night.  These teams were well matched and they battled it out to see who would take home the win.  The Mustangs kicked off to the Gators, who put together a very nice drive that ended with a touch down and extra point giving them the early lead 8-0 with four and half minutes left in the first quarter.   The Mustangs knew they were facing a good team.  The Mustang had put together a drive that got them down around the twenty yard line, but a tackle in the back field had them facing fourth and at least ten.  Mustang quarterback #8, dropped back and put a bullet in the air to the far sideline to #11, who jumped up and made the grab.  Unfortunately, he was just short of the first down, so the Gators took over.   Great defense had the Mustangs holding the Gators to get the ball back again.  A couple of plays later, Mustang #21 took it thirty yards for a Mustang touch down.  Number #41 put it through the uprights for the PAT and the game was tied at 8 midway through the second quarter.  The Gators offense and the Mustang defense were going head to head.  The Mustangs defense was doing great, but a break out run from a Gator running back had the Gators down to the ten yard line.  One play later, the Gators put six on the board. A successful PAT had the Gators take the lead 16-8 with thirty second left in the half.  The Mustangs were determined, they handed off to running back #21 who rocketed sixty yards for a Mustang touch down.  A bad snap had the Mustangs holder just falling on the ball to recover.  Despite a fantastic effort, the Mustangs trailed by two at the end of the half: 16-14.

The Mustangs received the ball first in the second half and got a first down with the strength of their running game.  The Mustangs had first and ten around mid field when a hand off to #11 paid off.  Number 11 took it about fifty yards down the far sideline in to the end zone for six.  A successful PAT had the Mustangs in the lead 22-16 with six minutes left in the third quarter.  The Gators put together a nice drive that had them eating up the rest of the third quarter, ending with a touch down and good PAT to go back up by two.  The Gators took the lead 24-22 at the start of the fourth quarter.  The Mustangs took the kick off out to the nineteen yard line. The Mustangs put together a very impressive drive, doing what they do best: running the ball.  The Staley boys played strong, determined and focus.  They drove the ball down inside the five yard line, under incredible pressure, against a tough opponent as the clocked ticked down.  With less than twenty seconds left, the Staley boys lined up for a field goal, facing a pretty good wind.  The snap, the hold and the kick were all good.  However, the ball sailed wide left, but just a couple of inches.  The Gators took over on downs with 12 second left to run out the clock and get the win 24-22.  

This was a great game, two well matched teams playing with everything they had.  The Staley Mustangs played AWESOME.  The boys did everything they could,  they just needed a couple inches, no wind and a little bit more luck.  The fans, parents and coaches could not have asked any more from them, especially that last drive, where the played mistake free, fantastic football.  The boys came out and fought like warriors, they gave it all they had, and it just did not end with the perfect outcome. These boys played with a lot of confidence, determination and heart.  Hold your head high Mustangs!! Awesome job!  I am so proud of these boys!!

 

Here are some images of the game. 

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco Sports Photographer Mystic Garden Photography Staley Middle School Staley Mustangs Football https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/10/staley-mustangs-8th-grade-football-blue-team-vs-griffin Wed, 08 Oct 2014 13:40:58 GMT
Staley Mustangs 8th Grade Football White Team vs. Griffin https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/10/staley-mustangs-8th-grade-football-white-team-vs-griffin The Staley Mustangs 8th Grade Football White Team played a great game against the Griffin Gators on this beautiful fall night. The Mustangs kicked off to the Gators who soon fumbled and the Mustangs recovered.  On the Mustangs' first offensive play,  running back #27 took the hand off, turned the corner and scampered 40 yards for the touchdown.  The PAT kick was good and the Mustangs led 8-0.  The Gators and Mustangs were battling it out.  The Mustang defense played well, making the Gators work really hard for the smallest gain on yardage.  At the start of the second quarter, a Gator running back broke free and ran into the end zone.  Their PAT kick was good and the score was tied at 8 all.  The Mustangs offense went to work.  They took the kick off to right around mid field. Mustang #1 got around the defense and ran down  the far sideline headed to the end zone. He almost made it.  He was tackled inside the ten yard line.  Number 25 carried the ball and got the Mustangs a little closer.  On second down, #27 took the ball headed to the far side line and made it to the end zone for a Mustang touchdown.  the PAT kick was good and the Mustangs were back in the lead 16-8 with four and half minutes left in the half.   The Mustangs held the Gators and took over on downs.  The Mustangs running back #27 took the ball to the end zone, but it was called back due to a penalty.  The Mustangs were backed up with quite a few yards to go for a first down, a touch down and time was running out in the half.  The Mustang quarterback #6 threw a pass to #1 who caught it and ran it toward the end zone, but was caught from behind and taken down at the one and half yard line as time ran out in the half. The Mustangs took the 16-8 lead to the break. 

The Mustangs received the ball in the second half and were driving down the field looking to score, when a fumble in the back field lost them about five yards, so they were facing third and fifteen.  The Mustangs handed the ball of to the running back, who was making his way to a first down when he was tackled, unfortunately the ball came out and the Gators recovered on the ten yard line. The Gators put together a drive and on third down and five, their running back took the hand off, broke some tackles and ran it forty yards for a touchdown.  The PAT kick was short and the Mustangs retained a slim lead 16-14 with 3:24 left in the game. The Mustangs put together a drive toward that got them a first down, that allowed them to run out the clock and preserve the win.  Mustangs 16-Gators 14.  The Mustang played strong and determined.  Way to go Mustangs!! 

 

Here are some images of the game.

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco Photographer Frisco Sports Photographer Mystic Garden Photography Staley Middle School Staley Mustangs Football https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/10/staley-mustangs-8th-grade-football-white-team-vs-griffin Wed, 08 Oct 2014 12:40:38 GMT
Staley Mustangs 7th Grade Football Blue Team vs. Griffin https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/10/staley-mustangs-7th-grade-football-blue-team-vs-griffin The Staley Mustangs 7th Grade Football Blue Team and the Griffin Gators played a great game tonight.  Both teams played hard and played tough.  The game could have been won by either team.  The Mustangs had their work cut out for them as Griffin  ran the ball in for a touchdown on their first play from scrimmage, taking an early 7-0 lead.  The Gators then shut the Mustangs down and force them to punt. The Gators then steadily drove down the field and scored again 3 and half minutes into the second quarter.  The Gators had a 14-0 lead over the Mustangs.  The Mustang offense finally got it going, and had several players, #20, #21 and #32 carrying the ball down the field.  Staley's #20 cut the near sideline after a handoff and ran to the corner of the end zone for the touchdown.  The PAT was good and the score stood at 14-7 in favor or the Gators. 

The second half started out with the Mustangs fumbling the ball to  the Gators. The Staley defense showed what a powerhouse they can be, as they shoved the Gators back and back until they were facing 4th and a very long way to go.   After getting the ball back, the Mustangs, unfortunately, could not generate any offense and had to punt the ball away.  The start of the fourth quarter had the score still at the Gators 14 and Mustangs 7.  The Mustangs defense held the Huskies, so the Mustangs got the ball.  A pass interference call on fourth down gave the Mustangs new life and a new set of downs.  Mustangs #20 ran the ball down the  near side of the field gaining several yards.  Number #21 ran the ball on two more plays getting the Mustangs insides the ten yard line, however on the next play the Mustangs fumbled and the Gators recovered.  After a nice run by the Gator running back, the Staley defense buckled down, they ran the quarterback around the back field causing a fumble, and the Mustangs recovered.  The Mustangs threw an incomplete pass on first down, but then #21 ran the ball down twenty yards to inside the five yard line for a first down.  The Mustangs scored on the next play, bringing the score to: Gators 14- Mustangs 13.  The Staley boys lined up for the PAT, handed the ball off and ran it straight up the middle.  Unfortunately, they were stopped about a yard short.  The Griffin Gators made a huge play and held on to the lead with 1:22 left in the game.  The Gators got the ball, made a first down, then ran out the clock to preserve the win over the Mustangs.  The Staley boys played a great game, coming back after being 14 points down early on.  The Mustangs held the Gators from scoring for two and half quarters.  Unfortunately, a few errors proved to be costly.  However, the Staley boys played with Mustang spirit and determination. I a suuper proud of them.  Great job, Mustangs!! Hold your head high!!

 

Here are some images of the game. 

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Staley Mustangs 7th Grade Football White Team vs. Griffin https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/10/staley-mustangs-7th-grade-football-white-team-vs-griffin The Staley Mustangs 7th Grade Football White Team played the Griffin Gators tonight.  The  Mustangs and Gators both played a great game, keeping it close throughout the contest.  The Mustangs kicked off to the Gators and the Staley defense stopped the Gators before they made a first down. The Mustangs had a nice drive down the field to the ten yard line but could not punch it into the end zone and turned it over on downs to the Gators.  The Mustang defense did their job, stopping the run and sacking the quarterback, forcing the Gators to punt.  Staley started off with great field position, and the Mustang running game did the rest.  Numbers 44 and 25 marched Staley to the red zone, with #25 taking it in for the score.  The PAT kick was short, but the Mustangs had the lead 6-0 with 2:12 left in the half.   The Gators turned right around and scored when the quarterback ran it 35 yards on a keeper.  The PAT missed and the score was tied at six with 1:37 left in the half. The Mustangs tried to score again,  with #44 leading the running game and a completed pass from #10 to #22. However, time ran out before the Mustangs could get down into scoring position.  

The Mustangs got the ball at the start of the second half, but could not get to the end zone.  The Gators got the ball and the Staley defense proved how tough they are, they pressured the quarterback, chasing him in the backfield, and he fumbled the ball while being tackled.  Staley's #75 recovered for the Mustangs. The Mustang offense took a couple of plays before #44 took the ball the final three yards for another Mustangs score.  The PAT run was good and Staley had the lead 13-6.  Griffin answered quickly when one of their receivers caught the ball and ran down the field for 50 yards, all the way down to the three yard line.  Griffin put six on the board, but the PAT was no good, leaving the Mustangs with a slim 13-12 lead at the start of the fourth quarter.

The Mustangs  were  going down the field when the ball was fumbled and Griffin recovered. Things evened out as the Mustangs #22 intercepted the ball.   Staley scored a touch down, but it was called back on a holding penalty.  Bad luck followed as the Mustangs fumble the ball away and the Gators recovered.   The Staley defensed played awesome, they drove the Gators back play after play, putting pressure on the quarterback.  The Gators faced 4th and a bus ride, as the Staley defense pressured the quarterback again, chasing him in the back field, and dropping him for another loss.  The Mustangs took over on downs inside the ten yard line.  One play later, #48 took it in for another six.  The Staley kicker #17 put it through the uprights, giving the Mustangs a total of 21 points to the Gators 12 with a minute and a half left to play.  The Mustangs shut down the Gators offense one last time to take home the win 21-12.  A great job by the Mustangs!!  The 7th Grade Football White Team is still undefeated with a 4-0 record.  Awesome!!

Hera are some images of the game. 

 

 

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Staley Mustangs 8th Grade Football Blue Team vs. Scoggins https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/10/staley-mustangs-8th-grade-football-blue-team-vs-scoggins The Staley Mustangs 8th Grade Football Blue Team showed the Staley fans what they were made of last night in their game against the Scoggins Seahawks.  The night started off pretty good for the Mustangs as they held the Seahawks on their first possession and got excellent field position when the Seahawks failed to convert.   The Mustangs ran one play, handing the ball off to #21 who ran it in for the score.  However, a penalty had the Mustang backed up to do it again.  Number 21 took the hand off and made it down to the one yard line before being pushed out of bounds.  Number 42 crashed his way up the middle for the touchdown.  A great kick by #41 had the Mustangs with the 8-0 lead early on.  The Seahawks had a couple of runs and two caught passes to have them some points on the board.  The score was all tied up at 8 with 30 second left in the quarter. The Mustangs were not able to do anything on their next series, and the Seahawks got the ball.  The defense proved to be tough as always, forcing a punt.  However, the punt was mishandled and the Seahawks covered the ball to get possession.  The Mustang defense held the Seahawks once again.  The Mustangs #21 brought the ball down the field, setting the Mustangs up for a score.  Number 11 took a hand off and ran it in for a touchdown, only to have it called back due to a penalty.  The Mustangs got the ball inside the 5 yard line, but were backed up again due to a penalty. First and ten at the fifteen yard line was now second  and thirty five from the forty yard line.   The Mustangs tried, but could not convert and punted the ball to the Seahawks.  The Mustangs downed the ball inside the ten yard line.  The Mustangs defense shut down the Seahawks to close out the half with the scored tied at 8. 

The Mustangs came out in the second half looking good. The Mustang offense moved down the field, a long run by #21 brought the Mustangs inside the 5 yard line ready to score.  Staley's #42 ran it straight up the middle for the score. A successful PAT had the Mustangs up 16-8 two minutes into the second half.  The Seahawks would not give up.  They ran the kick off back for a touchdown, but luckily for the  Mustangs, it was called back due to a penalty.  The Mustangs stellar defense shut them down, and the Mustangs took over.  The Seahawks defense toughed up and held the Mustangs, forcing them to punt.  A roughing the kicker penalty called on the Seahawks, gave the Mustangs new life.   Fifteen yards and an automatic first down gave the Mustangs the jump start they needed for their next score.  Staley's #21 ran the ball in for a touchdown, but it was called back due to a penalty.  On the next play, the ball was fumbled and the Seahawks recovered.  The Mustang defense stayed strong and the Seahawks did not get near the end zone.  The Mustangs took over and quickly scored when #21 ran the thirty yards to the end zone.  The PAT kick was blocked; however, the Mustangs had a 22-8 lead over the Seahawks with just over two and half minutes left in the game.  The Seahawks were making every effort to get the ball down the field quickly to get a score.  They were mixing it up with both passing and running the ball, keeping the Staley defense on its toes.   With under a minute left, the Seahawks passed the ball and it was caught inside the ten yard line, with the receiver looking to score.  A fantastic tackle by Mustang #80 had the receiver fumbling the ball on the one yard line, and the Mustangs recovering the ball in the end zone for a touch back: Mustangs ball on the 20 yard line.  The Mustangs kneed the ball to run out the clock, preserving a hard fought 22-8 victory.  

The Mustangs faced adversity in this game, some miscues and a tough opponent tested their strength, and determination.  The Mustangs proved to themselves that they are a strong team, showing grit and character as they fought hard to work together as a team to overcome the challenges and get the victory.  Congratulations on a well deserved win, Mustangs!!  

Here are some images of the game.

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco Photographer Frisco Sports Photographer Mystic Garden Photography Staley Middle School Staley Mustangs Football https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/10/staley-mustangs-8th-grade-football-blue-team-vs-scoggins Wed, 01 Oct 2014 14:04:12 GMT
Staley Mustangs 8th Grade Football White Team vs. Scoggins https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/10/staley-mustangs-8th-grade-football-white-team-vs-scoggins The Staley Mustangs 8th Grade Football White Team played a great game against the Scoggins Seahawks last night.  The Mustangs started things off with a bang as running back #27 took the hand off on the first play, cut to the near side of the field and ran down the sideline for a Mustang touchdown.  The PAT kick was good and the Mustangs led 8-0.  The Mustangs defense was tough, they caused a fumble but unfortunately the Seahawks recovered it.  The Mustangs defense stayed the course and broke up a pass on 4th down to get the ball back. A couple of runs by running backs #1 and #25 had the Mustangs driving down the field.  The Mustangs scored again when #27 took it 35 yards to the end zone.  Once again, the PAT kick was good, and the Mustangs led 16-0 with less than two minutes left in the first quarter.  The Mustangs running backs #1, #25 and#27 led the Mustangs' next assault.  The running back trio, led the Mustangs down the field into scoring position, and #25 took it in for a four yard touchdown run.  The PAT was blocked, but the Mustangs had a 22-0 lead with 45 seconds left in the half.  The Seahawks tried their luck with the passing game, but great defense by #29 had the Mustangs knocking the ball away each time as the half came to a close. 

The Mustangs kicked off to the Seahawks to start the second half.  The Mustangs defense shut them down and the Mustang got the ball back.   In a flash, the Mustangs had six more points when #12 took the ball to the end zone.  The PAT was blocked, picked up by a Seahawks player, who proceeded to run down the field towards the opposite end zone; however, he was run down by #88 and #27 just sort of the goal line.  The Mustangs had a 28-0 lead.  The Mustangs changed things up, putting some new players, they were playing well but the Seahawks put six points on the board when #12 broke some tackles and scored on a long run.  The Mustangs stopped the PAT and lead 28-6.   The Mustangs offense answered right back when #15 took it 65 yards for another Mustangs score. Staley Mustangs 34- Scoggins Seahawks 6.  The Mustang defense held the Seahawks on their next  possession.  However, the Mustangs gave the ball back to the Seahawks on fumble a couple plays later. The Seahawks made good use of their gift and scored a touchdown and PAT to give them 13 points.  The Mustangs almost ran the kick off back for a touchdown, but #28 was stopped near the 20 yard line.  The Mustangs scored on the very next play as #12 went through the line, broke some tackles  and sprinted into the end zone for a touchdown. The PAT was run in by #48 and the Mustangs lead 41-13 with five minutes left in the game.   The Seahawks got into scoring position when the Seahawk running back broke some tackles,  and ran 30+ yards before being taken down by #27 inside the 5 yard line.  The Seahawks did score on a pass play, a successful PAT gave the 21 points with just over a minute left in the game.  The Mustangs ran out the clock and came home with a  41-21 win.  A great game by all the Mustangs!!  Way to go, Staley!!

 

Here are some images of the game. 

 

 

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Staley Mustangs 7th Grade Football Blue Team vs. Scoggins https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/9/staley-mustangs-7th-grade-football-blue-team-vs-scoggins The Staley Mustangs 7th Grade Football Blue Team played the Scoggins Seahawks tonight at Memorial Stadium.  The Mustangs played a great game.  The Mustangs marched down the field on their second possession, most of the yards coming on long runs by #32.  The Mustangs scored when #32 ran the ball in to the corner of the end zone.  The PAT run was stopped short, but the Mustangs had the lead 6-0.  After holding the Seahawks and forcing them to punt, the Mustangs put on impressive drive that took up most of the second quarter.  The Mustangs offensive line made the running game easy.  The Mustangs scored with seven seconds left in the half, when #21 took a hand off and turned ran it to the end zone for the Mustangs.  The PAT was run in by #32 to give the Mustangs the 13-0 lead at the half. 

The Mustangs play a great second half, the defense stopping the Seahawks each time they had the ball, not letting them in the end zone all night.  The Mustangs scored one last time when #32 had a long run down the sideline to give the Mustangs a 19-0 lead. The PAT was stopped short, keeping the score at 19-0 at the end of the third quarter.  The Mustangs shut down the Seahawks and ran out the clock to get the win 19-0.  The Staley Mustangs played strong on both sides of the ball.  Great win tonight!! Way to go, Mustangs!!

Here are some images of the game. 

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco Photographer Frisco Senior Photographer Frisco Sports Photographer Mystic Garden Photography Staley Middle School Staley Mustangs Football https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/9/staley-mustangs-7th-grade-football-blue-team-vs-scoggins Tue, 30 Sep 2014 05:59:59 GMT
Staley Mustangs 7th Grade Football White Team vs. Scoggins https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/9/staley-mustangs-7th-grade-football-white-team-vs-scoggins The Staley Mustangs 7th Grade Football White Team dominated the Scoggins Seahawks tonight.  The Mustangs first score came when #25 took the hand off, broke some tackles and took the ball 40 yards for the touchdown.  The Mustangs #49 ran the ball in to the end zone for the PAT.  The Mustangs had the early lead 7-0 and never looked back.   The Mustangs set up the next score with a pass to #88 down to the three yard line.  The Mustangs scored two plays later, and the PAT attempt was stopped short of the goal line.  The Mustangs took a 13-0 lead with 45 seconds left in the half.  

The second half was all Mustangs.  The Mustangs started off the second half with a touch down by #22, but it was called back due to a penalty.  Unfortunately, the Mustangs fumbled the ball on the very next play and the Seahawks recovered.  However, not to worry the Seahawks were just as giving, as they returned the favor a few plays later, giving the ball back to the Mustangs on a fumble.  The Mustangs scored again on a pass play when quarterback #10 threw a bullet  to the end zone that was caught by #7 for the score.  The PAT was run in to the end zone to give the Mustangs 20 points. The Mustang defense stuffed the Seahawks all night, not allowing the Seahawks into the end zone.  The Mustang played a fantastic game and took home the victory 20-0.  Congratulations, Mustangs!! Way to go!

 Here are some images of the game.

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco Photographer Frisco Sports Photographer Mystic Garden Photography Staley Middle School Staley Mustangs Football https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/9/staley-mustangs-7th-grade-football-white-team-vs-scoggins Tue, 30 Sep 2014 05:19:49 GMT
Staley Mustangs 8th Grade Blue Team vs. Stafford https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/9/staley-mustangs-8th-grade-blue-team-vs-stafford The Staley Mustangs 8th Grade Blue team improved to 2-0 with a dominating performance over the Stafford Spartans last night.  The Mustangs kicked off to the Spartans, and the Mustang defense shut them down easily, forcing them to punt.  The Mustangs went 80 yards in three plays to score their first points and never looked back.  A stellar performance by all the Mustangs in every aspect of the game.  The offensive line made the running game easy, the defense shut down the Spartans on every possession.  The Spartans did not get a first down all night.   Staley's running back #21 scored the first two touchdowns in the first quarter, and kicker #41 made two perfect PAT's to give the Mustangs the 16-0 lead.  The Mustangs continued to dominate as they stuffed the Spartans on their next possession.  The Mustangs then made a steady drive down the field, utilizing the skills of the running backs and a pass completion from quarterback #8 to #21.  Staley's #42 carried the ball the final three yards after a long run by #21 set the Mustangs up with first and goal inside the 5 yard line.  A blocked PAT had the Mustangs up 22-0 with seventeen seconds left in the half.  

The Mustangs continued to overpower the Spartans in the second half.  The Mustangs final score came when #11 took the hand off twenty yards and ran it into the end zone.  A PAT kick through the uprights, gave the Mustangs a 30-0 lead.  The Mustangs had one final drive at the end of the game, quarterback #9 handed off to running back #80 and he ran thirty yards before being tackled inside the ten yard line. The Mustangs ran one more play, before taking a knee to run out the clock and get the victory 30-0.  

The Staley fans had plenty to cheer about in this game, as the Mustangs played a fantastic game all around.  Congratulations, Mustangs on an AWESOME game!!

Here are some images of the game.

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco Photographer Frisco Sports Photographer Mystic Garden Photography Staley Middle School Staley Mustangs Football https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/9/staley-mustangs-8th-grade-blue-team-vs-stafford Wed, 24 Sep 2014 13:59:26 GMT
Staley Mustangs 8th Grade Football White Team vs. Stafford https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/9/staley-mustangs-8th-grade-football-white-team-vs-stafford The Staley Mustangs 8th Grade Football White Team got it done tonight against the Stafford Spartans.  The Staley Mustangs got things started early on, and never let up.  The Mustangs received the opening kick off and proceeded to march down the field 70 yards in four plays to get the first six points, the final 40 yards in the form of a nice run by #27. The PAT was unsuccessful, but the Mustangs put six points on the board.  The Mustang defense was fired up, dropping the Spartans for some big losses forcing them to punt.  The Mustangs had great field position and made quick work with another score when # 27 took the ball and ran twenty yards for the touch down on the first play of the series.  The PAT was good, so the Mustangs led 14-0, two minutes into the second quarter.  The Spartans were not successful in getting a first down, so they punted the ball right into the arms of #29, who ran it back a short distance  before being brought down on the forty yard line. The Mustangs running game with running backs #1, #25 and #27 were not to be stopped and the Mustangs scored again when #27 took it twenty yards to the end zone for the hat trick. The PAT was unsuccessful, and the score had the Mustangs up 20-0. The Spartans scored on a long run to put points on the board.  The Mustangs scored one more time in the first half as the quarterback #6 connected with #88 on a thirty yard pass completion.   Even though the Mustangs missed the PAT, they had a 26-8 lead at the half. 

The second half opened up with the Spartans getting the kick off, the Mustang defense played big, and knocked them back on three consecutive plays.  The Mustangs got great field position starting out on the 30 yard line.  The Mustangs running backs #1 and #25 got the Mustangs the yardage to score again.  A  successful PAT gave the Mustangs 34 and the Spartans 8.  The Spartans went three and out and punted to the Mustangs. The Mustangs put in #9 as quarterback and a couple of other running backs #12 and #15.  The Mustangs scored once again when #15 bulled his way through the Spartan defense to make it to the end zone.  An unsuccessful PAT put the Mustangs at 40 points to the Spartans 8 with less than three minutes left in the game.  The final three minutes had the Mustangs shutting down the Spartans' offense one last time.  The final score 40-8 in favor of the Staley Mustangs.  

The Staley Mustangs put on a show for the Staley fans, they looked great on both offense and defense.  The were fast and strong in the running game, had some successful passes, and the defense was stellar!  A fantastic game for everyone!! Great job Mustangs!!

Here are some images of the game.

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco Photographer Frisco Sports Photographer Mystic Garden Photography Staley Middle School Staley Mustangs Football https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/9/staley-mustangs-8th-grade-football-white-team-vs-stafford Wed, 24 Sep 2014 12:35:40 GMT
Staley 7th Grade Football Blue Team vs. Stafford https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/9/staley-7th-grade-football-blue-team-vs-stafford The Staley Mustangs 7th Grade Blue Team had a tough game against Stafford last night.  The first half of the game, the Spartans scored three times off of Staley turnovers.  The second half had the Mustangs fairing a little better.  The offense generated a little offense against the fast and talented Stafford defense.  The Staley defense played tough.  The second half opened with the Spartans taking the kick off down the field close to the goal line, but fortunately for the Mustangs it was called back due to a penalty.  The defense buckled down and showed their grit as they stopped the Spartans in the backfield and created pressure to have two passes fall incomplete.  The Mustangs' offense was having success, with a 30 yard run by #20 on first down and the fighting through for more yardage, when a fumble in the backfield had the Mustangs turning the ball over.  The Staley defense stayed strong and caused a Spartan fumble on third down.  The Staley offense gained some yards, but the quarterback was sacked on third down and the Mustangs had to punt, which proved to be a good thing.  The Mustangs got possession of the ball on the punt return, after a Spartan touched the ball and the Mustangs recovered.  The Mustangs had great field position on the twenty yard line.   On first down, the quarterback #43 handed the ball off to # 20, who ran it in to the end zone for the Mustangs score. A successful run on the PAT, had the score at 24-7 in favor of the Spartans.  The Mustang defense shut down the Spartans one last time.  Unfortunately, the Staley Mustangs did not get a win, but they did show a lot of spirit and determination, and fought hard to the end.  Way to go, Mustangs!!

 

Here are some images of the game. 

 

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco Photographer Frisco Sports Photographer Mystic Garden Photography Staley Middle School Staley Mustangs Football https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/9/staley-7th-grade-football-blue-team-vs-stafford Tue, 23 Sep 2014 12:31:16 GMT
Staley 7th Grade Football White Team vs. Stafford https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/9/staley-7th-grade-football-white-team-vs-stafford The Staley Mustangs 7th Grade Football White Team played the Stafford Spartans tonight in their second game of the season.  The Mustangs started things off on a good note.  The Mustangs kicked off to the Spartans and the defense held.  On third down, Staley's #25 had a great defensive play with a broken up pass, forcing the Spartans to punt.  Staley had a nice drive going, but on fourth down were stopped just short of the first down marker, giving the Spartans the ball back. The Spartans were driving down the field, when the Mustang defense caused a fumble. Mustangs started their drive around the fifty yard line and on third down, Staley's quarterback #10 handed the ball off to # 25 and he cut the far sideline and scampered down the field for what seemed like the Mustangs first score. However, it was negated due to a penalty.  The Mustangs were back at mid-field.  The Mustangs kept the drive alive by getting a first down.  In the next series, on second down, the quarterback #10 made a pass connecting with #88 for a 30+ yard completion.   A couple of plays later #88 took it two yards into the end zone for six, and #49 ran in the PAT to give the Mustangs the lead 8-0 with six seconds left in the half.

The Mustangs received the kick off to start the second half,  and they were on the move with a great first down run of 20 yards.  With a fresh set of downs, Staley mixed things up with a few running plays, and facing third and six. quarterback #5 put the ball in the air to  #25.  Number 25 ran it ten more yards to the twenty yard line.  A couple of nice runs and a spin move had #88, had the Mustnags  making their way into the end zone for Staley's second score.  The PAT run play fell short, but Staley took a 13-0 lead late in the third quarter.  The Spartans were trying to put together a drive, when the Staley defense caused a fumble and Mustangs #1 recovered the ball.  Staley did give the ball back on a fumble.  Staley's defense held and the Spartan turned it over on downs to Staley.  The Mustangs had the ball with the clock ticking down.  They Mustangs managed to get a first down with about a minute left, to run out the clock and secure the win 13-0. 

All in all a good game!  The Staley Mustangs 7th Grade White team played well on both sides of the ball. Great game Mustangs!! 

Here are some images of the game.

 

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco Photographer Mystic Garden Photography Staley Middle School Staley Mustangs Football sports https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/9/staley-7th-grade-football-white-team-vs-stafford Tue, 23 Sep 2014 05:58:39 GMT
Staley Mustangs 7th Grade Football Blue Team vs. Hunt Huskies https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/9/staley-mustangs-7th-grade-football-blue-team-vs-hunt-huskies The Staley Mustangs 7th Grade Blue Team officially opened up their season last night against the Hunt Huskies.  The Mustangs received the opening kick off, had their running game going strong when a fumble killed their first drive. The Huskies put together a good drive that ate up quite a bit of time on the clock.  The Mustang defense was tough and Hunt came away with a field goal.  Hunt led by a 3-0 score with two minutes left in the first half. The Mustangs took the kick off and started out on their own twenty.  A few plays in to the series, the Mustangs had the ball stripped away and the Huskies had possession.   The Mustangs defense, once again proved to be tough and the Huskies kicked a field goal to end the first half with the lead 6-0.  

The second half had the Mustangs kicking off to the Hunt Huskies.  The Mustang defense dominated the series.   They dropped the Huskies for big losses on two consecutive plays, forcing them to punt the ball away.  The Mustangs had a couple of good runs, but were also plagued by the yellow flag on several occasions.  Finally, after second and long, due to a penalty, the Mustangs generated two good runs to get a much needed first down.  The next play had the quarterback passing the ball out to # 20, who made the catch at the 33 yard line and ran the ball into the end zone, untouched.  The Mustangs had tied the game 6-6.  A hand off to #32 had him coming around to the near sideline to go into the end zone for the PAT, or so the Staley fans thought.  The cheering soon turned to groans, as the yellow flag showed a penalty on the play.  The penalty was holding on the Mustangs.  Ten yard penalty, replay the down.  Not to worry, quarterback #2 threw a short pass out to #21, who made the catch, avoided some tackles and made it into the end zone.  The Mustangs had taken the lead 7-6 with two and half minutes left in the third quarter.  Unfortunately, our quarterback paid the price with a huge hit, side lining him for the rest of the game.  A 15 yard roughing the passer penalty was assessed on the kick off.  The Staley defense was strong and held the Huskies once again, the Mustangs got the ball back as Hunt turned it over on downs. It looked like Staley was going to get a first down, but a penalty had us backing up and punting the ball away.   After receiving the punt, the Huskies started out on their own 30 yard line, they started passing the ball.  A couple of completions and first downs later, they were marching toward the end zone.  They had already proven they had a strong and proficient field goal kicker, as he had no problem with the previous two that gave them the six points.  The Staley and Hunt fans were on the edge of their seats.  Facing third and six, the Huskies once again converted and had a first down on the 30 yard line with about a minute left in the game.  With the passing game going so well for the Huskies, their quarterback put one in the air to the far side line.  Luck was not on the Huskies side as Staley's #53 intercepted the ball ending the Huskies's chances of a win. Mustangs ball with 42 seconds left in the game.  The Mustangs took a knee on two plays to run out the clock and preserve a win.  

The Mustangs played an exciting game.  When push came to shove, they played tough, scoring a much needed touchdown, overcoming  penalties, one to get the crucial PAT for the lead, and putting the pressure on to cause turnovers.  These 7th grade Mustangs played a great game, and will continue to improve as the season goes on.  I am looking forward to seeing them all season long.  Great job, Mustangs!!

 

Here are some images of the game. 

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco Photographer Frisco Sports Photographer Mystic Garden Photography Staley Middle School Staley Mustangs Football https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/9/staley-mustangs-7th-grade-football-blue-team-vs-hunt-huskies Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:40:54 GMT
Staley Mustangs 7th Grade Football White Team vs. Hunt https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/9/staley-mustangs-7th-grade-football-white-team-vs-hunt The Staley Mustangs 7th Grade White Team played their first actual game tonight against the Hunt Hustkies.  The Staley boys looked pretty good.  Things started out with a bang as #25 took the kick off and scampered 70 yards down the far sideline, looking like he would surely score.  However, he stepped out of bounds about seven yards short of  the goal line.  The Mustangs set up with first and goal on the seven.  The Mustangs had virtually no gain until third down, when the running back bulled his way down to the three yard line.  However, a holding penalty had the Mustangs back at the thirteen.  A quarterback sack ended the promising Mustangs' drive, and the Huskies took over on downs.  Staley held the Huskies and they  punted to the Mustangs.  The Hunt defense proved to be tough and stopped the Mustangs a couple yards short of a first down.  Hunt took over on downs, but their possession did not last long as the Mustang caused a fumble and recovered it on the very next play. The Mustangs had a short field as they got the ball on the 35 yard line.  A first down run had them gaining about ten yards.  On the next play,  #44 got the hand off and turned the corner at the far sideline, broke some tackles and ran it into the end zone for the first score of the game.  Staley's PAT run attempt was stopped short of the goal line, but the Mustangs had the lead 6-0.  Hunt responded less than thirty seconds later when their running back broke some tackles and ran for 55 yards for six points.  Hunt attempted the PAT but it was blocked and picked up by Staley's #25 and ran back all the way to the opposite end zone.  However, it was not counted due to a penalty.  The Mustangs received the kick off and on second down, the quarterback handed the ball off to #44 who scampered forty yards for the touchdown. The Mustangs ran in the PAT and took a 13-6 lead with four and half minutes left in the first half.  Staley's defense held and Hunt turned the ball over on downs.  Staley made the most of it and put another 7 points on the board behind a strong running game.  Staley took a 20-6 lead to the break. 

The Huskies took the kick off at the start of the second half and was driving down the field when they they fumbled the ball inside the red zone. Staley returned the favor fumbling the ball on their own 10 yard line, setting up the Huskies with great field position. The Mustangs defense proved to be tough as the held the Huskies and they turned it back over to the Mustangs on downs.  Staley, unfortunately could not generate the offense and had to punt the ball away.  This time, the Huskies made the most of it and ran the ball into the end zone for six points.  The Mustangs blocked the PAT kick, making the score 20-12 in favor of the Mustangs with seven and half minutes left in the game.  Staley got the ball, but did not have much success on gaining yards.  The Mustangs turned it over on downs when a fourth down pass fell short of the receiver.  The Huskies were making great progress going down the field, looking to put points on the board, maybe even tie the game.  Staley's #88 saved a touchdown when he shoved the Huskies' running back out of bounds at the two yard line.  With the game on the line, the Mustangs defense dug deep and put the pressure on, it paid off as Staley's #75 broke through the line and recovered a fumble.  Staley's ball on their own nine yard line with a minute and half left in the game.  Staley's offense lined up, quarterback #10 handed the ball off to #48, then gave his running back a crucial block as he cut toward the far sideline and was off, #48 trotted down the field 8o yards to the ten yard line.  The Mustangs ran a couple more plays, making it to the five yard line before time expired.   The Staley Mustangs came away with the win 20-12.  

All in all the Mustangs played well in their first full game.  Yes, there were miscues and mistakes, but as the season progresses and the boys play more together, they will only become better.  I am looking forward to a great season!  A great job by the Staley boys!! Way to go Mustangs!!  

 

P.S.  Loved seeing my son, Garrett and all his friends out there!

 

Here are some images of the game. 

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco Photographer Frisco Sports Photographer Mystic Garden Photography Staley Middle School Staley Mustangs Football https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/9/staley-mustangs-7th-grade-football-white-team-vs-hunt Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:12:53 GMT
Staley Mustangs 8th Grade Football Blue Team vs. Clark Cougars https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/9/staley-mustangs-8th-grade-football-blue-team-vs-clark-cougars The Staley Mustangs 8th Grade Blue Team started their season off last night against the Clark Cougars.  It was a nail biter.  Staley kicked off and held Clark in the first series to get the ball.  The Mustangs then proceeded to drive down the field, with a strong running game, and put the first points on the board.  The Staley Mustangs led 8-0, midway through the first quarter.  However, Clark proved they were quite proficient throwing the ball.  After several completed passes, the Cougars also put points on the board, making it 8 all at the beginning of the second quarter.  The Staley fans stood up and cheered when the kick off was returned 60 yards by #21 for a Staley touchdown.  The Staley Mustangs had the lead 16-8.  The Mustangs were fired up.  Staley's #11 sacked the Cougar quarterback on consecutive plays for huge losses, setting up the Mustangs to get the ball back.  The Mustangs #21 had some great blocking, and on second down he broke tackles and rocketed down the near sideline 50 yards for the score.  A BIG score as the Mustangs went up 24-8 with 3:30 left in the half.  But the Cougars answered with thier passing game, and threw a long pass to close the gap, and the Mustangs led 24-16 heading to half time. 

The second half did not start off great for the Staley Mustangs, as a high, short kick was bobbled and fumbled, and the Cougars recovered.  Setting them up at the 45 yard line.  Once again, the Cougars relied on their strong passing game to drive down the field and put some points on the board.  The Mustangs were able to block the kick, which proved to be crucial.   The Mustang retained a slim lead 24-22 about halfway through the third quarter.  The game was on, anybody's to win. The Staley fans were on the edge of their seats as the Clark Cougars defense stopped the Mustangs and forced a punt. But Staley's defense answered!  Under great pressure from Staley's #52 and #72, the Cougar quarterback threw the ball.  Staley's #23 and the Clark receiver both went for the ball, and the Mustang came up with a much needed interception. The Staley fans roared as #23 made a HUGE play, giving the Mustangs the ball, and most importantly a chance to score and increase their lead over the Cougars.   The Mustangs set up shop on their own 40 yard line,   and did what they do best: run the ball.  On second down #21, ran the ball 45 yards for another Staley touchdown.  Another perfect kick by #41, and the Mustangs took a ten point lead: 32-22 one minute into the fourth quarter. 

Once again, the Mustangs were fired up,  the defense put pressure on the quarterback, setting up fourth and long.  However, the Cougars proved to be worthy opponents not going down without a fight.  The Clark quarterback connected with his receiver, giving them a new set of downs.  Two plays later, the Cougar quarterback ran the ball 30 yards for the a score.  With just over three and half minutes left, the Mustangs retained a very narrow lead 32-30.  Now it was time for the Mustangs to stay strong, play tough and play smart.  The Cougars still had all their time outs, so the Mustangs needed to keep the ball, and make some first downs to eat up the clock.   Strong running by #21 and #42 gave the Mustangs the much need first down with 1:41 left to play.  However, the Mustang fans hearts skipped a beat, when on second down, the ball was fumbled.  Luckily, the Mustangs moved quickly and recovered the ball.  Third down and nineteen seconds left, the Mustangs took a knee and ran out the clock to preserve a 32-30 win over the Clark Cougars. 

It was a nail biter!  However, when push came to shove, the Mustangs buckled down and show their character. The defense played tough when needed.  Great blocking made the running game spectacular, and the offensive line proved to be strong, especially at the end of the game with it all on the line.  A fantastic win for the Staley Mustangs!!  Awesome job boys!!  

Here are some images of the game.

 

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco Photographer Frisco Sports Photographer Mystic Garden Photography Staley Middle School Staley Mustangs Football https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/9/staley-mustangs-8th-grade-football-blue-team-vs-clark-cougars Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:49:41 GMT
Staley 8th Grade Football vs. Clark White Team https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/9/staley-8th-grade-football-vs-clark-white-team The Staley Mustangs 8th Grade Football White Team opened up their season tonight against the Clark Cougars.  The Mustangs looked good, they took charge early and never looked back.  The Mustangs offense was on fire all night.  The Staley defense was quick to shut down the run.  The Mustangs put the first score on the board mid way through the first quarter, when #1 set up the touchdown with a great run to inside the five yard line.  #25 carried the ball in for the score on the next play.  A successful PAT gave the Mustangs 8 on the board.

Staley's defense held the Cougars for the next drive.  The Mustangs had a nice run by #1 called back for a penalty, and then on the next play, a 30 yard touchdown by  #27 called back for a holding penalty.  The Mustangs soon faced a third down, when #6 threw a 10 yard pass  out to #1 who took it in for the touchdown.  The PAT was blocked, but Staley had a 14-0 lead.   Clark was making progress down the field, when #90 sacked the quarterback.  However, a completed pass by the Cougars on the next play gave them first and goal on the five yard line.  The Cougars scored on the next play and cut Staley's lead to 14-8 with two minutes left in the half.  

On the first play after the kick off, the Mustangs' #27 took it 20 plus yards down the field.  Number 1 then took the handoff, cut to the far side of the field, broke a tackle at the twenty yard line and took it to the house.  PAT was a run that was stopped short of the goal line. Staley lead 20-8 at the half. 

The second half opened with Staley getting a nice run back on the kick off.  Then #27 scampered down the far sideline for 50 plus yards for the touchdown  A missed PAT put the score Mustangs 26, Cougars 8.  Clark was successful passing the ball down the field and they scored mid way through the third quarter to cut the Mustangs' lead 26-14.

Staley continued to roll with  a great run by #15 who broke tackles and ran 45 yards down the sideline for another Mustang score with a minute and half left in the third quarter.  Staley 32; Cougars 14.  However, the Cougars answered on their next series, putting the at 32-20, in the Mustangs favor. 

