Sound system

West’s Will Kaigler is tackled by Granite Bay’s John Kendall during a varsity football game at West High in Tracy. (Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 300mm. Exposure: 1/400th sec. @ f/2.8. ISO: 2500)

At the high school level many football field’s public address systems are barely adequate. Sound quality can be static and spotty. Not so West High’s Steve Lopez Stadium. Before the varsity football game between West and Granite Bay, large speakers attached high up on the field’s lights poles belted out in loud, clear tones music styles from heavy metal to hip hop. At times it was a little too loud making me wish for ear plugs.

(Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 300mm. Exposure: 1/125th sec. @ f/2.8. ISO: 2000)

During the game, along with music for the cheerleaders to dance to, a couple of sound effects were played to rev up the fans. The first was apparently a low growl, to go along the school’s mascot, the Wolfpack. To the unfamiliar ear, the guttural sound, despite the sound system’s quality, came across less like a growl and more like something less appealing. Tracy Press photo editor Glenn Moore perhaps described it best as “a moose with dysentery in an outhouse.”

(Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 17-55mm @ 34mmmm. Exposure: 1/125th sec. @ f/2.8 w/ fill flash. ISO: 800)

The second sound effect was a male voice reciting the word “Wolfpack.” Designed to ramp up team spirit the voice was a hoarse whisper, but amplified to a point where it became a thunderous rasp. It sounded a bit creepy, like a the voice at the end of an obscene phone call.

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