Double take

It happens on occasion that, when shooting a sporting event, the same athlete appears in most of the photos. Sometimes it happens when a team has only one or two go-to players, other times it’s just coincidence.


Argonaut’s Lauren Godde, bottom, and Colfax’s Michelle Walker collide while chasing a loose ball during a Sac-Joaquin Section Division II girls basketball semifinal at Tokay High in Lodi (Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 70-200mm @ 80mm. Exposure: 1/250th sec @ f/2.8. ISO: 1600).

I recently had an assignment to photograph the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II girls semifinal basketball game between Argonaut and Colfax high schools. When I edited the pictures back at the office, nearly all of the five keepers featured Argonaut senior forward Lauren Godde.

One of the shots was of Godde of the floor scrambling for the ball with Colfax’s Michelle Walker. Two others were of her shooting jumpers over Colfax defenders. Another shot looked to be of a player who wore No. 17, but a quick look at the Argonaut roster revealed that 17 didn’t exist. Upon closer examination the folds in her jersey obscured the number, it was actually No. 13 — Godde once again.

Godde, left, shoots over Colfax’s Michelle Walker (Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 70-200mm @ 70mm. Exposure: 1/250th sec @ f/2.8. ISO: 1600)


The last shot was of No. 22, she looked familiar, but at least it wasn’t Lauren Godde. I looked up the player’s name on the roster. It was Erin Godde, Lauren’s twin sister.

Argonaut’s Erin Godde, right, drives past Colfax’s Erica Heikila during a Sac-Joaquin Section Division II girls basketball semifinal at Tokay High in Lodi (Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 70-200mm @ 80mm. Exposure: 1/250th sec @ f/2.8. ISO: 1600).

I may have gotten more pictures of Lauren than of Erin, and indeed she made more points (26 to Erin’s 13), but Erin made a foul shot at the end of the game that proved the game-winner, as Argonaut won, 54-53.

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