Staley's last score came on a fantastic 55 yard run by #4. A successful PAT was ran in, and the Mustangs were up 39-20 with less than a minute left in the game.  The Cougars gave their fans something to cheer about when they were able to score with seconds left in the game;  however, Staley took home the win 39-26.  

 

Overall the boys played great on both sides of the ball.  The offense was able to move the ball down the field effectively, and the defense was tough on the run.  I am sure as the season continues, they will improve upon this performance.   The Staley Mustangs 8th Grade Football White Team is off to a great start.  Way to go, Mustangs!!

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco Photographer Frisco Sports Photographer Mystic Garden Photography Staley Middle School Staley Mustangs Football https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/9/staley-8th-grade-football-vs-clark-white-team Tue, 16 Sep 2014 06:07:40 GMT
Senior Class of 2014--Congratulations https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/6/senior-class-of-2014--congratulations With graduations happening this weekend I wanted to take a moment and wish the Class of 2014 a heartfelt congratulations!!  I can not tell you what an honor and blessing it was to get to know and work with each and every one of you wonderful young men and women.   You are all fabulous and shine from within.  

Graduation marks the completion of one chapter in your lives, but it is the beginning of another.  An incredible journey that you choose.  Chase your dreams with all your heart.  You have everything within you to achieve whatever you wish.  Let courage, strength and faith lead you on this incredible journey.  As you navigate this new world, carry with you the love of family and friends.  

As you celebrate this turning point in your lives, and embark on your unique path, believe in yourself, you are fabulous and can achieve anything.

Thank you so much for sharing a part of your senior year with me.  I am so blessed to know you and you all have a piece of my heart. 

Wishing you the greatest success in all your future endeavors.

May God bless you always and may all your dreams come true. 

 

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco High School Frisco Photographer Frisco Senior Photographer Mystic Garden Photography https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/6/senior-class-of-2014--congratulations Thu, 05 Jun 2014 12:16:28 GMT
Mystic Garden Photography Senior Spokesmodels--Class of 2015 https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/5/mystic-garden-photography-senior-spokesmodels--class-of-2015 Introducing the Mystic Garden Photography Senior Spokesmodels--Class of 2015

 

These young ladies are fabulous.  When I read through these rising seniors' applications,  I knew they were amazing.  Yesterday I was able to witness first hand just how fabulous they are.  These ten young ladies are beautiful from the inside out, smart, kind, supportive, easy going, and funny.  They are humble, brave, confident, willing to overcome obstacles and not give up when life throws them curve balls.  They shine from the inside.  I had a fantastic time with these young ladies yesterday on the Senior Spokesmodels group photo session.  I am so honored and grateful to have them represent Mystic Garden Photography and am so excited to go on this journey of capturing the memories of their Senior year. 

Special thank you to Nikole from Blondie's Salon for the wonderful hair and make up.  Swanky Boutique for providing some incredible fashions, and Annette and Rachel for all their help, customer service, and attention to detail.  To all the moms, it is so easy to see why your daughters are amazing, you all set such an excellent example.  Thank you for all your help from car pooling, helping with fashions, moving props, attention to details on location, communication, patience and understanding.  You are all fabulous!!

Images from our fabulous day yesterday:

 

Maddie--Frisco High School

 

Blair--Frisco High School

Lindsey--Frisco High School

Haley--Frisco High School

Peyton--Wakeland High School

Lauren--Frisco High School

Sarah--Frisco High School

Ashleigh--Frisco High School

 

 

Taylor--Frisco High School

 

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco High School Frisco Photographer Frisco Senior Photographer Mystic Garden Photography https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/5/mystic-garden-photography-senior-spokesmodels--class-of-2015 Tue, 27 May 2014 04:31:47 GMT
Another year... https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/5/another-year As the end of the 2013-2014 school year comes approaches, I thought I would once again, try to put my thoughts into words.  It has been another busy year, one that passed all too quickly.  As parents, I think we can all agree that it is amazing to see our babies grow into these young people and marvel at how wonderful they are, and how quickly they have grown up.  

I spent the year photographing many, many events for Staley Middle School and Frisco High School.  Over a hundred and sixty galleries and forty thousand pictures and counting.  That is a lot of events--and I enjoyed each and every one.  I am so fortunate to be asked to be on the sidelines or field to photograph these outstanding young men and women at these two schools.  I am very blessed to be associated, not only with these two schools, but the entire Frisco district.  This is a district full of gifted athletes, dedicated and caring coaches, and fabulous parents.  I love seeing the interaction of team mates, coaches, and even players from opposing teams.  Frisco has that small town feel, where every one seems to know each other.  I have seen the friendships between players from "rival" schools, I have seen them cheer each other on, and hug each other after games, no matter who wins, it heart warming to see. I love seeing our "Staley" kids interact after they have gone on to the different high schools. 

I love photographing sports--the action, the emotion.  I love capturing that split second of the ball in the air, the player making the play--the catches, hits and touchdowns of football, the player breaking through the line; going up for the catch; making the hit to stop the play.  The hits, blocks and spikes of volleyball.  The kicks, headers, goals and saves of soccer.  The all out speed of sprints in track, the endurance of cross country, and the jumps of the field events.  I love the intensity of the play, the emotions of the game.  I love catching that micro second of the play--a moment of success for the player.  I love capturing that all to fleeting moment in these young athletes lives.

The best part, my favorite part of photographing sports is getting to know and interacting with these fabulous young men and ladies. I LOVE it!!  I Love meeting the parents, I may not have otherwise had the opportunity to meet.  I am so blessed to meet awesome students, coaches, and parents.

So many events, so many memories--some of my favorite moments of the year have to do with the emotion of the game, not necessarily the final score or outcome.  Although, I ALWAYS want Staley and Frisco to win, as these two schools have my heart. Through every moment of every game, match, meet and event, I am emotionally invested.  I love capturing the emotion, of the game because that is what we feel, what we remember.  It is what I am feeling, what every parent, coach and player is feeling.  I have been know to shed a tears on the sidelines: for the intensity, the excitement, the joy, and the heartbreak.  I said it last year, and it remains true--I have loved every single moment and would do it again in a heartbeat.  

Once again, I wish I could have captured more--more Staley girl's volleyball, basketball and soccer.  More Frisco High School events--softball, boy's soccer and basketball.  As a parent, I know I have loved watching my children play.  It has been an emotional year, as my son has finished up his career at Staley, so I experienced a lot of those "last" moments, as he will not play all those sports as he moves on to high school.  I have loved capturing moments during his athletic events, as well as my daughter's at Frisco High.  These are special moments that I will forever treasure.  I hope that I have been able to capture some special moments for other parents.  A heartfelt thank you to all the coaches who alway making me feel welcome.

To the Frisco High School and Staley Middle School athletes, it is an honor and privilege to watch, photograph and get to know you, you are all awesome and have made my year absolutely fabulous.  

To the Staley 8th graders-- I will miss seeing you all the time, but wish you the best of luck as you move on to high school and will always be cheering for you. 

To the Staley 7th graders--I look forward to seeing you all next year!

To all the parents, you have fabulous kids, they impress and amaze me, you should all be so very proud.  Thank you for all your support and patience.  I promise to continue to work on all the sports photos and get them posted up to the galleries.  

Thanks for the memories!!

 

 

Some "moments" during this amazing year:  

 

Frisco High School Cross Country

Watching my daughter come back from an injury and have a fantastic cross country season. 

Watching and cheering on these dedicated young ladies.  I love this team!!

Cheering on and watching this young lady get a medal in a cross country meet!

Love these girls!!

Watching these young men win Regionals!!

The Frisco High School Volleyball team win their first game in their new gym.

Frisco JV's win over Wakeland JV-one of the best volleyball games I have ever watched.

Staley Volleyball!!

Staley Mustang 7th Grade football.  Loved getting to know these boys and their parents!!

Staley Mustang 8th Grade Football

Watching (and capturing ) my son's interception!! Proud mom moment!!

This awesome effort!!

An amazing last second win over Pioneer!

This young lady--the first young lady to grace the football team-and she rocked it!

An awesome play to stop Hunt from scoring and preserve a tie.

The last huddle for the 8th Grade White Team!

The last huddle for the 8th grade Blue team!

The Staley Cheerleaders--love you girls!!

The Frisco Stars--It has been absolutely wonderful watch and get to know these very talented young ladies.  I am so happy to be down there on the field with them.

 

Frisco Football

The pre-game hype-love it!

Love this picture!!

And this one--Such a HUGE moment in Frisco's playoff win and l love that I capture it!

Staley Basketball--Some incredible wins by both the boys and girls teams!!  Love the excitement of the team!

An awesome three point shot to give Staley the win!!

 

Frisco High School Soccer--Seeing Katie Score two goals in one game!! Proud mom moment!

Love this!!

Love these two!!

The Frisco High Varsity girls pre-game huddle!! Love it!

Our "Staley" Girls!!

Frisco vs. Wakeland game 2-Celebration!!

Frisco High Girls Varsity Soccer

Staley Middle School Track

Frisco High School Track--Love these girls!!

Staley Soccer--

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco High School Frisco Photographer Frisco Sports Photographer Mystic Garden Photography Staley Middle School https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/5/another-year Tue, 20 May 2014 05:27:01 GMT
Staley Boys Soccer District Tournament-2014 https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/5/staley-boys-soccer-district-tournament-2014 The Staley Boys Mustangs 7th and 8th grade boys made it to the District Tournament this past weekend with both boys teams playing at the same time.  I went to watch and photograph the 8th grade boys game on Friday night.  The 8th graders had to take on the Hunt Huskies, the number one seed in the district.  However, for the majority of the game, the Mustangs dominated.  The Mustangs controlled the ball had great passing.  They defense played tough and trapped the Huskies several times.  The boys played tough and had several shots on goal, with the Huskies goalie making some great saves.   On the other side of the field,  Mustang keeper, Draven did a fantastic job.  The crowd saw the Huskies score first, but the Mustangs came right back a minute and fifteen second later, when Austin took a pass from Trent and booted into the back of the net.  Tie score with seven and half minutes left in the half.  The Mustangs continued to play great and the score remained tied at one at the break.  The second half had the Mustangs battling not only the Huskies but also the wind.  The Mustangs and Huskies battled it out for most of the second half.  The Huskies scored again, when the wind carried the ball over the Staley keeper's outstretched arms as he came out on the attack.  The Mustangs continued to play aggressively and fought hard.  The  boys had several shots almost going in for the score, but it was not meant to be, the wind and luck were not on the Mustangs' side.  Despite some really great saves and plays by the defense, the Huskies scored one last time to take a 3-1 win.  The Mustangs ended their Staley careers playing with great determination, intensity and passion.  

The Staley Mustangs 7th Grade boys also played Friday night, taking a 3-1 win over Roach, giving them the opportunity to play on Saturday.  The Mustangs took on the Pioneer Panthers in the first game.  The Staley boys played awesome.  The Mustangs and the Panthers were pretty evenly matched as they battled to a 0-0 tie at the half.  The Mustangs came out aggressively in the second half, putting pressure on the Pioneer defense.  Staley's keeper, Jake made some outstanding saves along the way to keep the Panthers scoreless.  Both teams saw a defensive struggle with each team collecting a few shots on goal, but denied by the opposing goalie.  The game remained scoreless and went to penalty kicks.  Despite a valiant effort, the Mustangs lost to the Panthers 4-1 on penalty kicks, sending them to the bronze medal game, as opposed to the championship game.  The Pioneer Panthers eventually won the District Tournament, but the Mustangs certainly played them tough and did not make it an easy road.

The Mustangs played the Hunt Huskies in the bronze medal game.  The Huskies took and early 3-0 lead.  The Mustangs came back in the second half and scored quickly, closing the gap 3-1. The Mustangs  played with fight and intensity the entire match, keeping the Huskies in check until just after the half way mark of the second half, as the Huskies sailed one into the net.  The Mustangs played steady, but the offense could not get one past the keeper.   The Huskies put another on the scoreboard with six and half minutes left.  The Mustangs continued to fight and finally put one in the net with three minutes left in the game.  The game finished with the score in favor of the Huskies: 5-2.  The Mustangs gave a lot of effort, playing tough.  They had a great season finishing fourth in the District.   Great job, Mustangs!!  

Not to be left out, the Staley Lady Mustangs 8th Graders played in the District Tournament also.  They played strong Friday night, but Stafford came out on top 1-0.  I missed seeing the girls play this season, I wished I could have made a game.  Great job ladies!!  Way to go Staley!!

Here are some images of the games.

8th Grade game vs. Hunt.

7th Grade Game vs. Pioneer

7th Grade Game vs. Hunt

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco Photographer Frisco Sports Photographer Mystic Garden Photography Staley Middle School https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/5/staley-boys-soccer-district-tournament-2014 Tue, 20 May 2014 01:41:31 GMT
Frisco Senior Photographer--Ariane--Arlington Martin Class of 2014 https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/5/frisco-senior-photographer--ariane--arlington-martin-class-of-2014 I had the pleasure of meeting up with this beautiful young lady, her mother and her friend Madison today for Ariane's Senior Portraits.  We started out the day getting some pictures of Ariane and her friend Madison, in their college t-shirts.  Ariane is a Senior at Arlington Martin High School.  Ariane is headed to Texas Tech in the fall to study Business.  Madison is headed to Old Miss to study Marketing.   We moved on to getting some wonderful portraits of Ariane.  We even got a picture with the cutest, friendliest, little dog who wanted to get in on the action.  We finished out the day in a field and getting some family portraits with her mom, dad and little sisters.  

Ariane has great style, I loved her outfits, especially her pink dress.  Besides school and work, Ariane likes to hang out with her friends, watch tv and read.  She also loves to eat at Babe's; having gone to quite a few of their seven Texas locations.  Ariane, I had a great afternoon getting to know you while capturing some fabulous portraits.  I wish the very best in all your future endeavors. 

 

Here are some of my favorite images from this afternoon.

 

 

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco Photographer Frisco Senior Photographer Mystic Garden Photography https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/5/frisco-senior-photographer--ariane--arlington-martin-class-of-2014 Sun, 18 May 2014 05:50:06 GMT
Frisco Family Photographer-The Bricker Family https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/5/frisco-family-photographer-the-bricker-family It was a beautiful morning for portraits.  I had the pleasure of meeting up with the cutest family this morning to take their family portraits.  The parents are sweet and the kids--Oh My Goodness--just the most adorable kids--EVER!!  Little Miss E was  just beautiful in her pretty dress and gorgeous blond hair.  She is helpful and such a good listener.  Little Mr. J. had us laughing the entire time.  He is so funny, and he definitely looked "snazzy".  We found out he loves "Angry Birds", "Pet Rescue" and I think monkeys.  He is incredibly articulate for his age and such a ham.  Littlest Mr. J. is just the cutest chunky monkey, although he was much more interested in the grass, flowers and leaves than getting his picture taken.  This family has got it all, they are sweet, adorable, kind and very cooperative kids.  We had a great time this morning with them. 

 

Here are a few of my favorites from this morning.

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco Family Photographer Frisco Photographer Mystic Garden Photography https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/5/frisco-family-photographer-the-bricker-family Sun, 04 May 2014 18:58:54 GMT
Frisco Family Photographer--The Watson Family https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/5/frisco-family-photographer--the-watson-family One of the best parts of my job is getting to meet fabulous people.  This mother and son are no exception.  I have been fortunate to get to know them over the last couple of years as I have photographed Ty for middle school sports.  Ty is a very talented athlete who not only brings skill to whatever sport his is playing, but also leadership.  I have watched first hand, how he encourages his teammates to go out and give their best every single moment.  I look forward to seeing everything he will accomplish as he moves on to high school.   I am so glad that Tonya and I have become friends.  I can not say enough about this lady, the more I know her the more I admire her.  She is strong, determine, fearless and confident.  Combine that with her kind heart and natural beauty, needless to say , she is amazing and I admire her.  She takes any challenge and meets it head on and finds a way to overcome and triumph.  She thinks of others before herself and always has kind and encouraging words.  Tonya is a dedicated  mother, raising a wonderful son by setting a great example.  Tonya, I am blessed to know you and call you my friend.  Thank you so much for a wonderful afternoon. 

Here are a few of my favorites from this afternoon's session.  

 

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco Family Photographer Frisco Photographer Mystic Garden Photography https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/5/frisco-family-photographer--the-watson-family Sun, 04 May 2014 02:27:53 GMT
Frisco Senior Photographer--Christiana--Frisco High School Class of 2014 https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/4/frisco-senior-photographer--christiana--frisco-high-school-class-of-2014 Mother Nature finally cooperated today for this beautiful young lady's session.  We tried and tried to have this session, and Mother Nature would not let us, ice storms, freezing cold weather and torrential rains had us rescheduling three times.  Everything worked out for the best, as the weather was gorgeous today.  I had the pleasure of meeting up with Christiana, her mother, her father and a very special member of the family, Grace-her Golden  Retriever.   I loved everything about this session,  all of Christiana's outfits; they look fabulous on her, the weather, Gracie and or course, Christiana!  

Christiana is such a beautiful and sweet young lady with a kind heart and gentle nature.  Christiana is a Class of 2014 Senior at Frisco High School.   She plays soccer for the Lady Raccoons, on the Varsity squad the last three years.  She is a member of the color guard, plays the bassoon for Frisco High School band,  and is in National Honor Society.  In her spare time, Christiana plays club soccer for FC Dallas, hangs out with her friends and plays with her dog, Gracie.  She also likes to find time to sleep and eat.  Her favorite food is Tex-Mex and her favorite restaurant is Uncle Julio's.  Christiana plans to attend the University of  Washington in the fall to pursue a degree in Business.  I have had a great time getting to know Christiana and her sweet mother this year throughout soccer season.  I wish her all the best as she finishes out her career at Frisco High School and enters the next phase of her journey.  

Here are a few of my favorites from her session: 

 

 

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco High School Frisco Photographer Frisco Senior Photographer Mystic Garden Photography https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/4/frisco-senior-photographer--christiana--frisco-high-school-class-of-2014 Tue, 29 Apr 2014 06:13:17 GMT
Frisco Senior Photographer--Trevor--Wakeland High School Class of 2014 https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/4/frisco-senior-photographer--trevor--wakeland-high-school-class-of-2014 I had the pleasure of meeting up with this young man and his wonderful mother yesterday morning.  We decided to chance the weather, and so glad we did.  We had to wait a few minutes for the rain to pass, but after that it was perfect!  Trevor is a senior at Wakeland High School, and is extremely laid back and sweet.  Trevor plays the trombone and is active in Wakeland band, participating in marching, concert and jazz band.  He has been playing the trombone since middle school and says marching band is his favorite.   Trevor is also involved in Business Professionals of America, he will be headed to Indianapolis next week to participate in a National contest, what a great honor.   I wish him the best of luck!!  Trevor will be attending the University of Texas at Dallas in the fall to study Computer Science.  I had a great time getting to know Trevor and wish him all the best in his future endeavors.  

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco Photographer Frisco Senior Photographer Mystic Garden Photography https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/4/frisco-senior-photographer--trevor--wakeland-high-school-class-of-2014 Mon, 28 Apr 2014 14:10:14 GMT
Frisco Senior Photographer--Frisco High School 2014--Ellora https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/4/frisco-senior-photographer--frisco-high-school-2014--ellora I had the wonderful pleasure of meeting up with Ellora and her mother for part two of Ellora's Senior Portraits.  I have been looking forward to this for quite some time.  Ellora and her mother picked an urban setting for this session, completely different from the last one we did, and Ellora rocked it!.    Ellora's outfits were fantastic and she is such a natural in front of the camera,  that every picture was amazing!!  We had to work around the wind, but other than that, everything was perfect: the locations, the outfits and, of course, Ellora. 

Ellora is a Senior at Frisco High School, she is involved in theater, choir and the Independent Study Mentorship Program.  Ellora plans to attend Brigham Young University in the fall where she will study sound engineering, and theater production.   When she is not going to school, studying or working at Urban Air, Ellora likes to spend her spare time hanging out with her friends, singing, going to the movies with her brother, and going out to eat.  Two of her favorite restaurants are Chewy's and Cain's.  

Ellora, thank you so very much for choosing Mystic Garden Photography to capture this special time in your life, it has been my privilege to get to know such a fabulous young lady.  You are sweet, kind hearted and so very talented, you have a very bright future ahead.  I wish you the absolute very best as you finish out this year at Frisco High School, and move on to the next phase of your journey.    

There are so many wonderful images from this session, it was difficult to choose which ones to share.  Here are a few of my favorites and I can not wait to show you the rest.

 

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco High School Frisco Photographer Frisco Senior Photographer Mystic Garden Photography https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/4/frisco-senior-photographer--frisco-high-school-2014--ellora Mon, 28 Apr 2014 02:56:41 GMT
Frisco Senior Photographer--Austin--Frisco High School Class of 2014 https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/4/frisco-senior-photographer--austin--frisco-high-school-class-of-2014 Another beautiful day for senior portraits.  I had the honor of spending my morning with this handsome young man.  I met up with Austin and his parents for Austin's Senior Portraits.  Austin is an incredibly charming young man, and is as sweet as he is handsome.   Austin is not only polite and well mannered, but funny and laid back, an all around great young man with a very bright future.  He was a natural in front of the camera, and has a great smile and awesome hair; I think he should be a model!  Austin is a senior at Frisco High School.  Austin is a serious soccer player, he has been playing soccer since he was four.  He has played soccer for the Frisco Raccoons for all four years. three on the Varsity squad, and also plays club soccer for FC Dallas.  Austin also played football for Frisco High for two years.   Austin likes country music, Dr. Pepper, and pizza rolls.  In his spare time he likes to hang out with friends, and go to Chipolte.  You can see Austin driving around town in his cool red truck.  Austin will be attending the College of the Ozarks in Arkansas in the fall, where he will play soccer, and pursue studies in Psychology.  I had a fabulous time with Austin and wish him all the best in his future endeavors.  

 

Here are a few of my favorites from this morning, and I can not wait to share the rest.

 

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco High School Frisco Photographer Frisco Senior Photographer Mystic Garden Photography https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/4/frisco-senior-photographer--austin--frisco-high-school-class-of-2014 Sun, 27 Apr 2014 06:29:57 GMT
Frisco Senior Photographer--Meghan--Plano East Senior Class of 2014 https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/4/frisco-senior-photographer--meghan--plano-east-senior-class-of-2014 I had the pleasure of meeting with this beautiful young lady and her mother yesterday for Meghan's Senior portraits.  Meghan and her mother are super sweet.  It was a beautiful day for portraits, sunny, warm and for once, the winds were calm, a breeze as opposed to the gusts we have been having.  We started the day out with Meghan getting her hair and make done by the fabulous Nikole at Blondie's Salon.  Meghan brought the cutest outfits, her fabulous prom dress, and her dance outfit and pointe shoes.  Seeing her outstanding wardrobe, I knew we were going to get some fabulous images--and we did.   Meghan and her mother were troopers as we got every shot imaginable in all her fabulous outfits,  I love them all.

Meghan is so sweet, easy going and funny, just a lot of fun to be around.  Meghan is a senior at Plano East Senior High School.  She is a member of Edge Dance Team, she has been dancing for sixteen years, having done ballet, tap and modern dance.  She has many, many pointe shoes.  Meghan plans to attend Stefan F. Austin starting in the fall to pursue a degree in dance education.  I had a great time getting to know Meghan, and wish her the very best in her future endeavors.  Thank you for a wonderful afternoon, I can not wait to show your fantastic portraits.

Here are a few of my favorites.

 

 

 

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco Photographer Frisco Senior Photographer Mystic Garden Photography Plano Senior Photographer https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/4/frisco-senior-photographer--meghan--plano-east-senior-class-of-2014 Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:07:28 GMT
Frisco Senior Photographer--Frisco Class of 2014--Rebekah https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/4/frisco-senior-photographer--frisco-class-of-2014--rebekah I had the immense privilege of photographing this young lady for her Senior Portrait Session-Part 2.  I had a great time with Rebekah and her mother yesterday as we captured some more fabulous portraits.  This family is so sweet, and we already had so much fun when we got together to do some dance shots of Rebekah about a month ago.  I have to say I loved everything about this session!!  The location, Rebekah's outfits and of course Rebekah herself; pure perfection!  Rebekah is a Senior at Frisco High School and is a member of Frisco High's Stars Dance Team.  She has been dancing since she was four.  Rebekah loves dance, she has concentrated mostly ballet and tap, and has many, many pointe shoes!  Rebekah plans to go to Collin College this fall,  while working at a dance studio.   This young lady also loves to surf, she learned how when her family lived in Florida, so we had to take some photos with her surfboard, how cool is that!!  Rebekah is absolutely beautiful, with a classic sense of style, loved all of her outfits and accessories, especially her pink shoes and her prom dress!  Rebekah, you are an amazingly talented, beautiful, sweet and kind-hearted young lady, and I am so happy to have had the opportunity to get to know not only you, but your fabulous family as well.  Rebekah, thank you for another wonderful afternoon!!   

 

Here are a few of my favorites from Rebekah's amazing Senior Session.

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco High School Frisco Senior Photographer Mystic Garden Photography https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/4/frisco-senior-photographer--frisco-class-of-2014--rebekah Sun, 20 Apr 2014 18:01:39 GMT
Frisco Family Photographer--Frisco Bluebonnets--The Moran Family https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/4/frisco-family-photographer--frisco-bluebonnets--the-moran-family I was so happy to get to see the Moran Family again today.  Oh my, how Little Miss Ava has grown!!  She is just a cutie pie.  Dan, Mandy and  Ava braved the chilly temperature and the ever present, crazy North Texas wind, to come out and capture their first bluebonnet pictures as a family.   I am so happy to have been able to get some images of this beautiful family.  Little Miss Ava is just precious, and I can not wait to get to see her and her sweet parents again.  Thank you Dan and Mandy for entrusting me to capture these special moments and memories!!  

Here are a few of my favorites!!

 

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Bluebonnet Session Frisco Children Photographer Frisco Family Photographer Frisco Photographer Mystic Garden Photography https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/4/frisco-family-photographer--frisco-bluebonnets--the-moran-family Thu, 17 Apr 2014 05:43:37 GMT
Staley Middle School Sports--Boys Soccer vs. Fowler https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/4/staley-middle-school-sports--boys-soccer-vs-fowler Staley Boys Soccer played Fowler Middle School at Memorial Stadium.  Both the Staley Mustangs 7th and 8th Grade teams played well.  The 7th grade team played tough and kept Fowler scoreless. However, the Mustangs could not get one to go in the net for them.  The game ended in a scoreless tie.   This year,  regular season tie games go to Penalty Kicks to decide a winner.  Staley's goalie did a fabulous job, stopping one.  Unfortunately, the Fowler goalie was able to stop two Staley kicks from hitting the back of the net.  The Mustangs 7th Grade Team fell to Folwer 4-3 on penalty kicks.

The 8th grade boys played great, scoring first when Trent booted one into the back of the net.  Fowler scored one to tie it up a few minutes later.  The Mustangs added one more with 22 seconds left in the half as Austin kicked one in.  The Mustangs fought hard the second half, but could not get one past Folwer's keeper.  Fowler tied the game when their player tapped the ball in off a corner kick.  The rest of the game had several attempts by both teams.  The Staley fans thought they had one more, when Austin kick one, and it came off the hands of the goalie and it looked like Travis was going to be able to kick it in, but it hit the side of the net.  The game ended in a 2-2 tie, and the game was decided on Penalty Kicks.  The Mustangs did a great job, but it was not meant to be as they fell 7-5.  The Mustang teams played tough and determined.  Way to go boys!!  Stay strong!  Good Luck next week.

 

Here are some images of the games;

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco Photographer Frisco Sports Photographer Mystic Garden Photography Staley Middle School https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/4/staley-middle-school-sports--boys-soccer-vs-fowler Tue, 15 Apr 2014 04:04:24 GMT
Celina Senior Photographer--John Michael--Celina High School Class of 2014 https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/4/celina-senior-photographer--john-michael--celina-high-school-class-of-2014 I had the pleasure of meeting up with John Michael and his mother this afternoon for John Michael's Senior Portraits.  This young man is as charming as he is handsome.  John Michael is a sweet and polite young man that has a lot going for him.  John Michael is a senior at Celina High School.  He has grown up in Celina and has attended Celina schools since kindergarten.  He is laid back, athletic, and funny; an all around appealing young man.  John Michael, also know as Johnny to his friends, has played football for Celina High School for all four years of his high school career, playing at different positions, but mainly quarterback and cornerback.  He also played basketball and ran track for Celina High for three years.  This year he is on the Celina High School Golf team, and is also the Student Body President.  It is no wonder that he was voted "Mr. Celina High School".  John Michael has volunteered at the nursing home for the last eleven years, and is currently working at a local golf course.  In his spare time, he likes to golf, and hang out with his friends.  You can see him driving around town in his misty gray Mustang.   John Michael plans to attend the University of Texas at Austin in the fall, to study Civil Engineering with a specific interest in Environmental Engineering. I had a great time getting to know John Michael and wish him the very best in all his future endeavors.

Here are a few of my favorites from his session, and I can not wait to share the rest.

 

 

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Celina Senior Photographer Frisco Photographer Frisco Senior Photographer Mystic Garden Photography https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/4/celina-senior-photographer--john-michael--celina-high-school-class-of-2014 Sat, 12 Apr 2014 06:48:55 GMT
Frisco High School Sports--District Track Day 2 https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/4/frisco-high-school-sports--district-track-day-2 Another windy day out on the track for the Frisco High School athletes.  The Frisco High School Lady Raccoons had a great day today, in spite of the windy conditions.   Frisco brought home the District Champion and Runner up title in the Varsity Girls 800m run.  Great job, Kamryn and Sarah!!  Frisco High's Nia R. brought home the bronze medal for the 100m JV Girls hurdles.  A great Run by Jocelyn in the 400m made her the JV Girls District Champion.  A third place finish by Kamryn in the 400m, gave her the bronze medal.   Lauren D. will move on to Area Finals with a fourth place finish in the 300m hurdles. Great run by Katie in the 1600m JV Girls race to place fourth!! A fantastic run by Sarah in the Varsity girls 1600m run, made her the District Champion!! A great team effort by the Girls JV 4x400 relay team, gave them the bronze medal!  Way to go, girls!  Frisco High's Varsity 4x400 team rocked it tonight in their race.  Each member of the team had an awesome performance to get the District Runner up title, and earn them the silver medal!!  All the athletes did great tonight, going out and giving it all they had!! Congratulations, way to go, girls!! And to those who are moving on to Area Finals for both running and field events, Good Luck!!

Just a quick note, I love being out there, not only photographing these girls, but getting to know them, wishing them luck, and cheering them on.  I love watching the interactions between the team mates and capturing some of the candid moments.  I enjoy seeing them have success, and it warms my heart to see them support each other.  I have enjoyed the last two years with these girls and will miss the Seniors as they move on to the next phase of their lives. Thanks for all the memories!!

 

Here are some images of the night!!

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco High School Frisco Photographer Frisco Sports Photographer Mystic Garden Photography https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/4/frisco-high-school-sports--district-track-day-2 Fri, 11 Apr 2014 05:43:28 GMT
Frisco High School Sports--District Track https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/4/frisco-high-school-sports--district-track Yesterday was the start of District Track for Frisco High School.  It was a beautiful, but very windy day, so it proved challenging for the athletes.  Several athletes placed in the top six in their events, some qualify for the finals being run today. Good luck to all the athletes competing today. 

 

Here are a few images from yesterday's meet.

 

 

 

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco High School Frisco Photographer Frisco Sports Photographer Mystic Garden Photography https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/4/frisco-high-school-sports--district-track Thu, 10 Apr 2014 12:03:52 GMT
Frisco Senior Photographer--Taylor--Frisco High School Class of 2015 Senior Spokesmodel https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/4/frisco-senior-photographer--taylor--frisco-high-school-class-of-2015-senior-spokesmodel The Class of 2015 Senior Spokesmodels for Mystic Garden Photography are amazing, they have astounded me with all their accomplishments, and they have not even begun their senior year!!  

Meet Taylor, she is a class of 2015 Senior at Frisco High School.  Taylor is one beautiful and amazing young lady. Taylor is a returning member of the Frisco Stars Dance Team.  She has been on the team since her freshman year, and could not imagine her high school career without her Stars sisters, they are her second family.  Taylor is a dedicated  honor student who has hopes of pursing an advanced degree in Business and Finance.  

Taylor is a such an inspiration, she is a survivor of Aplastic Anemia.  Throughout her illness, she kept a positive attitude no matter what life has thrown at her.   Taylor volunteers with the Make A Wish Foundation of Texas to try to help make the dreams of other children with life threatening illnesses come true.  Taylor is a strong and courageous young woman who continues to follow her heart and chase her dreams.  I am honored and delighted to have Taylor as a Senior Spokesmodel for Mystic Garden Photography.  Taylor, you are beautiful from the inside out with a huge heart.  Keep shining bright!!

 

Here are a few of my favorites from yesterday's session.

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco Photographer Frisco Senior Photographer Mystic Garden Photography https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/4/frisco-senior-photographer--taylor--frisco-high-school-class-of-2015-senior-spokesmodel Mon, 07 Apr 2014 21:36:44 GMT
Frisco Senior Photographer--Colin--Wakeland High School Class 2014 https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/4/frisco-senior-photographer--colin--wakeland-high-school-class-2014 I had the pleasure of meeting up with Colin and his sweet mother yesterday morning for his Senior Portraits.  Colin is a senior at Wakeland High School.  Colin is laid back, handsome and charming.  Colin plays the alto sax and is very active in Wakeland band, participating in marching, concert and jazz band, all four years.  He has been playing the saxophone since 6th grade and was part of the first Staley Middle School  Jazz Band.  I loved that he brought his sax to have in portraits, it is silver and beautifully engraved.  I love it and all the portraits we captured!!   Colin will be attending  The University of Texas at Dallas  in the fall to pursue a degree in Computer Science.  In his spare time, Colin likes to play computer games with his friends and go out to eat.  He loves almost all kinds of foods, but Tex Mex is his absolute favorite.   I had a great time getting to know Colin, and I wish him all the best in his future endeavors.  Thanks for a wonderful morning!

 

Here are a few of my favorites from yesterday morning, I can't wait to share the rest.  

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco Photographer Frisco Senior Photographer Mystic Garden Photography Wakeland High School Senior https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/4/frisco-senior-photographer--colin--wakeland-high-school-class-2014 Mon, 07 Apr 2014 04:44:34 GMT
Frisco Senior Photographer--Morganne--Arlington Martin Class of 2014 https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/3/frisco-senior-photographer--morganne--arlington-martin-class-of-2014 I had the pleasure of meeting with this young lady and her mother today, they are friends of friends.  Morganne and her mother are so very sweet.  I had a great time getting to know them this afternoon.  We gather together today with our mutual friends to get some pictures of the girls together.  Kaitlyn and Morganne's mothers have been best friends for a long time, and the girls have grown up together.  They will both graduate from high school this year and go to different colleges, so we got together to capture a few pictures of them together, before they head off to college.  Kaitlyn is a member of the Stars dance team for Frisco High School and Morganne is a cheerleader for Arlington Martin High School.  Both have been on their squads all four years, and we got pictures in their uniforms.  We also wanted to get some of them in their college shirts.  It was fun seeing these long time friends together, they were troopers dealing with some serious wind.  

Morganne is sweet, and easy going.  She likes to shop, enjoys spending her spare time with her friends and enjoys going out to eat.  Morganne plans on attending Texas Tech University to study Speech Pathology.  While at Texas Tech, she plans on being active in a sorority.  Morganne, thank you for a wonderful afternoon, we wish you the best of luck in all your future endeavors.   

Guns Up!!

Here are some of my favorite images of the afternoon.

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco Photogarpaher Frisco Photographer Frisco Senior Photographer Mystic Garden Photography https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/3/frisco-senior-photographer--morganne--arlington-martin-class-of-2014 Mon, 31 Mar 2014 07:13:00 GMT
Staley Middle School Track--District Meet https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/3/staley-middle-school-track--district-meet Several Staley Mustangs were among the competitors in the FISD District Track Meet. This meet featured the best of the best from all the Frisco Middle Schools. The top seven in each event from throughout the district competed against each other.  It took hard work, dedication and determination to get to this exclusive meet. 

The Staley Mustangs had boys qualify in long jump, high jump, shot put, discus, pole vault, 2400, 4x100 relay, 4x200 relay, 800, 400, and 1600.

The Staley Mustangs had girls qualify in long jump, triple jump, discus, pole vault, 2400 and 300 hurdles.  

These young men and women put forth an amazing effort, not only last night, but all season long.  These athletes pushed themselves in the pursuit of their goals, and certainly had success.  Each one of them should be proud of their accomplishments.  Congratulations Staley Mustangs!! So proud of you!! Way to go!

Here are some images of the night.

 

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco Photographer Frisco Sports Photographer Mystic Garden Photography Staley Middle School https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/3/staley-middle-school-track--district-meet Fri, 28 Mar 2014 12:54:31 GMT
Frisco High School Track at Highland Park https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/3/frisco-high-school-track-at-highland-park The Frisco High Lady Raccoons Track and Field team had a meet today in Highland Park.  The Lady Raccoons were determined and focus, ran strong and finished well.  

All the Lady Raccoon did great, several Lady Raccoons placed in the top six in their races.  Way to go Sam and Sarah for pulling back to back duties of running the mile and then being a part of the 4x4 team immediately after.  You girls rock!!

Congratulations to all the Lady Raccoons!! Way to go Lady Raccoons!! 

Here are a few images of the meet.

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco High School Frisco Photographer Frisco Sports Photographer Mystic Garden Photography https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/3/frisco-high-school-track-at-highland-park Sun, 23 Mar 2014 02:11:25 GMT
Staley Middle School Sports--Track District Qualifying Meet https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/3/staley-middle-school-sports--track-district-qualifying-meet Staley Middle School participated in one of the District Qualifying Track Meets last night at Wakeland High School.  It was a beautiful evening for track, finally.  I know that the athletes surely appreciated the fact they did not have to run in the freezing cold.  All the Staley Mustangs did great.

I am not sure how our Mustangs did overall, there were quite a few teams at the meet and it was difficult to discern the final placings from my vantage point, and I did not hear any announcement throughout the night either.  

What I do know is that all the athletes went out and put forth their best effort.  Each of the young athletes were strong, determined and focused.  These young men and women should be proud of their accomplishments and successes.  Their success should not be always be determined by a place, a time or a number, but instead by their effort, dedication, and sportsmanship.  Great job, Mustangs!!  

 

Here are some images of the night. 

 

 

 

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco Photographer Frisco Sports Photographer Mystic Garden Photography Staley Middle School https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/3/staley-middle-school-sports--track-district-qualifying-meet Fri, 21 Mar 2014 14:12:41 GMT
Moments--Katie--Frisco High Soccer https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/3/moments Another bittersweet night for this momma.  I MAY have watch my daughter play her last high school soccer game tonight.  Katie is unsure if she will play soccer next year for Frisco High School.  She is weighing all her options.  She plans on increasing her class load next year, taking all the AP classes that she can and participating in the Mentorship Program.  All the classwork, along with running cross country and track, and playing soccer, she feels that something has to give.  And, although I respect and will support her decision, whatever it may be, it makes me sad that I may have seen her wear the Frisco Blue out on the soccer field for the last time.  

She loves playing soccer, but even more so LOVES being part of the team.  She loves being a Lady Raccoon, the environment and the friends she has made, and this will be a tough decision.  But I have faith that she will make the decision that is right for her.

As she took the field tonight, I was awash in all the memories of seeing her on the soccer fields over the years.  I have been on the sidelines for most of those games, through nine years,  I have enjoyed watching her play the game she loves.  She has had great coaches over the years to make her the soccer player she is today.  Katie always goes out on the field and gives her team mates 110%, playing hard, trying her best.  She plays with determination and focus. She plays with heart.  If she decides not to play next year, I know that she has enjoyed the last two years as a Lady Raccoons and leaves with many great memories.  

For me, of course there are memories, moments that will stand out. Her first game, last year and now the last game this year.  Her goal against Wakeland last year, her two goals scored against Hockaday this year, a multitude of great kicks and awesome headers.  The hugs between friends, team mates and even opponents.  It always warms my heart after playing Wakeland High School and seeing her hug her friends on the other team.  However, beyond that, what I will remember is how my daughter is a team player, she plays with all her heart and never wants to let her team mates down.  She is such a great sportsman: respectful of everyone on the field, the first to help out or offer a hand with whatever is needed.  THAT is what I am most proud of her for, more than any plays or goals.  

Thanks for the memories Katie, I love you and am so proud of you.

 

 

 

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco High School Frisco Photographer Frisco Sports Photographer Mystic Garden Photography https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/3/moments Wed, 19 Mar 2014 12:42:10 GMT
Frisco High School Sports--Lady Raccoons JV Soccer https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/3/frisco-high-school-sports--lady-raccoons-jv-soccer The Frisco High School Junior Varsity Girls Soccer program has a bright future, with talent and depth.  The team ended their season on a high note with a 2-1 win against Liberty High School. The Lady Raccoons scored in the first three minutes of play when Dahnie tap a pass from Jessie past the keeper into the goal.  The second goal was scored by Taylor when she worked her way around a defender and kicked the ball in from about ten yards out, about five minutes into the game.  The Lady Raccoons played strong in the windy conditions keeping possession  most of the half.  The only goal scored by Liberty, was when the ball was cleared and then passed upfield and Lady Redhawk booted the ball past Frisco's keeper Sasha, with two minutes left to play in the half.

The Lady Raccoons played against the wind in the second half and still dominated the game.  The defense played tough, keeping Liberty out of the net.  The offense kept pressing and have several shots on goal with some just missing the mark.  Liberty tried to tie the game late, but Frisco held, and took the 2-1 victory. 

All in all it was a great season for these girls, ending with a overall record of 11-6-1 and a District record of 5-3.  The Frisco's goalies, Sasha and McKenzie each had a stellar season at the net.  The defenders let little through, playing determine and tough to help the team with several shut out victories.  The mid-fielders and front line played awesome all season, controlling the pace of the games and keeping the offensive strong.  All the players fill their roles and played well giving the Lady Raccoons a solid team on the field at all times.  

I always enjoy being on the sideline watching and photographing these young ladies.   Great job Lady Raccoons!! Congratulations on a fabulous season.

