The Gazette's best sports photos of 2018

"Besides volleyball, softball is my most favorite sport to photograph," said Gazette staff photojournalist Jim Slosiarek. "I've shot this type of photo before but it never gets old seeing Iowa City High's Ella Cook (right, facing camera) and her teammates wave the state qualifier banner as they celebrate the Little Hawks's class 5A regional win over the Linn-Mar Lions at Iowa City High School in Iowa City, Iowa, on Tuesday, July 10, 2018." "The elements in the photo make the photo work: The expressions on the players' faces, Ella Cook's face framed by her arm and the banner, the coaches hugging in the background, the one coach with her arms raised contribute to creating a storytelling photo. City High won 4-2 to advance the the state tournament. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)
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A contest between two teams is more than a battle for the best score, it is actually a collection of stories: stories of teams and players, of parents and children, stories of hardwork, triumph, setbacks, fans, crowds, culture and communities.

Our Gazette photographers shoot sports all year, in weather good and bad, trying to catch both the action and the stories behind the action. Here are some of their favorite photos from 2018.


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