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Football coach Dino Babers led the team to an OVC championship during a season dubbed the New Era by Eastern athletics. Eastern came into their game against Southeast-Missouri State 5-1 in conference play, and claimed the OVC title outright after UT Martin lost to Tennessee Tech. Eastern defeated SEMO 39-20 Saturday at O’Brien Field.
The Panthers have one more regular season game against Central Arkansas on Nov. 17, before they move on to the playoffs.
Out of all the sports I’ve covered this year cycling has proved to be the most challenging. Not because I couldn’t get enough photos, but because I wanted to get something different. I covered The Mighty, Mighty, Tour de Nez on Sunday, July 29, in downtown Reno. I wasn’t able to get any of the quirky races that happened earlier in the day because I was on another assignment, but I got downtown with enough time to cover the masters and pro races.
The challenge for me was to get something other than the riders coming at me or the go-to pan shot. After a few hours and a couple of races I was pretty happy with my results. Unlike some of the other sports I’ve covered I think I can find some cycling events around Charleston.
This summer has been filled with a lot of firsts but some of the more interesting ones have been the new sports that I’ve been to cover. Saturday, July, 7, went about 23 miles east of Reno to the Tahoe-Reno Motorplex to shoot the Eldorado Fireworks 500. It was the first year for the race and was also on a brand new course. The spectator area was located on a hill looking down on a large section of the course. Luckily this was the case because I was stuck in spectator area for this event.
There was a media safety meeting the night before I didn’t know about so I wasn’t able to get a vest to go down onto the course. I tried to convince them to give me a spot on the helicopter that was following racers through the course, but it wasn’t a big surprise that they weren’t going for that idea.
I also got the chance to shoot some freestyle Motocross before I left for another assignment. Here are a few of my favorite photos from the race.
I was able to try my hand at shooting Mixed Martial Arts on Friday, June 29, 2012. Ultimate Reno Combat 34 was held at the Grand Sierra Resort only two minutes away from the RGJ. I was pretty happy with what I got from the fights, and as a fan, it was great to see the fights live.
With any sport I shoot after the first time I always come away seeing something I could have done better, and I’m hoping I’ll be able to shoot their next event on July 20. Working at a venue like this you are at the mercy of the lights, and from what I was told the lighting at this one was some of the hardest to shoot in. While not perfect I can’t seem to find anything worse than the Lantz Field house at EIU.
Here are some of my favorite shots from the night.
Now onto the main event.
This is probably my favorite sports reaction photos I’ve taken so far.
As I was editing these I thought to myself I haven’t done a black and white photo since I shot for The Daily Eastern News, so here you go.
If you want to see more click here for my gallery at the Reno Gazette-Journal.
After 10 days the Reno Rodeo finished on Saturday. I took photos for five out of the 10 days and picking my favorites was a challenge. Shooting this was a completely different experience than I’ve had before, but I liked it. Here are a few of my favorite photos.
Hopefully I will have the chance to shoot another rodeo in the near future because it was pretty exciting and makes for great photos.
My first week of baseball, better known as Aceball here, of the summer. The games went as well as any could in terms of photo opportunities. Although I wasn’t on the top of my game at catching them.
There were a few great moments that I missed by a frame or two, but I’ll have plenty of time to make up for that throughout the summer.
It’s pretty easy to navigate through the stadium and stands. As long as I’m not blocking a camera or person I can pretty much shoot from where ever I want.
The only major challenge was the sun, which baked me throughout the first game. The same mistake was not made later in the week because I went and bought myself a nice big hat.
Here are a few of my favorites from the Reno Aces’ series against the Tacoma Rainiers.
Patrick Corbin pitches during the Aces’ game against the Rainiers Thursday, May 31, 2012, at Aces Ballpark.
Little leaguers wait for the Aces starters to come out onto the field Friday, June, 1, 2012, at Aces Ballpark.
Aces designated hitter Mike Jacobs hits a foul during the Aces’ game against the Rainiers Thursday, May, 31, 2012, at the Aces Ballpark.
Rainers second baseman Luis Rodriguez attempts to tag out Aces center fielder Adam Eaton Thursday, May, 31, 2012, at Aces Ballpark.