Here are some images of the night.

 

 

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco High School Frisco Photographer Frisco Sports Photographer Mystic Garden Photography https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/3/frisco-high-school-sports--lady-raccoons-jv-soccer Wed, 19 Mar 2014 03:56:50 GMT
Frisco Senior Photographer--Legacy Christian Academy Class of 2014--Maddy https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/3/frisco-senior-photographer--legacy-christian-academy-class-of-2014--maddy I had the immense pleasure of meeting up with Maddy and her mother yesterday afternoon for Maddy's senior portraits.  Maddy and her mother are so very sweet, and easy going.  I was super excited about this session, this young lady wanted some portraits with different backgrounds, some in a field, and since her father is a former U.S. Marine, she wanted some with an American Flag.  Given all that, I knew it was going to be amazing, and then she brought her wardrobe, which was to die for.  Her outfits were adorable!! Loved them all, she totally rocked it, and we captured some fabulous images.

Maddy is a natural beauty, with a fabulous smile.  Not only is Maddy beautiful, she is full of energy, sweet and just fun to be around.  Maddy is a senior at Legacy Christian Academy and involved in so many things.  She is President of the Student Body, she is in choir and theatre (with the lead part), is a member of both the volleyball and track teams, and in addition to all that; she is an intern for Representative Pat Fallon.  She is one amazing young lady.  Maddy has been accepted to Baylor University where she will study Pre-Physical Therapy.  I know that she will be successful in all that she wants to accomplish.   Maddy, thank you so much for spending the day with me and trusting me with your senior portraits.  I had a fantastic time.  I can not wait to show you all the amazing images.

And Happy Belated Birthday!!

Here are some of my favorite images:

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco Senior Pictures Frisco Photographer Frisco Senior Photographer Frisco Senior Portraits Mystic Garden Photography https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/3/frisco-senior-photographer--legacy-christian-academy-class-of-2014--maddy Sat, 15 Mar 2014 21:00:03 GMT
Frisco Senior Photographer--Frisco High School Class of 2014--Rebekah https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/3/frisco-senior-photographer--frisco-high-school-class-of-2014--rebekah This young lady is the older sister of Jennifer, and came along to help and support her sister today during her portrait session.  Rebekah is a senior this year at Frisco High School and is a member of the STARS dance team.  I was so fortunate to meet Rebekah and Jennifer while photographing the Stars this school year.  These young ladies are delightful.  Rebekah is sweet, respectful and caring.  She pays attention to details and is insightful, she is good natured and funny.  Rebekah has been dancing since she was four, and since it has been such a big part of her life, wanted to incorporate it into her senior portraits.  Today we did the dance portion of her Senior Portraits, and they are fabulous!!  Rebekah was full of fabulous ideas, and we managed to execute most of them.  I can not wait for our next session together.  Today was epic, I had the privilege of photographing three beautiful young ladies from one family, two who are commemorating milestone events. I have wanted to have a session with a dancer for some time, and these beautiful, talented young ladies made it a day I will not forget.  Thank you for a fabulous day!!

 

Here are some of my favorite images from Rebekah's session.

 

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco High School Frisco Photographer Frisco Senior Photographer Mystic Garden Photography https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/3/frisco-senior-photographer--frisco-high-school-class-of-2014--rebekah Sun, 09 Mar 2014 08:30:04 GMT
Frisco Teen Photographer--Sweet Sixteen Portraits https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/3/frisco-teen-photographer--sweet-sixteen-portraits I had the immense pleasure of meeting up with this beautiful young lady and her family today.  This young lady celebrated her Sweet Sixteenth Birthday recently and her family commemorated the milestone with a portrait session.  Miss Jennifer looked magnificent in her beautiful blue ball gown.  I could have photographed her all day, as she can attest to.  Jennifer has been a dancer since she was four, so we also wanted to get some shots of her in her dance attire.  I have been looking forward to this portrait session for so long, and had so many ideas, Jennifer and her family were troopers, being so patient while I had Jennifer pose this way, and that way.  Jennifer was wonderful through it all.  We got some amazing shots!!  And then took some more of her with her two sisters, who are also dancers!!   Jennifer is beautiful from the inside out, she is patient, kind and sweet, and is blessed with a wonderful family.  I look forward to photographing her more in the future.  Thank you for such a fabulous day!!

Here are some of my favorite images:

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) . Frisco Family Photographer Frisco High School Frisco Photographer Frisco Teen Photographer Mystic Garden Photography https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/3/frisco-teen-photographer--sweet-sixteen-portraits Sun, 09 Mar 2014 08:02:56 GMT
Staley Middle School Sports--3-5-14 Track Meet at Frisco High School https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/3/staley-middle-school-sports--3-5-14-track-meet-at-frisco-high-school Most of you who know me, know that photographing Staley Middle School sporting events are among my favorite things to photograph.  The thing I love about track, is that I get to see a lot of the athletes.  Like with other sports, I follow the action, but each one of our Staley Mustangs is in action at some time during the night showcasing their talents.  I love how track has a little something for everyone, jumping, throwing, sprints, and distances.  I love watching the athletes set goals, try their best, and push themselves to the limit while striving to reach their goal.  Their achievements come from making the most of their abilities, being determine, resilient and courageous.  I love how track is full of kids giving it all they have, no matter what place they are in, each one of them having individual success while being part of the team.  These kids come out every week for a multitude of reasons, be it school pride, the love of competition, or the satisfaction of self improvement, trying for a personal best.  And to each one of them and their families in the stands, their race or event is important, so I try my best to make sure I capture all the athletes.   Congratulations to all the athletes, who go out and compete, try their best, and reach personal goals.  I am so proud of all you. 

Here are some images of the night.

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco Photographer Frisco Sports Photographer Mystic Garden Photography Staley Middle School https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/3/staley-middle-school-sports--3-5-14-track-meet-at-frisco-high-school Thu, 06 Mar 2014 13:46:23 GMT
Frisco High School Track--Coppell Relays https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/3/frisco-high-school-track--coppell-relays Coppell Track and Field Relays.  

Congrats to all the athletes who competed for Frisco today.  Great job girls!!

Just a few photos from today's meet.

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco High School Frisco Photographer Frisco Sports Photographer Mystic Garden Photography https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/3/frisco-high-school-track--coppell-relays Sun, 02 Mar 2014 04:36:14 GMT
Frisco High School Soccer--Lady Raccoons Varsity vs. Wakeland--Game #2 https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/3/frisco-high-school-soccer--lady-raccoons-varsity-vs-wakeland--game-2 The Frisco Lady Raccoons Varsity Soccer Team came out last night hoping to avenge a heartbreaking loss to Wakeland in the first round of District play.  The Frisco players came onto Frisco High's Field pumped and ready, they dictated the pace of a very physical match.  The aggressiveness of the Lady Raccoons paid off as they scored right off the bat, less than four minutes into the game, when Maddie angled the ball past Wakeland's goalie as she came out to defend.   A Wakeland defender kicked it back out, but not before the ball crossed the line and the ref signaled goal.  Frisco had the early lead 1-0. Wakeland stayed right in the game, putting up their own goal less than two minutes later.  The crowd knew the show down was on and it was going to be a great game.  The Lady Raccoons did not let the goal affect them, they continued to control the game, keeping it on Wakeland's side of the field most of the half.  Frisco's second goal came when Taylor dribble the ball toward the goal, and as a defender came up on her, she crossed a perfect pass right in front of the goal to Jordan who kicked it right in.  Frisco lead the game 2-1 with twenty three minutes left in the half.   The Lady Raccoons, knowing that Wakeland is a very skilled opponent, kept up the tempo and did not let up.  Frisco's goalie and defense were strong the entire game, keeping the Wakeland girls out of the net the rest of the half.  Frisco made it 3-1 with ten minutes left in the half when Julia had a break away down the length of the field and boomed it into the back of the net past Wakeland's keeper.  Frisco took the 3-1 lead to the break. 

The second half saw both teams step it up.  Frisco did not want to lose the lead, and Wakeland wanted to even up the score, at the very least.  Frisco came out on fire, not just protecting the lead, but going full force, controlling the ball, and the game; they outshot and out played Wakeland in both halves.  The game was physical, like always when these two team meet, pulling on jerseys, pushing and tripping.  Both teams were called for fouls, but Wakeland was dealt a yellow card when a Wakeland player outright shoved one of the Frisco's players down.  Frisco scored again six minutes into the half when Jordan headed in Janie's free kick into the goal.  Frisco 4, Wakeland 1.  Frisco turned over goal keeping duties from Victoria to Shelby at the sixty minute mark, and up 4-1.  Shelby making an outstanding save after a collision with a Wakeland player.  Both keepers played fantastic games, not having to deal with that many shots, but proving invaluable when needed, keeping Wakeland scoreless in the second half.  Frisco's final goal came from Blair, who took a pass from Jordan and went one on one with the goalie, and kicked it right past her into the net.  Frisco had an insurmountable 5-1 lead with less than four minutes to play.  The Frisco players continued to play smart and tough until the final tick on the clock.  Frisco played a dominate, exciting game giving the home crowd a long awaited, well deserved, convincing 5-1 victory against the cross town rival and tough opponent.  This game will go down as one of the best games in the Lady Raccoons recent history.  Congratulations Lady Raccoons on a stellar game!! 

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco High School Frisco Photographer Frisco Soccer Frisco Sports Photographer Mystic Garden Photography https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/3/frisco-high-school-soccer--lady-raccoons-varsity-vs-wakeland--game-2 Sat, 01 Mar 2014 19:23:12 GMT
Frisco High School Soccer--Lady Raccoons JV vs. Wakeland Game #2 https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/3/frisco-high-school-soccer--lady-raccoons-jv-vs-wakeland-game-2 The Lady Raccoons JV Soccer team played  a very competitive game last night against Wakeland.   These girls played with all out effort and heart.  The girls played a very strong game in the first half keeping the Wakeland girls in check.  The defense held and the keeper made some great saves to keep the game scoreless, while the offense just kept pressing.  The girls had several shots on goal, but just could not get it into the net.  The game was scoreless at the half.   Both teams came out strong in the second half.  The Lady Raccoons were putting up a great fight.  'The Lady Raccoons almost put on in the net about seven minutes into the second half, when Audrey directed a corner kick toward the goal, but it crossed just wide.  Wakeland scored with a nice kick that went  just past the outstretch arms of Frisco's keeper.  Wakeland took the lead 1-0.  Frisco continued to play strong, having several shots on goal, with one kicked just over the top of the goal. The defense stayed strong keeping the shots on goal to a minimum and everyone breathed a sigh of relief as a shot on goal by Wakeland sailed just over the top of the goal with less than three minutes left.  Frisco's offense had a late scoring chance that was just wide.  The Frisco girls challenged Wakeland and did not make the 1-0  win an easy road.  So proud of these young ladies for playing a stellar game against a worthy opponent.  Way to go Lady Raccoons!! Keep up the good work. 

 

Here are some images from the JV game.

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco High School Frisco Photographer Frisco Soccer Frisco Sports Photographer Mystic Garden Photography https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/3/frisco-high-school-soccer--lady-raccoons-jv-vs-wakeland-game-2 Sat, 01 Mar 2014 18:13:35 GMT
Staley Middle School Sports-2-26-14 Track Meet https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/2/staley-middle-school-sports-2-26-14-track-meet The Staley Mustangs Track team braved the frigid temperatures and biting wind to participate in a quad meet at Wakeland High School last night.   The Staley athletes worked hard, stayed focused, and ran strong among the competition.  The Staley Mustangs had several finishers in the top three.  In field events, Staley placed in the top three in Girls discus, boys shot put, and girls and boys triple jump.  In the running events, Staley had top four finishers in the 7th grade girls 2400m run, boys 8th grade 4x100 relay, boys and girls 800m run,  girls 100 and 300 hurdles,  boys 4x200 relay teams, boys 300 hurdles, boys 7th grade 400m run, and boys and girls 1600m run.  These young athletes pushed themselves, gave it all they had, and cheered each other on.  All the Staley Mustangs were amazing and turned out great performances.  Great job Mustangs, keep up the good work!!  Congratulations, Mustangs!!

Shout out to all the parents who came out in the freezing cold temperatures to cheer on our Staley Mustangs!! Way to be strong!

On a side note, I want to issue a blanket apology, I do not always know (hear) the final results, especially ones with heats, and I do not know all the kids name and grades, so any oversights are completely unintentional.  I will be trying to get different field events in the next couple of meets, so if you have any requests, please let  me know, and I will be happy to try to accommodate!  As always, I love being out there photographing and cheering on these young athletes, thanks for your  support!!

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco Photographer Frisco Sports Photographer Mystic Garden Photography Staley Middle School https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/2/staley-middle-school-sports-2-26-14-track-meet Thu, 27 Feb 2014 15:26:31 GMT
Frisco High School Soccer--Lady Raccoons vs. Heritage Coyotes Game #2 https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/2/frisco-high-school-soccer--lady-raccoons-vs-heritage-coyotes-game-2 On yet another night of cold temperatures and biting wind, the Lady Raccoons JV Soccer team opened up the second round of district play with a convincing 4-0 victory over the Heritage Lady Coyotes.  The Lady Raccoons' first goal when Lauren sailed a penalty kick right past the keeper into the back of the net with just under fifteen minutes left to play in the first half.  That first score had the Lady Raccoons playing with more confidence and really controlling the game afterwards.  The Lady Raccoons scored again, when  Taylor centered the ball to Aubrey right in front of the goal and Aubrey tapped the ball, and it went right through the goalies hands.  The Lady Raccoons took the 2-0 lead to the break.

The Lady Raccoons played aggressively in the second half, keeping the ball on their side of the field 90% of the time, keeping the Lady Coyotes' defense and goalie on their toes.  Frisco's Lady Raccoons scored again when Audrey passed the ball out to a group of Lady Raccoons and it was kicked in for the score.  The Lady Raccoons dominated the game and the final goal came from Taylor when she redirected Brittney's corner kick into the goal.  The Lady Raccoon's goalies only had to make four saves all night.  A great game by the Lady Raccoons!!  

 

A shout out the the Lady Raccoon's Varsity team who rolled past the Heritage Lady Coyotes 8-0.  Way to go, Frisco!!

Here are a few images from the JV game. 

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco High School Frisco Photographer Frisco Sports Photographer Mystic Garden Photography https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/2/frisco-high-school-soccer--lady-raccoons-vs-heritage-coyotes-game-2 Wed, 26 Feb 2014 14:10:06 GMT
Frisco Senior Photographer--Frisco High School Class of 2014--McKenzie https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/2/frisco-senior-photographer--frisco-high-school-class-of-2014--mckinzie I had the pleasure of meeting up with this lovely young lady, McKenzie, her mom, and her little sister today to take McKenzie's Senior Portraits.  McKenzie is a senior at Frisco High School, and is sweet, kind and funny.  I had a great time with McKenzie this afternoon, I loved so much about this session, we got a little creative with the clarinet and McKenzie's mom brought her beautiful "Frisco" blue Mustang.   McKenzie is a Frisco HIgh Band member and plays the clarinet.  What is really cool, is that her mom also played clarinet and the clarinet she had in her portraits was her mom's.  I thought that was special.  While in band, she has accumulated many awards, honors and medals.  McKenzie likes to watch crime dramas, like CSI and SUV in her spare time, listens to both country and pop music, and one of her favorite places to go is Disney World.  She plans on going to Colorado State University in Fort Collins and majoring in music therapy.   I wish her the very best of luck as she pursues her dreams.  McKenzie thanks for a fun afternoon.

Here are a few of my favorite images, and I can't wait to share the rest.

 

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco High School Frisco Photographer Frisco Senior Photographer Mystic Garden Photography https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/2/frisco-senior-photographer--frisco-high-school-class-of-2014--mckinzie Mon, 24 Feb 2014 07:24:08 GMT
Frisco Senior Photographer--Frisco Class of 2014--R.J. https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/2/frisco-senior-photographer--frisco-class-of-2014--r-j I met up with this handsome young man and his sweet mother this morning for his Senior Portraits.  We are so fortunate to be friends with his wonderful family.  They are so sweet, genuine and kind hearted.  R.J. is a senior at Frisco High School, he is handsome, charming and funny.  R.J. has been in band for four years, playing the trombone.  He is also involved in choir and has a wonderful voice.  R.J. loves to sing, and spend time with his friends. He also loves two of my favorite things, too: steak and Disney World.  I know I would love to see this young man perform at Disney World.    R.J. will be attending the University of North Texas in the fall with the goal of majoring in music.   I know this  young man will be quite successful, and can't wait to see all the great things he will accomplish.    I had a great time with him and his sweet mother this morning.  I wish him the very best of luck in all his future endeavors. 

Here are a few of my favorite images of the session, I can't wait to share the rest. 

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco High School Frisco Photographer Frisco Senior Photographer Mystic Garden Photography https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/2/frisco-senior-photographer--frisco-class-of-2014--r-j Mon, 24 Feb 2014 04:33:21 GMT
Frisco High School Sports--Track https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/2/frisco-high-school-sports--track The Frisco High School Track ran today at the Frisco ISD Invitational.  There were 28 different schools throughout the metroplex represented, and some stiff competition.  The Frisco girls all ran well, braving the chilly morning temperatures and very breezy conditions.  As the day wore on, the temperatures increased and it became quite a pleasant, albeit windy, day.   The athletes went out, ran hard and provided the fans with some great races. Great finishes for Frisco today in the girls JV two mile, girls JV and varsity 300 hurdles, the girls JV mile, girls JV 4x400 relay, Varsity girls 800,  and Varsity girls 400.    So proud of all the athletes who go out, try their best, and give it their all, regardless of their time, or place!!  Great job today Frisco!!

One additional note, thanks to all the sweet girls who offered words of congratulations, praise and encouragement to Katie after a particularly rough finish to her mile race.  Your kind words are greatly appreciated, I love what great friends you all are to each other.   We all saw what a great race she ran, and where she finished.  I am always proud of her, no matter where she finishes.  Great mile race today Katie!! 

 

Some images of the day.

Girls JV Two Mile

Girls JV 4 x 400

Girls Varsity 800

Love this group of girls!!

Girls Varsity 400

Girls Varsity 300 Hurdles

Girls JV MIle

 

 

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco High School Frisco Photographer Frisco Sports Photographer Mystic Garden Photography https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/2/frisco-high-school-sports--track Sun, 23 Feb 2014 01:21:03 GMT
Frisco Children Photographer--Caroline https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/2/frisco-children-photographer--caroline I got to see my one of my favorite little models today.  I can not believe how big she is!!  We were a little late getting her six month old pictures done, but it was definitely worth the wait.  Look at this cutie pie!!  Love, love, love her!!

Totally adorable!!!

Here are a few of my favorites!!

 

 

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco Children Photographer Frisco Family Photographer Frisco Photographer Mystic Garden Photography https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/2/frisco-children-photographer--caroline Fri, 21 Feb 2014 03:41:28 GMT
Staley Middle School Sports--Track https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/2/staley-middle-school-sports--track Staley Middle School officially started track season last night at a quad meet against Cobb, Clark, Scoggins and Wester Middle Schools.  The athletes braved breezy conditions to jump high and far, run tough and stay strong amidst some strong competition.   The Staley Mustangs fared pretty well with several Mustangs finishing in the top three or four for their events.   The Mustangs had a couple of wins and places in field events: boys discus, boys pole vault, boys long jump and very strong performance in the running events, especially in the distance events.  Boys 2400 7th Grade had the Mustangs taking 1st, 2nd and 4th.  The boys 8th Grade 800, a strong second place finish. Girls 7th Grade 800, first place.  Girls 7th Grade 1600, great runs for first and second. Boys 7th Grade 1600, first and second.  Boys 8th Grade 1600, a great run for first place.  I know that I did not get all the places and wins, my apologies, these are just the few that I remember.  All the athletes from Staley went out and pushed themselves, gave it their all and cheered each other on.  Great job Mustangs!!!  

Here are some images of the night.

 

 

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco Photographer Frisco Sports Photographer Mystic Garden Photography Staley Middle School https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/2/staley-middle-school-sports--track Thu, 20 Feb 2014 13:36:10 GMT
Frisco High School Track--Newman Smith Relays https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/2/frisco-high-school-track--newman-smith-relays Frisco High School Track ran at the Newman Smith Track and Field Invitational, for their first official meet of the season.  It was a beautiful day for the runners, temperatures in the 60, and not a lot of wind.  All the girls ran well, a great starting point to build upon as they move through the season.  The girls looked ready to run, they went out and pushed themselves, running hard all the way through the finish line.   It is always nice seeing the Frisco athletes out on the field encouraging their team mates.  Great job today, Raccoons!!

 

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco High School Frisco Photographer Frisco Sports Photographer Frisco Track Mystic Garden Photography https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/2/frisco-high-school-track--newman-smith-relays Sun, 16 Feb 2014 04:56:33 GMT
Frisco High School Track--Dual Meet at Frisco High School https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/2/frisco-high-school-track--dual-meet-at-frisco-high-school Thankfully, it was warmer tonight than last night for Frisco High's practice track meet with Wakeland High School.  The temperature dropped quickly after the sun went down, but at least it was above freezing.  I loved seeing all the athletes out there, I am looking forward to watching them all track season.  The sunset over the track tonight was fantastic!!   Funny moment tonight when the rabbit scampered across the track and infield.  Good luck to all the athletes for a fabulous track season!!

 

Here are some fun images from tonight.  

 

 

Love these two!!

Beautiful sunset tonight!!

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco High School Frisco Photographer Frisco Sports Photographer Mystic Garden Photography https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/2/frisco-high-school-track--dual-meet-at-frisco-high-school Thu, 13 Feb 2014 05:57:44 GMT
Frisco High School Soccer--Lady Raccoons vs. Wakeland https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/2/frisco-high-school-soccer--lady-raccoons-vs-wakeland Frisco High School Girls soccer played cross town rivals, Wakeland High School, last night.  Another night of freezing temperatures, and even snow pellets, and freezing sleet for the JV game. 

The Frisco JV game proved to be a tough battle.  The Frisco JV team came out fired up for Tuesday night's game. These girls brought their "no quit" attitude against a powerhouse opponent.   These two teams played a spirited, physical game.  Frisco's defense shut the door on many potential threats. Frisco's tough defense and keeper kept the Lady Wolverines scoreless until late in the first half.  Wakeland took a 1-0 lead to the half.  The Lady Wolverines added another goal early in the second half to take a 2-0 lead.  Despite the great effort and strong attacks by the Lady Raccoons' offense, they could not get one into the net.   Great defense had the rest of the half being scoreless, resulting in a hard fought 2-0 loss for the Lady Raccoons. All in all, a great game by this young Lady Raccoons team!!  Way to play tough, girls!!

Frisco Lady Raccoons Varsity played awesome, let there be no doubt about that.  Through 78 minutes of soccer Frisco dominated the game, they controlled the game for extended periods of time.  The game was scoreless at the half.  Frisco put the first score on the board when Maddie took a pass from Kaitlyn, out maneuvered a defender to kick it just past the goalie, with just under 18 minutes left to play in the game.  The rest of the game had it looking like Frisco was well on its way to winning this game in regulation.  But it was not meant to be.  Wakeland got the ball down on their end of the field, and as Frisco keeper, Victoria, came out to grab the ball, she and the defender got tangled up and the ball just rolled past her into the goal, with 1:45 left in the game.  Frisco put forth a great effort in getting the ball back down the field, and as the buzzer sounder, Blair took a shot on goal, but it sailed wide. End of Regulation had the scored tied at one.  It was going to a shoot out.  Frisco and Wakeland each put two PK's in.  Victoria guessed right on the third shot of the shootout, and made a great save.  However, on the next Frisco PK kick, Wakeland's goalie also made a save to keep it tied.  The next two PK's went in for both teams, then Wakeland sent out it's sixth player, who kicked the ball into the net. The same would not happen for Frisco, as their kick sailed just over the crossbar, giving Wakeland the win, on PK shoot out 5 -4.  Although the score indicates that Frisco came up just short,  what should not be forgotten is how Frisco out played Wakeland, the defending District Champs, on its home turf.   The post game scene was somber for Frisco, and I am sure no words can take out the sting of this heartbreaking loss.  These girls should hold their heads high, they are strong, they are tough and they are good!!  Great job Lady Raccoons! 

 

Here are some images of the night!

Frisco JV Game

Frisco Varsity Game.

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco High School Frisco Photographer Frisco Raccoons Frisco Soccer Frisco Sports Photographer Mystic Garden Photography https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/2/frisco-high-school-soccer--lady-raccoons-vs-wakeland Wed, 12 Feb 2014 15:44:29 GMT
Staley Middle School Sports--Boys Basketball vs. Hunt https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/2/staley-middle-school-sports--boys-basketball-vs-hunt Last night the Staley Mustangs played their last basketball game of the season, hosting the Hunt Huskies.  All the Staley teams played well, each wanting to get that last victory.  It was a bittersweet night for the eighth grade parents as many of us watch our boys play their last school affiliated basketball game. 

The 7th Grade Boys C Team played tough against the Huskies keeping it close most of the game, the scored was tied 14 all mid way through the third period. But then the Huskies made a couple of baskets, when nothing was falling for the Mustangs, to take a 20-15 lead at the end of the third period. The Huskies had all the moment in the fourth period and put the game away.  The Mustangs fought hard, and put a couple more points on the board, but the victory went to Hunt.

The game of the night went the to 8th Grade C Team.  This team has a collection of thrilling games.  The game started out rough the Mustangs.  It looked like it might be a blow out in favor of the Huskies as they took a 14-4 lead going in to half time.  The highlight of the first half, was when Gavin toss the ball to Jace and he immediately took the jump shot and swished it through.  The cheer from the crowd was heartwarming.  Unfortunately the ref called no basket, because of a traveling call.  Nonetheless, nothing can erase the cheers and heartwarming congratulations of his team mates.  Despite being down by ten, what you have to love about all our Staley Mustangs is the spirit, determination and perseverance of these boys.   The Mustangs switched things up in the second half and dug deep.  The defense really stepped it up and put on the pressure, and the  offense rallied to make up the 10 point half-time deficit.   The Mustangs got things started right off the bat when #10 took the inbounds and passed out to #33 who made the three point jump shot to get the score to Hunt 14-Staley 7.  Staley put the ball up a couple more times but the ball would not fall in.  The Huskies seem to be having the same dilemma, they also took several shot, before they got a goal to go up 16-7.  Number ten took the ball up court and toss the ball to #33 who, once again, made the three point jump shot: Hunt 16- Mustangs 10.  The Huskies got the ball back and took quite a few shots, but the Mustangs finally got the rebound back down court, and #10 passed to #15, who made the lay up to bring the Mustangs within four, with 2:45 left in the third period. The score stayed Hunt 16 - Staley 12 until midway through the final period when #22 got a rebound from #33 shot and it sank through the net.  Seconds later, #10 rebounded from the Huskies shot, took a couple of dribbles and passed it far down the court to #15 who made the lay up to tie the game at 16 all.  In the final minute, it was an all out battle.  Staley's #25 got the rebound on Hunt's shot, passed to #1, who passed to #33 who took the shot, missed, but got the rebound and put it up for two.  The Mustangs were ahead 18-16 with 55 seconds left.   After a time out, the Huskies inbound and took it down the court,  several passes and three shots and rebounds, finally found them finding the net with 14 seconds left.  The game was tied at 18.  The Mustangs inbounded the ball, made it down court and three shots were taken.  A foul on #22 during the final shot, had him coming to the net.  Unfortunately, neither shot went through the net.  the Mustangs got the rebound and took one last shot, but that bounced off the backboard, out of bounds.     End of regulation, all tied up at 18, it was headed to a 3 minute overtime show down.  The overtime period was a defensive battle with no score for the two minutes.  Finally after numerous shots, and missed free throws by both the Mustangs and Huskies,  Staley's #22 went for the shot and drew a foul.  The first free throw went through, and then #22 got a rebounded to get the basket and was fouled again.  Again, he made the first shot and the Mustangs were up 22-18 with 50 seconds left.  The Huskies took it up the court, and were fouled and he missed, but the Mustangs knocked the ball out of bounds, so Hunt inbound and passed to a player who made the three point jump to bring the Huskies within one.   A miscue by the Mustangs could have been costly, but the defense stayed tough and kept the pressure on as the seconds ticked off the clock to zero.  The Mustangs made a HUGE come back to take the victory in their last game as Staley Mustangs!!!  Congratulations on an AWESOME victory!!!

The 7th Grade B Team had a heart breaking loss in the final seconds.  The Staley boys played hard the entire game, which was very close.  Ahead 26-23, the Huskies made a basket and a free throw to tie it up with 12 seconds left.  Another free throw made with 5 seconds left, put them ahead.  The Mustangs inbounded the ball, and a valiant effort by the team was made, and #24 toss up a shot, after a fall, as the buzzer sounded.  The ball fell short and the Huskies snagged a victory.  All in all a great game and season by this young team!!  Great job Mustangs. 

The 8th Grade B Team had a rough night.  It seemed, absolutely nothing would fall for the Mustangs.  Shot after shot, hit just outside the basket.  As always these boys play hard, give it their best, and are fun to watch.  I just wish they could have gotten another win.

The 7th Grade A Team played a good game, put up the shots and keeping it pretty close until the end of the third period.  Down by four 28-24, the momentum shifted to the Huskies as they made two more quick baskets. The Mustangs fought hard but could not make up the ground.  The Huskies got the victory 48-36.

The 8th Grade A team put on a show for the crowd in their final game as Staley Mustangs!! Hunt kept it close until the first period at 7-6, but then the Mustangs turned it on. Baskets by #25, #53, #11 and #23 had the score skyrocket to 24-12 midway through the second period.  More baskets  by #13, #14 and #51 had the Mustangs up  29-17 at the half.  A three foot jumper by #2 and shots by #5 and crew had the Mustangs cruise to a 53-33 victory!!  Congratulations on a fantastic win!! Way to go Mustangs.!!

8th Grade C Team

7th Grade C Team

7th Grade C Team

8th Grade C Team

8th Grade C Team

8th Grade C Team. 

8th Grade B Team

8th Grade B Team 

7th Grade B Team

7th Grade B Team

8th Grade A Team

7th Grade A Team

8th Grade A Team 

7th Grade A Team

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco Photographer Frisco Sports Photographer Mystic Garden Photography Staley Middle School https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/2/staley-middle-school-sports--boys-basketball-vs-hunt Tue, 11 Feb 2014 20:38:46 GMT
Frisco High School Soccer--Lady Raccoons vs. Heritage https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/2/frisco-high-school-soccer--lady-raccoons-vs-heritage Once again a very cold night for Frisco Soccer.  I know I speak for all the players and parents when I say, we are done with these freezing temperatures.  However, it does not seem to hinder the girls' performance.  Yet again, Frisco High Varsity dominated the game.  The first half had Blair assisting on all four goals scored in that half.  The second half had the Lady Raccoons keeping the ball on their side of the field for 90% of the time. The Lady Raccoons took many shots on goal, and the defense was stellar, limiting the number of shots the Lady Coyotes took on goal, and keeping them scoreless.  I did not see all the game, so I am not sure who scored all the goal for the Lady Raccoons, so I apologize for not giving you a shout out,  but congratulations, to Kaitlyn, Jordan, Fallon and Taylor for each scoring a goal.  And a huge congratulations to the entire team for another fantastic game.  Go Lady Raccoons!!

The JV team also looked great last night.  The Lady Raccoons came out ready to win.  Frisco chalked up their second victory in district blanking the Lady Coyotes 3-0.  The first goal came off a pass from Audrey out to the near sideline to Lauren who booted it right into the goal from ten yards out, after ten minutes of play.  The  Lady Raccoons continued to play strong on both offense and defense to take a 1-0 lead to the half. The Lady Raccoons came out and played a fantastic second half.  Frisco JV, just like Varsity, kept the ball on their side of the field for almost all of the second half.  Frisco's goalie, did not touch the ball at all in the second half.  The Lady Raccoons scored their second goal when Brittany nailed the ball into the goal on assist from Audrey.  The third goal was scored when Taylor got a pass from Lauren and kicked it toward the goal, and it just rolled past the goalie.   The Lady Raccoons played the last five minutes strong to preserve the shut out, 3-0.  Congratulations on a great game!! 

Here are some images of the night.

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco High School Frisco Photographer Frisco Sports Photographer Mystic Garden Photography https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/2/frisco-high-school-soccer--lady-raccoons-vs-heritage Sat, 08 Feb 2014 16:22:49 GMT
Frisco High School Soccer-Lady Raccoons vs. Frisco Liberty https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/2/frisco-high-school-soccer-lady-raccoons-vs-frisco-liberty The Frisco High School Lady Raccoons opened up district play last night against the Frisco Liberty Redhawks.  The girls and fans braved some chilly temperatures, yet again.  

The JV Girls played a nail biter, that had the fans on the edge of their seats.  The Lady Raccoons played strong and tough, and the Lady Redhawks were giving it all they had.  The Raccoons were doing a pretty good job of keeping it on their side of the field, a break away by a Lady Redhawk had them take a shot on goal and the Frisco keeper making a save and sending it back down field.  The Lady Raccoons made the most of it.  Brittany took a sideline pass from Nicole and booted it to the goal, it bounced off the post and Audrey played it perfectly, kicking the ball into the back of the net for the score.  Frisco took the lead 1-0 after ten minutes of play.   The Lady Raccoons worked hard and limited the Lady Redhawks to their shots on goal, but a pass up the field, had a Liberty player get one past the keeper to tie it up with seven minutes left to play in the half.  With a minute left in the half, Lauren took the ball down the sideline, crossed it to the center where Audrey had to fight off a defender, she passed out to  Dahnie who took the shot on goal.  It was successfully defended, but Frisco got a corner kick with less than 20 seconds on the clock.  Brittany sailed the corner kick toward her teammates and Taylor kicked it in the goal.  Frisco took a 2-1 lead to the half time break.  

The Lady Raccoons came out strong in the second half, but it was an all out defensive battle.  The entire team played hard and well together, from the forwards to mid-fielders to the defenders.  The Lady Raccoons had several shots on goals, but could not get one in the net.  The defense played stellar, and an excellent save by Alta showed that the defense was up to the task in keeping the Lady Redhawks off the scoreboard.  Although, the game was close, the Lady Raccoons put in a solid performance to get a district win, Frisco 2-Liberty 1.  Great Job Ladies!!

 

The Lady Raccoons Varsity Squad had an easier time with the Lady Redhawks.  Frisco's first score came in the 23rd minute of play, when Maddie dribbled the ball down the field, and past the keeper, who came out to defend, and nailed the ball into the goal.  The Lady Raccoons played solidly for the remainder of the half, and with just seconds left on the clock, Jordan passed the ball out to Maddie on the far sideline, who took it the short distance and sailed the ball to net, it was deflected and Jordan tapped it in for what the Frisco fans thought was a sure goal.  However, the ref ruled the score did not count as it was tapped in after the buzzer.  Frisco took the 1-0 lead to the half. 

The second half had the Lady Raccoons fired up and ready.  The second score started with the familiar site of Maddie taking the ball down the sideline, she crossed it to the center where Jordan, surrounded by two defenders and goalie, booted it in for a 2-0 Frisco lead with less than eight minutes ticked off in the second half.  Frisco continued the pressure, when Janie got a free kick perfectly to her teammates.  Jordan leaped up and headed the ball into the goal.  Perfectly played!!  The  Lady Raccoons had some breathing room with a 3-0 lead with thirty minutes left to play.  Frisco continued to flex their muscle with several more shots on goal, the final goal coming as Blair hammered a shot past three defenders.  Frisco played strong and smart to finish out the last thirteen minutes of play to preserve the shut out and take the victory, starting off 1-0 in district play.  Congratulations Lady Raccoons on a fantastic victory!

Here some images from the JV Game. 

 

Images from the Varsity game. 

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco High School Frisco Photographer Frisco Raccoons Frisco Sports Photographer Mystic Garden Photography https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/2/frisco-high-school-soccer-lady-raccoons-vs-frisco-liberty Wed, 05 Feb 2014 14:19:12 GMT
Frisco High School Soccer--Girls vs. Little Elm https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/2/frisco-high-school-soccer--girls-vs-little-elm The Frisco High School Girls Soccer hosted Little Elm on what turned out to be a very nice night.  Finally, a game that was not freezing cold.  

The JV girls played a fantastic game.  They dominated the entire game.  The first goal was scored by Taylor, she kicked the ball past a couple defenders and goalie right to the back of the net.  The second goal was a penalty kick for tripping and Audrey rocketed into the goal from about 10 yards out, with just under twenty minutes left to play in the first half.   Taylor nailed another ball into the goal for the third score.  Kendall headed the ball into the net off a corner kick from Brittany with just over eight minutes left.  The fifth goal came with about four minutes left in the half, a pass from Taylor to Riley, who immediately passed it across the field to Aubrey who took the shot and got it passed the goalie.  The Lady Raccoons took a 5-0 lead to the break.  The Lady Raccoons continued to dominated the second half, taking many shots on goal.  The final score came on a penalty kick, which Lauren booted into the back of the net.  The girls looked great, and played awesome to get  a 6-0 victory against the Lobos.

The Varsity Girls completely dominated the Lobos.  The Lady Raccoons kept the ball on their side of the field the entire first half.  The Raccoons took many shots on goal, several were over the goal, off to the side of the goal, and off the post.  The Lady Raccoons first score came when #19 passed to #23 who dribbled toward the net, the goalie came out and missed the ball and #23 kicked it into the net with 6:23 left in the first half.  Frisco had the half time lead of 1-0.  Frisco's second score was by #14, who just powered it past the keeper to give Frisco a 2-0 lead with 30 minutes left to play.  The third and final goal, came when #9 side-stepped the goalie as she attempted to stop the ball, and dribbled the ball past the goalie and kick it  into the net.  The Lady Raccoons had a lot of shots on goal and pretty much kept the ball on their own side of the field.  The Lady Raccoons goalies had an easy night, not getting a lot of touches on the ball.  The Varsity Girls were fast, passed the ball efficiently and played well together as a team.  

Congratulations Lady Raccoons on great wins tonight.

Here are some images of the night.

Lady Raccoons JV Game

Lady Raccoons Varsity 

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco High School Frisco Photographer Frisco Sports Photographer Mystic Garden Photography https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/2/frisco-high-school-soccer--girls-vs-little-elm Sat, 01 Feb 2014 07:41:53 GMT
Staley Middle School Sports--Girls Basketball vs. Hendrick https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/1/staley-middle-school-sports--girls-basketball-vs-hendrick The Staley Mustangs Girls Basketball teams hosted Hendrick Middle School last night.  All the girls played well and there were some close and exciting games for the fans.  It was a so nice to go out and see these young ladies play, see and chat with some friends, and meet new ones.  

The 7th Grade C team played a great game.  They jumped out to a 6-0 lead and never looked back.  Speed on the offensive was a key factor in the win.  Great offense by #1, #10 and #41 gave the Mustangs a hefty ten point lead: 16-6 going in to half time.  The Staley girls continued to dominate the game on both sides of the ball during the second half.  Outstanding play by #4, #52, #32, #15 and the rest of the team kept them well in front.  The Staley girls worked together on defense limiting Hendrick to two baskets the entire second half.  The Lady Mustangs won with a final score of 33-10.  Great job Lady Mustangs!!

The 8th Grade B team played tough.  These girls are fun to watch, they are aggressive and go all out.  This game was close and exciting. The Lady Mustangs had an early lead of 6-3 at the start of the second period.  Great play by #35, #41, 51, & #21 had the Mustangs in the lead.  However, Hendrick came on strong in the second period and took a the lead 13-11 early in the third period. The Lady Mustangs played well , but were not having any luck having the ball fall in the basket in the third period, and Hedrick took the lead 22-16 toward the end of the third period.  The Lady Mustangs stepped it up, outstanding and aggressive play by #25, #45 & #20 had the Mustangs back in the game. These ladies were putting up a good fight, with a minute twenty left in the game the Mustangs were only down by 2: Hendrick 25-Staley 23.  The crowd was pulling for a comeback.  The Lady Mustangs had the opportunities, they had several fouls that allowed for free throws at the line, but the Mustnags could only get one in.  The Mustangs pulled within one with less than four seconds left, Hendrick 25-Staley 24.  A foul by the Lady Mustangs had a Hendrick player going to the line, and making both shots to put the game away at 27-23.  The Lady Mustangs played tough, and with great determination and spirit, to come back and give the fans an exciting game.  A close and thrilling game that could have gone either way.  Way to fight Lady Mustangs!!!

The Staley 7th Grade B Team played tough and also provided a thrilling game.   Fantastic play by #22, #23, #25 and #50 gave the Mustangs a slim lead of 4-3 late in the first period.  Number 3, #21, #33 and #53 kept the Mustangs in the game with great offense and defense.  Staley had a 10-7 lead early in the third period.  However, Hendrick stayed strong and tied the game up early in the fourth period at 14.  Although, the Mustangs played aggressive and tough, luck was not on their side, as Hendrick took the win: 19-14.  Fantastic effort, Lady Mustangs!!

The 8th Grade A team was fun to watch, as I know several of the girls on this team.  These young ladies put on a show for the Mustang faithful.  They took the lead early on and kept adding to it.  Outstanding team effort had the Lady Mustangs dominate the game on both offense and defense.  Fantastic plays by #12,#1, #13, #32 and #42 gave the Mustangs a 19-12 lead early in the third period.  Great play by #4, #10, #14, #43 &  #50 and the rest of the Lady Mustangs had them cruising to a 26-12 victory.  This team played fast, aggressive and smart on both offense and defense to secure the win.  Congratulations on an awesome victory!!

