January 2021 - Vol. 2, No. 1

A little better but a long way to go

An "existential" exit sign found in William Byrd Park, Richmond, Va. (@ 2005 - Timothy Hale Photography)
Despite the craziness that was 2020, I am happy to report this newsletter survived its first year.

I launched the first "Freeze Frame" on January 31, 2020, with no inkling what the year would be like. (More on that in "Parting Shots" below)

And here it is, still going strong despite all of the ups and downs.

Speaking of those ups and downs, we saw a little improvement on the high school sports scene, but there were still some bumps in the road. Some contests were either postponed or canceled.

In the meantime, we'll keep hoping the current seasons continue and upcoming seasons get started.

Hey, before you know it, it will be time for graduation!

Forward this email to someone who can't wait for football, even in February and March.

Lady Vikings earn consecutive conference titles

The Union Pines Lady Vikings continued their 3A Tri-County 6 Conference dynasty, claiming their fourth-consecutive conference title, Jan. 7.

The Lady Vikings defeated Western Harnett 3-0.

Union Pines finished the regular season 9-1 in the conference and 9-2 overall.

That record earned them a #9 seed in the NCHSAA State 3A Volleyball Championship Tournament.

Unfortunately, their season ended on the road as they traveled to #8 seed Cedar Ridge, falling 3-0 in the first round.

See more Western Harnett game images here.

Prots, Polidori, Silvestri named All-Conference;
Hull earns Sportsmanship honors

Seniors Morgan Prots, Ali Polidori, and junior Gianna Silvestri were named to the All-Conference Team after coaches voting a few weeks ago.

Shelby Hull was named to the conference Sportsmanship team.

The honors for Prots, Polidori, and Silvestri were also honored in 2019, except that Prots was named Player of the Year that season.

You can read more about this year's honors in The Pilot.

Basketball gets underway

After a few COVID hiccups from visiting teams, the Union Pines women's and men's basketball season got underway, Jan. 15, when they hosted Overhills for Senior Night.

The Lady Vikings prevailed, 52-34, while the Vikings squeaked out an often contentious contest, 48-46.

You can see more from the basketball in my Sports portfolio.

Lady Vikings, Vikings roll up Lee County

The Union Pines women and men started their march into the 3A Tri-County Six Conference with convincing wins over visiting Lee County, Jan. 22.

The Lady Vikings dominated the Lady Yellow Jackets, 52-13, while the Vikings used a strong run late to edge out the Yellow Jackets, 54-44.

You can see more from the basketball in my Sports portfolio.

Parting Shots:

One year and counting...

I really thought last year was a good time to start a newsletter. I really did.

What is it they say? "Hindsight is 2020?" Were they talking about someone's vision test score or the year?

If it was vision well, I wear reading glasses most of the time, which means my vision is nowhere near perfect. If they are talking about the year 2020, "I have nothing else to say about that" (in my best Forrest Gump impression).

Regardless, this fledgling online publication survived, thanks to all of you. We sincerely look forward to providing you a short review of the month through the images captured.

Thank you for supporting Timothy Hale Photography! As a small token of my appreciation, you can get 10% off any purchase between now and Feb. 28, 2021. Enter the code 1year2021 (case sensitive) in the appropriate box at checkout.

If you are not following and liking these social media accounts, you should.

I sincerely thank each of you for your support and encouragement!

A special "Thank You" to Nikon,
Think Tank Photo, Black Rapid,
Camera Bits for making outstanding equipment, gear, and software.

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Opinions expressed in this newsletter are purely my own and are not a reflection of any of the companies, corporations, or entities listed herein.
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