Category Archives: Sports

Eastern crowned OVC Champion

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.

Dino Babers gives players a thumbs up after a succesful play.

Junior quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo fakes a hand off to red-shirt senior Jake Walker.

Red-shirt sophomore linebacker Adam Gristick celebrates near Eastern’s imminant victory over SEMO.

Erik Lora, a red-shirt junior wide reciever, tries to shake off SEMO’s senior free safety Tylor Brock. Lora broke the OVC record for receiving yards in a season during the game.

The Eastern football team gathers for a photo after their victory over SEMO.

Eastern players hoist the OVC trophy during their victory celebration.





The Mighty, Mighty, Tour de Nez

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.

Jason Walker, of Reno, and winner of the masters division, speeds past the crowd as his wife Kerri Walker, far left, and mother Billie Thoresen, right, cheer for him during The Might, Mighty, Tour de Nez on Arlington Avenue.

Competitors in the masters division ride down Arlington Avenue.

Emily Kachorek waits for the women’s pro race to start on Arlington Avenue. The competitors in the women’s division raced for an hour through the streets of Reno.

Jason Walker wins the masters division of The Mighty, Mighty, Tour de Nez in downtown Reno.

Competitors in the mens pro division begin their race on Arlington Avenue.

Erica Greif races down West First Street in the women’s pro division in downtown Reno.

Lucas Binder makes his way up a hill on Rainbow Street with a pack of racers behind him during the men’s pro division in downtown Reno.

Allison Tetrick rides down West First Street in downtown Reno.

Emily Thurston tries to keep her lead as she rides down West first Street in downtown Reno.

Erica Greif races in the women’s pro division in downtown Reno.

Eldorado Fireworks 500

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.

Tony Murray’s, of Villa Park, Calif., vehicle crosses the starting line to begin the second lap of the race.

Kenny Bell, of Carson City, performs a freestyle Motocross trick for a crowd at the Eldorado Fireworks 500.

Patrick Gailey’s, of Norco, Calif., vehicle (left) and Gary Williams’, of Irvine, Calif., vehicle nearly finish their first lap during the Eldorado Fireworks 500 Saturday at the Tahoe-Reno Motorplex.

Dennis Boyle’s, of Van Nuys, Calif., vehicle makes a landing after getting some air on its way to the start of the second lap.

Fans watch as a vehicle makes its way through the course.

Cameron Steele’s, of San Clemente, Calif., vehicle winds its way down the final hill in first place towards the second lap.

Kenny Bell, of Carson City, performs a freestyle Motocross trick for a crowd at the Eldorado Fireworks 500.

James Horvath’s, of Sylvan Lake, Canada, vehicle kicks up a cloud of dust as it speeds its way through the course.



Ultimate Reno Combat 34

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.

David Sallee, of Havuk Skwod, walks out to the cage for his fight with Kyle Burks, of Team Voodoo.

Kyle Burks sends David Sallee to the ground with a right hand and follows up with ground and pound to win the fight by TKO.

Jose Quintero, of Team Norcal MMA, reacts after his submission win with a rear naked choke over Brock Peterson, of Peterson Athletic Systems.

Hugo Valadez, of Team SharpNux, lands a punch on Erick Sanchez, of Team Alpha Male. Sanchez won the fight by unanimous decision.

George Viveros, of Reno Academy of Combat, is inspected before going into the cage.

Brandon Thomas, of Team SharpNux, slips past one of Travis Morley’s, of Mountain Warrior Fight Club, punches. Morley won the fight by TKO.

Chad Steiner, of Team SharpNux, takes a kick to the gut from Jose Medina, of South Lake Tahoe Wing Chun. Steiner won the fight by unanimous decision.

David Sallee throws a right hand at Kyle Burks.

Jose Medina takes a swing at Chad Steiner but isn’t fast enough to land.

Isaiah Wright, of Sektion 8 Fight Team, jumps onto the cage after knocking out Larry Gunter, of Havik Skwod.

Chad Steiner attempts a rear naked choke during his fight with Jose Medina.

Chad Steiner is announced as the winner by unanimous decision after his fight with Jose Medina.

Now onto the main event.

Ricky Steele, of Twisted Genetiks, lands a head kick on Mike Crowell, of Team Voodoo. Steele won the fight with a submission by standing guillotine choke.

Ricky Steele catches Mike Rowell in a standing guillotine choke that ended the main event in the first round.

This is probably my favorite sports reaction photos I’ve taken so far.

Mike Crowell recovers after being submitted by Ricky Steele with a standing guillotine choke.

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.

Larry Gunter, of Havik Skwod, is wished good luck by one of his coaches before his fight with Isaiah Wright. Gunter lost by knockout.

If you want to see more click here for my gallery at the Reno Gazette-Journal.

The Reno Rodeo

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.

Jason Miller, of Lance Creek, Wyo., wrestles a steer to the ground in 11.5 seconds during the steer wrestling competition of the Reno Rodeo Sunday, June 17, 2012.

Tilden Hooper, of Carthage, Texas, rides Spy during the Reno Rodeo Friday, June 15, 2012.

Along with the monetary awards the silver spurs are what those competing the Reno Rodeo are after.

Bradley Harter, of Weatherford, Texas, rides Faded Dice during the saddle Bronc competition of the Reno Rodeo Friday, June 22, 2012.

Tod McFarland, of Bowie, Texas, adjusts his hat before leaving the chutes Friday, June 22, 2012.

Steve Woosley, of Payson, Utah, prepares before Xtreme Bulls during the Reno Rodeo Thursday, June, 14, 2012.

George Gillespie IV, of Placerville, Calif., prepares to leave the chutes Friday, June 22, 2012, at the Reno Rodeo during the bareback bronc riding competition.

A participant in the Reno Rodeo waits for the rodeo to start Friday, June 22, 2012.

Tod McFarland, of Bowie, Texas, looks down at his boot before the rodeo Thursday, June 22, 2012.

Wes Stevenson, of Lubbock, Texas, rides Crooked Sky for a score of 84 Thursday, June 21, 2012.

A participant in the Reno Rodeo ties on his glove before the Rodeo starts Thursday, June 21, 2012.

Kinney Dale Harrell, of Marshell, Texas, tries to rope a steer during the team roping section of the Reno Rodeo Thursday, June 21, 2012.

A steer is roped during the team roping competition at the Reno Rodeo Thursday, June 21, 2012.

Hopefully I will have the chance to shoot another rodeo in the near future because it was pretty exciting and makes for great photos.

Aces vs. Rainiers

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.

Eastern ends series 2-1 against Southeast Missouri State

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.

Panthers end SLU winning streak

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.

Softball team splits first home doubleheader

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.

Women’s basketball on 13 game winning streak

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.