The 7th Grade A team gets the award for game of the night. This game was close throughout, each team putting it all out on the court.  The aggressive play of #12, #2, #44 and #45 had the  Lady Mustangs matching the Hendrick Wranglers basket for basket.  Outstanding effort in the second half by #26, #40, #51 and #55 continued to keep the game tight.  Fantastic defense down the stretch kept the Mustangs in the game when the ball would not drop through the net.  Despite the excellent effort put forth by the Lady Mustangs and the cheers of the home crowd, the game ended in a 23 all tie at the end of regulation.  On to a three minute overtime showdown.  The Lady Mustangs had three minutes to show what they are made of: and they did.  These young ladies went out and put it all on the court,  they dominated the overtime period, showed determination, grit, and Mustang spirit from the tip off. Number 44 took the tip off from #51 to take it up the court for two, to give the Mustangs a quick two point lead. Another quick basket by the Lady Mustangs had the lead stretched to four: Staley 27-Hendrick 23. Great defense had #51 get the rebound and #24 take it to the net to go for the shot and draw the foul.  Number 24 came to the line with confidence and calmly sank the first free throw to give the Mustangs a five point lead.  Fantastic defense to contain Hendrick and keep them scoreless, and two additional baskets by #26 and #2 had the Mustangs overpower the Wranglers in the overtime period to walk away with a convincing 32-23 victory.  When push came to shove, these young ladies proved that they will stay strong, be tough, work together and fight hard to get the job done.  These young ladies provided the Staley fans with a thrilling game with a fantastic outcome.  I am so glad that I got to watch these girls play this game.   Congratulations Lady Mustangs on a hard fought, well deserved victory!!!  

Here are some images of the night.

7th Grade C Team

8th Grade B Team

8th Grade B Team

7th Grade C Team

7th Grade B Team

8th Grade A team

8th Grade A Team

8th Grade A Team

7th Grade B Team

 

7th Grade A Team

7th Grade A Team

7th Grade A Team

 

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco Photographer Frisco Sports Photographer Mustangs Mystic Garden Photography Staley Staley Middle School https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/1/staley-middle-school-sports--girls-basketball-vs-hendrick Fri, 31 Jan 2014 16:17:51 GMT
Staley Middle School Sports--Boys Basketball vs. Cobb https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/1/staley-middle-school-sports--boys-basketball-vs-cobb The Staley Mustangs Boys Basketball hosted the Cobb Cyclones last night.  All the boys played well and there were some tight games and fantastic finishes.  

The 7th Grade boys C team played tough against the Cyclones, keeping it close through out the game.  The team worked together on both offense and defense to stay even with the Cylones.  Cobb had a slight lead 11-10 early in the third period,  when a bucket by #44 put Staley ahead. Tough defense by Staley #55 and #42 down the stretch kept Staley close. The Cyclones had a 5 point advantage late in third period 21-16, however the Mustangs fought hard and outscored the Cyclones in the fourth period, it just was not quite enough.  The Staley boys played strong and competitive, but lost a heartbreaker to Cobb with a final score of 24-22.  Great game boys.

The 8th Grade boys C team also played a competitive came against Cobb.  The teams traded baskets for the entire first half.  Great plays by #3, #10 and #15 had Staley with the lead 18-16 at the half.  Cobb came out strong in the third period to go up quickly 23-18.  The Staley boys lead by #22, #1 and #0 stayed strong and got back into the game, 26-22 late in the third.  The Mustangs were giving it their all.  Staley's #22 made a basket in the fourth period to get the Mustangs within two for a score of 26-24.  However, Cobb came right back with two baskets of their own to take the lead 30-24.  Staley stayed strong and #15 got the  Mustangs's two more.  Staley #10 drew a foul and made one free throw to bring the score to Cobb 30-Staley 27 with a minute nineteen left.  The home crowd was loud and proud.  Cobb went down the court and scored a basket of their own.  Staley's #10 brought it down the court , passed to #1 who quickly passed it back to #10, who went up for the shot.  Staley's #22 rebounded under the net and passed it back out to #1, who hit a three point jumper to pull the Mustangs back within 2 with 42 seconds left.  Cobb 32-Staley30.  Staley defense held and the Mustangs brought it back down the court.  The Mustangs took the shot, but luck would not have it fall in for the score.  Cobb rebound to close out the game.  The Mustangs played strong and tough, but lost a heartbreaker 30-32.  Great job, Mustangs! 

The Mustangs 8th Grade B Team always plays with such enthusiasm, and determination.  I love watching them play, each one of them give it 100%.  Once again, the Mustangs played tough and never gave up, but just could not overcome the Cylcones.   Keep playing with that determination and spirit.   

The Staley Mustang 7th Grade B Team gets the game of the night award!!  These boys played toughed.  They had to fight hard, and they did.  The Mustangs were down by eleven points 18-7 in the third period, and still 23-12 late in the third.  But that did not stop the Mustangs.  Baskets by #11 and #1 got the Mustangs within 7: 23-16 at the end of the third.   Down by 5 (27-22) with a minute and half left, the Mustangs would not give up, they applied the pressure and mounted their comeback.   Outstanding defense down the stretch by the Mustangs was crucial.  Staley's #5 passed to #1 who made the shot, Mustangs down by three. The Mustangs passed the ball around, took some shots, got the rebounds but could not get one to drop in the basket.  The gym rocked as the crowd, and other Staley players chanted "DEFENSE".  The Mustang defense stayed tough, and got the ball back.  The ball was passed out to #15, who made the jump shot at the three point line.  The Staley fans went wild!! TIE GAME 27-27!!  The coaches called for a time out with 30 seconds left.  The strategy was in place.   The Mustangs perfectly executed an inbounds play, Staley #1 with the ball went for the shot and drew the foul.   Calm and composed he came to the line and sank one of the free throws to give the Mustangs a very narrow, one point lead 28-27.   Staley's #25 stole the ball, but aggressive play by the Cyclones had it come down to a jump ball and possession going to Cobb.  The Mustang defense stayed strong, #15 and #1 double teamed the Cyclone player for a steal.  #1 brought it back down the court, took the shot, and Cobb rebounded as the seconds ticked off the clock.  The buzzer sounded and the crowd leapt to their feet as the Mustangs pulled out an outstanding come from behind victory!!

The Staley Mustangs 7th Grade A team, played a tough Cobb team, who has only lost one game all season.  The Mustangs played with grit and determination, but could not overcome the offensive power of the Cyclones.  However, these boys play their hearts out every minute of every game.  I enjoy watching the all out efforts of all of these boys.  Great plays, by # 45, #31, #41 and #12 had the Mustangs putting points on the board, but they lost to the Cyclones, 32-18.  Great effort Mustangs!!

The Staley Mustangs 8th Grade A team gave the 7th Grade B team a run for the money on the game of the night.   The Staley boys started out strong and had a 5-0 lead in the first, and an 11-7 lead at the half. Cobb proved to be tough, getting five points late in the third period to tie it up at 17.  The Mustangs were not going to go down, they dug in and showed the Cyclones what they are made of: determination and persistence.   The Mustang's #4 took a shot and drew the foul.  Both shots missed, but #13 rebounded, made the basket and drew a foul.  The Mustangs came out with the two point lead, 19-17.  A foul by the Mustangs in bonus time had the Cyclones sink one free throw to pull back within one.  The Mustangs continued to play aggressive, a shot by #54 bounced off the rim and into Staley's #13 hands, who put it through the net for two: Staley 21-Cobb 18.  Staley's #54 came to the line and sank a free throw to give the Mustangs a much needed point, as Cobb came right back and got a goal to be only down by two. ( Staley 22-Cobb 20).  Staley's #54 drew another foul and with composure and precision, swished two through the net to put the Mustangs up by four with 1:48 to play.   Some Staley players were fouled, and came to the line, and one went through the net, that and  great defense kept the score at 25-20, until Staley's #4 came to the line for another chance at two free throws.  Number 4 made it look easy as he put two through to give the Mustangs the lead at 27-20 with 47 seconds left.  The Cyclones got one more point on a free throw, but the Mustang defense kept the pressure on and got possession at the end of the game to run out the last ten seconds for the victory.  Fantastic win, Mustangs!!  Way to be tough!!  

All the boys played well and provided exciting moments for the Staley fans.   Congratulations Mustangs!!

I am looking forward to being at Staley next week to watch, cheer on and photograph our Lady Mustangs!!  

 

Here are some images from last night's games:

7th Grade C Team

7th Grade C Team

8th Grade C Team

8th Grade C Team

8th Grade B Team

8th Grade B Team

7th Grade B Team--3 point shot to tie the game.

7th Grade B Team--3 point shot to tie the game.

7th Grade B Team--Game winning free throw.

7th Grade B team Celebration

8th Grade A team

7th Grade A team

7th Grade A Team

8th Grade A Team

8th Grade A team

8th Grade A Team

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco Photographer Frisco Sports Photographer Mystic Garden Photography Staley Middle School https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/1/staley-middle-school-sports--boys-basketball-vs-cobb Fri, 24 Jan 2014 17:12:35 GMT
Frisco Family Photographer--The Landau Family https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/1/frisco-family-photographer--the-landau-family I had the wonderful honor of spending time with the fabulous Landau family this afternoon.  We have been so blessed to know this family and call them friends for several years.  We have a lot in common.  We both have four kids, three the same age.  Our oldest, daughters are very close friends.  We admire and respect this family, they are gracious, down-to-earth, and the nicest people you could ever meet.  They are all around beautiful from the inside out.  I have been looking forward to this session, with our kids involved in sports, get schedules to mesh is not easy, and then throw in some crazy cold weather, we had to reschedule.  However, today was absolutely beautiful, a great day for portraits.    

This family rocked their session.  They looked fabulous and we got some awesome portraits.  We ended the day with their vintage car.  Love it!!  Thank you for a fantastic afternoon!!

Here are some of my favorite images of this beautiful family. 

 

 

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco Family Photographer Frisco Photographer Mystic Garden Photography https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/1/frisco-family-photographer--the-landau-family Tue, 21 Jan 2014 06:49:11 GMT
Staley Middle School Sports--Boys Basketball vs. Pioneer https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/1/staley-middle-school-sports--boys-basketball-vs-pioneer The Staley Mustangs Boys Basketball played the Pioneer Panthers at home last night.  This is always a fun game, as we have some friends who go to Pioneer and it is always good to see them and watch their kids play.  

The 8th Grade Mustangs C team played well against the Panthers.  Pioneer took an early 6-0 lead, but Staley fought back to close the gap to 2 at 10-8 late in the second period.  Nice team work and shots, by #10, #33, #3 and #0 helped the Mustangs keep it close.  The Panthers came out on fire in the third period to take control of the contest.  The Mustangs took shots, but did not have the any luck getting them to fall their way.  Although the Mustangs outscored the Panthers in the fourth period, it was not enough as the Mustangs fell to the Panthers 31-19.  Good game boys!

The 7th Grade Mustangs C team took control of the contest against the Panthers from the get-go.  The Mustangs had a 9-2 lead early in the second period.  The Mustangs had a great third period with a commanding 11 point lead.  The boys played great together, had stellar defense and turned the pressure into a lot of fastbreak points.  The Mustangs stayed strong and played smart to get the much deserved victory.  Fantastic Job!! Congratulations, Mustangs!!

The 8th Grade B Team played tough against the Panthers. The boys kept it close, matching basket for basket in the first half.   The Mustangs and Panthers were tied up 9-9 late in the second period. The Panthers proved to be strong in the second half, gaining momentum,  and turning up the defense to outscore the Mustangs, and take a late fourth quarter lead of 30-19.  Regardless of the final score, it is always fun to watch this Mustang team play.  These boys go out and leave it all on the court.  They play with heart, determination and Mustang spirit.   

The 7th Grade Boys B team played an exciting game.  The Mustangs took command of the game early and had an 8-2 lead at the start of the second quarter.  The Mustangs were up by ten when the Panthers mounted a come back.  Going on a scoring run, the Panthers were down by 2: 19-17 when a foul took them to the line,  they sunk both free throws to tie it up midway through the third quarter.  However, the Mustangs stayed strong and aggressive, played defense down the stretch and hit their shots to finish out the game with a 30-22 victory.   A great game Mustangs!!

The 7th Grade A Team played hard against the Panthers, but fell behind early and could not make up the deficit.  However, these boys play strong and aggressive, with grit and spirit. Number 31 and #45 raced up and down the court, controlling the ball  and great shots by #22, #12 and # 3 had the Mustangs put points on the board.  It is always great to see this young team play together.  Great job Mustangs. 

The 8th Grade A team wins the award for the most exciting game of the night.  The Mustangs played a fantastic game and fought hard.  The game was close, with the Mustangs and Panthers trading baskets, for a tie score at 11 at the end of the first period. The Panthers pulled ahead in the second period to have a 25-20 lead at the half.   Pioneer increased their lead on the Mustangs to ten points in the third period.  The Mustangs stayed strong, getting a couple of baskets to bring the score 34-28 in favor of the Panthers late in the third.  Number 25 made a shot to get the Mustangs two more and drew a one and one foul.  The ball bounced off the rim from the free throw and was rebound by Staley #54, who went up for the shot and drew the foul.  Both balls bounced off the rim to close out the third period with the Mustangs down by four: 34-30.  The Mustangs kept the faith, gather their Mustang spirit and buckled down for six more minutes of play.  After a missed shot by Pioneer, Staley #23 brought the ball down court, passed to #14 who put up a shot and that was rebound by #11 who made the shot for the Mustangs and drew them within two-34-32.   Pioneer answered with their own basket to take the four point lead again: Pioneer 36-Mustangs 32.  Once again Staley's #23 brought the ball to the Mustangs' side of the court,  and nailed a three pointer.  Excitement filled the air, the Mustang fans jumped to their feet, as the lead was cut to one: Pioneer 36- Mustangs 35.  But with 4:55 left, it was still anyone's game.   The Panthers put two on the board, and the Mustangs responded when #14 put one through the net to keep the Mustangs in the game: Panthers 38- Mustangs 37.  Mustangs rebounded a Pioneer shot, brought it up court, took a shot, missed but got the rebound.  However, the Panthers had a steal under the net and raced down the court.  The Mustangs' #5 played great "D" and returned the favor with a steal of his own.    Billy went up for the shot and drew the foul with 1:40 left in the game.  Ready and composed, Billy made the first of two free throws to tie the game up at 38.  The crowd roared and jumped to their feet.  Still anyone's game, with the crowd chanting defense, the Mustangs stepped it up and kept the pressure on.   Missed shots by both teams had the scored knotted up, when a time out was called.  The Mustangs had a potentially costly steal on a pass, but great defense neutralized the Panthers shot.  Mustang #25 dribbled the ball down the court,  the ball was passed around until Staley #51 took a shot, rebounded and took another shot.  The ball would not fall in for a score.  The Mustangs rebounded, and passed off to #25, who shot and drew the foul.  Jack, calm, steady and composed connected on the first free throw as the crowd went wild.  The Mustang faithful roared again when Jack swished the second free throw for a two point Mustang lead with 19 seconds left.  Two time outs later, Pioneer got possession, inbounded the ball and took it to their side, as the crowd chanted "DEFENSE".  Staley applied the pressure and a pass sailed out of bounds.  Mustangs' ball with nine second left.  Mustang's #25 was fouled, during bonus time, and got a one and one. The ball bounced off the rim and Mustangs rebounded, ran out the clock and hung on for a 40-38 hard fought, come from behind victory.  A thrilling win for these boys, who never, ever give up.   Great job Mustangs!!!

Here are some images of the night.  

8th Grade C Team

8th Grade C team

8th Grade C Team

7th Grade C Team

7th Grade C Team

7th Grade B Team

7th Grade B Team

8th Grade B Team

8th Grade B Team

7th Grade A Team

7th Grade A Team

7th Grade A Team

8th Grade A Team--Game tying free throw.

8th Grade A Team

8th Grade A Team--Game winning free throw.

8th Grade A team

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco Photographer Frisco Sports Photographer Mystic Garden Photography Staley Middle School https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/1/staley-middle-school-sports--boys-basketball-vs-pioneer Fri, 17 Jan 2014 16:44:55 GMT
FISD Swim Meet https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/1/fisd-swim-meet I was honored to be asked to go out to photograph the Heritage High School Swim team at today's meet at the Frisco Natatorium.  It was a new experience and a lot of fun.  All the young men and young ladies did a great job, they are incredible athletes.  I wish them all the best of luck at the upcoming FISD District meet.  I did manage get a few of the Frisco High School Swimmers also. 

Here are some of my favorite images of the meet.

 

 

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco High School Frisco Photographer Frisco Sports Photographer Mystic Garden Photography https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/1/fisd-swim-meet Sat, 11 Jan 2014 23:39:03 GMT
Staley Middle School Sports--Boys Basketball vs. Fowler Falcons https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/1/staley-middle-school-sports--boys-basketball-vs-fowler-falcons Staley Boys Basketball hosted the Fowler Falcons last night.  The Boys 7th Grade C team played tough, keeping the game tight with the Falcons.  They were up by one early in the third quarter, but the Falcons fought back.  Late in the fourth, Fowler was up by two, 20-18.  The Mustangs were hanging tough; however, everything was falling the Falcons way.  It seemed every shot they put up fell into the net, while the Mustangs were not having the same success, as if someone put a lid on the top of their basket.  Despite playing  a very good game, the Mustangs lost to the Falcons 28-20.

The Mustangs 8th Grade B team, came out on fire, after watching their teammates on the C team get a thrilling victory.  The Mustangs were matching the Falcons basket for basket and had the scored tied 10-10 in the second quarter.  The Falcons went on a 9-4 run to take a 19-14 lead into the half.  Number 43 sank a basket at the free throw line to get the Mustangs at 15-21 in the third quarter.  The Mustangs continued to play tough and with 5:20 left in the game, the Mustangs were within two.  Mustangs 21-Falcons-23.  The Falcons still had the lead, but #3 came to the line and got one through the net to bring the score to: Mustangs 22-Falcons 26.  Then Mustang #42 dribbled down court and made a lay up shot to get the Mustangs back in the game, only two out. Mustangs 24-Falcons-26.   After a great rebound, and coming back down the court, Staley's #1 drew a foul, with 1:57 left in the game.   The Mustangs were ready for another come from behind victory.  However, both baskets just barely missed,  Fowler went to inbound the ball, when #24 tipped it and Staley's #42 got the ball, turned and shot.  Two points for the Mustangs--the game was unbelievably tied up at 26 with 1:52 left.  However, anyone will tell you that is an eternity in basketball.  Staley's #3 had a great steal, passed to #24 who went up for the shot, however great defense by the Falcons, had them bring it back for two points.   The Mustangs were aggressive, playing to win, but fouled the Falcons several times. The Falcons proved to be proficient at free throws, hitting 5 out of 6 to go ahead 33-26.  The game was much, much closer than the final scored indicated.  The Mustangs fought hard, but time ran out and the Falcons held on for the victory.  

Th Staley 7th Grade B team played a great game, they went ahead right off the bat, with baskets by #10 and # 1.  Falcons proved they could play just as well as the Mustangs.  They quickly closed the gap and took the lead 12-11 mid-way through the second quarter.  Staley Number #3 made a great lay up to get the Mustangs two more; however, the Falcons were tough, taking a 19-13 lead to the half.  The Mustangs would not be brought down that easily.  They came out in the second half, aggressive and strong.  several baskets and great defense had them bring it within two with 25 seconds left.  Staley's #1 got the ball on the inbound, after a time out.  He went to the paint, and took a shot, but the Falcon defense blocked the shot, Mustang #11 got the rebound, and was fouled.  We though he would go to the line to shoot, but apparently it was not a shooting foul, so the Mustangs inbounded the ball, and #24 took a shot, but it did not drop and was knocked out of bounds--Falcon's ball.  The Falcons threw the ball down the court and threw it at the basket as the buzzer sounded.  The Falcons outlasted the Mustangs for the 27-25 victory. 

The Staley 8th Grade A team had their work cut out for them.  The Falcons sported some big kids.  Two of them could dunk!!  This team was loaded with talent.  They have scored 50+ points against all their opponents so far.  The Staley Boys played well, but were out matched against this bigger team. They were down 16-5  int he second quarter. The Mustangs players kept their composure, played hard and stayed strong. They definitely were not the bigger team, but their compete level is off the charts.  They played a great fourth quarter, scoring nine points while holding the Falcons to 2.  The Staley Boys kept the Falcons under 50 points and had the lowest points spread of all of Fowler's opponents.  A moral victory with the Falcons 45- Mustangs 24.  

The Staley 7th Grade A team played well together as a team.  The Falcons and Mustangs battled it out, keeping it close it the first half.  The Falcons came out hard in the second half, going up 19-7.   A great pass from Staley #12 to #22 lead to a fantastic three point shot.  The Mustangs were tough, not going down easy, but it was an uphill battle against a much bigger team.  The Staley boys were handed a 39-22 defeat, but will hopefully rebound next week and come back strong.  

Here are some images of the night.

7th Grade C Team

7th Grade C Team

7th Grade B Team

7th Grade B team

8th Grade B Team

8th Grade B Team

8th Grade A Team

8th Grade A Team

7th Grade A Team

7th Grade A team

 

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco Photographer Frisco Sports Photographer Mystic Garden Photography Staley Middle School https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/1/staley-middle-school-sports--boys-basketball-vs-fowler-falcons Fri, 10 Jan 2014 22:00:43 GMT
Staley Middle School Sports--Boys Basketball vs. Fowler 8th Grade C Team--Game of the Night https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/1/staley-middle-school-sports--boys-basketball-vs-fowler Staley Mustangs Basketball resumed its season after the winter break.  The Staley boys played their first home game of the season against the Fowler Falcons.   The most exciting game of the night was the Staley 8th Grade Boys C Team.  The game started with the Mustangs going up 6-1.  The Mustangs were playing tough, but Fowler was puttng up a good fight.  Number 4 made a free throw to give the Mustangs a 9-6 lead with 2:17 left in the half.  Fowler made two baskets to take the lead 10-9.  The Mustangs and Falcons were fighting it out, keeping it close, as the Mustangs had a slight edge 16-15 early in the third quarter.  These two teams were in an all out battle, matching basket for basket.  Fowler gained a three point lead 21-18 with 3:42 left in the game.  The Mustangs defense played great and with 1:24 left, the Mustangs were down by 2:  Falcons 22- Mustangs 20.  After a time out, the Mustangs got the ball, #0 drove the ball to the basket, the shot bounced off the rim and eventually Fowler got the ball back and took it down the court.  The Mustangs defense played tough, and #1  got the rebound, passed to #3 who dribbled down the court and took the  shot, #0 rebounded and was fouled on his shot.  Staley's #0 came to the line with 27 seconds left for two free throws.  The fans, the bench and myself held their breath as Ben shot and the ball approached the net: swish!  Ben, calm and composed, took the second free throw and tied it up as the bench went wild.   Mustangs 22- Falcons 22 and 27 seconds left, the game was up for grabs.  It was a nail biter for sure.   Fowler inbounded the ball, took it down to their basket, great Mustang defense had the shot blocked and the Fowler player inadvertently tossing the ball out of bounds: Mustang's ball!!  Mustang #10 took the ball, raced down the court,  a collision with a Fowler player had #10 go down as he passed.  Staley #22 got the ball and took the shot, the ball bounced off the rim,  off a Fowler player's leg and out of bounds.   Mustang's ball with ten second left, the Staley fans were ecstatic.  After a time out, the Mustangs, pumped and ready, inbounded the ball to #22, Jacob took the shot, and drew the foul.  The crowd roared!  With the scored tied, and 8 seconds left in the game, Number 22 came to line, everyone waited with bated breath, as Jacob took the shot.  The ball went through the net, and the Mustangs had the lead 23-22.  The bench, players' bleachers, coaches and the fans went nuts!!  Jacob, unbelievably calm, took the second shot, and swished that one through the net as well. The excitement of the entire Mustang team was incredible.  Four clutch free throw to take the lead, what a game!! The Mustang defense had to buckle down for 8 seconds to hold on for the win, as Fowler took the ball to their end of the court.  The Mustang defense applied the pressure, as a Fowler pass was missed and went out of bounds.  MUSTANG VICTORY!!  The Staley boys played tough and smart to come away with a much deserved victory.  Seeing the entire 8th Grade Mustangs teams celebrate this victory was a heart touching moment!!  Way to go MUSTANGS!!  So proud of these boys, way to be tough!!!

Here are some images of that incredible game:

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco Photographer Frisco Sports Photographer Mystic Garden Photography Staley Middle School https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/1/staley-middle-school-sports--boys-basketball-vs-fowler Fri, 10 Jan 2014 15:37:26 GMT
Frisco The Tournament of Champions Qualifier Match https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/1/frisco-the-tournament-of-champions-qualifier-match As most of you know I have four kids.  Katie, a sophomore at Frisco High School, and Alex, an 8th Grader at Staley, both of them have been on the blog as I have photographed their games for each school.  The younger two boys, Garrett, a 6th grader at Staley and Nicholas, a 5th Grade at Bright, I do not get to photograph as much, but I am equally proud of them.  This game, however, was not to be missed,  the two boys, played each other for the first time, in a soccer tournament.   This game was very much anticipated in our house as these two would truly play against each other, as Garrett plays defense and Nicholas plays offense.  Someone was going to get bragging rights, because there is no small amount of sibling rivalry in our house. .

A little background, my husband, Joe has coached both boys teams for six years. So first off, he had to make a choice of which team to coach during the actual game.  He has an assistant for Garrett's team, but not for Nicholas', so he let his assistant coach Garrett's team, and he coach Nicholas' team.  Garrett, the older boy is fairly quiet and reserved, the exact opposite of Nicholas.  Nicholas is by far, always the smallest one on the field, but anyone will tell you that he is fast, scrappy, and fearless, if you could not tell by the cast on his arm.

 As most parents knows, if one of your kids has an important game, invariably  at the same time, so does another one,  Well, as fate would have it, these two played on the very same night and time as the very last Staley football my older son would play in.  So, as always, it was divide and conquer.  I watched and photographed Alex's football game, then raced across town to get the the second half of this game.  My husband being so wonderful, knew I would only make the second half and had the two boys play on my side of the field.  Garrett and Nicholas did not disappoint.  Nicholas played like he always does, all out, all the time and I have never seen Garrett play a better game of soccer, he was quick and aggressive, not wanting his little brother get the best of him. 

Both Garrett and Nicholas played great, and it was very entertaining to watch them.  There may, or may not, have been a little extra pushing, and perhaps a few words exchanged, however, both of them had smiles plastered on their face the entire game.  Nicholas's team played great, but Garrett's team prevailed in the end 3-0 and the win and shutout propelled them into the championship game.  This was a fun game, and I am so glad I did not miss it, definitely a memorable moment for the Deutsch family.  On a side note, I loved how Joe coached Nicholas' team, the one in blue, but wore maroon, the color of Garrett's team.  Way to be neutral and diplomatic!!   

Here are a few of my favorite images.

My favorite image!!

 

Garrett giving as good as he gets!!

Brings a whole new meaning to four on four!!

Um, that was not on purpose at all, honest, Mom!!

"Not today, Space Ranger!"  Nicholas to Garrett.

Garrett, "Well, as a matter of fact, yes today, we are winning!"

Still buddies!!

One proud daddy!!

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco Photographer Frisco Sports Photographer Mystic Garden Photography https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/1/frisco-the-tournament-of-champions-qualifier-match Mon, 06 Jan 2014 18:26:49 GMT
Portraits-Top 13 of 2013 https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/1/portraits-top-13-of-2013 2013 was an amazing year!! Another year of photographing sports, seniors, newborns, families, children and bridal portraits.  I can't say exactly how many pictures I took throughout the year, but let's just say it was A LOT!!  It was a fantastic year and I had a great time capturing all the images.  With the close of 2013 I thought I would look back and pick some images that not only represent my work over the year, but are significant to me for one reason or another.   It was incredibly difficult to pick just 13, any number of portraits from all my clients could have graced the top 13.   Photography, to me is so much more that taking a picture, it is about creating a memory, a feeling, telling a story.   I am so blessed to being something I love so much.  I have enjoyed working with each one of my clients, and each one has become a friend and are special to me. Thank you, all of you for the love, and support and making 2013 an amazing year!!  I am looking forward to another amazing year in 2014. 

13. I love senior portraits!!!!  This young lady, Kara, was a natural in front of the camera, love this look.

12. Another senior session, love this girl!!  Brittany is so sweet, she rocked her session.  Love this outfit, and beautiful fall colors!! 

11. Newborn portraits tug at my heart.  They are so little for such a short period of time.  Capturing that sweet innocence is always a favorite of mine.  This beautiful newborn, Madelyn,  was an absolute dream to work with.  

10.  This beautiful senior is near and dear to my heart.  Julia, is my niece, I have watched her grow up into an amazing young woman and am so proud of her.  I love this one of her in black and white.  Simply Beautiful.

9. Seniors!! I love how everything came together perfectly for this session.  The dress, the flowers,  the boots, the jewelry , Regan's beauty and style, it was all perfect.  Love this one!! 

8. This cutie pie is the most adorable little girl--EVER.  I have had the honor of photographing her the last three years, and each time is better than the last, which is unbelievable.  The precious Miss Caroline--love that face!!

7.  This adorable newborn in so special to me.  Little Miss Caroline is my best friend's new baby.  She is so blessed with a wonderful family, and just as precious as can be.  I can't wait to photograph her again.

6. This beautiful senior, is an amazing young lady.  I absolutely love this image, Melissa's serene beauty, the natural background are perfect together.

5.  This beautiful young lady is a natural in front of the camera.  Ellora is so photogenic, it is unbelievable.  This vintage style outfit she wore, and the hair wreath made for some amazing portraits.  Love this one.  

4.  Another Senior!!  I love this image of this fabulous young lady.  Shelby rocked her senior session, we got so many great looks, but it is this one that just gets me every time!! Beautiful!!

3. This image...what is not to love about it.  I love Bridal Portraits.  This beautiful bride, Marta, was amazing to work with and we captured some stunning images.  

2.  This image brings tears to my eyes, every time I see it.  The Moran family is stunning, but to capture such a sweet portrait as they hold their first newborn baby is heart warming.  LOVE this family, and this image more than words can say!

1.  Oh what can I say about this portrait.  The young lady is amazing,  Kaitlyn is so sweet, sincere, generous and kind.  I loved every minute of my sessions with her and we captured some amazing images.  And I got to know her wonderful family and am so blessed to call them friends.  These fall colors, Kaityln's effortless beauty, her style--AMAZING!!

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco Children Photographer Frisco Family Photographer Frisco Newborn Photographer Frisco Photographer Frisco Senior Photographer Mystic Garden Photography https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/1/portraits-top-13-of-2013 Sat, 04 Jan 2014 19:56:13 GMT
Frisco High School Soccer--Men's Alumni vs. Varsity Soccer Game https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/1/frisco-high-school-soccer--mens-alumni-vs-varsity-soccer-game The Frisco High School Men's Soccer Alumni vs. Varsity Soccer game was an all out battle.  These young men play fast and furious, they can move the ball around the field at lightning speed.  The Varsity Team had their hands full with a very tough Alumni team.  The Alumni team scored first, but the Varsity team scored one to have it all tied up at the half.  The game played out just as tough in the second half with the final score being a 2 all tie.  This is alway a great event and a fun way to start the soccer season.  

Here are some images of the night.

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco High School Frisco Photographer Frisco Raccoons Frisco Sports Photographer Mystic Garden Photography https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/1/frisco-high-school-soccer--mens-alumni-vs-varsity-soccer-game Fri, 03 Jan 2014 05:23:10 GMT
Frisco High School Soccer--Ladies Alumni Game https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/1/frisco-high-school-soccer--ladies-alumni-game I once again had the opportunity to go out to the Frisco High School Ladies Soccer Alumni vs. Varsity Soccer game tonight.  This game is alway a lot of fun, and a great way to kick off the soccer season.   These ladies braved the cold temperatures and played hard.  The Lady Raccoons Varsity squad looked great, they moved the ball around the field and scored several goals.  The Alumni team did well, also scoring goals, but not as many as the Varsity team.  Having fun is the main focus of the annual event, and the ladies certainly looked like they had a great time.  

Here are some images of the night.

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco High School Frisco Photographer Frisco Raccoons Frisco Sports Photographer Mystic Garden Photography https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/1/frisco-high-school-soccer--ladies-alumni-game Fri, 03 Jan 2014 05:14:15 GMT
2013 Sports Moments Honorable Mentions https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/1/2o13-sports-moments-honorable-mentions There were just too many "moments" in 2013, I thought I would share some more that were special.  Most of these are close to my heart, because of the people involved and how I feel about them.  Photography, for me, is so much about emotions, so I had to include these special moments, for the feelings they evoke as I look back over an amazing year.   

This photo means so much because these three friends played together at Staley Middle School, now two play for Wakeland High School and one for Frisco High School.  The match up between Morgan and Katie was fun to watch.  I love the timing of this photo, while capturing the action of Katie and Morgan, I caught Matte, in the background right between them.  Priceless!!

The hugs between friends on different teams, never gets old, and warms my heart!!  Love it!!

The next two go together.  My daughter Katie, ran a spectacular race in the Girls Varsity Mile, she ran fast and tough, and finished strong.  She ran a personal best time of 5:38.  Finishing fourth overall.  I was so proud of her!!

This is the photo after the race, of Katie's teammates giving her hugs for such a great race. They were so happy for her, and this moment brought tears to my eyes.   Happy tears!!

I loved photographing these girls throughout both cross country and track season.  They were a fantastic group of girls and I am so glad Katie is friends with such inspiring, wonderful girls.  Love them!!

Photographing these young ladies, and getting to know them throughout soccer season.  This is what makes me love what I do!!  Fun times!!

Katie's friends at Staley Middle School who now go to Wakeland, reminds me how much emotions are tied to sports.  I love this girl.  She and Katie have been friends for years, and I love seeing her at the different sporting events.  She and Katie both play soccer and track together.  I enjoyed watching Morgan at the District Track meet place fourth and advance to the Area meet.  In doing so, she earned her Varsity Letter, as a freshman.  I am so proud of her!!

These three girls, Matte, Katie and Morgan, love them so much.  I enjoyed seeing them together at soccer and track.  This makes my heart happy!!

This hug between the Padgett sisters after an intense jump off for the final spot in High Jump to go to the Area competition.  After an intense competition, Madison got a hug from her sister, Peyton, as they both advanced to the Area Finals.

 

Seeing  my daughter's name on the leader board as she brought home third place in the district in the girls JV two mile race.  This will never get old!

Watching, photographing and cheering on this fabulous young lady, Kelley as she ran a fantastic race in the District Girls JV mile, finishing second in her final race as a Lady Raccoon!!

Again, these girls!!!  So fun, so many memories!!

These young ladies helped bring home the runner up title in both the Varsity and JV Girls District Track Meet.

Watching Katie run her first cross country meet of her sophomore year, after being sidelined and undergoing physical therapy for a hip injury. I am sure I was more nervous than she was.  I can not describe my absolute joy and relief of seeing her approach the finish line, running strong, finishing 32rd overall and second on her team.  

Watching and cheering on this young lady, Anna, another of Katie's friends during two seasons of cross country.  Seeing her work so hard, improve so much and get a medal in the Girls Varsity race at the Cougar Classic Meet.  Her success brought tears to my eyes!! Way to go Anna, love you!

Watching, photographing and cheering on these young ladies every week during cross country.  These young ladies are probably the hardest working young ladies I know.  I love the unity of the team and how they encourage each other. It was great to see them all have such great success individually and as a team.  Love these girls!!

The Frisco High School Raccoons Varsity Football Squad's pre-game hype before the Frisco vs. Heritage game, led by quarterback Jake Battaglia.  It was inspiring, motivating and fun to photograph. Loved it!!

The Staley Football 8th Grade White Team vs. Hunt 14-14.  This was a thrilling game that ended in a tie.  The Hunt Huskies went ahead 14-0 early in the second quarter.  The Mustangs had a great drive to bring it to 14-6. The Mustangs put together a nice drive toward the end of the first half, but an incomplete pass, had the drive stall on the twenty yard line, so Hunt took the 14-6 lead to the half.  The Mustang came out roaring in the second half, put together a fantastic drive that took up half of the quarter and scored on a twelve yard touch down pass.  The PAT had the game tied at 14.  The Staley defense really dug in and held the Huskies once they were inside the red zone. The Huskies defense also dug in and held the Mustangs, forcing a punt.  The Huskies' offense was steadily moving down the field as the clock ticked closer to zero.  The Mustangs defense was once again tough, holding the Huskies and forcing them to attempt a field goal on fourth and seven on the eleven yard line with only seconds left on the clock.  The ball was snapped and in a flash #11 was in the backfield on the ball before the kicker could get his foot on the ball, but was tackled before he could progress down the field.  The Mustangs got the ball back with nine seconds left, but it was too many yards with too little time left.  The game ended in 14-14 tie, as both teams battled it out, played with heart and determination and left it all on the field.  A great game for the Mustangs.  

 

The last huddle of the Staley 8th Grade Football team.  I watched, cheered on and photographed these boys from the sidelines for every game for two years.  It was bittersweet to see them together one last time, as they will move on to different high schools and some will opt not to play football.   As I saw them all together, one last time, celebrating a victory, I was reminded of all the wonderful moments that I was honored to photograph over all those games and how much I would miss this special group of boys!  Again, more tears!

A big moment for the Frisco High School Raccoons Varsity Football team as they had the opportunity to play at the home of the Cowboys, AT&T Stadium, as they made a run in the Texas State playoffs.  The Raccoons played two great games, one that ended with a victory over Dallas Lincoln and one that saw them fight hard, but come up short against a very talented Ennis team.  It was a fabulous experience for me as well. 

These young ladies are near and dear to my heart.  I am honored and privileged to photograph them on a regular basis during the football season.  I was doubly honored to be asked to photograph them at the playoff game at AT&T Stadium.  This photo of the Frisco Stars on the Cowboy Star in the middle of the field was a big highlight and one that I really wanted to capture.  These young ladies are fabulous and I can not wait to see them again next year. 

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco High School Frisco Photographer Frisco Sports Photographer Mystic Garden Photography Staley Middle School https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/1/2o13-sports-moments-honorable-mentions Thu, 02 Jan 2014 00:27:40 GMT
2013--Top 13 Sports Moments. https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/1/2013--top-13-sports-moments It is hard to believe we have closed out another year.  2013 is in the history books, and we beginning anew with 2014.  As most of you know I photograph a lot of sports.  I love a good game, match, meet, race, etc.  I am so fortunate to be down on the field, sideline, track close to the action.   I photograph mostly for Frisco High School, and Staley Middle School, schools which my children attend, so it goes without saying that I am emotionally tied to these school.  I love photographing sports, capturing the action, a micro clip of the game and a moment of success.  I love getting to know the students.  For me, by far the thing I love the most about photographing sports, is the emotions of the game.  I am emotionally invest in every sporting event I photograph, but especially the ones my kids are in.  Looking back on 2013, I have been privileged to see many exciting moments, and photograph a lot of emotional moments.  These emotional moments are the the ones I love, the ones that leave a mark on my heart and bring tears to my eyes, and the reason I LOVE what I do!!

My top 13 of 2013.

13.  Wakeland Boys 2013 Regional Cross Country Win.  These boys were awesome!!  They went on to finish third in the state.  Congratulations, boys!!

12. Staley Middle School 8th Grade White Team vs. Pioneer.  Staley victory 25-16.  The Staley boys had to come back to win this game, something they had to only do once in the two years they played together.  It was an exciting game with a great outcome.   Way to go boys!!

 

11.  The beginning of the 2013 school year saw Frisco High School open a new competition gym.  Frisco High School Volleyball christened the beautiful new gym with a win.  The gym was greatly needed, and Raccoons have a  great home that will hopefully see many more victories.

10.  Lady Raccoons first round playoff win against Prosper.  I enjoyed photographing these young ladies all season.  They played a great game against Prosper, taking the victory 3-1.  The Lady Raccoons played a focused and determined game, to get a well deserved victory.  Photos of the excitement and happiness in the celebration of a goal, are always a favorite of mine.  Way to go Lady Raccoons!!

9. This young lady, Bianca, is a fantastic athlete.  I tried to always make sure I photographed her during her specialty race, the 100 hurdles.  Her form and grace are a thing of beauty, and I loved capturing it.  She had a fantastic season and I look forward to following her track career at OU.  

8.  Middle School 7th Grade Boys Soccer Playoff Game vs. Wester.  The Staley boys made it to the playoffs, scored a first round victory against Fowler to move on to the second round to play against Wester.  The Staley Mustangs fell behind 2-0, but took the second half by storm.  The offense played more aggressively and the defense really stepped it up, especially after an injury to one of their top players.  The Mustangs played with heart and determination, and in the last half played the best they had all season, scoring two goals, one with two minutes left, forcing the game to be determined by penalty kicks.  The final scoreboard read 7-5 in favor of Wester, the Mustangs did not lose the game, they were just outscored by the eventual District Champs.  This game was incredibly emotional.  The Staley boys overcame adversity, came back to tie the game and played a fantastic game of soccer.  Here is the emotional celebration of the game tying goal.  What a great game, Mustangs!!

 

7.  Another Staley Boys 7th Grade Soccer game, Staley vs. Hunt 4-3.  The Staley Mustangs played a great game against the Hunt Huskies,  it was a thriller.  Staley had the 2-1 lead at halftime, but the Huskies came out aggressively at the second half and took the lead 3-2 midway through the second half.  The Mustangs fought back and tied it 3-3 with ten minutes left in the game.  The Huskies and Mustangs battled it out, each offense being aggressive and both defenses making some stellar saves.  The game came down to the wire, with 21 seconds left, Travis took the ball down the sideline and passed to the middle,  Trent was right there, and played the ball perfectly, kicking it right passed the goalie for the Mustang score.  The Mustangs held on for a 4-3 victory.  It was an exciting game with a fantastic finish.  It was awesome to see the Mustangs fight back and see the overjoyed players storm the field after the victory.

6.  This one definitely has the "mom" in me coming out.  This photograph may seem typical, and to most, even unexciting.  However, this was the first time my daughter Katie led a race.  She ran in front most of the JV Girls two mile race. She ran a fantastic race, finishing second overall.  She ran a personal best that day.  Definitely a highlight of the season, for me, seeing her lead the pack.  Katie and her teammates took home second, third and fourth.  A strong race for the Lady Raccoons! Way to go Katie, so proud of you!

