December 2021 - Vol. 2, No. 12

2021 was a heckuva ride!

Can you believe it? We survived another trip on this roller coaster of life!

While the 2021 ride was not always that smooth, we made it to the end mostly in one piece with some frayed nerves along the way.

From the January 6 craziness in our nation's capital to the unintentional learning of the Greek alphabet through the naming of the COVID variant of the month, 2021 was full of surprises.

Regardless, we are waiting for the cars to leave the station for the next trip.

Sure. For the most part, 2021 was not too bad. It could have been much better, but then, consider the alternative.

So, as the cars pull out of the station and make their way up the incline to that first drop, let's hope it's not a stomach-in-your-throat doozie, and we have a smoother ride in 2022!

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Top Instagram images of 2021

Going into 2021 was anyone's guess. Despite the ups and downs of masks/no masks and the alphabet soup of C19 (I am now refusing to call it by its name), sports and life carried on with little to no interruption.

Here are my top 9 Instagram images for 2021 as selected by your "Likes," and thank you for your continued support!

#1 - Nov. 16:  The UPHS women's basketball blackout senior session.
#2 - Aug. 8:  The UPHS volleyball blackout senior session.
#3 - Oct. 30:  The "Battle in the Pines" renewal between UPHS and Pinecrest.
#4 - Sept. 3:  A look behind-the-scenes at my "day job" as an Army Public Affairs Plans and Operations officer while teaching a Defense Support to Civil Authorities class near Houston, Texas.
#5 - Dec. 1:  Fulfilling my "Papa Hale" duties with our first grandson, Liam, in Syracuse, Indiana.
#6 - Sept. 24:  UPHS Vikings football coach Jason Trousdale gets a water bucket shower after his first win as a head coach. The Vikings defeated Graham 55-18 that night.
#7 - Nov. 21:  A UPHS wrestling blackout senior session that was "smoking" with the assistance of some atmospheric haze.
#8 - Feb. 16:  The UPHS men's basketball blackout senior session.
#9 - Feb. 16:  The graphics announcing the Sandhills Athletic Conference (SAC) all-conference volleyball awards and honors.

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Lady Viking bounce back at Cumberland County Holiday Classic

While the first two games did not go as planned for the Union Pines women's basketball team, they ended the three-day tournament with a 47-26 victory over Jack Britt, Dec. 18.

Sara Adams led Union Pines with 21 points and eight boards, with Aaliyah Balser hitting the double-double (17 points/11 rebounds) and four steals. Taryn Pekala added seven points, seven assists, and five rebounds in the winning effort.

In the opening round (Dec. 16), the ladies faced a strong defense from Seventy-First High School, dropping a 58-46 contest.

That loss dumped the ladies into the consolation bracket on Dec. 17 against South View. In the first half, South View made a late run only to be countered by Union Pines with a 15-8 run in the third. But South View held on for a 53-45 win.

The ladies are on a much-needed break until Jan. 4, when they travel to Scotland to begin the 3A/4A Sandhills Athletic Conference (SAC) schedule.

See more Seventy-First game images here.

Vikings fall short in Yellow Jacket Christmas Classic

The Viking men looked to be on a roll in the Yellow Jacket Christmas Classic tournament held, Dec. 27-29 at Lee County High School.

After defeating Green Level 51-42 on opening night and dumping East Chapel Hill 49-33 in the semi-final, the Vikings ran into trouble with Apex in the Wednesday night championship.

At the break, Apex used a solid second period to pull to a slim 45-41 trailing margin. In the second half, foul trouble for the Vikings and aggressive play from Apex was enough to give the Cougars a 77-65 win and the championship.

Steven Lee Haskell and Kelby Wright made the all-tournament team despite the runner-up finish.

The Vikings return to action on Jan. 4, when they travel to Scotland to begin the 3A/4A Sandhills Athletic Conference (SAC) schedule.

See more UPHS v Green Level images here.
See more UPHS v Apex images here.

Parting Shots:
Who made the cut for the 2021 Year in Review?

On January 1st, I will release the 2021 Year in Review video on all of my flagship social media platforms.

For those who may be new to following Timothy Hale Photography, this is a look back at the year through some of my favorite images.

Maybe some of your favorite moments will be in the video as well!

In 2021, I made more than 15,000 raw images, edited those down to approximately 5,000 frames, and then condensed those down to 58 final selects for the Year in Review video. These 58 can all be seen in under one minute!

Don't miss out on following and liking these social media accounts.

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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