Reno Aces fans cheer as Mike Jacobs makes his way back to the dugout after scoring a run against the Tacoma Rainiers Wednesday, May 30, 2012, at Aces Ballpark.
Aces second baseman Jake Elmore tags out Rainiers catcher Guillermo Quiroz as he slides into second during a double play Friday, June 1, 2012, at Aces Ballpark.
Mike Jacobs breaks a bat when he comes into contact with the ball Wednesday, May, 30, 2012, during the Aces’ game against the Rainiers at the Aces Ballpark.
Since I’ve been shooting so much baseball recently I’m trying to get more than just the passable action photo. There are a few shots I’ve been playing around with that I think could look great if I get the timing and angle down.
I have a whole summer of shooting the Aces ahead of me so I will only be posting weekly updates from the games. Especially since the majority of Aces games are at night, and I’m just plain tired when I get home from work.
After a weekend of baseball at Coaches Stadium in Charleston, Ill., the Panthers were able to close out their series against Southeast Missouri State 2-1 Sunday, April 1, 2012. Eastern was able to come back from a 5-12 loss on Saturday and defeat the Redhawks 10-0 on Sunday.
Junior infielder Nathan Sopena tries for a double play after Southeast Missouri State senior shortstop Kenton Parmley is thrown out at second during Eastern’s 10-0 victory Sunday at Coaches Stadium.
Senior pitcher Adam Clark prepares to release the ball during the final inning of the game.
Southeast Missouri State senior infielder Taylor Heon throws freshman infielder Dane Sauer out at second.
Senior first baseman Kody Campbell doesn’t make the catch in time as junior outfielder Nick Priessman dives back to first in time to be safe.
Saint Louis University’s 13 game winning streak was ended by Eastern during the Panthers’ home opener at Coaches Stadium in Charleston, Ill.,Tuesday, March 27, 2012. Eastern defeated SLU 13-6.
Red-shirt senior infielder T.J. McManus (left) slides into second as Saint Louis University freshman infielder Alec Sole (center) throws the ball from the ground to SLU junior infielder Mike Levine. McManus was called out after the close slide into second base.
Freshman pitcher Andrew Grahn prepares to pitch the ball to Saint Louis University’s red-shirt junior outfielder Steve Fernandez.
Saint Louis University’s senior pitcher Jim Foster throws to freshman infielder Mike Vigliarolo (left) as T.J. McManus, a red-shirt senior infielder, dives back to first base.
Ryan Dineen (left), a junior infielder/pitcher, is congratulated by red-shirt senior pitcher Mike Hoekstra (right) after making a run.
Look forward to many more images from baseball and softball in the future. The seasons have just started and I’m looking forward to finding new ways to cover the games.
The Eastern softball team split their first home doubleheader against SIU-Edwardsville Wednesday, March 21, 2012, at Williams Field in Charleston, Ill. The games marked the women’s first home games of the season. The first game was a 0-4 loss with both teams scoreless until the ninth inning when SIUE was able to score four runs securing their victory over the Panthers.
Eastern was able to take the win over the Cougars in the following game. The Panthers were able to score two runs in the second inning and another two in the fourth. The final score was 4-1.
Freshman infielder Bailey O’Dell looks to throw the ball back to home during the first game of the day.
Eastern’s head coach Kim Schuette watches the team during the final innings of the first game.
Sophomore infielder Ashleigh Westover walks back to the dugout after being tagged out at home during the first game.
SIUE’s Senior outfielder Lindsey Barron makes it past senior catcher Hailee Hanna to score the Cougar’s first run of the ninth inning during the first game.
Sophomore infielder Chelsea Yankolovich throws the ball to first base as senior outfielder Hayley Pieper begins to slide to second during the second game.
Junior outfielder Melise Brown falls to the ground after missing a catch during the second game.
The Eastern Illinois University women’s basketball team will head into their Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012, game against UT Martin on a 13 game winning streak. Here are a few photos from their 64-51 victory against Eastern Kentucky Monday.
Junior guard Ta’Kenya Nixon is the final player to be introduced to the crowd before Eastern Illinois’ game against Eastern Kentucky.
Eastern Illinois’ head coach Brady Sallee reacts to a call during the second half of the game.
Junior forward Sydney Mitchell becomes airborne while trying to make a layup against Eastern Kentucky.