5.  Staley Middle School 8th Grade Blue Team vs. Pioneer.  Staley 20-Pioneer 14.  This game was certainly the most exciting game of the season for the Staley 8th Grade Blue Team. The season saw the Mustangs 8th Grade Blue team struggle, but never give up.  This game exemplified that. The Staley Mustangs went down 14-0 in the first quarter.  They fought back to a 14-14 tie at half time and held the Panthers at the end of the half as they tried to score.   The Staley boys held Pioneer, the defense really stepping it up to keep them scoreless for three quarters.  With 2:17 left in the game the Mustangs scored, only to have it called back due to a penalty.  The Mustangs stayed strong, got the first down and scored with 26 second left to go up 20-14. The Staley defense buckled down to hold the Panthers and seal the victory!!   The Mustangs played with such heart and grit for a hard earned victory!! The sideline celebration as time ran out!

4.  Frisco vs. Wakeland.  It does not matter what sport it is, it seems like these two teams always play each other tough.  JV Girls soccer, it seems that Wakeland has dominated this series for many years.  This was a special game, as my daughter Katie played for Frisco, and several of her friends played for Wakeland.  Friends who played together at Staley Middle School on the field together again, but this time for different teams.  The Wakeland team dominated the game as the Lady Raccoons fell behind early.  The Lady Raccoons played a great second half, and the highlight of the game came from Frisco's only goal.  Katie Deutsch scored her first career goal as a Lady Raccoon!!!  One of the only goals Frisco JV Girls Soccer had scored against Wakeland in recent memory.  Here is the moment of Katie being congratulated by some of her teammates.  Proud moment, way to go Katie!!

3. Frisco High JV Volleyball vs. Wakeland.  This game was the most exciting, thrilling match.  The Lady Raccoons started off slow and Wakeland took the first game.  The Lady Raccoons came back strong to take the second game, forcing a third game.  The Raccoons were up 12-10, but Wakeland would not go down without a fight, they had the game tied at 17 and then went up 23-20 and the fans were cheering them on, but Frisco came storming back tying it up at 23.  The Lady Raccoons took a 24-23 lead, but Wakeland proved tough going ahead, 25-24.  Frisco had a game saving hit to give them new life, and then both teams traded points to have it tied at 27.  Frisco had a kill over the net to take the lead 28-27, and the crowd was on the edge of their seat, with their hearts racing at top speed.  Frisco served, and a fantastic Frisco block on Wakeland's return had the ball land in Wakeland's court for the final point.  Frisco 29-Wakeland 27.  The Frisco crowd and players went wild.  It was a thrilling game, that could have gone either way.  The Lady Raccoons had to fight hard for a victory.  Way to go!!!  The photo of the on court celebration after the final point.

1&2.  This was a tie.  I know for some it may not seem that these two photos would rival each other for the top spot.  The first photo is of the Frisco High School Raccoons quarterback, Jake Battaglia hurdling a Dallas Lincoln player during the Frisco Raccoons second round playoff game at AT&T Stadium.  This, by far was the play of the game, it set up Frisco's game tying touchdown and really shifted the momentum to the Raccoons.  For me, I was excited to get such a fantastic shot of a pivotal moment in such a big game on a prestigious field.  Especially since I do not normally photograph Frisco High School Football.  I know that this got quite a few likes and shares on Facebook, and I am so happy it was such a hit. However, as I have said, for me the love of photographing sports has so much to do with emotion. And, as any mom will tell you, when your child makes a great play, or has a fantastic moment, nothing beats it.  As a parent you are emotional whenever your child is involved.  The second photo represents that for me, it is a photograph of my oldest son Alex making his first and only interception for Staley Middle School.  In two years of playing football for Staley, it was the first time Alex had his hands on the ball.  For me to literally stay focused, as the play played out, and capture this thrilling moment, when all I wanted to do was jump with joy, was truly a moment of a lifetime.  As I look at it, it brings back all those emotions I feel for Alex, joy and pride.  Something every parent feels and why it is #1 in my book.  

As I photograph each event, I try to capture the action and the emotions, because that is what makes it real, it is what we feel and what we remember.  I know that as I photograph these events, I share all the emotions that players, coaches and parents are feeling: the excitement, the intensity, the heartbreak, and joy!  I have been know to shed a few tears on the sideline in both victory and defeat.   I love watching not only my kids, but all the kids play.  Each one of them have had special moments, be it their first game, their last game or having  a moment of success within the event.  These are all special moments.  I hope that through my photography I have been able to give other parents a special memory of their child.  A photo that they can look back on and feel all the emotions tied to that moment.   I have loved every minute of every event, and can't wait for all the events that 2014 brings.  Thanks for the memories. 

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco High School Frisco Photographer Frisco Sports Photographer Mystic Garden Photography Staley Middle School https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2014/1/2013--top-13-sports-moments Wed, 01 Jan 2014 22:32:21 GMT
Staley Middle School Sports--Boys Basketball https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/12/staley-middle-school-sports--boys-basketball The Staley Mustangs Boys Basketball teams traveled to Stafford Middle School to play the Spartan in their last game before Christmas break.  The Staley boys had a rough night against a very talented and fast opponent.  

The 8th Grade C Team, was overpowered by the speed and talent of the Spartans.  The boys were down 21-2 at the end of the first period, as the Spartans took control from the tip off.  The Staley boys played hard and never gave up.  Number 10 play with aggression the entire game, while other Mustangs had some great shots, including #45, #33, #4, #15 and others.  Despite their best efforts the Mustangs could not contain the offensive firepower of the Spartans, falling 55-21.

The 7th Grade C team played a great game, keeping the score close.  The Mustangs were down 14-10 late in the third period when they started a comeback.  #31 had a fantastic steal to take it back down the court for two. Great defense and a bucket by #55 had the game knotted at 14.  Another bucket by #55 had the scored tied again at 16.  He then went to the line for a free throw, sank one to put the Mustangs ahead 17-16 at the end of the third period. The Mustangs continued to play tough and had it tied at 22 with a minute left in the game.  A basket by the Spartans had them take the lead 24-22.  The Mustangs continued to play great defense, but could not get a ball to fall their way.   A foul had the Spartans making one more basket on a free throw with 36 seconds left.  The  Mustangs took the ball to their basket, but several attempts netted them nothing.  The Spartans rebounded and took it back the other way, some great defense by Staley #22 and #3 helped Staley #1 get the ball back with 5 seconds left.  Number one shot with 1.7 seconds left, it went over the basket, but he was fouled.  Unfortunately, the ball did not drop the Mustangs way on the free throws, and the buzzard sounded with a Spartan 25-22 victory. 

The 8th Grade B Team suffered the same fate at the C team, trying to overcome the speed and talent of the Spartans.  The Spartans took a fairly large lead into the second quarter and the Mustangs could not close the gap.  Despite being behind the Mustangs, the team still put together offensive drives, and had many good shots, by #42, #43, and a nice three point shot by #12.  The Spartans strong play resulted in a 53-21 win over the Mustangs.

The 7th Grade B Team started off strong, but the Spartans were matching basket for basket.  The Mustnags took and 8-4 lead mid way through the first period as both #15 and #31 had two nice lay ups.  The Spartans and the Mustangs were battling it out on the court, each team driving down the court and making shots.  The Mustangs had a 22-18 lead half way through the fourth period.  Great defense by #4 and great rebounding by #11 had the Mustangs keeping the lead on the Spartans.  Number 10 brought it down the court and executed a lay up to give the Mustangs a 24-19 lead. The Spartans made a basket to cut the lead to three with just under 5 seconds to play.  The Spartans gave it on last shot that went over the net and had the Mustangs hang on for the victory 24-21.

The 8th grade A Team played well and gave it their all, but fell behind early 9-2 mid way through the first quarter.  The Mustangs continued to play hard but the Spartan lead increased.  Number 54, #4, #35, #51 and #25 all contributed Mustang points.  Number 5 had a fabulous three pointer in the fourth period.  The Spartans proved to be a very talented and tough opponent, taking the victory 64-34.  The Mustangs never gave up and played with great Mustang spirit.

The Seventh Grade A team played tough, keeping the game within reach.  The score was 14-9 at the half thanks to the aggressive play of #1, #31, #10.  The Mustangs continued to play tough and had the score tied at 19 during the third period. Some baskets by the Spartans had them taking the lead 24-19 with two minutes left.  The Mustangs played aggressive and hard, but could not get any more points on the board.  The Spartans hung on for a 27-19 win.   

The Mustang boys played hard and never gave up.  The Mustang fans, love seeing their boys hit the hardwoods and cheered every shot.  

Here are some images of the night. 

8th Grade C Team

7th Grade C Team

8th Grade C team

7th Grade C team

7th Grade B team

8th Grade B team

8th Grad B Team

7th Grade B Team

8th Grade A team

7th Grade A team

8th Grade A team

8th Grade A team

7th Grade A Team

 

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco Photographer Mystic Garden Photography Staley Middle School https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/12/staley-middle-school-sports--boys-basketball Fri, 20 Dec 2013 23:46:53 GMT
Staley Middle Sports--Boys Basketball vs. Vandeventer https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/12/staley-middle-sports--boys-basketball-vs-vandeventer Staley Basketball resumed it regular season schedule after the ice storm cancelled last week's game. The Staley Mustang's Boys Teams traveled to Vandeventer Middle School to take on the Vikings.   The 8th Grade Boys C Team played well, starting out strong with a nice three pointer from #43.  They stayed in the game, keeping fairly even with the Vikings until the third quarter, when the Vikings started pulling away.  The Mustangs fell to the Vikings 30-16.

The 7th Grade Boys C team played a close, exciting game.  The game was tight throughout, with a 20-20 tie in the fourth period.  The Mustangs played tough, but a break away by the Vikings had them making a basket to take the lead, 22-20. The Vikings scored another to take a four point lead, but the Mustangs battle back to get it with in two , when #42 hit the basket  with two minutes left.  The Vikings added an insurance basket.  The Mustang took quite a few shots on goal, but could not get them to fall their way.  The final score had the Vikings outlasting the Mustangs 26-22.

The 8th Grade B Team played a tough Viking team.  The Mustangs played tough but they gave the Vikings too many chances to rebound and score.  The Mustangs lost 28-16.

The 7th Grade B team defeated the Vandeventer Vikings 34-16.  The Staley Mustangs scored first and never looked back.  The  Mustangs controlled the pace of the game and beat the VIkings through great teamwork.   

The 7th Grade A team suffered a disappointing loss against Vandeventer.  The Vikings are a quality team, that have talent and size to overpower their opponents.  The Vikings took a 43-22 lead into the final quarter of the game.  

The 8th Grade  A team played strong and steady to take the Viking down with a score of 43-31.  The Mustangs, got off to a great start, pushing the ball and attacking the basket.  A great job by the Mustangs.

 

The Staley Mustangs teams had some successes and set backs, but all in all the boys played some great round ball, after a week hiatus.  Great job Mustangs keep up the good work.  

 

8th Grade C Team

8th Grade C Team

 

7th Grade C Team

7th Grade C team 

8th Grade B Team

7th Grade B Team

8th Grade B Team

8th Grade B team

7th Grade B team

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8th Grade A Team

7th Grade A Team

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco Photographer Frisco Sports Photographer Mystic Garden Photography Staley Middle School https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/12/staley-middle-sports--boys-basketball-vs-vandeventer Fri, 13 Dec 2013 06:50:59 GMT
Frisco Senior Photographer--Brittany Frisco High School Class of 2014 https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/11/frisco-senior-photographer--brittany-frisco-high-school-class-of-2014 I had the wonderful privilege of meeting up with Brittany and her aunt today for Brittany's Senior Session.   Brittany and her aunt were troopers in the chilly weather.  Both Brittany and I were very excited for this session, as we had to reschedule several times due to weather or other events.  I am so glad we ventured out today, despite the chill in the air.  We found some spots with some pretty fall colors.  We all had a great time pulling Brittany's outfits and accessories together.  She looked incredibly beautiful, and totally rocked it!!

Brittany is a senior, Class of 2014 at Frisco High School.  She has been the manager for the Frisco High School Volleyball team the last couple of years.  I was fortunate to get to know Brittany, last year when my daughter Katie played volleyball.  Brittany is beautiful, sweet, kind heart and funny.  She has a wonderful personality, and an infectious laugh that just attracts people.  

Brittany hopes to attend Texas Tech University , or North Texas University next year.  I know that wherever she decides to go, she will be successful. 

Brittany, it has been a pleasure getting to know you.  Thank  you so much for choosing Mystic Garden Photography to capture this exciting, special time in your life.  I wish you the very best as you finish out your career at Frisco High, and I hope all your hopes and dreams come true.  

We captured some really great images today and I had a hard time choosing ones to share.

Here are a few of my favorites from this afternoon.

 

 

 

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco Photographer Frisco Senior Photographer Frisco Sports Photographer Mystic Garden Photography https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/11/frisco-senior-photographer--brittany-frisco-high-school-class-of-2014 Thu, 28 Nov 2013 06:02:37 GMT
Frisco High School--STARS Frisco Raccoons vs. Lincoln Playoffs at AT&T Stadium https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/11/frisco-high-school--stars-frisco-raccoons-vs-lincoln-playoffs-at-at-t-stadium The Frisco High School Stars Booster Club invited me to photograph the amazingly talented STARS dance team at the Frisco vs. Dallas Lincoln round two playoff game at AT&T Stadium Friday night.  It was truly an honor. I have had an amazing time this year photographing these beautiful young ladies.  I know the girls, and myself,  were very excited to be down on an NFL field, home of the Dallas Cowboys.  The STARS had an amazing half time performance.   They were AWESOME!!!  These young ladies joined the rest of the Frisco Raccoons fans cheering their team on to a thrilling victory to move on to round three of the playoffs. 

I want to thank my husband, Joe, for photographing from the stands, to get a different perspective of the STARS on the field during their half time performance, while they were dancing on the star.  

I was so happy that we were able to get a photo of the team down on the field, around the star after the game, with the AT&T Stadium and the scoreboard in the background.  

As always, it is an honor to photograph these wonderful young ladies!!!

Thank you Stars booster club, I appreciate all you have done for me!

Wishing everyone a very safe and Happy Thanksgiving.

Good luck next week!!

 

Here are some images of the night. 

 

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco High School Frisco Photographer Frisco Raccoons Frisco Sports Photographer Frisco Stars Mystic Garden Photography https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/11/frisco-high-school--stars-frisco-raccoons-vs-lincoln-playoffs-at-at-t-stadium Sun, 24 Nov 2013 18:57:23 GMT
Frisco High School Football-Playoffs Frisco vs. Dallas Lincoln https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/11/frisco-high-school-football-playoffs-frisco-vs-dallas-lincoln Last night was an exciting night.  Frisco High School Raccoons Varsity Football Team traveled to AT&T Stadium to play the late night, round two playoff game against Dallas Lincoln.  Let me first say, I was honored to be asked by the Frisco Stars Dance Team booster club to photograph the talented Stars at the game.  I was ready to head up to the stands, as I do not normally photograph  Frisco Football.  Unfortunately, an injury to Frisco's running back Max Steitle, had Frisco's regular photographer, the very talented Mr. Steitle understandingly leaving to be with his son.  I stayed on the field to just capture the images that I could.  It was a thrilling game with an awesome outcome: a Frisco victory.   The Frisco Raccoons are headed to round three of the playoffs against Ennis next Friday night.  Congratulations Raccoons!!!

My thoughts are with the Steitle family, and I wish Max a speedy recovery. 

Here are some of the images of the night. 

Pre-Game Entrance.

Number two being stopped after a great run early in the first quarter.

A Lincoln  player trying to stop #46.

Number 2 on his way to Frisco's second touchdown late in the second quarter. 

The celebration of the second touchdown. 

The celebration of #23's first interception late in the second quarter.

#10 hurdling a Lincoln player on the way to Frisco's game tying touchdown.

Frisco's #4 and a Lincoln player go up for the ball. 

Frisco #4--Interception.

The game winning field goal by #26

The celebration of #23's second interception to secure a Frisco victory.

VICTORY!!

It was nice to see Max back at the game.

 

Frisco Raccoons.

 

 

 

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco High School Football Frisco Photographer Frisco Raccoons Frisco Sports Photographer Mystic Garden Photography https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/11/frisco-high-school-football-playoffs-frisco-vs-dallas-lincoln Sun, 24 Nov 2013 05:14:17 GMT
Staley Middle School Sports--Boys Basketball vs. Wester https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/11/staley-middle-school-sports--boys-basketball-vs-wester I am going to issue a blanket apology for any inaccuracies from any of the games, and not getting final scores on the games.  The 7th grade and 8th grade teams play at the same time in different gyms.  In order to capture action for all the teams, I go back and forth between the gyms and then stay focused on a team that is playing a close game.  I love being able to capture the action and put the pictures in context, but the concurrent games make it a little bit more difficult than football to give a complete recap.  Thank you for your support and please enjoy. 

 

The Staley Mustangs Basketball season started tonight.  The boys teams traveled to Wester Middle School to take on the Wildcats. The 8th Grade boys C  Team started off a little slow, but at the end of the first period, they were hanging tough 6-5.  The second quarter had Wester getting ahead, getting quite a few point from free throws, at the half, it was Wester 15 - Staley 7.  The Mustangs settled down and and got back into the game, getting within six points, thanks in part to #33 and #43 who sank a couple of three pointers.  The Mustangs closed the gap, 27-23 early in the fourth quarter, and stayed closed to Wester but could not overcome the Wildcats.  The final score for the 8th Grade C team: 37-30.

The Mustangs 7th Grade C Team played a very exciting game.  The score was close the entire game.   The score was Staley 12-Wester 10 at the end of the third period.  The battle was close, with each team matching basket for basket.  At the 4:28 mark of the 4th quarter Staley still had the lead 14-12, but Wester tied it up soon after.  The scored tied with less than a minute left, had the crowd at the edge of their seat.  Staley #31 brought it back down the court after a rebound and was fouled on the shot.  To the absolute delight of the Mustang fans, players and coaches, he made the first shot at the line, to give the Mustangs the lead 15-14.   The aggressive play of #30, gave the Mustangs back the ball on a steal.  An insurance bucket was added to give the Mustangs a three point lead with ten seconds left.  The Staley boys hung on for the win, 17-14.  A very exciting game. 

The 8th Grade B team, had a tough night against the Wildcats.  The Mustangs played tough, but could not get a ball to fall their way.  Wester was up 8-0 after the initial period.  The Mustangs went down 29-4 at the end of the third quarter.  The Mustangs scored some points in the fourth quarter, getting a couple of baskets and free throws.  The Wester Wildcats came away with the win 41-11.  The Mustangs had a good showings from several players, especially on the defensive end.  The team stuck together throughout the game and showed great sportsmanship. 

The Mustang 7th Grade B Team played strong.  They were tied 8-8 early in the second quarter.  The Mustangs went up 9-8 when #3 went to the free throw line and sank one.  Number 1 had a great steal, dribbled down the court and put it in for another two.  Mustangs 11-8.  And then #3 had a three pointer to put the Mustangs up 14-9.  Number 25 put up two point on the board late in the second quarter to bring the score to Mustangs 16-Wildcats 11.  The Mustang continued to stay strong taking the victory.

The 8th Grade A team match up fairly well against the Wildcats. The Mustangs put the first score on the board, but Wester came back matching bucket for bucket.  Wester had the lead midway through the second quarter 15-14.  A nice three pointer from #5 put the Mustangs up 17-15. The Mustangs went on an 8-3 run to take the lead 25-20 midway through the third quarter.  A great shot by #23 put the Mustangs up again by 5: 27-22.  The Mustangs still  had the lead 27-26 at the end of the third quarter, and #23 came to the line for a technical foul and had three tosses that just would not drop.  Two were in the net, and bounce out.  The score was tight with five minute left in the game, Mustangs had a slim, one point lead; 29-28, when Wester put one through the net to take the lead 30-29.  Staley #25 sank two free throws to give the Mustangs back the lead. But Wester stayed strong, the Mustangs were putting up the shots, but could not get the ball to drop their way.  The Wildcats were quick on the rebounds, and scored 5, to go up 35-31.  With 45 seconds left, the Mustangs sank one to bring the score to 39-33, but they sent Wester to the line, where the were sinking their free throws. The Mustangs put up one final basket at the buzzer, but it was not enough as they lost 43-35.  The game was tough and intense and the Mustang played a much closer game than the score indicated.

The 7th Grade A team played well.  Both teams started off slow taking most of the first quarter to get some points on the board.  The Mustangs put up the first point on #11's free throw.  But Wester came back to score  a bucket.  The boys were evenly matched up and in the third quarter the Mustangs had a two point lead 13-11. Wester had a strong third quarter and was up 23-19 at the start of the final period.  Although the Mustangs played tough and continue to press, the final score was 35-25 in favor of Wester.

The 7th Grade teams did not look inexperienced.  All three teams played strong.  The Mustangs are a talented team with a lot of potential.  The Mustang's season should be very competitive.

The 8th Grade teams played tough, never giving up.  The Mustangs are a good team, with talent, focus and determination.  They should be able to have a competitive season if they continue to play strong together.

Congratulations Mustangs on a great opening night!!

Here are some images of the games. 

8th Grade C Team

8th Grade C Team

7th Grade C Team

7th Grade C Team

8th Grade C Team

 

8th Grade B Team

8th Grade B team

7th Grade B Team

7th Grade B Team

7th Grade B Team

8th Grade A team

7th Grade A Team

8th Grade A team

8th Grade A team

7th Grade A Team

 

 

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco Photographer Frisco Sports Photographer Mystic Garden Photography Staley Middle School https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/11/staley-middle-school-sports--boys-basketball-vs-wester Fri, 22 Nov 2013 14:00:12 GMT
Frisco Newborn Photographer-Baby Ava https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/11/frisco-newborn-photographer-baby-ava I had the honor of photographing a special baby today.  Baby Ava is a perfect bundle of five day old gorgeousness.  I had the privilege of spending time with not only Ava's sweet parents, but also her Grandmother, her Aunt Katie and a special boy, her cousin Maverick (is that just the coolest name, or what?).  I even had the opportunity to photograph the handsome Baby Maverick and a couple of the cousins together.  

This couple is a sweet as can be, and I am honored to get to know them and take part in this special time in their life.  I know that they will be amazing parents.  Ava is one lucky little girl.  Dan and Mandy, thank you so very much for allowing me to photograph you precious little girl.  I loved spending the day with you, your family and her.  I am truly so very happy for you.

Here are a couple of my favorite images of the day.

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco Newborn Photographer Frisco Photographer Mystic Garden Photography https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/11/frisco-newborn-photographer-baby-ava Wed, 20 Nov 2013 03:30:40 GMT
Frisco Senior Photography--Kaitlyn Frisco High School Class of 2014 https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/11/frisco-senior-photography--kaitlyn-frisco-high-school-class-of-2014 I had the wonderful pleasure of meeting up with Kaitlyn and her mom this afternoon for Kaitlyn's fall senior session.  I have been looking forward to this for quite some time, and it did not disappoint.  Everything was perfect.  The weather was wonderful, the fall colors were beautiful, Kaitlyn's outfits were amazing and Kaitlyn herself was stunning.  She totally rocked it!!  

Kaitlyn is a senior, Class of 2014 at Frisco HIgh  School.  She is a member of the STARS dance team and is incredibly talented.  Kaitlyn will attend the University of Texas at Austin in the fall to study Architecture.  Congratulations!!

It has been such an honor and pleasure getting to know Kaitlyn and her family.  They are the sweetest people and I am so blessed to call them friends.  Kaitlyn is sincere, caring, thoughtful, smart, and funny, she is a joy to be around and has a smile that will light up the room. 

Kaitlyn, thank you so very much for choosing  Mystic Garden Photography to capture this special time in your life, it honestly has been a privilege and honor.  You have an incredibly bright future ahead of you, and I can not wait to see all the great things you will accomplish.  I wish you the absolute best as you finish out your high school career at Frisco High, and look forward to hearing about all your successes in college.  Hook 'em Horns!!!

There were so many wonderful images from today's session it was difficult to choose which to share.

Here are a few of my favs!!

 

 

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco High School Frisco Photographer Frisco Senior Photographer Mystic Garden Photography https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/11/frisco-senior-photography--kaitlyn-frisco-high-school-class-of-2014 Mon, 18 Nov 2013 06:42:10 GMT
Staley Middle School Sports--The end of football season--Memories. https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/11/staley-middle-school-sports--the-end-of-football-season Monday night marked the end of football season for Staley Middle School.   The 8th Grade Staley boys played their last game as Staley Mustangs.  And perhaps for many, the last tackle football game they will play, period.   For me, it was an emotional, bittersweet night, even though I will see these boys throughout the year as I photograph other sports; football is special, these teams are special, these boys are special.   I have been fortunate to be down there, on the sidelines,  with these boys for two years--seventeen games.  And this was the last time that they would be together as one team. 

I have loved every minute of it, from the first pre-game huddle of the 7th grade scrimmage to the last post game huddle of Monday night's 8th grade playoff game.  I have seen so many great plays and moments.  I remember the first scrimmage as 7th graders, watching the boys learn the game on a warm, sunny afternoon, looking so young and handsome in their nice crisp Staley blue uniforms.  I remember going to Arbor Creek and watching the boys on both teams suffer heartbreaking losses in their first games.  I remember the second game, where the boys played more like a "team", and that team, the Staley Mustangs, was a force to be reckoned with.   I remember an extremely exciting 7th Grade Blue team game against Hunt, when the team scored a touchdown with 30 seconds left to get the win .  I was lucky enough to be there on the sidelines and capture the excitement of the win.  The Blue team also had an equally exciting 14-13 win against Pioneer that came down to the wire.  There were tough losses to Cobb for both teams.  The teams played Vandeventer in last year's playoff game,  and the White team won handily.  They allowed only one touch down in their last 3 games and they finished the season with a 6-2 record for second place in the district on the West side.  The Blue team, gave the Staley faithful some nail biting and exciting games, including the playoff game which came down to the defense not letting the Vikings score when they had first and goal with thirty seconds left, and Staley staying strong  for a 14-12 win. 

This year I saw the Mustangs start off the season with both teams winning.  I saw the White Team cruise to victories, and the Blue team struggle to get wins, but never giving up.  Once again, there were tough losses to Cobb for both teams.  I saw two really great games against Pioneer.  The White team had to come from behind, to get the win.  It was the first time they did that.  The Blue team played a fantastic game to also come from behind, score a touchdown with less than thirty seconds left to win 20-14.  I saw the White team, shut down Hunt with less than 30 second left in the game, "block" a field goal on fourth down to preserve a 14-14 tie. Then Monday night, I saw both teams play like every single parent and coach knows that they can play: strong, determine and tough.  The White team played tough, the defense having a stellar performance of not letting the Seahawks get a first down on any of their possessions.  I saw the Blue team put in an impressive performance in a 38-0 rout, proving that they are indeed tough and talented.  In their two years of play, the White Team's record was 13-3-1.  They finished second in the district on the West side, for the second straight year. 

There were things I would never get tired of seeing.  The list is long, the moments are many.   The pre game huddles-- and yelling "Mustangs" before they headed to the sidelines.  Number 1, #8, #9 #17, #19, #21, #25 and many others running down the field making some big play.  Seeing the offensive line, block and create big holes for the running backs.  The quarterbacks #21, #11 (#18) and #7 pass down the field to their receivers. Watching the big hits that were made on defense, too many to list, because it seems at one point every single person on the team has made a least one great tackle or hit.  #30 being the first young lady to grace the team, and knocking it out of the park with some superb kick offs.  Seeing her teammates and the fans, cheer her on every time she took the field.  Watching #33 put in a fantastic effort on the last down of this year's White team's game against Cobb.  Watching the teams under the beautiful, colorful Texas skies as the sun set.  Seeing the excitement of the team on the sidelines, after big plays, and thrilling wins.  Seeing the coaches and teammates congratulating the offense, or defense after making a great play or having a great series, or a player after a great play.  Watching #42 get the ball and score on a PAT at Monday night's game, and seeing the genuine joy of his teammates as they congratulated him.  Hearing the Staley fans cheer for their team. The Staley cheerleaders!!  The boys running through the cheerleader tunnel at the end of the games.  Seeing each and every member of the Staley team on the field, wearing the blue, gold and white proudly, representing their school with such great sportsmanship.  Watching the boys go out every week and play with such great Mustang spirit, giving 100% and never giving up.  And of course, seeing my son on the field having fun.  Although the losses were tough, and the wins were great, these other moments will be  the things I will remember.   It has been an amazing two years watching these young men.  I wish them all great success as they move on to different high schools, I will be cheering them on no matter where they are.  I eagerly await another season of Staley football, and sincerely hope I get to see another one of my son's proudly wear the blue and gold.   Thanks for the memories!!!  

 

The first huddle--7th Grade Scrimmage.

A Beautiful Texas sunset. 

#21 breaking up a pass--7th Grade vs. Hunt. 

Sideline celebration after the winning touchdown against Hunt--7th Grade

A HUGE hit by #17--7th Grade vs. Griffin. 

Team mates celebrating a touchdown --7th Grade vs. Griffin. 

The team excited after a win. 

Number 1 with a big run--8th grade play offs. 

#19 on a big play--8th grade vs. Griffin.

#17 running back a punt--8th grade vs. Griffin.

#33 giving the extra effort--8th grade White team vs. Cobb.

#30 kicking off--8th Grade vs. Wester.

#8 on one of his long runs--8th Grade vs. Wester.

8th Grade Blue Team sideline celebrating the come from behind win vs. Pioneer. 

#25 on one of his strong runs 8th grade vs. Hebron.

  #11 throwing down field.  8th Grade vs. Hebron.  #9 on his touchdown run---8th Grade vs. Hebron. 

Team mates congratulating #42 on his PAT run---8th Grade playoffs.

#7 throwing down the field. 8th Grade vs. Wester.

#4 making an interception. 8th Grade vs. Griffin.   A great moment for me as a mom, first and photographer, second. 

#21 returning an interception--8th Grade vs. Griffin.

8th Grade White Team.

8th Grade Blue Team. 

The last huddle White Team, after the 8th grade playoffs.

The last huddle Blue Team--8th Grade playoffs.

This smiling face!!!

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco Photographer Frisco Senior Photographer Mystic Garden Photography Staley Middle School Staley Mustangs Football https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/11/staley-middle-school-sports--the-end-of-football-season Thu, 14 Nov 2013 15:34:01 GMT
Staley Middle School Sports--8th Grade Football Blue Team Playoffs vs. Scoggins https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/11/staley-middle-school-sports--8th-grade-football-blue-team-playoffs-vs-scoggins The Staley Mustangs 8th Grade Football Blue Team played a fantastic game last night, and routed the Scoggins Seahawks 38-0. I unfortunately missed the first half, as I left to watch my two younger sons play each other in a soccer tournament.  Since they are in different teams and age groups, this was a one time occurrence that I really could not miss.  But it was very hard to miss the last football game for these Staley boys.  I rushed back as soon as I could,  just in time for the start of the second half.

 The first half saw a great pass from #7 to #17 for the first score, and a run by #9 for the second score.   I got back in time to see #1 take the second half kick off and rocket 65 yards for the touch down.  A great PAT kick had the Mustangs up 22-0.  The Mustangs dominated on defense, dropping the Seahawks for a huge loss on first and second down, and no gain on third down had Scoggins punting on fourth and 15.  Number 17 caught the punt at the Staley 40 yard line and ran it back for the score.  A successful PAT had the Mustang lead stretched to 30-0.  

The Mustang defense held the Seahawks on fourth and two to get the ball back.  A strong run by #1 on first down, moved the ball into Scoggins territory and garnished a fresh set of downs.  On second down, quarterback #7, did a quick drop and fired a bullet to the back of the end zone to #17 for a touch down.  Another perfect kick through the uprights had the Mustangs putting the game away at 38-0, with one quarter left to play.

The last quarter saw the Mustang defense continue their stellar work, and bring some other players on offense to get their hands on the ball. Number 12 had some runs for yards at running back.  A fumble by the Mustangs, gave Scoggins the ball on the 45 yard line.   The Mustangs stopped the running game on first down, so the Seahawk quarterback took to the air.  Mustang #13 kept his eye on the ball, then stepped in front of the receiver to snag the interception.  He ran it back to the Seahawk 25 yard line.  The Mustang ran one more play to run out the clock and take the victory with an impressive 38-0 score.  A great night for these young men, so happy to see them go out on a winning note.

Here are some images of the game. 

 

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco Photographer Mystic Garden Photography Staley Middle School Staley Mustangs Football https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/11/staley-middle-school-sports--8th-grade-football-blue-team-playoffs-vs-scoggins Wed, 13 Nov 2013 06:53:13 GMT
Staley Middle School Sports--8th Grade White Team Playoffs https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/11/staley-middle-school-sports--8th-grade-white-team-playoffs The Staley Mustangs 8th Grade Football White Team played the final game of their Staley career last night.  The Stlaey Mustangs, with the record of 6-1-1 took on the Scoggins Seahawks (6-2).  Scoggins got the opening kick off and had a nice run back, to the 50 before being pushed out of bounds by #33.  Staley's powerful defense, stopped the Seahawks on four straight downs for a loss of yards.  Mustangs took over on downs.  The running duo of #25 and #21 got the Mustangs a couple first downs, but the drive stalled out on the 35 yard line.  The Mustang defense, once again, drove Scoggins back on four consecutive downs.  The Mustangs had first and ten on the 24 yard line, a run on first down got them about four yards, however, on second down, the Mustang gave the ball back to the Seahawks on an interception.  Mustang defense, dominated and stopped Scoggins again to regain possession.   The Mustang running game, was having a tough time getting the first down and a holding call on third down backed the Mustangs up.  Another loss of yards on third down, had the Mustangs facing 4th and 15.  Quarterback #11 threw out to the far sideline to #33 who made the catch, but was not able to get the yardage need for the first down.  Scoggins got the ball back, got stopped on two downs as the half came to a  close, with a scoreless tie. 

The second half started off with a bang, as #25 took the kick off and took it to the house for the score.  The team lined up for the PAT and handed the ball to #42.  He ran toward the near sideline, but tackled before he could cross the goal line.  A great effort, nonetheless.  The Mustang defense quickly shut down the Seahawks to get the ball back.  The Mustang's #25 had a ten yard run on first down.  Two runs and an incomplete pass had the Mustangs facing fourth and three.  A quarterback keeper on fourth down was successful.  The Staley offense had an interception at the ten yard line on the very next down.  The Seahawks brought it back to the thirty yard line.

The Mustang defense was a source to be reckoned with, and the Seahawks lost yards again on all four down before giving the ball back to Staley.  The Mustangs #21  got a first down, then a fifteen yard touch down, in two plays.   Once again the Mustangs went for the PAT, handed off to #42, who took it in for the one point conversion, giving the Mustangs the lead 13-0 early in the fourth quarter. 

The Mustang defense, aided by a huge hit by #85, held Scoggins once again. The defense dominated Scoggins, not allowing them a first down and minimum yardage the entire game.   When the Mustangs got the ball back, #31 came in for running back duties  and did a great job, getting a first down and helping the Mustangs run out the clock for the 13-0 victory. 

Here are some images of the game.

 

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco Photographer Frisco Sports Photographer Mystic Garden Photography Staley Middle School https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/11/staley-middle-school-sports--8th-grade-white-team-playoffs Wed, 13 Nov 2013 05:49:49 GMT
Frisco High School Sports--Varsity Football vs. Prosper https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/11/frisco-high-school-sports--varsity-football-vs-prosper The Frisco Raccoons Varsity Football played their last regular game of the season against the Prosper Eagles at Memorial Stadium tonight.  The Varsity boys went through a crowd pleasing routine as they came out of the tunnel.   The unity, the enthusiasm, the Raccoon Spirit, and the flags--all so awesome.  LOVE IT!!  The Frisco Raccoons celebrated a 24-21 win tonight against Prosper.  Congratulations to all the seniors as you finish out your career at Frisco High School.  Great job tonight and good luck in playoffs!!   Way to go Raccoons!!

 

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco High School Frisco Photographer Frisco Sports Photographer Mystic Garden Photography https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/11/frisco-high-school-sports--varsity-football-vs-prosper Sat, 09 Nov 2013 05:01:34 GMT
Staley Middle School Sports--8th Grade Blue Team vs. Hunt https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/11/staley-middle-school-sports--8th-grad-blue-team-vs-hunt The Staley Mustangs 8th Grade Football Blue Team had a rough night against a talented, fast Hunt Huskies Team.  The Mustangs got the ball and went three and out.  After the Mustang punt, the Huskies running back scampered 45 yards for a Husky touchdown.  The Mustangs were down 8-0 early on.  The Mustangs had a nice run by #19 to pick up a first down.  However, two tackles in the backfield and a quarterback sack had the Mustangs punting again.  The Huskies took three plays to score on another long run by one of their running backs.  The score was 16-0 at the start of the second quarter.

The Mustangs had a promising drive, when #19 had a good run on first down, and #7 made a pass to #17 down to the 30 yard line on third down, to give Staley a fresh set of downs. But the drive stalled out, when the Huskies shut down the running game and a pass fell incomplete.  The Huskies took over on downs, and the speedy running back made quick work, taking it to the house on a 60 yard touchdown run.  The Huskies were up 24-0 mid-way through the second quarter. 

The Mustangs then had an interception on the next drive, and the Huskies eventually turned it into a score right before the half to go up 32-0.

The Huskies got the ball at the start of the second half, and the Mustang defense gave them a run for their money, making it difficult for them to score.  The Huskies were slowly making their way down the field.  Along the way there were some great tackles, by #1, #7, #17 , #23 and #52.  The Huskies did manage to get to the end zone and make it a 40-0 game at the end of the third quarter.

The Mustangs received the kick off and on second and five, handed off to #9 who rushed the ball 55 yards and found the end zone to  put the Mustangs on the board with six.  

The Huskies wound up scoring on the next series to go up 48-6.  With true Mustang spirit, Staley lined up on offense one last time and handed off to number 19 who took it the house for a 60 yard run just as the buzzer sounded.  The final score was Hunt Huskies 48-Staley Mustangs 12.

The Hunt Huskies proved to be a force to be reckon with, as their 7-1 record indicates. Their offensive and defensive lines came off the ball well and they had a strong and fast running game.  The Mustangs were challenged, but never gave up and had some great moments in the game.  The Mustangs have one last game next Monday night.  Come out and cheer on the Mustangs as the finish out their Staley football career.  Good Luck, Mustangs!!!

 

Here are some images of the game. 

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco Photographer Frisco Sports Photographer Mystic Garden Photography Staley Middle School Staley Mustangs Football https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/11/staley-middle-school-sports--8th-grad-blue-team-vs-hunt Wed, 06 Nov 2013 16:48:03 GMT
Staley Middle School Sports--8th Grade Football White Team vs. Hunt https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/11/staley-middle-school-sports--8th-grade-football-white-team-vs-hunt The Staley Mustangs 8th Grade Football White Team played an intense game tonight against the Hunt Huskies. The Staley Boys fell behind early as they struggled to stop the strong Hunt offense, and the Huskies were up 14-0 early in the second quarter.  The Mustangs got things started with a nice run back on the kick off by #16, bringing the ball down to the 38 yard line. Number 25 took the hand off and  scrambled down to the 23 before being brought down.  A strong run by #27 had the Mustangs setting up shop at the 13 yard line.  On the next play, the quarterback, #11 dropped back and threw a bullet that was caught at the goal line by #3, who was called down at the 1/2 yard line.  A quarterback sneak had the Mustangs on the board with six points.  The PAT fell short and the Mustangs cut the lead, 14-6.

The Huskies had some problems on offense, getting several penalties, that backed them up. The defense held, as a fourth down pass fell incomplete.  Staley took over on downs.  A five yard gain on first down by #25, started the Mustang offense out on the right foot.  On second down, a hand off to #21 had him run off tackle to the near side line for a good chunk of real estate.  The Mustangs had first and ten on the 24 yard line.  First and second downs saw no gain for the Mustangs, and third down had the Staley quarterback running out of the pocket and being tackled before he could make a pass.  The Mustangs called a time out as the half was drawing to a close.  On fourth down, the Staley quarterback  threw down the field, but the pass was incomplete.  The Huskies took over on downs, deep in their own territory with just seconds on the clock before the half.  The Staley defense shut them down, and the Huskies had the lead 14-6 at the break. 

The Mustangs took the kick off at the start of the second half and #25 ran it back to the Staley 40 yard line.  A nice five yard run by #25 on first down, followed by a strong run by #27 gave the Mustangs a fresh set of downs.  On second down, quarterback, #11 dropped back and threw a quick 15 yard strike out #15, who worked his way down to the 15 yard line.  Mustang first down!!  Two short runs by #25 and #27, had the Mustangs facing 3rd down and 4 to go.  On the third down play, the Mustang quarterback threw a perfect pass to the end zone, into the arms of #35.  Mustang  touchdown!!!  The score was Hunt 14- Mustangs 12.  The all important PAT kick followed.  Number 25 drilled it through the uprights to knot it all up at 14 with 3:50 left in the third quarter.  The  Mustangs put together an impressive drive to tie the game. 

The Huskies and the Mustangs were battling it out, the Huskies were able to gain some yardage and even get a couple first downs.  But the Mustang defense proved they were tough.  On a crucial fourth down play, #29 brought down the back for a loss.  Most importantly, the Mustangs took over on downs.  The Huskies stopped the Mustangs and Staley had to punt.  

Once again the battle was on,  the Huskies would not go down without a fight, they wanted the win, just as much as the Mustangs.  The Husky offense stayed the course, moving slowly and steadily down the field a little at a time.  A first and ten on the 15 yard line put the Huskies within striking distance.  Staley's defense responded, they buckled down and tighten up, letting them only get two yards on first down, and one on second down.  Facing fourth and seven on the eleven yard line, and only seconds left in the game, the Huskies took a time out to stop the clock.   After the time out, they lined up for a field goal.  The ball was snapped and #11 was in the backfield in a flash and grabbed the ball out of the holder's hands before the ball had the chance to be kicked.  Unfortunately, he was swarmed with Huskies and brought down before any significant yardage was  gained.   The Mustangs had one last hope for a miracle.  They got the ball with nine seconds left on the clock and 80 yards to go. The hopes of a miracle died when the Mustang's quarterback was tackled behind the line as the buzzer sounded.  The final score was Huskies 14- Mustangs 14.  An all out battle, with both teams playing with determination and spirit.

