Have you ever taken a minute to see how many of our local athletes you can find on YouTube? It's worth your while.
It's really a different world out there than it was 20 years ago, but I'm sure I don't have to tell you that. Technology today has turned anybody who wishes to do so into a videographer, and that has resulted in some great moments and cherished memories caught on video.
Corner Brook baller Daniel Foo's 10 points in the last 45 seconds of overtime in the semifinal win of last year's 4A championships against Booth Memorial was partially caught by bruffalo. As he rains threes in the dying seconds of an amazing come-from-behind victory, you can't really argue with the "Daniel Foo is the clutchest player in Canada" title.
Also on the Foo list is a two-handed dunk off a lob as captured by his high school buddy Ryan Harnett - who also has his share of YouTube moments for you to see. His 44 point-game highlight package against Booth at the Wendy' Classic in 2012 really is just that - classic. If you can't get enough, you can see a highlight reel of his from the 2012 4A provincials.
Harnett also gets behind the camera during some lighter moments, videotaping another friend Nathan Burt posterizing his sister Myla repeatedly in their back yard representing a "7-foot Slovenian."
Lighter moments seem to be a popular online video upload. Just ask Jordan Kennedy and his Corner Brook Barons teammates of 2008. "Ken" was captured at his finest - "doing what Ken does" during a road trip aboard the Blue Baron.
It is also easy to find clips of some of the less common sports our local athletes are involved in. Competition videos of Sierra's and Savanna's synchronized swimming meets can be seen as uploaded by cyndidias.
Our local athletes online presence is obviously not just competition. There may not be anything cooler to find on the net than those backyard moments such as Nick Dolomount "gapping a river" on skis and shannonball93's GoPro helmet hockey scrimmage footage of him playing goal at the Pepsi Centre.
You can see footage of the Cook's Quest makeshift bobsled race for Corner Brook Winter Carnival, Martin Hanzalek river surfing, and some footage of kite surfing on Pasadena by Peter Bull. Of course the outdoor adventure continues to captured at its finest with local skateboarders, BMX riders, Marble skiers and snowboarders, and there are videos of some lesser known enthusiasts known as Corner Brook woodsball teaser and some paintball clips.
Of course, it's obvious there are plenty of senior hockey moments captured on video. It seems just about everybody was recording some of the best and worst of Newfoundland senior hockey for a while. Among Darren Langdon's best NHL fights are some of his local battles while a member of the Deer Lake Red Wings, and there are lots of between whistle footage of actual hockey too.
There are lots of chances to hold onto those sporting memories forever these days, but technology provides plenty of opportunity to be used for scouting too. Any coach or player can record their competition, study their moves and plays to try to get an edge. It's easy to resemble a professional scout these days.
So, from fun to competitive edge, it's all there for anybody to see. Take a few minutes and check it out.
Cory Hurley is a reporter/photographer with The Western Star. He can be reached via email at email@example.com. or on Twitter: WS_CoryHurley.