Hard to look at

Fenwick High School senior Kevin LaBarge covers his eyes after seeing the broken leg of teammate Jack Alberts at Oak Park River Forest High School, Friday night. Alberts, just a sophomore, was obviously in quite a bit of pain and from my vantage point I could tell the poor guy’s leg was bent in a direction it should not have been. LaBarge caught a glimpse of the same thing.

I always feel weird photographing an injury to a high school athlete, but in a way it’s necessary. You never know the severity of the injury and it may become news worthy. Plus, the unity shown by teammates in moments like this illustrates what it really means to be a team. This wasn’t just a player injured on the field. This was a member of their extended family and the Fenwick team was understandably concerned for their comrade.

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