The Mustangs proved what a tough team they are.  After going down 14-0 quickly, the offense stepped up and showed the Mustang spirit scoring 14 unanswered points.  The defense showed exactly how strong they are, shutting down the Husky offense at crucial moments to avoid a loss.  These young men played a great game, never giving up and giving 100%.  Congratulations Mustangs!! So proud of these boys!!! 

Here are some images of the game. 

 

 

 

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco Photographer Frisco Sports Photographer Mystic Garden Photography Staley Middle School Staley Mustangs Football https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/11/staley-middle-school-sports--8th-grade-football-white-team-vs-hunt Wed, 06 Nov 2013 06:57:07 GMT
Staley Middle School Sports--7th Grade Football Blue Team https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/11/staley-middle-school-sports--7th-grade-football-blue-team The Staley Mustangs 7th Grade Football Blue Team rolled to an impressive 30-0 win over the Fowler Falcons on a very wet night.  The Mustangs kicked off to the Falcons.  On first down, Mustang defender #83 charged through the line and nailed the quarterback for a loss.  Second down, the Mustang defense pushed the Falcons back and they fumble the ball and Staley #83 recovered on the twelve yard line. 

The Mustangs lined up, handed off to #21, who brought it down to the four yard line.  The Mustangs tried to score, but a fumbled snap and the Falcon defense, force them to try a field goal.  The rain played havoc, making the ball slippery and it was mishandled and the Falcon offense took over.  The Mustang defense held them and they punted on fourth down.

The running duo of #24 and #42 barreled through the Falcon defense for two first downs.  Number 42 scored on an 8 yard run two plays later.  The kicker #6 drilled it through the uprights for a Mustang 8-0 lead.   The Mustangs kicked off, and the defense stuffed the Falcons.  The offense got the ball back, and had #7 at quarterback.  Hand offs to #24 and #3 had the Mustang gaining yardage, enough for a first down.  The next couple of plays saw the Mustangs offense struggle, with two for no gain, and an incomplete pass.  The next play had #7 dropped back and put the ball in the air, right into the arms on #24.  Mustang first down!   The Staley offense was on a roll.  After a short gain on a running play, the quarterback hit #42 for a fifteen touchdown pass and the score.  Another perfect kick by #6 had the Mustang lead 16-0 with nine seconds left in the half. 

The start of the second half had the Mustangs getting the kick off on the thirty yard line.  Number 42 bolted all the way down the the Falcon 25 yard line to set the Mustangs up with great field position. On second down, #21 slipped through some tackles and rambled his way in for a 20 yard score.  Mustang kicker #6 kicked the two point PAT and the Mustangs had a commanding 24-0 lead a little over a minute into the second half. 

The Mustangs defense proved to be tough, not giving up any yardage to the Falcons.  The Mustangs got the ball back and had got some yards on running plays by #28, #24 and #42.  But the big play came on a face mask call against the Falcons, that moved the ball all the way down to the five yard line.  On second and goal a bad snap went over the Staley quarterback's head, but right into the arms of #11, who barreled his way over the goal line for a Mustang touchdown.  A great heads up play!    The kick was blocked and the Mustangs had an impressive 30-0 lead at the end of the third quarter. 

The Mustangs kicked off to the Falcons who set up shop near their own 35 yard line.  On the first play of the series, Mustang #83 hit the back behind the line a scrimmage, knocking the ball from his hands and he recovered his third fumble of the night.  

The Mustangs changed things up a little and put in #2 as the running back.  Number two proved proficient, running strong and  getting a couple of Mustang first downs.  The Mustangs had first and ten on the Falcon twenty yard line with just over a minute left in the game when the took the victory formation to run out the clock.  The Mustangs had the victory 30-0.

This Mustang team, may have started off the year slowly, having to overcome obstacles, and facing great opponents. After a heart-breaking loss to Cobb, these boys step up and played some great football.  The last four weeks of the season, saw great improvement and with that, success. These boys came out every game and played hard from the first tackle to the last.  They played with heart and determination on every play.  It has been a pleasure to watch them gain momentum as the season progressed. They were a much stronger team than their 3-4-1 record indicates. I enjoyed watching, photographing and cheering these boys on play by play.   I know that these boys will come back even stronger next year.  Great job Mustangs!! 

 

Here are some images of the night. 

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco Photographer Frisco Sports Photographer Mystic Garden Photography Staley Middle School Staley Mustangs Football https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/11/staley-middle-school-sports--7th-grade-football-blue-team Tue, 05 Nov 2013 14:18:02 GMT
Staley Middle School Sports--7th Grade Football White Team vs. Fowler https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/11/staley-middle-school-sports--7th-grade-football-white-team-vs-fowler The Staley Mustangs 7th Grade Football White Team dominated the Fowler Falcons, tonight in their final game.  The Mustangs powered through the rain to a 28-0 win.  

The Mustangs stuffed the Falcons on their first possession and they had to punt.  The Mustangs got the ball on the thirty yard line. On third down, #9 took the ball down to the two yard line after being pushed out of bounds.  Number nine took it in for the six on the next play.  Staley kicker #35 kicked a perfect PAT for a Mustang 8-0 lead. 

The Mustang defense caused a fumble on the Falcons first play after the kick off. The Mustangs recovered on the 40 yard line.  A penalty pushed the Mustangs back ten yards.  Number nine got the hand off and scrambled down to the twenty.  Number 33 ran it down to the eight, and scored on the next play when he rounded the corner and outran the defenders into the end zone.  Another great kick had the Mustangs up 16-0 early in the second quarter.

Once again, the Mustang defense caused a fumble when #66 clocked the quarterback. Mustang #8 recovered on the Falcon 21 yard line. The Mustangs gave it right back when the ball slipped out of the quarterback's hands on the snap.  The Mustang defense held and they got the ball back on downs.  The Mustangs number eight ran a bootleg and took it down to the three yard line.   Number nine got the hand off, slipped through some defenders and ran it in for his second touchdown of the night.  A missed PAT had the Mustangs up 22-0 with just over a minute left in the half.  The Falcons finally got some yardage on what seemed to be a take down in the backfield.  However, they snuck the ball to another player who ran it down the field for a 25 yard gain.  The defense stuffed them and the Mustangs had the lead at the break.

The Mustangs took the kick off down to the thirty yard line, but fumbled the ball two plays laeter and the Falcons recovered.  The two teams traded three and outs. and the Mustangs had a booming punt that took a huge Mustang roll.  

The Falcons, deep in their own territory, decided to throw the ball, the ball sailed over the receiver's head and dropped into the arms of Staley #9. Mustang ball on the twenty.  The Mustang quarterback ran a sweep to the far sideline and in for the score.  A slippery ball did not quite make it to the holder on the PAT.  Number 4 grabbed it on the bounce, straighten up, avoided a sure tackle and threw out tho #9. Number nine tried to spin his way to the goal line but was brought down at the four.   The Mustang had put the game away, 28-0,  early in the fourth quarter. 

The Mustang defense caused another fumble and the Mustangs ran out the clock, finishing with a victory formation, for the 28-0 win. 

The Mustangs 7th Grade White Team capped off their season with a dominating win.  This team finished 6-1-1.  They worked well together as a team, played hard week in and week out.  Their hard work and dedication were the basis for their success.  Each and every Mustang contributed to the team and made the team strong.  Congratulations on a fantastic season!!! I certainly enjoyed being on the sidelines, watching the games, photographing plays and cheering these boys on!!  Great job Mustangs!!

 

Here are some images of the game. 

 

 

 

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco Photographer Frisco Sports Photographer Mystic Garden Photography Staley Middle School Staley Mustangs Football https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/11/staley-middle-school-sports--7th-grade-football-white-team-vs-fowler Tue, 05 Nov 2013 05:48:44 GMT
Frisco Family Photographer--One Sweet Couple https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/11/frisco-family-photographer--one-sweet-couple I had the wonderful pleasure photographing this sweet couple this evening.  Binod and Alicia are our good friends, who happen to be our neighbors.  They are so very sweet and kind, we could not ask for better neighbors.   Binod and Alicia have a very friendly and sweet beagle mix dog, Annie, and beautiful Bengal cat named Raj.  We decided to try to get a picture of this sweet family.  Not a small task, but definitely worth it.  We finished up the session out in the field with just this sweet couple.  They are so perfect together, we wish them many years of happiness together.  Thanks for inviting me out to capture this time in your life.  

Here are a couple of my favorite images.

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And one out take with Annie and Raj!!

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco Photographer Mystic Garden Photography https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/11/frisco-family-photographer--one-sweet-couple Mon, 04 Nov 2013 04:10:49 GMT
Frisco HIgh School--Raccoons Varsity Football vs. Heritage https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/11/frisco-high-school--raccoons-varsity-football-vs-heritage The Frisco Raccoons had a huge victory tonight against Heritage High School.  The win gives the Raccoons a place a in the playoffs.  

Congratulations and Go Raccoons!!

Here are a couple images of the pre-game.

 

 

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco High School Frisco Photographer Frisco Sports Photographer Mystic Garden Photography https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/11/frisco-high-school--raccoons-varsity-football-vs-heritage Sat, 02 Nov 2013 04:47:04 GMT
Frisco High School--STARS Frisco vs. Heritage https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/11/frisco-high-school--stars-frisco-vs-heritage I had the honor of going out to photograph the Frisco High School STARS Dance Team tonight at the Frisco Raccoons and Heritage High School football game.  The STARS joined the rest of the Raccoon Faithful cheering their team on for not only a win, but a place in the playoffs.  

The girls had a wonderful half time performance to "Brown-Eyed Girl".  They rocked it!!!  

The STARS were able to celebrate a Frisco win.  On to the Playoffs!!

As always, it is an honor to photograph these talented, sweet young ladies.  Great job tonight!!!  

I look forward to seeing them again next week for Senior night!!

Here are some images from tonight.

 

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco High School Frisco Sports Photographer Mystic Garden Photography https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/11/frisco-high-school--stars-frisco-vs-heritage Sat, 02 Nov 2013 04:36:59 GMT
Staley Middle School Sports--8th Grade Football Blue Team vs. LISD Killian https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/10/staley-middle-school-sports--8th-grade-football-blue-team-vs-lisd-killian The Staley Mustangs 8th Grade Football Blue Team fought hard against the Killian Mustangs last night. The Killian Mustangs stopped Staley on their opening drive and forced them to punt.  Killian was able to score on their opening drive, using a strong running game, making the score 7-0.  The Staley Mustangs got the ball back and had #17 and #7  sharing quarterbacking duties.  A pass from #17 to #9 bought the Mustangs a fresh set of downs, however on the next play, the ball was stripped and Killian took it back 15 yards in the other direction.  The defense lined up against the Killian squad at the 20 yard line.  On second down, #74 broke through the line and tackled the quarterback for a loss.  The defense buckeled down and made some good tackles.  However, the defense was unable to stop the ground attack and the Killian running back got over the goal line when he was tackled at the one yard line.  The Killian Mustangs had a 14-0 lead. 

The Staley Mustang team, already depleted due to injuries, had two players knocked out of the game due to injuries.  Number 1, a key component of the running game, and #74 a pillar on defense were sidelined.  

Killian started the second half with a good run back off the kick off.   They steadily worked down field to go up 20-0, after an incomplete pass on a two point conversion.    The Staley defense stayed tough and held the Killian squad for the remainder of the game. 

The Staley Mustangs had a hard time on offense with several key players out with injuries.  It was a regular triage on the sideline, when #17 came out of the game near the middle of the 4th quarter.   The  Staley Mustangs showed heart and grit as several players, stepped up and were playing in unfamiliar positions.  Stay strong Mustangs!!

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco Photographer Frisco Sports Photographer Mystic Garden Photography Staley Middle School Staley Mustangs Football https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/10/staley-middle-school-sports--8th-grade-football-blue-team-vs-lisd-killian Wed, 30 Oct 2013 15:16:56 GMT
Staley Mustangs Sports--8th Grade Football White Team vs LISD https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/10/staley-mustangs-sports--8th-grade-football-blue-team-vs-lisd The Staley Mustangs 8th Grade Football White Team traveled to Hebron High School to take on the Killian Mustangs, who wore blue jerseys. The Staley Mustangs team exploded for a fantastic win with score of 26-15.

 Killian got the ball first and made the most of it.   They used a good running game to move down the field and into the end zone for the score.  The PAT was good and the Killain Mustangs got the first score on the board leading Staley 7-0.

The Staley Mustangs proved that they were equally strong.  The running back duo of #25 and #21 were the engines of the Staley Mustang's well-oiled offense machine.  The Staley Mustangs answered the Killian score with a great drive down the field.  The Staley Mustangs drove down the field and handed off to #21 on the three yard line.  While  pushing his way into the end zone, the ball popped out and bounced on the ground, past a couple of Killian players, into the end zone and was finally cover by  a Staley player for the score. The PAT was a hand off to #21 who ran it into the corner of the end zone for the two point conversion.  The Mustangs had the lead 8-7, at the very start of the second quarter.

The Staley defense stopped the Killian offense and took over on downs.  Number 25 took the ball to the outside and down the far sideline for a 40 yard bolt and into the end zone for the six points.   The Mustang PAT attempt failed, but the Mustangs had the lead 14-7. 

The Killian offense put a good drive on, moving the ball down the field as the half drew to a close.  With the ball on the sixteen yard line and under thirty seconds left in the half, the Killian quarterback took to the air.  The Staley Mustang defense was tough, causing three incompletions.  Killian's last hope to score before the half was diminished when #4 jumped up and reach his hand in between the receiver and the ball, the ball hit the receivers shoulder pads and the ball, and both players landed on the ground in the end zone.  The Mustang defense put the clamps down and did not allow the other Mustangs any room to breathe.  The Staley Mustangs had a 14-7 half time lead.

The Staley Mustangs got the ball at the beginning of the second half.  The Staley boys made easy work, using the running game to move the ball.  Number 21 got a hand off at the 30 yard line and stampeded into the end zone to put the Staley Mustangs ahead 20-7 after a  failed PAT.

The Killian Mustangs had success moving the ball down the field, eating up small chunks of real estate slowly.  The had moved the ball all the way to inside the ten yard line, when the quarterback toss the ball into the end zone and Staley #11 intercepted denying the other Mustangs a score.  

Staley took over and three plays later, a hand off to #25 had him scoring the final touchdown on a 65 yard stomp.  The PAT kick was just to the left of the upright.  The Staley Mustangs had a lead of 26-7. 

KIllian scored one last time with two minutes left in the game to make the final score 26-15. 

The Staley Mustangs played a complete game of football.  The offensive line held together and played very well. The defense from the line to the linebackers and safeties played a great game.  The Staley boys played a solid game all around for a convincing victory!! Congratulations on a fantastic win!!! Way to go Mustangs!!

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco Photographer Frisco Sports Photographer Mystic Garden Photography Staley Middle School Staley Mustangs Football https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/10/staley-mustangs-sports--8th-grade-football-blue-team-vs-lisd Wed, 30 Oct 2013 05:53:39 GMT
Staley Middle School Sports--7th Grade Football Blue Team vs. LISD Wranglers https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/10/staley-middle-school-sports--7th-grade-football-blue-team-vs-lisd-wranglers The Staley Mustangs 7th Grade Football Blue Team played a fantastic game last night against the LISD Wranglers.  Things started off slow for the Mustangs as the Wranglers put together a convincing drive down the field that ate up the entire first quarter.  They scored from the one yard line at the beginning of the second quarter.  They ran in the ball for a one point PAT.  The Wranglers had the early lead at 7-0 over the Staley boys.

The Mustang offense had a little trouble getting started and went three and out.  The Wranglers looked they like they were going to be a force to be reckoned with as they started out their next series with a couple strong runs and a first down.  However, that changed when on the next down the quarterback dropped back, moved out of the pocket toward the far sideline, and Staley Mustang #24 gave him a crushing hit that caused the ball to pop out of the quarterback's hands.  Staley #68 raced to recover.  Mustangs' ball on the  Wrangler 43 yard line.  

The Mustangs' running game was having a hard time moving the ball against the Wrangler defense, gaining little yards through the first three plays.  The Mustangs tried a fake punt, with a reverse, but that did not get enough yards for a first down.  The Wranglers took over on downs as the half drew to a close.  The Mustangs defense held and they were down by 7 at the half. 

The Mustang offense got the ball at the start of the second half.  They appeared to have a busted play on a reverse, when #42, who got the ball from the quarterback, ran toward the near sideline and toss the ball to #24 headed to the far sideline and #24 bobbled the ball.   However, with great concentration, he secured the ball, avoided the tackles in the backfield, sped up the sideline for a first down and more. Taking the Mustangs from their own 35 yard line to the Wrangler 45, giving the Mustangs a fresh set of downs.  The next play had #21 barreling through the defense, for another first down.   The running game, lead by #21 and #42, with the help of the entire offense pushing them, gained another first down in two plays, setting up shop around the 18 yard line.  Another strong run by #42 and push by the offense, gave Staley a first and goal inside the ten yard line.  Another couple of runs by #42, had the Mustangs creeping closer to the goal line.  On third down, #42 had the ball again, and looked like he would be stopped by the swarm of Wrangler defenders, when he bounced outside the crowd and squeaked his way over the line as he was being brought down.  A great kick by #6, straight through the uprights gave the Mustangs the lead 8-7.  The Mustang faithful went wild.  The Staley boys looked fantastic, as they put together a long, productive drive that ending in a touchdown. 

A fired up Mustang defense, shut down the Wranglers to get the ball back.  The Mustang's #21 took the hand off from #12, had great blocking from the line, turned the corner and took it 60 yards for the six.   A failed attempted on a PAT had #12 taking a huge hit, but he got right up and was okay.  The Mustangs had the lead 14-7 with five and half minutes left in the game.  The Mustang fans were excited. 

The Wranglers took over, after the kick off, and gains some yards on first down.  However, on second down, Staley's #74 had a huge sack that pushed them back several yards.  On the next down, the quarterback, being pressured by #69, made a pass that was intercepted by Mustang #11. After no gain on first down, #21 took the hand off from #12 and cut around the defense and ran down the field to the thirty yard line before being brought down.   The Mustangs continued to move steadily down the field with a strong running game.  After several carries, that garnished a first down, #21 took it in for the score from around the fifteen yard line.   A  great kick by #6, gave the Mustangs a convincing 22-7  lead with a minute and 46 left in the game. 

The Wranglers would not go down without a fight.  After a booming kick off, the Wranglers got things started with a nice pass for a gain of 25 yards.  On the very next play, the Wrangler's running back broke free, and scored.  The Mustangs had a player injured on the play, and he was helped of the field by his team mates.  Our thoughts are with him, hoping his injury is not too severe.  The Wranglers lined up for the PAT, the pass from the quarterback was just off target and fell to the ground incomplete.  A huge play for the Mustangs, as they had a nine point lead at 22-13 with just under a minute left. 

The Wranglers tried an on side kick, but the ball was recovered by the Mustangs.  The Mustangs ran two short running plays to run out the clock and get the victory, 22-13.

The Staley Mustang Blue Team played an all around excellent game, especially in the second half.  They played, undoubtably the best football of the season.   The Mustang offense had a long, productive drive, a quick strike, and capitalized off a turnover, all key elements in this incredible win.  The Mustang defense played a stellar game,  forcing a turnover, hitting hard, and making essential tackles.

The Staley boys really stepped it up and played well to win.  Everyone played hard and worked together as a team for an AWESOME victory.  Congratulations Mustangs!!!

 

Here are some images of the game. 

 

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco Photographer Frisco Sports Photographer Mystic Garden Photography Staley Middle School Staley Mustangs Football https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/10/staley-middle-school-sports--7th-grade-football-blue-team-vs-lisd-wranglers Tue, 29 Oct 2013 13:51:54 GMT
Staley Middle School Sports--7th Grade White Team vs. LISD Wranglers https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/10/staley-middle-school-sports--7th-grade-white-team-vs-lisd-wranglers The Staley Mustangs 7th Grade Football White Team played a great game against the Hebron Wranglers.  The Mustangs started out strong, taking the kick off back to almost mid-field.   On third down, the quarterback toss to #9 in the backfield, who had great blocking at the line and was able to turn up the sideline to take it to the house for the touchdown.  After a PAT kick, the Mustangs were on the board first 8-0.  

The Mustangs dominated the line on defense, they drove back the Wranglers on three straight plays forcing a punt.  The Mustangs got the ball back and proceeded to steadily march down the field, with a strong running game, lead by #9 and #13.  Number 8 came in to the game, to take over at quarterback and ran a sweep on his first play, running it the 30 yards for the score.  The Mustang cheers were shored  lived, as the touchdown was negated by a holding penalty.  However, the Staely boys scored two plays later when #9 ran to the far sideline and in for the score. The  PAT was good and the Mustangs took a 16-0 lead. After stopping the Wranglers on three downs, the running back escaped through the Mustangs defense and was finally knocked out of bounds, on the 40 yard line as the buzzer for half time sounded.  At the break, the Mustangs were in front by the score of 16-0. 

The Wranglers received the kick off in the second half, and did manage to get a first down before the Mustang defense shut them down.   Staley took over on their own thirty yard line, for their first possession of the second half.   The Mustangs had an incomplete pass,  a tackle in the backfield and a run on third down that left them with fourth and five, so the Mustangs opted to punt.

The Mustangs shut down the Wranglers again, to get one more possession on offense.        The Mustangs gained some yardage with their running game, but the drive stalled out before getting in the end zone.  The Wranglers got the ball, and tried one last time to move the ball down the field to get anywhere near the red zone. They completed a 25 yard pass, moving them down to the Mustang 40 yard line,  before the Mustangs ended their hopes of a score by sacking the quarterback for a loss to end the game.  The Mustangs hung on for a 16-0 win.

Congratulations Mustangs on a  convincing win on your last regular season game.  The Mustang 7th Grade Football White Team finished the season with a 5-1-1 record.   Way to go Mustangs!!

Here are some images of the game.

         

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco Photographer Frisco Sports Photographer Mystic Garden Photography Staley Middle School https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/10/staley-middle-school-sports--7th-grade-white-team-vs-lisd-wranglers Tue, 29 Oct 2013 05:39:07 GMT
Staley Middle School Sports--7th Grade Football White Team vs. Pioneer https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/10/staley-middle-school-sports--7th-grade-football-white-team-vs-pioneer The Staley Mustangs 7th Grade Football White Team played a tough game tonight against the Pioneer Panthers.  The teams were pretty evenly matched and battled it out all night long.  The Mustangs struck first, when #13 took the hand off from #4, ran straight up the middle, sidestepping and out running defenders for a 60 yard touchdown.  The PAT missed and the Mustangs led 6-0. 

The Panthers had a good run back on the kick off and were driving deep into Staley territory, but the Staley defense was strong , causing Pioneer to fumbled on a third down running play.  The Mustangs tried to generate some offense, but an incompletion,  a penalty, and a miscue in the backfield had  Staley punting from their own end zone. 

The Panthers got really good field position after the punt.  The Staley defense made Pioneer work for every yard.  It took the entire Panther offense pushing the ball handler into the end zone.   The Panthers had the lead 8-0 after a successful PAT.  

The Mustangs had two and half minutes before the break to try to score. Number 45 took the kick off, ran up the field and gave the Mustangs good field position, before being tackled.   A great run by #9 on first down, down to the 25 yard line, had the Mustang fans cheering loudly.   A few plays later, with the clock winding down,  the quarterback threw to the end zone.  The ball fell, through the hands of the Staley receiver, to the ground, in the end zone for an incompletion.   The Panthers had the led 8-6 going into half time. 

The Panthers got the ball at at the start of the second half.  They made steady work of marching down the field and eating up the time on the clock  Despite several attempts by the Mustang defense to stop Pioneer, they scored.  A missed PAT had the score at 14-6 with 20 seconds left in the third quarter.  

 

The Mustangs stalled out on the first drive after the Panther kick off.  The Staley defense held and the Mustangs got the ball back.  Number 4 and #8 had two great runs.  A late hit, out of bounds on #8 gave the Mustangs 15 more yards.   However, a Mustang fumble, crushed the hopes of a comeback.  The Panthers ran out the remaining thirty seconds, handing the Mustangs their first loss of the season.  

Despite the final score, the Mustangs played strong, never giving up.  Way to go Mustangs!!!

Here are some images of the game.

 

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco Photographer Frisco Sports Photographer Mystic Garden Photography Staley Middle School Staley Mustangs Football https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/10/staley-middle-school-sports--7th-grade-football-white-team-vs-pioneer Tue, 22 Oct 2013 04:34:39 GMT
Frisco Family Photographer--Mandy and Dan Maternity Sneak Peek https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/10/frisco-family-photographer--mandy-and-dan-maternity-sneak-peek Dan and Mandy came out on this beautiful but chilly morning to document this special time in their lives. This wonderful couple is expecting their first baby in about a month.  Unbelievably, this momma-to-be is eight months pregnant, and she is absolutely beautiful!! I had a great time getting know them this morning.  I can not wait to meet their little girl.  

Here are some of my favorites from their session.

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco Family Photographer Frisco Photographer Mystic Garden Photography https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/10/frisco-family-photographer--mandy-and-dan-maternity-sneak-peek Sat, 19 Oct 2013 23:22:59 GMT
Frisco High School--STARS Frisco vs. Liberty https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/10/frisco-high-school--pink The Frisco High School STARS Dance Team, had pink pom-poms and hair ribbons for PInk Out The Park.  Frisco High School football players, STARS dance team, cheerleaders and fans were encouraged to wear pink in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Proceeds from t-shirts sold went to the American Cancer Society.  

The Frisco STARS went out on the field during half time and performed a dance routine to "Brown-Eyed Girl".  They were fantastic.  At the end of their dance they used their pom-poms to spell out "HOPE" and the pink ribbon for Breast Cancer Awareness.  

The STARS and the rest of the Raccoon fans also got to celebrate a Frisco victory.  Frisco Raccoons 34- Liberty Redhawks 7.

As always it is my pleasure to photograph these very talented, wonderful young ladies.  Fantastic job tonight!!

 

Here are some images of the night.

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco High School Frisco Photographer Frisco STARS Frisco Senior Photographer Frisco Sports Photographer Mystic Garden Photography https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/10/frisco-high-school--pink Sat, 19 Oct 2013 04:53:04 GMT
Staley Middle School Sports--8th Grade Football Blue Team vs. Wester Wildcats https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/10/staley-middle-school-sports--8th-grade-football-Blue-team The Staley Mustangs 8th Grade Football Blue team dropped a 28-16 contest to Wester last night.  The Wester Wildcats struck first when the Mustangs had to punt.  The punt was returned to the fifteen yard line and Wester brought it in for the score on the next play.  They had the early lead 7-0 with a successful PAT. 

The Mustangs were not productive on their drive and Wester returned on offense.  The Wildcats were driving down the field when #17 picked off a pass and brought it seventy yards to the house for a pick six.  #10 kicked it perfectly through the uprights to give the Mustangs the lead 8-6.

The Wildcats executed some long passes to drive down the field as the half drew near.  Despite double coverage, the Wester receiver caught a passs at the back of the end zone, that combined with a PAT pass completion, had Wester take a 14-8 lead to the half.

The beginning of the second half had the Mustang moving the down the field at a steady pace with their running game.  Facing fourth and two, the Mustangs went for it, and got stopped short, turning it over on downs at the 25 yard line. . 

Wester struck quick on a big run, and soon lead 21-8.   The Mustang's #5  took the kick off down to the 40 yard line.   On the very next play, #5 took the hand off, headed to the far sideline and ran the 40 yards for six.  No flags and a another perfect kick by #10, had the Mustangs closing the gap 21-16 near the close of the third quarter. 

On the first play, after the kick off, the Wildcat's quarterback made a pass as he got hit.  The pass was ruled complete, giving the Wildcats first and ten at the Staley 43 yard line.  The next play had the speedy Wester running back in for a score.  They were successful on the PAT and the score was 28-16 at the end of the third quarter.

The Mustangs had comeback on their mind.  Staley was moving down the field, before an interception changed the momentum. Wester was putting together a drive that would have put the game out of reach. The Staley defense was tough.  Even after a penalty for a late hit out of bounds moved the ball down to the fifteen yard line.  The Mustang defense stepped up, stopped them from getting a first down.  The Mustang fans thought they were going to get a score when #19 pick up a ball that the Wester back had dropped upon being tackled in the backfield.  Unfortunately, the player was ruled down.  The Mustangs took over on downs.  #5 and #1 each had a carry that brought the Mustangs out to the 35 yard line for a first down. After an incomplete pass, #5 broke some tackles and turned on the speed down the near sideline for 65 yards for a score.  Unbelievably, it was called back due to a penalty.  The Mustang fans could not believe it!!  Eleven seconds were left on the clock.  The Mustang's quarterback threw down field and it was just off the fingertips of #19.  One last throw, also fell incomplete.  The Mustang fell short in a hard fought game.  The Staley boys played tough, with determination and show their spirit through the game.   Good job Mustangs!!!

Here are some images of the game.


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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco Photographer Frisco Sports Photographer Mystic Garden Photography Staley Middle School Staley Mustangs Football https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/10/staley-middle-school-sports--8th-grade-football-Blue-team Thu, 17 Oct 2013 18:53:49 GMT
Staley Middle School Sports--8th Grade Football White Team vs. Wester https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/10/staley-middle-school-sports--8th-grade-football-white-team-vs-wester The Staley Mustangs 8th Grade Blue Team played  a great game against Wester tonight.  A great kick off by #30, pinning the Wildcats deep in their territory, started the night off right.   The Staley defense contained the run and held the Wildcats, but  a penalty of running into the kicker, gave Wester a first down. The defense held once again, forcing Wester to punt.  The ball bounced right into one of the Staley players, and a Wester player fell on it for possession.   Staley defense held, tackling the Wester back for a loss several times .  The Mustangs took over and #8 ran about twenty yards down to the twenty eight yard line.  The Wester Wildcats defense held our running backs, and the Mustangs were facing 4 and four, the quarterback dropped back and passed, but it fell incomplete.  The Mustang turned the ball over on downs.  

The Staley boys contained the Wildcats and Staley had the ball once again.  After a small gain on first down, #25 took the hand off and ran 45 yards for a touchdown, only to have it all for naught because of a penalty.   However: on the very next play, #8 took to the house for six.   The PAT kick was just short, and the Mustangs were on the board, 6-0 with a minute and half left in the half.  

Wester had a nice return on the kick off, returning it to the Mustang 39 yard line. The Wildcats were moving the ball down the field, with their running game.  The managed to get down to the 6 yard line with a few seconds left in the half, but the Mustangs stuffed them on the last paly of the half to preserve the lead 6-0.

The start of the second half had the Mustang getting the kick off and starting their drive at their own 43  yard line.  A nice run on first down by #8 had the Mustangs get a fresh set of downs at the Wester 29 yard line.  On second and about five, Staley's quarterback #18,  threw a perfect strike straight down the field to #15 at the fifteen yard line.  #15 fought his way down to the eight yard line, before being brought down.  The quarterback handed off to #25, who pushed through defenders and fought his way across the goal line.  However; for the second time, it was called back due to a penalty.  The Mustangs were brought back to the eighteen yard line.  A strong run by #8 had the Mustangs back down to the nine yard line.  Second down, Staley gain no yards.  Third down was an incomplete pass to the end zone.  Which brought up fourth and goal at about the 8 yard line.  Number eight made it down to the three yard line, but was stopped short.  Wester took over on downs in the shadow of their goal post.

The Mustang defense was a force to be reckoned with, they stuffed the Wildcats, forward progress had them at the one yard line.  Next down, again, the Mustangs stopped them.  After a time out, the Wester offense tried a new approach, the back rolled out to the far side, deep in his end zone, hoping to turn the corner and make some yardage,  The Mustang defense was ready, and right there to swarm him and bring him down for a safety. Two points gave the Mustangs the lead 8-0.

The Mustangs, again on offense, made quick work of driving down the field, with the running game of #8 and #25.  On the second offensive play of the series, #18 handed off to #25 and he took it sixteen yards in for the score.  No flags, and #25 had his first official touchdown of the night.  A  missed PAT had the Mustang lead at 14-0 with just over 30 seconds left in the third quarter.

Wester started off the offensive series with a small gain, but on second down the running back broke through for a long run.   Staley corner #3, chase him down, grabbed hold and would not let go.   The play had Wester at the 18 yard line with a fresh set of downs.  Wester managed to punch it in for the score several plays later.   The Mustangs blocked the  PAT and had the lead 14-6.

Number 8 took the kick off and ran it back for a touchdown, but it was called back due to a unsportsmanlike penalty for "high stepping".   The Mustangs had first and ten at the twenty yard line.  Two runs by #25 brought it down to the eight yard line.  A pass form #18 to #27, brought the ball to the three.  Number eight returned to the game, and fought his way across the goal line for the score.  for a score of 20-6.

The Wildcats had a good return on the kick off, and a pass completion on first down, that brought them to the Mustang thirty yard line.  They were looking for a  score.   With the clock winding down,  the Wester quarterback threw out to his receiver, only to be picked off by  Staley #33 at the ten yard line, who returned it to the 40 yard line before being brought down to end the game.  Staley had the victory 20-6.  

The Mustangs had a great night, they dominated on defense and had productive drives by the offense.  Great job, Mustangs!!! 

Here are some images of the game.

 

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco Photographer Frisco Sports Photographer Mystic Garden Photography Staley Middle School Staley Mustangs Football https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/10/staley-middle-school-sports--8th-grade-football-white-team-vs-wester Thu, 17 Oct 2013 16:03:36 GMT
Staley Middle School Sports--7th Grade Football Blue Team vs. Wester https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/10/staley-middle-school-sports--7th-grade-football-blue-team-vs-wester The Staley Mustang 7th Grade Football Blue Team got a win tonight against the Wester Wildcats.  The Mustangs braved the rain and cold and brought home their first win of the season.  The Mustangs took the opening kick off and made a machine-like drive down the field as the rain got heavier.  Number 24 got a hand off and broke through the crowd, avoided defenders and sped to the end zone for the first score.  Number six put it straight through the uprights, making it 8-0. 

The Mustangs stopped the Wildcats and took over on downs.  The Mustangs were marching down the field, when one of the Wester players went down.  Play was stopped due to the injury, as the officials waited for an ambulance.  Not a sight any parent wants to see.  The young man and his parents are in my thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery.  

Once play resumed, the Mustangs continued their drive.  A couple of strong runs by #21 got the Mustangs down to the 10 yard line. With the rain coming down harder, the ball was slippery and it was mishandled, #21 fell on it for a loss back to the 16 yard line.  The Wildcat defense stepped up and the Mustangs could not get any progress on the next down.  On fourth down, #42 ran it straight up the middle for a large gain but it was not quite enough and the Mustangs turned it over on downs. 

The Mustang defense proved how tough they are.  After a gain by the Wildcats on first down, the Mustangs tackled the quarterback for a loss on second down.  On third down, the Mustang defense blitzed the quarterback and wrapped him up behind the line of scrimmage.  The quarterback coughed up the ball, and Staley's #40 recovered on the five yard line for a Mustang first down. 

The Mustang's #42 carried the ball several times, before powering through the line for the touchdown, as time expired for the first half.  A slippery ball had the holder, unable to get the ball down for the kicker, he scrambled, threw the ball to a receiver, but it was not enough to get the PAT.  Mustangs had the lead 14-0.  And it was half time.  

I have to confess, I packed it up and headed home.  The rain was coming down harder, and even with the plastic bag, and poncho, I was soaked , and my camera was in danger of getting too wet.  

However, the Mustangs toughed it out and brought home the win 25-0.  I wish I could have seen the celebration.

Congratulations Mustangs on a well deserved victory in unfavorable conditions!!! Way to go!!!  So proud of these Staley boys!!!

Here are some images of the game.

 

 

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco Photographer Frisco Sports Photographer Mystic Garden Photography Staley Middle School Staley Mustangs Football https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/10/staley-middle-school-sports--7th-grade-football-blue-team-vs-wester Wed, 16 Oct 2013 05:37:30 GMT
Staley Middle School Sports--7th Grade Football White Team https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/10/staley-middle-school-sports--7th-grade-football-white-team The Staley Mustangs 7th Grade White Team rolled to a 27-6 victory over the Wester Wildcats on a cold, rainy night.   Wester struck first when they got the ball after a stalled Mustang drive.  The Wildcat running back ran down the  sideline 45 yards for six.  The Wildcats had the early lead 6-0 with 2:22 left in the first quarter.  The Mustangs got the ball and quarterback #4 had a great run for a first down.  Then #9 took it down to the twenty yard line.  A fumble had the Mustangs back on defense.  Wester had an incompletion, and on the next down, Staley #52 leveled the quarterback in the back field, causing a fumble.  Staley #64 recovered the fumble at the 25 yard line.  Once on offense, the Mustang quarterback #4 ran a sweep and took it in for the score.  A short kick had the score tied at 6.  That was the score at half time. 

The rain was still coming down at the start of the second half.  Wester started off with the ball, threw an incomplete pass, on the next play the Wester back dropped the ball, but was lucky enough to have it bounce back into his hand.  The back was dropped for a loss by a shoestring tackle by #15. The defense held and Staley got the ball back on the twenty five yard line.  Unfortunately the drive stalled. 

The Staley defense was tough, and the Mustangs got the ball back at their own 45.  Strong running by #4 and #9 had the Mustangs driving down field.  The Staley quarterback #4 pitched it out to #33 at the 30 yard line.  He turned it around the corner and broke tackles.  He encounter some traffic at the three yard line, but manage to plow through and over the goal line for the score.     The PAT team lined up and hiked the ball to the holder #4; however; the rain made the ball slippery and #4 had to get rid of  the ball fast, he dropped back and passed to #32 for a one point conversion.  To the delight of the rain soaked crowd, the Mustangs took the lead 13-6.

The Wildcats took the kickoff at the 13 yard line and was taken down immediately.  The Mustang defense pushed Wester back to the 10 yard line on first down.  Then pushed them back to the 6 yard line on second down, for the start of the fourth quarter.   On third down, the Mustang defense pushed the Wildcat quarterback back across the goal line, in what appeared to be a safety for the Mustangs.    However, the referees called forward progress at the 1 yard line.   Wester punted the ball from their own end zone.  The ball went up, came down and bounce, #5 quickly covered the ball at the 16 yard line for the Mustangs.  

 

Number 8 took over the quarterbacking duties.  On first down, he took the snap and scampered to the end zone for another Mustang score.  A good kick for the PAT put the score at 21-6 in the Mustang's favor.  

The Wester Wildcats had a nice run back on the kick off , first down was a small loss of yards, the next down, the quarterback decide to pass.  The pass was intercepted by Mustang #14.          The Mustangs  were back on offense,  #9 had a nice ten yard run on first down.   Second down had a hand off to #33, who raced 45 yards to take it to the house.  The Mustangs had another successful PAT, putting the score at 27-6 in favor of the Mustangs with 18 seconds left.  The defense finished of the game off stuffing the Wildcats one last time.  

A great win for the Staley boys, after a night in the cold and rain.   Way to go, Mustangs!!!

Here are some images of the night.  

 

                                                                                                                                  

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco Photographer Frisco Sports Photographer Mystic Garden Photography Staley Middle School Staley Mustangs Football https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/10/staley-middle-school-sports--7th-grade-football-white-team Wed, 16 Oct 2013 04:14:22 GMT
Frisco Child Photographer--Caroline https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/10/frisco-child-photographer--caroline I had the honor of seeing this cutie pie and her parents today.  I have been so privileged to photograph her the past two years. We met up today to take her three year old portraits.  I can not believe it is possible but Little Miss Caroline seems to get more adorable every year.   Those eyes, and those curls are to die for.  And she is just as sweet as can be.  We had a blast today, and did not let a little bit of rain get in the way of having fun.  Little Miss Caroline LOVED the wagon, and the bears.  She could have happily played with them all day.  When the rain hit, we just brought out the umbrella and played in the rain.  Caroline, you could not be any cuter, thanks for coming out to play today.  

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco Child Photgrapher Frisco Children's Photographer Frisco Childrenn's Photography Frisco Family Photographer Frisco Photographer Mystic Garden Photography https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/10/frisco-child-photographer--caroline Sun, 13 Oct 2013 04:11:29 GMT
Staley Middle School Sports-- 7th Grade Volleyball vs. Cobb https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/10/staley-middle-school-sports---7th-grade-volleyball The 7th Grade Lady Mustangs Volleyball C Team played a tough, talented  and well skilled Cobb team tonight at home.  The Cobb C team was solid all around, especially serving.   The Staley girls had some good passes and hits, but could not match the offensive power of the Cyclones. The Cobb team was a force that any team would have to execute great plays to beat them.    Although, the  Staley girls played tough, the Cyclones won in two straight sets.  Hopefully the Lady Mustangs can regroup, and build consistency to give them the opportunity to win.  Stay strong Lady Mustangs!!!

 

The Staley 7th Grade B team started off a little slow, getting behind early to the Cobb Cyclones.  However, after some strong serving by #7 and #22, the Staley girls were making a comeback.  More solid serving by #6 and #31, combined with some digs and hits had the Mustangs pulling ahead 15-14.  The girls continued to play well, but they had some miss hits and with some aces by Cobb, the Lady Mustangs were down 20-16. Cobb went on to win the set.      The second set had the Staley Mustangs coming out on fire.  The Mustangs had the early lead 9-3, behind the solid serving of #19, #6 and #31, and a couple of nice hits over the net by #32.   The Cobb girls were strong and soon tied the score, and the game was on.  The  teams traded points and were soon tied point for point from 19 on.  The Lady Mustangs were making great passes, and had solid servings and couple of fantastic saves, to meet all of Cobb's points.  The Lady Mustangs went ahead 24-23, and #7 served  and the Cyclones could not return it, giving the Mustangs the win 25-23.  The third set had the Staley girls fall behind early.  The girls worked hard, and stayed strong and powered up;  #7, #29, #6 and #31 had solid serving to help the Mustangs get back in the game.  The score was tied at 20-20, and the Mustang crowd was excited, cheering on these young ladies, hoping for a win.  Despite some  good passes and hits, the Mustangs could not outlast the Cyclones, the final score had the Mustangs falling to Cobb 25-21.  The Lady Mustangs played strong the entire match showing determination, focus and spirit.  Great Job, Staley!!

 

The 7th Grade Staley Volleyball A Team started off strong as the Lady Mustangs got out to an early lead 6-1.  However, the momentum quickly shifted in Cobb's favor as they went on a run and soon pulled ahead 8-6.  The Mustangs had some unforced errors and Cobb hit balls that were hard to return.  The score soon was 23-11 in Cobb's favor, when the momentum shifted again.  At 24-13, Number 6 had a fantastic service run, and some key hits by #30 saw the Lady Mustangs closing the gap.  Point after point went to Staley.  The crowd was certainly pulling for a Mustang win. However, Cobb scored the the last point on a hit to the back court that the Mustangs could not return, and took the vicotry 25-17.  The second set was an all out battle as the score stayed pretty much even.  The girls were playing well together.  Number 20 has some super digs in the back court, #8 served strong, and several players made some great hits.  A scoring error occured when Cobb was called for being in the net, instead of crediting the Mustangs with the point, it was scored in Cobb's favor and the Mustangs were down 23-17. Some fantastic plays along with strong serves had the Mustangs tie it up at 23.  You could hear the noise level from the Mustang fans in attendance, as the Lady Mustangs fought back. However, Cobb scored the last two points to take the win.  Despite the loss, Staley girls performed well, especially under pressure.  It was a hard fight and every one on the team pushed it and stepped up  when they needed to.  Way to go Lady Mustangs!!!

 

Here are some images of the games:

 

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco Photographer Frisco Sports Photogapher Mystic Garden Photography Staley Middle School https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/10/staley-middle-school-sports---7th-grade-volleyball Fri, 11 Oct 2013 06:15:14 GMT
Staley Middle School Sports--8th Grade Football Blue Team vs. Cobb https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/10/staley-middle-school-sports--8th-grade-football-blue-team-vs-cobb The Staley Mustangs 8th Grade Football Blue team had a tough night against the Cobb Cyclones last night.  Staley took the opening kick off under a a beautiful, colorful Texas sky.  On the first play from scrimmage, the ball was taken out of the arms of the Mustang running back, by a Cobb defender, giving the Cyclones possession.  Their first down play had the Cobb running back making it down to the three yard line before being shoved out of bound by Mustangs #9 and #19. One play later, Cobb had the score and the lead after a successful PAT, 8-0.  

The Mustangs again took the kick off and #19 gained some yards on the return.  On first down, Staley quarterback #7 threw the ball, and  the Mustang receiver and the Cobb defender both went up for the pass, Cobb came up with the ball, and ran it in for a pick six.  A successful kick had the score at 16-0  with just over a minute played.  

The Staley Mustang back was on the end of a kick that bounced around, the Cobb kick off coverage team, with a full head of steam, rolled over #1 Nate as he hung onto the ball for dear life. Staley went three and out and punted the ball back to the Cyclones. 

Cobb took a few plays, but scored 8 with the kick.  The Mustangs had the ball again, when a knock by the defense had the ball fall out of the running backs hands.  Cobb recovered the fumble for possession.  A nice defensive play by #19, had Cobb losing yards.  Good pass coverage brought up third down and 15 for the Cyclones.  The Cobb running back, turned the corner, broke tackles and took it the 30 yards for the score.  At the end of the first quarter, the score was 30-0 in Cobb's favor. 

The Mustangs got the ball after the kick off and show signs of life as #17 and #1 had some good runs. Running back #1 stretched out for a first down.  But the Mustang drive stalled and Cobb took two plays before going in for a touch down.  The score now stood at 38-0.   The Mustangs finished out the half stopping Cobb from scoring again to keep the score 38-0 at the break.  

The opening kick off of the second half was the highlight of the night for the Mustangs.  #17 field the ball, avoid tackles, got some key blocks and turned on the jets to take it to the house.  The Mustangs were on the board with 8 after the successful kick.

The Staley Mustangs played hard for the next two quarters, with the defenses for both teams dominating the game.  The Cyclones had a good drive going that ate up quite a bit of time, the Mustang's defense held strong and kept them out of the end zone.  Cobb set up for a field goal with about three and half minutes left in the game.  The Mustang defense pressured and the kick was no good.  Staley successfully kept Cobb from scoring.  

The Mustang got the ball one more time but could not generate the offense to sustain a drive.  Cobb's offense brought the ball back down the field on the punt, but they ran out the clock on first down.  The final score was Cobb Cyclones 38-Staley Mustangs 8.   After a tough start, the Mustangs kept the Cobb offense to a minimum, not letting them score at all in the second half.  The Mustang team played hard and finished plays.  Hopefully the Mustangs will shake off the loss, pick up the pieces and regroup to get in the win column next week against Wester.  Let's go Mustangs!!!

Here are some images of the game. 

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Mystic Garden Photography Staley Middle School Staley Mustangs Football https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/10/staley-middle-school-sports--8th-grade-football-blue-team-vs-cobb Wed, 09 Oct 2013 15:41:36 GMT
Staley Middle School Sports--8th Grade Football White Team vs Cobb https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/10/staley-middle-school-sports--8th-grade-football-white-team The Staley  Mustangs 8th Grade Football White Team had a tough going tonight against the Cobb Cyclones.  The Cyclones took their opening drive down the field scoring six and with the successful PAT, they had the early lead 8-0.  Staley's #77 fielded the squib kick and quickly secured the ball, giving the Mustangs good field position.  On first down, Staley's running back #8 cut to the outside,and ran down the side line, for what the Staley fans thought to be a sure six. A Cobb defender had other ideas, gave #8 a push that had him stumbling down the field.  He was called out of bounds at the 14 yard line.  Staley's threat to score was eliminated, as the Mustangs were held by the Cobb defense and turned it over on downs.  The Cyclones made quick work moving down the field to the end zone for another score.  The kick was good and the Mustangs were down 16-0 at the end of the first quarter. 

Both teams went three and out as the defenses played strong. The Mustangs had nice field position after a run back from the punt, but the drive stalled out and Cobb took over on downs.  The Cyclones moved the ball down the field on several plays, when they ran a quarterback sweep, as time expired in the half.  It looked like he would go in for the score, when the Mustang's #29 came out of nowhere to tackle him just short of the end zone, keeping the score at 16-0 in Cobb's favor.  

The Staley Mustangs started the second half off on a good note, when #40 running back made a nice gain to move the chains.   An incomplete pass on first down, and loss of yardage on second down, had the Mustangs opting for a half back pass that came very close to being caught. That brought up fourth and long, and another Staley punt.  Cobb had good field position after the punt and started a drive to the end zone.  The Staley defense had other ideas, after the Cyclones move the chains once.  Cobb had a fresh set of down around the Staley 20 yard line, a few bad snaps and fast action by the Mustang defense, it became 3rd and a very long bus ride.  The Mustangs fired up defense dropped the quarterback for another loss at around the Cobb 20 yard line.  The Staley crowd came to life, hoping for a score.  The Cobb defense proved to be tough also as they backed up the Staley boys and had them facing fourth and long, an incomplete pass had the Mustang turning it over on downs.    While the defense stayed strong, the Cyclone running back broke some tackles, and ran for a 60 yard touchdown.  A short PAT kick had the score 22-0, with six minutes left. 

On the kick off, the ball bounce off the foot of the Mustang receiver back toward the Cobb line and a Cyclone fell on it for possession. However; two plays later Cobb fumbled and Mustang #51 recovered on the Cobb 40 yard line.  A run by #8 had Staley moving the chains.  Both running backs #25 and #8 were fighting for every yard they could get.  On fourth and three at the 18 yard line, the quarterback handed it off to #25 who blew through for the first down, down to the five yard line, with about a minute left in the game. A quick toss out to #88,  with him turning and stepping into th end zone, had the Mustangs on the board.  A missed PAT had the score at 24-6 with 41 seconds left.  

The Mustangs put it all on the line with an onside kick.  A mad scramble, a fight for the ball, and the Mustang's determination had Staley recovering the kick for possession at the 40 yard line.  The Mustang faithful were excited as their boys were showing their true grit. A run by # 8, brought up second down, but the clock was the enemy now.  The Staley quarterback #18 under immense pressure, slipped out of the Cobb defender's grasp, stepped up and made a great pass to #33, who made the grab at the ten yard in double coverage.  The Mustang crowd went wild, #33 with two defenders on him and two more coming his way, turned toward the end zone and gave it everything he had in a tremendous effort to cross the line for the score.  With a defender completely hanging on him, the other Cobb defender managed to swipe the ball out of his arms before he crossed the line, Cobb recovered as time expired.   Final score had Cobb at 24 and the Mustangs at 6.  

These young men played hard, strong and tough.  They showed the Mustang spirit and determination.  The Mustangs showed great pride, teamwork and drive through out the game.  These boys never gave up and finished MUSTANG STRONG despite coming up short in the final score.  We know they are winners.  I am so proud of these boys!!  Great job, Mustangs!!  

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco Sports Photographer Mystic Garden Photography Staley Middle School Staley Mustangs Football https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/10/staley-middle-school-sports--8th-grade-football-white-team Wed, 09 Oct 2013 13:59:29 GMT
Staley Middle School Sports--7th Grade Football Blue Team https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/10/staley-middle-school-sports--7th-grade-football-blue-team The Staley Football Blue Team had a thrilling game against Cobb last night.  Staley lost a heartbreaker.  The Staley Mustangs started off the night really well; using a strong running game headed by #21 to move the ball down the field. The Mustangs scored on a 30 yard run by #21 just past the halfway mark in the first quarter.  A high snap on the PAT kick had the holder looking for a way to the end zone before being brought down short.  The Mustang lead was 6-0.

The Mustang defense was tough on the run.  Cobb was getting no where, so they took to the air.  The first throw was  tipped by a jumping #11 on the Mustangs.  The Cobb receiver bobbled it, but wound up with a catch, being tackled immediately by #2. The Cyclones got a first down on the twenty yard line.  The second toss had Staley's corner #1 jumping up for the catch, the ball just passed over his fingertips into the arms of the Cobb  receiver who took it in for six.  The PAT kick was good and Cobb had the lead 8-6.

Both teams went three and out.  Staley had a drive stopped due to an interception.  The defense held Cobb to minimum yards and they punted, the Mustang player touched the ball and had it bounce away from him, and Cobb scrambled to fall on it.  The Cyclones had a short field and scored a few plays later.  Staley blocked the PAT kick so the score was Cobb 14 to Staley 6.  The Mustangs were making progress down the field, behind the running attack with #21, but time expired for the first half. 

The Staley Mustangs got the ball at the opening of the second half, but went three and out.  The Staley defense stayed tough all night, including this series.  A big hit by #2 on Cobb's fourth down had Staley getting the ball back.  Unfortunately, the Mustangs coughed up the ball on the very next play.  Once again the defense was strong and Cobb punted.   On second down, Staley finally had a break through run by #21 for 80 yards and the touch down.  The Mustangs went to tie it up with a PAT kick, but a miscue had #6 grabbing the ball and looking to make his way into the end zone, but he was brought down shy of the goal line.  The Cobb Cyclones had the lead 14-12 with five minutes left.   The defense made short work of Cobb's offense holding them with no gain.  The Mustangs took over on downs.  The Mustang took the ball at their own thirty yard line, on first down #21 took the ball to the Cobb 40 yard line for a fresh set of downs.  The Staley crowd was on its feet and the roar was deafening.  The  Mustangs gained about five yards on first down , no gain on second down, then we got  backed up by a penalty with thirty seconds left.  Staley had already used up all their time outs.   

The Mustangs opted for a pass, the quarterback, #12, toss it out to #1 who caught it at the 20 and ran it down to the 10 yard line before being brought down as the clock buzzed for the end of game.   The Staley crowd could not believe it.  But wait... the refs called for 2 more seconds on the clock.   The Mustangs had one more play, one last hope.  They lined up to kick a field goal.  A clean snap, and hold, a kick, but a Cobb defender broke through the line and was able to block the ball as time expired.  The final score had Cobb 14 and Staley 12.   The drive, fight, and perseverance  these young men showed, left little doubt that they are winners, despite the score at the end of the game.  Way to fight Mustangs!!!

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco Sports Photographer Mystic Garden Photography Staley Middle School Staley Mustangs Football https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/10/staley-middle-school-sports--7th-grade-football-blue-team Wed, 09 Oct 2013 04:32:33 GMT
Staley Middle School--7th Grade White Team vs. Cobb https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/10/staley-middle-school--7th-grade-white-team-vs-cobb The Staley Mustangs 7th Grade White Team hosted Cobb on this beautiful fall evening.  The Staley boys looked good against a fairly matched Cobb team.  The Mustangs took the punt and got very little yards on some runs, they turned it over on downs to the Cyclones.  The Cyclones had very little success, with their running back getting dropped in the back field for a loss on first down, followed by two incomplete passes.  Cobb had to punt.  Staley put points on the board first as #13 carried the ball for long yardage and a touch down after taking the hand off from quarterback #4.  Staley took the early lead 6-0 with less than a minute left in the first quarter.  The Cobb Cyclones were trying to gain some momentum and move the ball down the field when #89 stepped in front of the Cobb receiver and picked off the throw.  He brought it back ten yards before being brought down.   Unfortunately, Staley was not able to capitalize and had to punt.  Staley took a 6-0 lead to the break.

The Cyclones took the second half kick off and slowly and steadily marching down the field with short yard gains, and the help of the entie offense pushing the  running back forward.  Cobb's offense ate up the whole third quarter on the way to a touchdown. Cobb's offense opted for a running play for the PAT, but fell short of the end zone.  The scored was knotted at 6. 

The Staley Mustangs took the kick off and set up shop on their 30 yard line.  On first down, the quarterback toss out to #13 who took it the distance for a touchdown.  The Staley crowd went wild.  A missed PAT had the score 12-6.  Cobb, faced a fired up defense on their set of downs.  The Mustang defense stopped the Cyclones twice in a row for no gain.  On third down, with no luck in the running game, the quarterback threw up the middle,  right into the arms of the Mustang's #14, who was brought down almost immediately. 

Unfortunately, the Mustangs could not capitalize on their good fortune, and had to punt the ball away.  Cobb repeated the process with three and out, and punt.  The Mustangs' #33 fielded the punt and took it all the to the end zone for what was to be six points.  Too bad a penalty had it called back. The Staley Mustangs could not get enough momentum to convert, and punted one more time to the Cyclones.  The defense held the Cyclones one last time to preserve the win 12-6.

All in all a great game by the Staley Mustangs.  Congratulations on a hard fought win, Mustangs!!!

Here are some images of the game.

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco Photographer Mystic Garden Photography Staley Middle School Staley Mustangs Football https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/10/staley-middle-school--7th-grade-white-team-vs-cobb Tue, 08 Oct 2013 06:04:15 GMT
Frisco High School Sports--JV Volleyball vs. Wakeland https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/10/frisco-high-school-sports--jv-volleyball-vs-wakeland Even with the exciting games by the Freshman teams, the most exciting, thrilling match went to the Frisco High JV Volleyball Team.  I am not sure if I have ever witness a more thrilling match.  The Lady Raccoons had a slow start, a few miscues in the first game had Wakeland taking the victory 25-18.  The Lady Raccoons played strong the second game and forced a third set.   The Lady Raccoons were up in the third set 12-10, playing well.  Good serving by #6, great hits by #21, #8 and #15 had Frisco up 17-13.  Wakeland proved tough and tied it up at 17.  Frisco gained the lead at 20-19 with fantastic hits by #6 and #13.  Wakeland had some good plays of their own and went up 23-20.  The Frisco fans were cheering their team on, on the edge of their seats.  The Frisco faithful wanted the win.  A hit over the net for a point by 21 and a service ace by #15 had the crowd go wild with Frisco tying it up at 23.  Another hit over the net by #21 gave Frisco the lead at 24-23. But once again Wakeland proved tough, taking the lead 25-24.  A great game saving hit by #7 in the back of the court gave Frisco new life. Back and forth points, with great plays on both sides of the net had it tied up at 27-27.   A hit from #6 to #2 set it up for #7 to hit a kill over the net for a 28-27 Frisco lead.  The excitement had the hearts of the Frisco crowd beating at top speed.  Number #21 served under great pressure and #8 had a fantastic block for the final point.  Frisco 29- Wakeland 27.  The Frisco players, bench and crowd went wild.  A thrilling game with an awesome outcome.  Way to fight, Frisco.  Congratulations on a hard fought, well deserved win!! 

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco High School Frisco Raccoons Volleyball Frisco Sports Photographer Mystic Garden Photography https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/10/frisco-high-school-sports--jv-volleyball-vs-wakeland Sat, 05 Oct 2013 15:37:58 GMT
Frisco High School Sports--Freshman A Team Volleyball vs. Wakeland https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/10/frisco-high-school-sports--freshman-a-team-volleyball-vs-wakeland Not to be outdone, the Freshman A Team Volleyball put on an exciting show for the Raccoon Nation who traveled to Wakeland to cheer on these young ladies.  In the first game, great serving and hitting by #12, setting by # 2 and digs by #8, #10, and more hits by #22, #5 and #11 had Frisco in the lead, 19-16.  Wakeland would not go down without a fight on their home court.  With Frisco winning 22-20 and looking for the win, Wakeland scored two points to to even it up and even took the lead 24-23.  The Lady Raccoons stayed strong and prevailed 26-24. The second set proved to be even more exciting.  The Freshman team look good, #5 and #22 served strong, good hits by #3, #14 and #12 had Frisco matching Wakeland on every point.  The game was tied at 8-8.  The game stayed close, but then Wakeland pulled ahead 17-14, they wanted a third set.  Good serving by #22, a hit by #2 and a soft touch over the net by #3 had Frisco back in the game.  Number 14 had two great plays in a row to get Frisco tied with Wakeland at 18.  Frisco had the momentum and had fantastic play from everyone to take the lead 24-20.  The Frisco fans were excited looking for the win.  Wakeland fought back to tie it at 24 all.   These two teams battled it out, but Wakeland forced a third game with a 26-24 victory.  The third game had these two teams fighting it out for the win.  Great team play by Frisco, and strong contributions from all the members had the Lady Raccoons celebrating the victory.   Way to fight Lady Raccoons!!!

 

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco High School Frisco Photographer Frisco Raccoon Volleyball Frisco Sports Photographer Mystic Garden Photography https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/10/frisco-high-school-sports--freshman-a-team-volleyball-vs-wakeland Sat, 05 Oct 2013 15:02:04 GMT
Frisco High School Sports--Freshman B Team Volleyball vs. Wakeland https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/10/frisco-high-school-sports--freshman-b-team-volleyball The Frisco High School Freshman B Volleyball Team played an exciting game against Wakeland.  The  Lady Raccoons were down in the first set and tried to come back, getting close, but fell to the Lady  Wolverines 25-21.  The Lady Raccoons were determined to win the second set.  Frisco got an early lead, but Wakeland quickly tied the game and then led at 15-14.   A strong service run by #5 had the Lady Raccoons back in the lead, 18-15.  A couple of service aces by #6, a great hit and a block had the Frisco Freshman up 21-17.  The Wolverines put up a fight; however, the Lady Raccoons took the set 25-20, forcing a third and final set.  The third set proved to be thrilling.  The Lady Raccoons and Lady Wolverines were duking it out for the overall win, going point for point.  Good serving by #4 and #11, great digs by #5, #21, #2 and #9 in the back and some hits by #15, #11 had Frisco in the lead at 18-14, when the girls dug deep and closed it out with a win 25-17.  Great play by all the girls had the Frisco Freshman coming home with the victory.  Congratulations girls, on a great win!!

Here are some images of the game.

 

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco High School Frisco Photographer Frisco Raccoons Volleyball Frisco Sports Photographer Mystic Garden Photography https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/10/frisco-high-school-sports--freshman-b-team-volleyball Sat, 05 Oct 2013 14:23:54 GMT
Frisco High School Sports--Varsity Volleyball vs. Wakeland https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/10/frisco-high-school-sports--varsity-volleyball-vs-wakeland Frisco High School Volleyball Teams faced cross town rival, Wakeland tonight.  The Frisco fans came out and cheered the Lady Raccoons on.  There was a lot of blue and gold in stands.  The Lady Raccoons Varsity Team swept the Lady Wolverines in three straight sets.  The Lady Raccoons controlled the first and second sets winning 25-18 and 25-20.  The Lady Raccoons closed out the match dominating the the third set 25-14.  The team played really well together.  The Lady Raccoons improve their record to 28-5 overall.  The Lady Raccoons play next Tuesday night at home against Centennial.  Congratulations on a big win tonight, Lady Raccoons!! Way to go!!  

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco High School Frisco Photographer Frisco Sports Photographer Mystic Garden Photography https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/10/frisco-high-school-sports--varsity-volleyball-vs-wakeland Sat, 05 Oct 2013 05:59:49 GMT
Frisco High School--STARS https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/10/frisco-high-school--stars The Frisco High School STARS Dance Team, once again donned their vintage uniforms for Throwback Thursday as the Frisco Raccoons played host to The Colony for Varsity Football.  I love these girls and I love these uniforms, so I had to go out and photograph them.   The STARS went out on the field at half time a did their High Kick performance.  They were amazing.  These young ladies can dance and kick with the best of them.  

As always it is my pleasure to photograph these wonderful, beautiful young ladies.   Fabulous job tonight!!

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco High School Frisco Photographer Frisco Stars Mystic Garden Photography https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/10/frisco-high-school--stars Fri, 04 Oct 2013 05:05:42 GMT
Staley Middle School Sports--8th Grade Football Blue Team vs. Griffin https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/10/staley-middle-school-sports--8th-grade-football-blue-team-vs-griffin The Staley Mustangs 8th Grade Football Blue Team played a tough game against the Griffin Gators.   The Mustangs lost 33-10, however, the game seemed much closer than the score indicated.  The Mustangs running back #19 took the kick off at the 25 yard,  and gained a nice chunk of real estate.  The Mustangs had the ball for first and ten at the 35 yard  line.  A few plays into the drive running back #17 took a hand off, broke some tackles, to gain some yards.  Number 1 followed up with a nice run that gave the Mustangs a first down.  After a few plays with no gain and an incompletion, the Staley drive stalled out.  The Gators took over and steadily ate up time and yards, to eventually score and lead 6-0 after a blocked PAT.

The Mustang spirit was in full swing as #17 took the kickoff, avoided defenders and took it to the house for the score.  A successful PAT gave the Mustangs the lead 8-6.  However, that was short -lived as Griffin returned the favor and took the Mustang kick off in for a touchdown.  Another missed PAT had Griffin leading 12-8.

A couple of nice runs by #5 and  a twenty yard gain by #19 were not enough to sustain the Mustang drive before the half ended. 

The start of the second half had the Mustang faithful thinking things were looking up, as the Gators fumbled the kick off and #19 recovered. The Mustangs set up shop around the twenty yard.  On fourth down, #5 got the ball and ran down the sideline before being brought down at the three yard line.  Unfortunately, the Mustangs could not punch it into the end zone.  

The Gators scored three more times, one for a break through 50 yard run, one from a punt return and the last was a pick 6.  On the last score, the Gator's PAT kick was short, and #5 caught it the end zone and ran it back a 100+ yards for a touchback, getting the Mustangs two points. 

The Mustangs were driving down the field,with some nice plays running the ball from #1 and #5, before time ran out. 

The Staley Mustangs had a tough night, not being able to capitalize on opportunities.  The Mustangs fought the whole game and ended strong. Hopefully, the Mustangs can regroup and come back strong next week against Cobb.  These boys can battle back, these boys do not quit!!  Go Mustangs!!!

 

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco Photographer Frisco Sports Photographer Mystic Garden Photography Staley Middle School Staley Mustangs Football https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/10/staley-middle-school-sports--8th-grade-football-blue-team-vs-griffin Wed, 02 Oct 2013 15:27:05 GMT
Staley Middle School Sports--8th Grade Football White Team vs. Griffin https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/10/staley-middle-school-sports--8th-grade-football-white-team-vs-griffin The Staley Mustang 8th Grade Football White Team hosted the Griffin Gators tonight.  The Mustangs put on a dominant performance on both offense and defense.    The Mustang offense started out a little slow, going three and out.  The Gators took over after Staley punted.  The Mustang defense pushed them back on first down, great coverage on second down lead to an incompletion.  On Griffin's third down, the quarterback dropped back and threw the ball to his receiver, however, the Mustang corner #4, Alex shuffled back, kept his eye on the ball and came down with the interception, turned up field for the return before being pushed out of bounds.  

The Mustangs ran a couple of plays for short yard gains,  then the quarterback #18 threw the ball out to #88, who started going down field, breaking tackles, when he was hit from behind and the ball popped out.  Griffin recovered the fumble.  The Mustangs defense was strong, keeping them from getting a first down.  The Mustang running back #27 got things started with a run up the middle.  The second play, the quarterback handed off to #8, who headed to the far sideline, and then cutting back and forth down the field to outrun the defenders and score the touchdown. The Mustangs went up 8-0. 

The Mustang defense proved to be too much for the Gators, dropping them for a huge loss in their set of downs. On the very next offensive series for the Mustangs, the second play had #8 running down the sideline for 40 yards for the score.   Number 25 drilled the ball through the uprights to get the PAT.  The Mustangs led 16-0.  The defense held and Staley got the ball back again.  Number 21 came in for quarterbacking duties,  and the running duties were distributed between #25 and #27 for this series.  After two nice runs by the running backs, the quarterback kept the ball, headed to the sideline and gained the first down.  Then the Mustangs had the quarterback fake a hand off, roll out with the ball hidden by his hip, and he threw it out to #27 who ran the ten yards for the score.  The Staley boys led 22-0  at the break.

To open the second half, the Gators and Mustangs traded a set of downs.  The Gators had a promising drive going, get their first, first down of the night before #21 had a pick 6.  # 21 caught the ball and ran it back 70 yards for the touchdown.   A successful PAT had the Mustangs put this game out of reach. 30-0.  The defense held and Staley was victorious: 30-0.  

The Mustangs played fantastic  through out the game, using a strong running game to score thirty points.  The Staley defense was outstanding, containing the Gators, getting two interceptions, one being run back for a score, and not letting the Gators anywhere near the red zone.  The Mustang White Team improve to 3-0 and take on district rivals, Cobb, next week.

The highlight of the night, for me, was seeing my son get his first interception.  Way to go Alex!!!  Congratulations Mustangs on a great win!!!!

 

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco Photographer Frisco Sports Photographer Mystic Garden Photography Staley Middle School Staley Mustangs Football https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/10/staley-middle-school-sports--8th-grade-football-white-team-vs-griffin Wed, 02 Oct 2013 05:15:33 GMT
Staley Middle School Sports--7th Grade Football Blue Team vs. Griffin https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/10/staley-middle-school-sports--7th-grade-football-blue-team-vs-griffin The Staley Mustangs 7th Grade Football Blue Team suffered another tough loss last night to the Griffin Gators.   The Griffin Gators started out marching steadily down the field for a score, and lead 8-0 late in the first quarter.  The Mustang offense could not quite get going and punted.  However, Griffin fumbled the punt and #11 quickly recovered.  The Gators defense was tough and forced the Mustangs to again punt.  The Gators took several plays to get into the end zone.  However, the Staley defense made them really work for it, as several players made some good stops.  The Griffin touchdown made the score 14-0.  The Mustangs got the ball on kick off and proceeded to generate some offense with a nice run by #24 for a first down.  A couple of plays, with #42 bulldozing through the line for some yards, and few more picked up with a run #19, had the Mustang faithful hoping for a score as time was winding down to the break.  A couple of hits in the backfield, had the Mustang quarterback making a pass to #1, which was broken up by the Griffin defender.  Time expired and the Gators had the 14-0 lead at the half.  

The third quarter started with the Griffin Gators receiving the kick off. Once again, the Mustang defense made it tough on the Gators, but they managed to make progress down the field.   Great coverage by #2 had a Griffin pass broken up inside the five yard line.  Unfortunately, Griffin made it into the end zone for another score, making it 22-0 after a successful PAT.  A nice run back on the kick off by #19, had the Mustangs starting out on their 45 yard line.  A couple of nice running plays by #21 had the  Mustangs moving the ball down the field, before bad fortune struck again.  The Gator defense caused a fumble and they recovered.   The Staley defense was strong, hitting the running back behind the line of scrimmage on first down and holding them on second down.  On third down, the Staley defense caused a fumble and #74 recovered.  But three plays later, the Mustangs returned the ball to the Gators with a fumble.  The Mustangs would not go down with out a fight.  The Mustang defense stacked Griffin up and held them to get the ball back. 

Back on offense, #12 made a couple of quick passes to #1 for short gains, before a big hit took him out of the game.  That hit gave the Mustangs 15 yards and a first down.  Number 10 came in to take on quarterbacking duties,  finally #42 broke through, got outside broke tackles and scrambled 45 yards down the sideline for a score.  Unfortunately, it was called back for a holding penalty. The game ended with #42 taking the hand off and trying to break tackles, but being brought down as time expired.  

The Mustangs had a tough night, but had some highlights with good running plays and some good defense.  Despite the score, the Staley boys fought hard and never gave up.  

Great Job Mustangs!!!

 

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) . Frisco Photographer Frisco Sports Photographer Mystic Garden Photography Staley Middle School Staley Mustangs Football https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/10/staley-middle-school-sports--7th-grade-football-blue-team-vs-griffin Tue, 01 Oct 2013 14:27:49 GMT
Staley Middle School Sports--7th Grade Football White Team vs. Griffin https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/10/staley-middle-school-sports--7th-grade-football-white-team-vs-griffin Staley  Middle School Mustangs 7th Grade Football White Team drummed the Griffin Gators tonight at Memorial Stadium.  Things started out a little slow for the Mustangs.  The first set of downs had some promise with some yard gained by running backs #9 and #13.  The Staley quarterback, #4, threw a strike to the far sideline that ricocheted off the receiver fingertips, up in the air,  just out of the grasp of the receiver.  Two plays later, the Gators took over when the Mustangs could not convert on fourth down.  The Mustang defense proved that they were tough, stopping the Gators and forcing them to punt. 

The Mustang offense went three and out and punted.  The Mustangs pushed the Gators back, and got great field position following the Griffin punt.  The Staley quarterback tossed the ball to #35 who ran it in for six, just before the half.  The Mustang PAT was good and they had the lead 8-0. 

The start of the second half, the Griffin quarterback was quickly intercepted by #14, who returned it for about 15 yards.  Unfortunately, the Mustangs could not capitalize.  A couple of plays later, the Staley running back, got hit, the ball was stripped and the Gators recovered.  Once again the Mustang defense shut down the Gators.  The Mustang quarterback, #8 took over and connected with #45 on a fifteen yard pass.  A couple of plays later, #13 broke a couple of tackles to take it in for the score.  A missed PAT, and the Mustangs led 14-0.  

The Mustangs kicked off with a low line drive, that hit the leg of one of the Griffin players, bounced back to the Mustang line, and #35 quickly fell on the ball for a fumble recovery.  Staley #4, in at quarterback made a quick pass to #86, who ran for a good chunk of real estate, before being brought down.  Two plays later, #13 broke through some tackles to take it in for another 6.  Staley Mustangs were winning 22-0 with 5:40 left in the game. 

The Staley defense pushed the Gators back on three consecutive plays, for a huge loss, facing 4th and a bus ride, the Gators went for it.  The Mustang defender #66, who had a great night, chased the quarterback in the backfield and brought him down for another loss.   The Mustangs took over on downs inside the ten yard line.  On first down, #9 took the hand off, ran to the far sideline, side-stepped some defenders and was across the goal line for another Staley touchdown.  The PAT was good for a Mustang 30-0 score with just under three minutes left.  The Mustang's defense held and that was the final score.  Staley Mustangs 30, Griffin Gators 0.   

All in all, a great game by the Staley boys.  The offense was well balanced with successful passes and great runs.  The defense was stellar, keeping the Gators from getting any significant yards on offense.  

Congratulations, super job Mustangs!!!

 

Here are some images of the night.

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco Photographer Frisco Sports Photographer Mystic Garden Photography Staley Middle School Staley Mustang Football https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/10/staley-middle-school-sports--7th-grade-football-white-team-vs-griffin Tue, 01 Oct 2013 11:27:25 GMT
Staley Middle School Sports--8th Grade Football Blue Team vs. Stafford https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/9/staley-middle-school-sports--8th-grade-football-blue-team-vs-stafford The Staley Mustangs 8th Grade Football Blue Team hosted the Spartans last night.  It proved to be a tough game for the Mustangs.  The Spartans took the opening kick off and marched down the field for an early lead.  Things started off well for the Mustangs as they responded with their own touchdown three minutes later.  The touchdown came after strong runs by #1 Nate and #5. The PAT was unsuccessful, so the Spartans had the lead 8-6.  

On the Spartans first down, they handed off to their running back #22, who broke numerous tackles to take it about 50 yards down the field for a touchdown.  The Spartans lead 16-6.

The Spartans defense held the Mustangs and they went three and out. The Spartans handed off to another running back who dodged defenders to run down the sideline, before a sliding, touchdown saving tackle by #1 took him down on the ten yard line.  The Spartans eventually cross the goal line, a missed PAT made the game 22-6.  

The Mustangs looked like they were ready to make a game of it, when #5 took the hand off and sped down the field for a 50 yard touchdown.  The Mustangs  missed the PAT, so the scored was 22-12.

The Spartans ran away with the game from there, scoring twice more before the half.  Making the score 38-12 at the break.  The Spartans defense stripped the ball from the Mustangs receiver on the kick off and returned it for a touchdown.  Increasing the score 46-12. A big hit on the Mustang quarterback in next series resulted in a fumble for the Mustangs, which the Spartans recovered.  The Spartans scored two plays later, and kicked the ball through the uprights for a 54-12 score.

The Mustangs put together a nice series with good runs from #22, #19 and #5.  Mustangs running back #5 scored for the third time, as he scampered into the end zone on a 20 yard touchdown run.  A hand off to #5, who ran it straight into the end zone for the PAT, made the score 54-19. 

The Mustangs, who already has a couple players out of the line up due to injury, had two more players taken out during the game.  Our kicker was run into on a PAT, and  #1 suffered an injury to his hand on a defensive play.   The Mustangs had a tough night containing the Spartan offense. 

Hopefully the Mustangs can field a healthy team and come back strong next week against Griffin.  Go Mustangs!!

 

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco Photographer Mystic Garden Photography Staley Middle School Staley Mustangs Foootball https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/9/staley-middle-school-sports--8th-grade-football-blue-team-vs-stafford Wed, 25 Sep 2013 17:29:00 GMT
Staley Middle School Sports--8th Grade Football White Team vs. Stafford https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/9/staley-middle-school-sports--8th-grade-football-white-team-vs-stafford The Staley Mustangs 8th Grade Football White Team matched up against the Stafford Spartans on a beautiful fall evening.   These two teams were pretty evenly matched.  Staley took the opening kick off and marched down the field behind running backs #9 and #27.  A nice 20 yard toss from the quarterback #18 to #88, set up first and goal on the eight.  Three plays layer the Mustangs punched it in for the score.  The PAT was good and the Mustangs had the early lead 8-0.

Not to be out done, the Spartans scored a minute later on a break away 59 yard run.  Their PAT put two points on the board and we were all tied up.  After trading a set of downs.  The Mustangs had some shorts runs by the duo of #25 and 8, when finally #8 cut to the outside. to the sideline and out ran the defenders, for a 40 yard touchdown.  After a successful PAT kick, the Mustangs took a 16-8 lead with just under a minute left in the half. 

Coming back from half time the Spartans received the kick off and their offense was gaining some yardages, when their running back took the hand off, broke some  tackles and ran down the field for a 50 yard touchdown.  Another successful PAT had the Mustangs and the Spartans tied at 16 all. 

The Spartans' defense was strong on the next series, and the Mustangs were facing a fourth and long play.  The quarterback tossed it ten yards to #88 who ran for another 10 yards, giving the Mustangs new life.  The Mustang backs #8 and #25 brought us down inside the ten yard line, and #8 trotted in for the score.  A missed PAT gave the Mustangs a 6 point lead: 22-16.

The next two series showed off how strong both defenses were.  The Mustangs dropped the Spartans for losses in their three and out.  The Spartans then contained the Mustangs for their three and out. The hit of the night came on the Spartans' punt return.  The receiver fielded the ball and headed to the near sideline, when Staley's #40 delivered a walloping blow that sent the receiver flying out of bounds.  A collected "OHHHH", could be heard from the stands.  That pretty much deflated the Spartans, and the Staley defense knocked them back for consecutive losses.  The Mustangs got the ball back one last time.  The Mustang offense took the ball about 20 yards downfield, before just running out the clock by taking a knee.  Final score Mustangs 22-Spartans 16. 

The Mustang running game behind backs, #8, #9, and #25, proved to be successful.  That along with a couple of passes, and strong defense was the key to this victory.  The  Mustangs played physical on both sides of the ball, and improved their record to 2-0.  Great job Mustangs!!! 

 

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco Photographer Mystic Garden Photography Staley Middle School Staley Mustangs Football https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/9/staley-middle-school-sports--8th-grade-football-white-team-vs-stafford Wed, 25 Sep 2013 06:46:41 GMT
Staley Middle School Sports-- 7th Grade Football Blue Team https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/9/staley-middle-school-sports---7th-grade-football-blue-team The Staley Mustangs 7th Grade Football Blue Team played a tough Spartan team tonight.  The Mustangs stopped the Spartans on their opening drive.  The Mustangs then had momentum, getting some yards on some runs to get them inside the ten yard line.  The Staley quarterback then took the ball ran toward the gaol line, however, as he got hit at the three yard line the ball popped out and the Spartans recovered.  The Staley defense once again held, and the Mustangs had a good drive going.  However the ball was snapped over the quarterback's head on first and goal.  Staley recovered the ball but lost valuable yardage.   Staley could not punch it into the end zone, so the Mustangs attempted a field goal. The ball fell just short of the uprights.  The scored was a 0-0 tie at half time. The Spartans scored twice in the second half.  The Mustangs tried to get into the end zone, and came close a couple of times, but the Spartan defense was strong, stopping Staley short both times.  The game ended  with a Spartan victory.  Keep working hard Mustangs!!

 

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco Photographer Mystic Garden Photography Staley Middle School https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/9/staley-middle-school-sports---7th-grade-football-blue-team Tue, 24 Sep 2013 06:18:11 GMT
Staley Middle School Sports-- 7th Grade Football White Team https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/9/staley-middle-school-sports---7th-grade-football-white-team The Staley Mustangs took the field tonight against the Stafford Spartans.  The Mustangs and Spartans played hard and were tough.  The teams seem evenly matched.  The Spartans scored early in the first quarter but it was called back due to a penalty. The rest of the first half they traded sets of downs and at half time it was a scoreless tie.   To start the second half, the Spartans took the ball and marched down the field to score.  The Mustangs stopped them on the PAT.  The Spartans had a 6-0 lead, early in the third quarter. The  Mustangs had a promising drive cut short by an interception.  The Mustangs stopped the Spartans and got the ball back.  The Mustangs had a nice run by #13 and another nice run by #9 to give the Mustangs the ball inside the red zone.  The Staley quarterback got the ball, ran left, cut in and scored the game tying touchdown, with 39 second left in the game.  The crowd held their breath as Staley kicked the PAT.  The kick was good and the Mustangs took the lead 8-6.  Staley defense shut down a desperate Spartan offense to preserve the win.  Mustang 8- Spartans 6 in a very exciting game.  Way to go Mustangs!!!

 

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco Photographer Mystic Garden Photography Staley Middle School https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/9/staley-middle-school-sports---7th-grade-football-white-team Tue, 24 Sep 2013 04:57:06 GMT
Frisco Senior Photography--Shelby: Frisco High School Class of 2014 https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/9/frisco-senior-photography--shelby-frisco-high-school-class-of-2014 I was so excited to have another session with Shelby.  Shelby and her mother wanted to have some of  Shelby's senior portraits with her car.  And who wouldn't, if they had this ultra cool car?  Shelby has a beautiful, candy apple red Mustang.  We scored the trifecta today: a beautiful girl, a beautiful car and a beautiful day.  The weather was absolutely perfect.  I sure hope fall is here to stay. 

We also incorporated one of Shelby's main interests: Soccer.  In her spare time, Shelby plays soccer for a FC Dallas club team.  She also plays Varsity Soccer for Frisco High School.    Shelby finished off the session wearing a cute little black dress, and she could not have looked more beautiful.  

Shelby,  it is an honor working with you.  You are smart, sweet and beautiful.  Thank you for being a Senior Spokesmodel for Mystic Garden Photography!!

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco High School Frisco Senior Photographer Frisco Senior Portraits Mystic Garden Photography https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/9/frisco-senior-photography--shelby-frisco-high-school-class-of-2014 Mon, 23 Sep 2013 11:06:54 GMT
Staley Middle School Sports--7th Grade Football Blue Team https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/9/staley-middle-school-sports--7th-grade-football-blue-team Staley Mustangs 7th Grade Football Blue Team faced the Hunt Huskies in their first game of the season.  The Staley defense had their work cut out for them with a fast and proficient Husky offense.  The Huskies scored on their first two possessions.  Staley blocked the second PAT kick, so the Huskies lead 14-0.  The Mustangs tried to get some offense going but turned the ball over on their own forty yard line.  Staley's defense was tough and held the Huskies to get the ball back.  On second down, #19 took the toss in the backfield on his own 45 yard line, cut right, broke some tackles and sped down the sideline for the score. The Mustangs trailed 14-8, after a successful PAT,  with just under four minutes to play, and the Staley crowd was excited.

A good return on the kick off, set the Huskies up on a short field.  They steadily marched down the field to another score.  The Huskies led 20-8 with 1:28 left in the half.  The last minute and half, before the break proved to be exciting.  The Huskies kicked off, and on Staley's first down, #19 once again got the ball in the back field, cut right, and out ran the Hunt defense for sixty yards.  The roar of the Staley crowd filled the air, as the Mustangs closed the gap 20-16.   However the excitement was not over.  Hunt's offense quickly scored again, and with Staley blocking the PAT, the Huskies took a 26-16 lead to halftime. 

At the start of the third quarter, Hunt showed how tough they were, taking the kick off in for a touchdown.  The score was 34-16.  The Mustangs tried to generate some offense, and had a good drive going midway through the third quarter.  The highlight of the drive was a 15 yard pass from #19 to a wide open #11.  However,  the Hunt defense proved to be tough and the Mustangs' drive stalled out.  Hunt continued to be aggressive on offense, scoring at the start of the fourth quarter and driving down the field at the end of the game, before taking a knee to run out the clock.  Hunt Huskies 40- Staley Mustangs 16 was the final. 

 

The Staley Mustangs showed spirit and character, playing hard all four quarters.  Even though the Mustangs had a rocky start to the season, I am sure that the will come back stronger and better next week.  Good job Mustangs!!

Here are some images of the game.

 

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco Photographer Frisco Sports Photographer Mystic Garden Photography https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/9/staley-middle-school-sports--7th-grade-football-blue-team Thu, 19 Sep 2013 01:24:44 GMT
Staley Middle School Sports--7th Grade Football White Team https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/9/staley-middle-school-sports--7th-grade-football-white-team Last night Staley Middle School 7th grade football had its first regular game.  The Mustangs faced a tough and talented team in the Hunt Huskies.  Things started off well for the Staley offense, the Mustangs were moving down the field, with a ten yard pass, and then a hand off to #9, who ran it about 15 yards before being tackled at the four yard line.  Unfortunately, Staley was called for a penalty that backed them up past the original line of scrimmage.  Then bad luck struck on the very next play, the Mustangs fumbled the ball and Hunt recovered.  Despite the Huskies having possession for most of the first quarter and limited success in moving the ball, the Staley defense held them on a crucial fourth down to get the ball back.  Unfortunately, the offense could not capitalize and they ended the half with the defense once again making a stop on the twelve yard line as time ran out. 

The second half was a carbon copy of the first half.  Both offenses struggled to gain any yards against the strong defenses.  Staley had a sack that stalled a promising Hunt drive midway through the fourth quarter.  Staley's pass defense provided critical coverage at the end of the game as the Huskies attempt to score on a passing play was thwarted by the Mustangs.  The game ended in a 0-0 tie.  

The Staley Mustangs gave a good effort, especially on defense, in the scoreless outing.  Undoubtedly, with more playing time, the Mustangs will get more in tune on offense, and move the ball down the field.  Good job Mustangs!!  

 

Here are some images of the night. 

 

 

 

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco Photographer Mystic Garden Photography Staley Middle School https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/9/staley-middle-school-sports--7th-grade-football-white-team Wed, 18 Sep 2013 20:56:00 GMT
Staley Middle School Sports--8th Grade Football Blue Team https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/9/staley-middle-school-sports--8th-grade-football-blue-team The Staley Mustang 8th Grade Football Blue Team took on the Scoggins Seahawks in their season opener.  The Mustangs were impressive.  They held the Seahawks then took the ball down the field on their first possession to take a 6-0 lead, after a failed PAT.   The Seahawks answered by running the kick off back for a touchdown, they also missed the PAT for a tie game. 

After both teams traded possessions with no score, the Mustangs got the go ahead score on a 35 yard touchdown run by #5.   After a successful PAT, the Mustangs had the lead 14-6.  On the Seahawks second down, the Staley Mustangs were pushing the running back backwards for a loss, when #5 stripped the ball out and ran it back for a touchdown.  The Mustangs had the lead 20-6.  After the following kick off, the Seahawks had a pretty good run on first down, and were trying to break through the swarm of  Staley defenders, when the ball was fumbled.  Staley's #5 quickly picked up the ball, and ran it back for another touchdown. Back to back touchdowns by the Mustang defense within two minutes.  Staley took the 26-6 lead to halftime.

Staley opened up the second half, marching down the field for another score.  Scoggins trailed 32-6.  Scoggins had two very good possessions to get two touchdowns.  With just under six minutes left in the game, the Seahawks trailed by a score of 32-18.   The Seahawks were trying to make a game of it, when Staley's #22 had an interception with less than a minute to go.  Staley lined up and gave to #5 who raced 60 yards for the final score.  Staley rolled to victory 38-18.  

The Staley Mustangs started out the year strong with a convincing win.  They have a talented team and should have a great season!! Good job boys!!! Go Mustangs!!

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco Photographer Mystic Garden Photography Staley Middle School https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/9/staley-middle-school-sports--8th-grade-football-blue-team Tue, 17 Sep 2013 19:35:42 GMT
Staley Middle School Sports--8th Grade Football White Team https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/9/staley-middle-school-sports--8th-grade-football-white-team The Staley Mustangs 8th Grade Football White Team opened up their season against the Scoggins Seahawks with a win.  The Mustangs took charge from the opening kick.  The Mustangs defense was tough on the Seahawks opening drive, knocking them back for a loss on three consecutive plays.  Staley took the punt at midfield for its first possession.  After gaining a few, #9 took the pitch in the backfield on third down, broke a couple of tackles, and with some blocking ran about 25 yards down the field before being brought down inside the 20 yard line.  Staley got it inside the 10 yard line for a fresh set of downs and eventually scored on a short 2 yard run. The Mustangs took the lead 6-0 after a miscue on the PAT.

The Staley defense was tough, getting to the Seahawks quickly and wrapping them up for losses.  The Mustangs were moving the ball down the field right before the half.  After breaking a tackle, the quarterback made a quick 5 yard pass to #88 who ran it down to the 5 yard line before being shoved out of bounds. After a penalty, a run up the middle for little yardage, and a time out, the Staley quarterback again found success on a short yardage pass to  #88, who was stopped just short of the goal line with less than 15 seconds left in the half.  After another time out by Staley, to stop the clock, our quarterback lined up under center to take the snap and he dove in for the touchdown.  The PAT was good and Staley took a 14-0 lead to half time.

Staley received the kick off after half time.  The Scoggins defense had made adjustments and Staley was soon facing a fourth down and five on their own 38 yard line.   A short pass and run yardage was just enough for a Mustang first down.  A couple of plays later, #40 took the pitch from the quarterback and head toward the sideline to cut up field, when the Scoggins defense shut that down, #40 cut back the other way and scampered down the opposite sideline until he was brought down at the eight yard line.   Staley could not capitalize on the opportunity as the Scoggins defense held, a pass was incomplete on fourth down.  

Scoggins took over on downs on their own 14 yard line.  However, Staley's defense was strong, holding them to no gain on first down.  On second down our defense was quickly in the back field, causing a fumble at the five yard line, which the Mustangs recovered.  The Mustangs ran one play for little or no gain, and the third quarter ended, with Staley pretty much having possession the entire time. The first play of the fourth quarter had #27 taking a hand off and running about 5 yards for the Stale touchdown.  The PAT was missed and Staley had the lead 20-0.

After taking the kick off, the Scoggins Seahawks had a big run down of about 30 yards down to the twenty five yard line. After recovering there own fumble, their running back turned the corner, ran down the sideline to score.  Scoggins were on the board with a score of 20-7 after a successful PAT.  

Both Staley and Scoggins went three and out on their next possessions.  Staley got the ball back with about a minute left, ran a couple of plays to run out the clock and preserve the win 20-7.  

Overall the Staley Mustangs played great on both sides of the ball.  They are off to a good start. The offense moved down the field with steady progress.  The defense was impressive, reigning in the Seahawks through out the game.   Hopefully, this is the start of a great season.  Great job Staley Mustangs!!!

 

Here are some images of the night.

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco Photographer Mystic Garden Photography Staley Middle School https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/9/staley-middle-school-sports--8th-grade-football-white-team Tue, 17 Sep 2013 18:01:53 GMT
Frisco High School--STARS https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/9/frisco-high-school--stars I had the honor of going out to photograph the Frisco High School STARS dance team at tonight's football game.  It was Throwback Thursday.  The STARS wore vintage Frisco High School Drill Team uniforms.   I have to say, the girls rocked the vintage look.  I loved them, especially the hats!!!  The girls looked fantastic.   The STARS took the field at half time to perform their routine, and they were awesome.  

I always enjoy watching, and photographing these beautiful young ladies.  They are so talented and so very sweet.  Great job tonight!!!  

Here are some images from tonight.

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco High School Frisco STARS Frisco Senior Photographer Mystic Garden Photography https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/9/frisco-high-school--stars Fri, 13 Sep 2013 04:33:25 GMT
Staley Middle School Sports--Staley Football https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/9/staley-middle-school-sports--staley-football Staley Middle School started its 7th grade football season tonight with a scrimmage against Stafford Middle School.    The coaches got to evaluate the players individually and the team as a whole.  The Staley Mustangs have size, speed and numbers.   Each team took a ten down offensive rotation, and no scores were kept.  Staley was very impressive.  The Mustang offense was able to move the ball effectively, while the defense contained the opponent, and created turnovers.  Although a few miscues on both sides of the ball will have to be addressed, all in all the Mustangs played solid football.  The Mustangs' offense "scored" several touchdowns, and the defense had the power and strength to stop the run.  The Staley Mustangs have the talent and ability to have a great season.  The 7th Grade Staley Football Team opens it regular season next Tuesday September 17 against Hunt Middle School.  Game time is 5:30 at Frisco High School.  8th Grade season starts on Monday  Sept. 16.  Here is to a great season!  Go Staley Mustangs!!!

 

Here are some images of the game.

 

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco Photographer Frisco Sports Photographer Mystic Garden Photography Staley Middle School https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/9/staley-middle-school-sports--staley-football Thu, 12 Sep 2013 03:44:55 GMT
Frisco High School Sports--Varsity Volleyball https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/9/frisco-high-school-sports--varsity-volleyball The Lady Raccoons Varsity Volleyball finished non district play in victorious fashion.  The Lady Raccoons hosted North McKinney High School Bulldogs.  While Frisco took the match in straight sets, it was still exciting.  The opening set went well for the Lady Raccoons, with an easy 25-17 win. The Lady Bulldogs proved to be tough and talented, getting a few more points in the second game.  Frisco still got the victory 25-20.   The third set started off slow for the Lady Raccoons.  At one  point Frisco  had a seven point deficit.  The Lady Raccoons, took the lead,  with a service run by Morgan.  Both squads rallied and kept the score within a point.  With the scored tied at 24 all, the Lady Raccoons finally put it away with two consecutive points.  The final set going to Frisco 26-24.  The Lady Raccoons are certainly strong and talented.  Congratulations on a great game!!

The Lady Raccoons start district play on Friday traveling to Centennial to take on the Lady Titans, come out and cheer on the Frisco Raccoons!!

 

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco High School Frisco High School Sports Frisco Photographer Mystic Garden Photography https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/9/frisco-high-school-sports--varsity-volleyball Wed, 11 Sep 2013 06:10:01 GMT
Frisco High School Sports--Freshman B Volleyball https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/9/frisco-high-school-sports--freshman-b-volleyball Last night's match between the Lady Raccoons and the Lady Bulldogs Freshman B of North McKinney was a thriller.  It took three matches, with the Lady Bulldogs and Lady Raccoons going hit for hit.  The crowd was on the edge of their seats.  The Lady Raccoons took the first set 25-19.  They Lady Raccoons fought hard the second set, but fell short.  By the third set, Frisco had got into a rhythm and won that game convincingly, 25-14.  All in all these young ladies played with poise, and focus.  Great job Lady Raccoons!!!

 

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco High School Frisco High School Sports Frisco Photographer Mystic Garden Photography https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/9/frisco-high-school-sports--freshman-b-volleyball Wed, 11 Sep 2013 05:30:07 GMT
Frisco High School Sports--Freshman A Volleyball https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/9/frisco-high-school-sports--freshman-a-volleyball The Lady Raccoon Freshman A Volleyball team took on North McKinney High School tonight.  The Lady Raccoons played with excitement and intensity.  The Lady Raccoons topped the Lady Bulldogs in exciting fashion, winning the first game 25-23, and the second game 26-24. Frisco gained the victory in two straight sets with strong hitting and serves.  These young ladies were tough and focused as the faced a very skilled opponent.  They certainly had the crowd roaring!! Congratulations Lady Raccoons!!

Here are some images of the game.

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco High School Frisco High School Sports Frisco Photographer Mystic Garden Photography https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/9/frisco-high-school-sports--freshman-a-volleyball Wed, 11 Sep 2013 04:36:07 GMT
Frisco High School Sports--JV Volleyball https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/9/frisco-high-school-sports--jv-volleyball Frisco High School JV Volleyball played their last non-district game tonight.  The Lady Raccoons hosted the Lady Bulldogs of North McKinney.  The Lady Raccoons weathered several Lady Bulldog rallies before claiming the victory in this non district contest.  In the highly contested opening set the Lady Bulldogs took the lead on a couple of questionable points.  It seemed nothing was going right for the Lady Raccoons.  The Lady Raccoon stayed strong, tied  up the game and soon was matching the Lady Bulldogs point for point.  With the score tied at 23, the Lady Raccoons re-grouped, and finished the game out  26-24.  The next game was equally exciting with both teams fairly well matched, with several volleys and exciting points on both sides of the court.  The Lady Raccoons prevailed 25-20.  The Lady Raccoons provided the crowd with a thrilling two game victory.  Congratulations Lady Raccoons, way to go!!!  

Here are some exciting images of the game.

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco High School Frisco High School Sports Frisco High School Volleyball Frisco Photographer Mystic Garden Photography https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/9/frisco-high-school-sports--jv-volleyball Wed, 11 Sep 2013 04:02:33 GMT
Staley 8th Grade Volleyball https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/9/staley-8th-grade-volleyball I had the pleasure of watching the Staley Lady Mustangs 8th Grade volleyball teams last night as they played host to the very talented Fowler Falcons.  It was the second match of the season for Staley.  

The Mustangs C Team had some good serves and played stronger in the second game.  The Staley Lady Mustangs played well but could not overcome the strong serving and hitting of the Falcons and lost in two straight sets.  

The Lady Mustangs B team started slow, losing the first game to the Lady Falcons, but came on strong in the second game with great serving and hits to win that one.  The third game was a thrilling battle all the way to the end.  Both teams played hard and the game was evenly matched.  The Lady Mustangs fought very hard and played with intensity, but fell short of the victory, losing the third game 25-22.  

The Lady Mustangs A team responded well after a tough first game loss.  Staley looked strong, serving the ball really well, and having some good hits, as well as a couple of blocks.  The team played solidly and kept up with the powerful Falcons but came up short, falling 25-20 in the second game.  

I am hoping to watch and photograph a couple more Staley Mustang Volleyball games and will cover the 7th Grade teams next time.  

The Lady Mustangs play in the FISD tournament this weekend.  Good Luck!!

 

Here are some images of the games.

 

 

 

 

 

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco Frisco Photographer Mystic Garden Photography Photographer" Sports Staley Middle School https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/9/staley-8th-grade-volleyball Tue, 10 Sep 2013 12:36:34 GMT
Senior Session Giveaway!! https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/8/senior-session-giveaway Class of 2014--Win a FREE Senior Session!!!

 

Mystic Garden is giving away a free session!!

Here are all the Details!!  

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco High School Frisco Senior PIctures Frisco Senior Photographer Frisco Senior Photography Frisco Senior Portraits Mystic Garden Photography https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/8/senior-session-giveaway Sat, 31 Aug 2013 20:00:52 GMT
Frisco Baby Photographer--Baby Caroline https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/8/frisco-baby-photographer--baby-caroline I was honored to see this cutie pie and her mother today.  This little girl has grown over the past two months.  She was wide awake, alert and just as beautiful as can be.  Caroline had her Blessing Day a couple of weeks ago.  She wore this beautiful dress that was lovingly made and hand smocked by her wonderful grandmother.  Add in a dainty pearl bracelet, flower headband, and lacy shoes, she was looking quite stylish.   

I am looking forward to seeing her grow up and having the opportunity to photographer her anytime she or her mommy wants. 

Congratulations on your Blessing Day Caroline.

I wish you joy, peace, happiness and love every day of your life.

 

Here a couple of favorite images of the day. 

 

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco Baby Photographer Frisco Children Photographer Mystic Garden Photography https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/8/frisco-baby-photographer--baby-caroline Sat, 31 Aug 2013 01:30:20 GMT
Frisco Lady Raccoons Freshman Volleyball https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/8/frisco-lady-raccoons-freshman-volleyball The Lady Raccoons Freshman Volleyball teams also took to the court against Naaman Forest last night.  The Freshman A team looked good in their straight set victory.  The girls played well together as a team and  a number of Lady Raccoons contributed to the victory.  The Lady Raccoons are starting out their season on a strong note.  Congratulations Lady Raccoons!!!

 

The Freshman B team played their very first game tonight.  The Raccoon fans saw glimpses of what this team is capable of, and how exciting the season can be.   The Freshman B team played well, but fell to the Lady Rangers of Naaman Forest 2-1.  Seeing as this was their first time playing together on the same team, I am sure they will become more consistent and confident as the season progresses.  Stay strong and keep up the good work Lady Raccoons!!

 

Here are some images of the games. 

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco High School Frisco High School Volleyball Frisco High School sports Mystic Garden Photography https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/8/frisco-lady-raccoons-freshman-volleyball Wed, 28 Aug 2013 13:33:43 GMT
Frisco Lady Raccoons JV Volleyball https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/8/frisco-lady-raccoons-jv-volleyball Frisco High School Lady Raccoons JV Volleyball team opened up the new gym on a winning note.  The Lady Raccoons took on Naaman Forest and won in two straight sets.  The Ladies made it look easy with some great hits, and blocks.  The Lady Raccoons played steady en route to the impressive win.  The team is off to a promising start, and should continue to grow stronger as the season progresses.  Super Job, Lady Raccoons!!

 

Here are some images of the game.

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco Frisco High School Frisco High Sports High Mystic Garden Photography School Volleyball" https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/8/frisco-lady-raccoons-jv-volleyball Wed, 28 Aug 2013 04:59:25 GMT
Frisco Lady Raccoons Varsity Volleyball https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/8/frisco-lady-raccoons-varsity-volleyball Frisco High School's new gym is beautiful.  The Lady Raccoons Varsity team looked equally good.  The Lady Raccoons took down Naaman Forest  Lady Rangers in three straight sets.   The Lady Raccoons served great, had fantastic blocks and hard hits. The Lady Raccoons were strong and played with confidence in this outstanding win.  These young ladies should have a fantastic season if they continue to  play like they did tonight.   I know I am looking forward to watching these young ladies and see how far they can go.  Great job tonight, keep up the good work Lady Raccoons!!!

 

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco High School Frisco High School Sports Frisco High School Volleyball Mystic Garden Photography https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/8/frisco-lady-raccoons-varsity-volleyball Wed, 28 Aug 2013 04:45:46 GMT
Frisco Family Photographer--The Hickman Family https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/8/the-hickman-family I spent part of my Saturday morning with the wonderful Hickman family.  I enjoy them so very much.  We were fortunate to get to know them when my daughter and their older daughter, Kelley both ran cross country and track.  We continued the year attending sporting events together, as their younger daughter, Lauren and my daughter played JV soccer together.   This family is the most gracious, down-to-earth, sweetest people you could ever meet.    They are truly beautiful from the inside out.  I was honored to photograph Kelley for her senior portraits, and beyond thrilled and honored when her mom wanted to do family portraits before Kelley headed to college.   These young ladies are as sweet as they are gorgeous, just like their mother.  They are smart, athletic, respectful and charming.  We look forward to spending time with this family in the coming years as our daughters go through high school together.  We wish Kelley the very best in all her future endeavors.  We know she will have a fabulous time at Texas A&M and be very successful.  Thank you for a fabulous morning, and Gig 'Em Aggies!!!

 

Here are a few of my favorites of this beautiful family.

 

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco Family Photographer Mystic Garden Photography https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/8/the-hickman-family Sun, 11 Aug 2013 01:12:45 GMT
Frisco Senior Photography--Ellora 2014 Senior Ambassador https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/7/frisco-senior-photography--ellora-2014-senior-ambassador I am pleased to introduce this beautiful young lady as one of Mystic Garden Photography's Senior Ambassadors.  Please meet Ellora.  I had the fabulous pleasure of getting together with Ellora and her mother this afternoon for a phenomenal senior session.  Ellora has style, grace and beauty.  She is cheerful, amazingly sweet, smart and funny.  She is such a natural in front of the camera, I could have photographed her all day.  She does not take a bad photo, I am not kidding.   We had an amazing time on our hiking adventure, finding great locations to get some beautiful shots.  Ellora and her mom braved the intense heat and humidity, and Ellora looked flawless through it all. 

Ellora is a Class of 2014 Senior at  Frisco High School.  She is involved in choir, theater, and National Honor Society.  She is involved in the Independent Study Mentorship Program, and her project was musical production.  She is an amazing singer, loves vintage things, and enjoys spending time with her friends. This young lady is very talented, smart and kind hearted, she certainly has a very bright future ahead of her.

Ellora, it is a privilege to have you representing Mystic Garden Photography, and I can not wait until our next session together. 

Here's to a great year!!!

Here are just a few of my favorites.

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco Senior PIctures Frisco Senior Photographer Frisco High School Frisco Senior Portraits Mystic Garden Photography https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/7/frisco-senior-photography--ellora-2014-senior-ambassador Wed, 31 Jul 2013 06:17:13 GMT
Frisco Senior Photography--Shelby 2014 Senior Ambassador https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/7/frisco-senior-photography--shelby-2014-senior-ambassador I am pleased to introduce this fabulous young lady as one of Mystic Garden Photography's Senior Ambassadors.  Please meet Shelby.  I had the wonderful pleasure of getting together with Shelby and her mother this afternoon for a fantastic senior session.  Shelby started her day with hair and make-up with the talented Jennifer Frankel.  Shelby had a fantastic choice of outfits; a classic, white lace dress, an American flag shirt, that I LOVED, followed by some wonderful colored jeans, and finishing with a colorful skirt and top.  They all braved the heat and were troopers hiking all through the woods.  Shelby looked fantastic through it all. 

Shelby is a Class of 2014 Senior at Frisco High School.  She plays varsity soccer for the Lady Raccoons, is a member of the National Honor Society, and Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA).  In her spare time, she plays club soccer for FC Dallas.  

Shelby is smart, funny and sweet.  She is also dedicated and determined.  She is ranked in the top ten in her class.  Shelby plans to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point to study medicine with the hopes of becoming an orthopedic surgeon.  She has a bright future ahead of her and I am sure she will be very successful.  She is one amazing young lady.

Shelby, it is a privilege to have you representing Mystic Garden Photography, and I can not wait until our next session together.

Here's to a great year!!!

Here are a couple of my favorite images from the afternoon.

 

 

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco High School Frisco Senior Photographer Frisco Senior Pictures Frisco Senior Portraits Mystic Garden Photography https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/7/frisco-senior-photography--shelby-2014-senior-ambassador Mon, 29 Jul 2013 05:45:16 GMT
Fourth of July--Fireworks. https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/7/fourth-of-july--fireworks I thought I would share some of the fireworks photos I capture last night from Frisco Freedom Fest.  Frisco always does a great job of celebrating Independence Day.  The fireworks display is definitely a highlight.   The family enjoys it year after year.  I hope everyone had a safe and fun Fourth of July.  Enjoy the rest of your holiday weekend.  

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) . Frisco Frisco Photographer Mystic Garden Photography https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/7/fourth-of-july--fireworks Fri, 05 Jul 2013 15:06:50 GMT
Frisco Newborn Photographer: Baby Caroline https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/7/frisco-newborn-photographer-baby-caroline I had the wonderful pleasure photographing one of my very best friend's newborn baby girl, this afternoon.  Meet the-oh-so adorable, Miss Caroline.  She is eight days new, and just as precious as can be.  

We are so happy for this family and their new addition.  They are such amazing people and we are blessed to have them as friends.

Congratulations on your precious little girl!!! 

I can't wait to show them all the beautiful portraits we captured today.  

Here are a few of my favorites.

 

 

 

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco Frisco Newborn Photographer Mystic Garden Photography Newborn photographer. https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/7/frisco-newborn-photographer-baby-caroline Wed, 03 Jul 2013 03:21:01 GMT
Frisco Senior Photography--Kara: Naaman Forest High School Senior 2014 https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/6/frisco-senior-photography--kara-naaman-forest-high-school-senior-2014 I had the pleasure of meeting up with Kara and her mother this afternoon to take Kara's senior portraits.   Kara is the cousin to one of my very first seniors I photographed, beauty runs in the family.  I was lucky enough to see Liz and her mom today also.

Kara and her mom were awesome today dealing with the heat, and Kara looked fabulous through it all.  Also joining us was Kara's little puppy, Penelope.  She is the cutest thing..EVER.   I really wanted to keep her.  Kara, is not only beautiful, she has a great sense of style.  I loved everything she brought, unfortunately we ran out of time to see all her outfits.  

Kara is a senior at Naaman Forest High School in Garland.   She is excited to be a senior this year and looking forward to graduation.  Kara has big plans.  She wants to attend the University of Houston and study pre-med.  

Thank you for spending the afternoon with me and entrusting me with Kara' s senior portraits.   I loved every minute of it.  

Here are a few of my favorite images of the day.

 

 

 

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco Frisco Photographer Frisco Senior Photographer Mystic Garden Photography Photography https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/6/frisco-senior-photography--kara-naaman-forest-high-school-senior-2014 Sat, 22 Jun 2013 06:07:27 GMT
Frisco Family Photographer-The Graham Family https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/6/frisco-family-photographer-the-graham-family I had the immense pleasure of photographing the wonderful and handsome Graham boys today.  First off, we LOOOVE this family.  We met them when our youngest son and their oldest son started playing soccer together.  That was over five years ago.  This family is so kind hearted and considerate.  We have enjoyed many activities with this family over the years, epic Superbowl parties, crawfish boils, boating and tubing out at the lake and cook outs.  We enjoy every minute we get to spend with them, and only wish we could spend more time with them.  

It has been such a pleasure watching these boys grow up.  Big brother Brennan is heading into fifth grade next year.  He is smart, funny and athletic.  He plays football, soccer and la crosse, and he is great at all of them.  

Little brother Braeden is the cutest thing ever!! He is headed to first grade next year and I am sure he will have his teacher wrapped around his finger. He will also start playing football in the fall, I can not wait to see that.  

We are so truly blessed to know this family and call them friends.  I can not wait to share all the beautiful portraits we captured today.

Wishing them all the very best and JC a very Happy Father's Day.

 

Here are a couple of my favorites of the boys.

 

 

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco Frisco Children's Photographer Frisco Family Photographer Mystic Garden Photography Photography https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/6/frisco-family-photographer-the-graham-family Sat, 15 Jun 2013 04:28:35 GMT
Senior Class 2013--Congratulations https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/6/senior-class-2013--congratulations Wishing the Class of 2013 a heartfelt congratulations.  I was fortunate to meet quite a few senior this year, between my photography business and my daughter's involvement in Frisco High School sports.  It has been my pleasure getting to know such wonderful young men and women.  

Graduation marks the completion of high school, but it also is the beginning of a new journey.  You can forge your dreams to your heart's desire.  You have the everything within you to achieve your goals; let your courage, strength, and faith lead you on this wonderful journey.   As you navigate your new world, carry with you the love of family and friends.

Wishing you great success in all your future endeavors.

May God bless and keep you always, may all your dreams come true.  

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco Frisco High School Frisco Senior Photographer Mystic Garden Photography Senior Pictures https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/6/senior-class-2013--congratulations Thu, 06 Jun 2013 17:34:38 GMT
Frisco Teen Photography-Gaby https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/6/frisco-teen-photography-gaby I had the opportunity to photography Gaby again today.  Her club volleyball coach was so gracious to meet us with her ultra cool car.  

A shiny, black Mustang.  

This is the car that Gaby wants, and who can blame her, it is beautiful.   We got some great shots of Gaby with her dream car.  

It was fun and creative session.  I am so glad we got to do this.  

Madison, it was so nice to meet you and thank you for the use of your beautiful car. 

I can wait to show off all of Gaby's portraits, and put together an invitation for her Quinceanera.

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco Frisco Photographer Mystic Garden Photography Photography Teen https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/6/frisco-teen-photography-gaby Mon, 03 Jun 2013 00:53:42 GMT
Frisco Senior Photography--Regan: Frisco High School Senior 2013 https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/5/frisco-senior-photography--regan-frisco-high-school-senior-2013 I had the wonderful pleasure of meeting with Regan and her mother this afternoon for Regan's senior portraits.  Regan and her mother were awesome today, dealing with the heat and wind.  Regan managed to look fabulous through it all.  I was very excited for this session as I knew we would end the day in the field of flowers.  My excitement was kicked up a notch when I saw her wonderful wardrobe.  Regan is not only beautiful, but she has impeccable style. 

I met Regan when I was fortunate to be invited to photograph the Frisco High Stars Dance team during half time at a couple of football games this fall.  Regan has been a member of the Stars for four years, she was a lieutenant on the team this year.   This young lady can dance; as she also made the dance team at the university she plans to attend in the fall: The University of Southern Mississippi, home of the Golden Eagles.

Thank you so very much for letting me spend the afternoon with you both and entrusting me with Regan's senior portraits.  

Here are a couple of my favorite images of the day:

 

 

 

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco High School Frisco Senior Photographer Frisco Senior Pictures Mystic Garden Photography Senior Pictures https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/5/frisco-senior-photography--regan-frisco-high-school-senior-2013 Mon, 27 May 2013 05:56:48 GMT
Frisco Photographer--Gaby https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/5/frisco-photographer--gaby I had the pleasure of meeting up with Gaby and her mother for a portrait session in honor of her 15th birthday!  Gaby is currently a freshman at Frisco High School.  We met Gaby and her family at the start of volleyball season for the high school.  We have been so fortunate to become friends, they are kind hearted people.  Gaby played volleyball for Frisco High and she plays on the Lonestar Club Team.  Gaby was also part of the Frisco High track team, as she threw both discus and shot put.  Gaby will be throwing discus this summer for the Frisco Heat track team. 

Joining us on the shoot was, Bentley, Gaby's beautiful, albeit, very large Great Dane.  Bentley is a harlequin Great Dane, white with black markings.  He is a gentle giant.  So calm and sweet.   We started the session off with a casual feel with her club volleyball jersey, and finished up with a more formal dress.  We managed to get some great shots before the storm hit. 

Gaby is such a sweet, intelligent young lady.  She has ambitions of eventually going to Texas A&M Veterinary School and becoming a vet. We wish her the very best, for her Quinceanera this summer and all her future endeavors.

 We are so happy for you, Gaby!

 

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco Frisco High School Mystic Garden Photography Photography https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/5/frisco-photographer--gaby Sun, 26 May 2013 03:08:57 GMT
Frisco Senior Photographer--Kaitlyn 2014 Senior Ambassador. https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/5/frisco-senior-photographer--kaitlyn-2014-senior-ambassador I am so happy to introduce this beautiful young lady as one of Mystic Garden Photography's Senior Ambassadors.  Please meet Kaitlyn.  I had the wonderful honor of getting together with Kaitlyn and her mother this afternoon for a phenomenal session.  This young lady is beautiful, smart and funny.  She has an amazing smile, it really lights up a room. She is genuinely cheerful and amazingly sweet.   Kaitlyn also had the cutest outfits, so fun and colorful, I loved all her jewlery.  

Kaitlyn is a Class of 2014 Senior at Frisco High School.  She is a lieutenant on the Stars Dance Team for Frisco High School for the second straight year.  Her future plans include attending the University of Texas to study Architectural Engineering.  This young lady has a bright future ahead of her.  

Kaitlyn, it is a privilege to have you representing Mystic Garden Photography, and I can't wait until our next session.

Here's to a great year ahead. 

Here are a couple of my favorite images of the day.

 

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco High School Frisco Senior Photographer Frisco Senior Pictures Mystic Garden Photography https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/5/frisco-senior-photographer--kaitlyn-2014-senior-ambassador Sat, 25 May 2013 04:59:05 GMT
From the Heart. https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/5/2012-2013-school-year Ten months, three schools, several sports, one hundred and eighty plus galleries, and over forty three thousand ( yes, you read that right; THOUSAND) photos later, I can definitely say this, it was a very busy year.  

One hundred and eighty galleries, that is 180+ different games, partial games or events.  A lot of them, were games one of my kids played in, as Alex played five sports for Staley Middle School and Katie played four sports for Frisco High School.  However, many were games and events that my kids did not participate in.  I am so fortunate, blessed and lucky to be able to be down on the sidelines, and track that I take photos whenever I can, mainly because it is something I love.  

So here are some of my thoughts, from the heart.  I feel so fortunate to live in Frisco, we have some of the best coaches right here in Frisco, not just at Staley and Frisco High, but district wide.  We also have some amazing and talented athletes, again, not exclusive to Staley and Frisco High, but throughout the district.  I am impressed, not only by their athleticism, but their overall character.  They are respectful, kind and caring.  I have seen our athletes win and lose, always with grace and dignity.  I have seen the bonds of friendship form, withstand and even flourish despite zoning boundaries.  I have seen the athletes cheer for their fellow athletes in the district, I have seen the hugs and back slaps after inter district games.  I have seen one school team, support other school teams.  I have seen coaches helping other coaches, in their school, and others in the district.  I have seen parents cheer for their friend's children, and their children's friends.  I can tell you it is a beautiful, heart warming site to see these athletes from different schools interact after a game.   I love how Frisco can still have that small town feel even after thirteen middle schools and six high schools, with two more high schools in the building and planning stages.  

The other thing I know, is that I love photographing sports.  I love being able to capture the action of the game, the volleys and spikes of volleyball; the catches and touchdowns of football; the jumps and shots of basketball; the endurance of cross country; the jumps, speed and all out sprints of track; the headers, passes and goals of soccer; and the hits and plays of softball.  I love being able to capture the split second of the ball and the player together, a moment of action, a micro clip of the game, a moment of success.  I find it a privilege to try to capture some of the moments in these young athletes lives.  I have been so very blessed to meet awesome athletes, coaches, and parents that I would otherwise not have had the opportunity to meet.  This ties back to Frisco having that small town feel.  

By far, the one thing that I love the most about photographing sports, is the emotions.  Through every minute of every match, meet, and game I am emotionally invested.  Not just the ones my kids are playing in, but every single one.  I am emotionally tied to Staley Middle School and Frisco High School.  Being down on sidelines, close to the actions, I feel the emotions.  I have been able to witness/photograph some amazing events this year.  Looking back, the ones that I remember the most are the ones that brought out the biggest emotions.  The on field/court celebrations, the jumps of joy, the hugs and the tears.  This is what warms my heart and bring tears to my eyes.  This is what I love.

Here are some of those moments.

Frisco High School: 

Varsity Football's unexpected homecoming win against Wakeland.

Varsity Volleyball's come from behind wins against Cedar Hill and Prosper.

Varsity Volleyball's come from behind bid against Centennial fall short. 

Freshman A Volleyball's come from behind win against Centennial.

Freshman B Volleyball's exciting win against Wakeland.

Cross Country District meet with both Varsity and JV girls taking home the title.  JV with a perfect score. 

Varsity Girls Cross Country team state send off in front of the school.

Cross Country State Meet when the girls ran in harsh conditions and  placed sixth.

The incredible week in the fall, when Volleyball was Regional runner up, Varsity Football made it to the playoffs as District Runner Up, and Girls Cross Country was Regional Runner Up. 

JV Girls Soccer's losses to Wakeland.

Varsity Girls Soccer's heartbreaking loss to Liberty on PK's.

Varsity Girls Soccer's exciting playoff win against Prosper.

District Track meet where both Varsity and JV Girls bought home second place.

 

Staley Middle School:

7th Grade Football Blue Team's last second wins against Hunt, Pioneer and Vandeventer.

7th Grade Football White Team three games of not letting the opponent score a touchdown.

8th Grade A Team Boys Basketball's amazing last second win against Pioneer.

7th Grade Girls B team Basketball tie against Cobb.

7th Grade Boys District Cross Country Meet where the boys took home second place. 

7th Grade Boys Soccer's exciting win over Cobb.

7th Grade Boys Soccer's heartbreaking loss to Wester on PK's in the District Tournament.

 

As I photograph each event, I try to not only capture the action, but the emotion, because that is what makes it real, that is what we feel, what we remember. Thinking back through these events, I know I shared all the emotions that the players and parents were feeling.  I have been know to shed a few tears on the sidelines, for the excitement, the intensity, the heartbreak and the joy.  I know that through all the hours, the cold, the heat, the excitement, the intensity, the tears, the heartbreak, and the joy, I have loved every single minute of it and would do it all again in a heartbeat.

In closing, I wish I could have made more events, yes, believe it or not, more.  More Staley volleyball, girls basketball and 8th grade football and basketball.  More Frisco High basketball, boys soccer, softball and baseball.  As a parent, I have loved watching my son play his first football and basketball game. All the sports, as it was his first school affiliated games.  And also my daughter running in the state cross country meet, and all her firsts for high school.  These are special moments.  My hope is that, through my photography, I have given other parents a special memory of their children.

To the Frisco High School and Staley  Middle School coaches, thank you for always making me feel welcome.

To the Frisco High School and Staley Middle School athletes, it is an honor and privilege to watch, photograph and get to know you, thank you for making my year so wonderful.   I loved every minute of it.

To the parents, you have amazing kids, they continue to impress me, you should be very proud.

Thanks for the memories.

            Frisco High's exciting Homecoming  win over Wakeland. 

           Varsity  Volleyball's come from behind win agains Cedar Hill.  Still one of my favorite photos.

          Varsity Cross Country finding out they did win the District Title, for the seventh straight year. 

          Freshman B Volleyball's win against Wakeland.  Personally, a great ending to a wonderful day, as my daughter was on this team, and also was on the cross country team that won district that morning. 

                                                        Coach Rieter at the Cross Country send off to the State Championship Meet

The hugs between teams after the girls JV soccer game against Wakeland. 

                                                      Varsity Soccer, hugs after the heartbreaking loss to Liberty on Pk's.

                          Varsity Soccer's playoff win against Prosper.  Pure Joy!!

  Staley 7th Grade boys Blue team sideline celebration of the winning touchdown against Hunt with less than 30 second left in the game.

           Staley 8th Grade boys basketball's celebrating the last second win against Pioneer.

  Staley 7th Grade Boys Soccer's on field celebration after the win against Cobb. 

Staley Boys 7th grade soccer's celebration of the game tying goal with less than two minutes left in the game against Wester in the District Tournament.

Thank you for all the support, it was truly an awesome year, and I can't wait until next year!

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco Frisco High School Mystic Garden Photography Photography Staley Middle School sports https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/5/2012-2013-school-year Sun, 19 May 2013 16:29:15 GMT
Staley 7th Grade Boys Soccer District Tournament Round 3 https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/5/staley-7th-grade-boys-soccer-district-tournament-3-round The Staley Mustangs played the Griffin Gators in round three of the District Tournament.  This game was to determine the third and fourth place teams in the district.  The Griffin Gators handed the Staley Mustangs their only loss in the regular season.  Griffin beat Staley 3-0 in the first game of the season.  The Gators were a tough team, talented and fast, and Staley was itching for a rematch.  The Mustangs thought they got the jump on the Gators as Travis kicked one passed the goalie as the goalie came out to counter the attack.  The ball, sputtering toward the goal was tapped in by Carl.  However, the ref called off sides, and the game was still scoreless. The Gators were strong and put the first score on the board about midway through the first half.  The Gators scored again about a second before time expired in the first half.  Staley was down 2-0.  

In the second half, Staley once again, buckled down on defense and the offense became more aggressive, the Mustangs controlled the pace of the game and attacked, keeping the ball on the Gator's side of the field.  Halfway through, it finally paid off as, Bryce was tripped up at the ten yard sideline, Austin was given the penalty kick.  Austin boomed it across the field, over the head of the goalie into the net.  The Mustangs were only down by one.  After the Mustangs had some shots on goal, one shot, by Travis, going just wide, the Gators were able to clear the ball.  The ball was passed up from mid field, and the incredibly fast Gator forward, in a dead sprint, outran the Staley defenders and put one passed the keeper.  The Gators were again, up by two with just about eleven minutes left in the game.  

Not to be disheartened, the Mustangs stayed strong and kept fighting.  The Mustangs were intense, and unrelenting.  They were moving the ball up the field with control and great passing, Austin to Trent, Trent to Travis, then Travis dribbled and nailed a shot passed the out stretched arms of the keeper, and into the goal.  Once again the Mustangs were only down by one with just under five minutes to play.  The Mustangs continued the attack, keeping the ball on the Gator's side.  A kick by Austin, had the hearts of the Staley supporters thumping as it headed toward the goal, but it hit the post and bounce back onto the field.  The Gators were playing with the same intensity, as Staley continued the pressure.  As the game clock was winding  down, the Gators were called for pushing.  A last ditch effort on a penalty kick was not to be as the buzzer sounded before the Mustangs had a chance to give the ball a boot.  

Final score Gators 3-Mustangs 2.  A valiant effort by the Mustangs that fell just short.  

Overall, the Mustangs stepped up and faced the pressure by playing three of the very best, complete games they have played all season.   All though two games were not the outcome they wanted, the Mustangs showed up and played strong with solid contributions from all the players in all the matches. The Mustangs played both the number one and number two seeds in the district, one to a tie, the other to a very close, one score loss.  I think given another few minutes the Mustangs would have tied that game.  There were many great moments on both sides of the ball, with great goals, stellar defense and amazing saves in the frame. This Mustang team, which took home fourth place in the district, played with heart and spirit.  They should be very proud of the way they played.  I know that I am super proud of this team.  Thank you to the high school boys who volunteered their time to help these boys.  Congratulations on a awesome tournament and fantastic season.  I can't wait until next year.  Way to go Mustangs!!

P.S.  Special thanks to my better half as he took some photos from the stands in the first half, as I was attending another event.  Thanks!!!

 

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mysticgardenphotography@gmail.com (Mystic Garden Photography) Frisco Mystic Garden Photography Photography Staley Middle School sports https://www.mysticgardenphotography.com/blog/2013/5/staley-7th-grade-boys-soccer-district-tournament-3-round Sun, 19 May 2013 00:23:13 GMT
Staley 7th Grade Boys Soccer District Tournament Round 2</