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Fall and winter sports update

The start of October marked the road to IHSA state finals for local high school teams in Decatur. I mainly covered volleyball and football with some cross country sprinkled in.

Emotions ran  high with many of the athletes as their seasons came to a close, and I think you will be able to see that in the photos.

Recently, basketball has dominated my shooting schedule, so there will be many more photos of that in the coming months.

Here are some of my favorite sports photos since October.

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The Road Ends for Eastern Basketball

The Eastern men’s basketball team faced off against Southeast Missouri on March 6, in the Nashville Municipal Auditorium, but wasn’t able to move forward in the OVC tournament. SEMO defeated the men’s basketball team 78-68.

The women’s team played on Friday, March 8, and fell against UT Martin 71-69 in the semifinal round. It was one of the most exciting games I covered during my four years at Eastern, and it was also the last Eastern basketball games I’ll cover for The Daily Eastern News or the Warbler. UT Martin ended up winning the OVC Championship and is moving into the NCAA Tournament.

For the full women’s basketball story check out Alex McNamee’s story in The Daily Eastern News. With the basketball season over, baseball and softball are right around the corner, and it will be nice to finally get back outside to cover games.

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The Road to Nashville

I covered my final two Eastern home basketball games Saturday, March 2. Both the men and women faced off against Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in Lantz Arena. The men came out of of the game victorious, defeating SIUE 61-46.

The women weren’t able to come away with the victory. Eastern lost 62-70 in overtime.

I’m traveling to Nashville to cover the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament today, so there will be more photos coming soon.

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Eastern defeats UT Martin

Monday’s women’s basketball game against UT Martin was one of the more exciting games this semester in terms of photography. I can usually come away from a game with a few good reaction photos, but yesterday seemed like a gold mine. It’s always exciting covering a game that keeps you on your toes, and I think I came out of the game with some decent photos. After looking at the photos, it also looked like some lights were replaced in Lantz Arena because the lighting was better than usual. For the full story check out Alex McNamee’s story in the Daily Eastern News here.

Eastern cheerleader Kathryn McIntosh raises her hands during a free throw in the first half of play.

Eastern cheerleader Kathryn McIntosh raises her hands during a free throw in the first half of play.

Junior forward Taryn Olson tries to steal a rebound from UT Martin senior forward Shelby Crawford.

Junior forward Taryn Olson tries to steal a rebound from UT Martin senior forward Shelby Crawford.

Sabina Oroszova, a sophomore forward, tries to block Heather Butler, a junior guard from UT Martin.

Sabina Oroszova, a sophomore forward, tries to block Heather Butler, a junior guard from UT Martin.

 Jasmine Newsome, a junior guard from UT Martin, dives for the ball.

Jasmine Newsome, a junior guard from UT Martin, dives for the ball.

Junior guard Jordyne Crunk makes her way to the basket through the UT Martin defense.

Junior guard Jordyne Crunk makes her way to the basket through the UT Martin defense.

Jacob Sainer, a sophomore psychology major, plays with the pep band during a time out in the first half of play.

Jacob Sainer, a sophomore psychology major, plays with the pep band during a time out in the first half of play.

Junior guard Jordyne Crunk talks with an official after a foul call.

Junior guard Jordyne Crunk talks with an official after a foul call.

Ta'Kenya Nixon, a senior guard, leaps into the air as the Panthers begin to pull away from UT Martin late in the second half.

Ta’Kenya Nixon, a senior guard, leaps into the air as the Panthers begin to pull away from UT Martin late in the second half.

Women's basketball coach Lee Buchanan points up to the pep band after Eastern's 84-79 victory over UT Martin.

Eastern’s coach Lee Buchanan points up to the pep band after Eastern’s 84-79 victory over UT Martin.

Jordyne Crunk and Ta'Kenya Nixon celebrate as UT Martin assistant coach David Russell looks on.

Jordyne Crunk and Ta’Kenya Nixon celebrate as UT Martin assistant coach David Russell looks on. 

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A few forgotten photos

With only about three more months until I graduate from Eastern, the job hunt has seized me in its clutches, and I’ve found myself going through some of my photos from the past year. As I went through them I realized a few of my favorites never made it to my blog.

Jacksonville State's freshman guard Destany McLin tries to block Danielle Woolfolk, a freshman guard, as she attempts to throw the ball inbounds to junior forward Taryn Olson Saturday, Jan. 12, 2012, in Lantz Arena. Eastern won the game 76-53.

Jacksonville State’s freshman guard Destany McLin tries to block Danielle Woolfolk, a freshman guard, as she attempts to throw the ball inbounds to junior forward Taryn Olson Saturday, Jan. 12, 2012, in Lantz Arena. Eastern won the game 76-53.

 

Eastern Illinois University's retired head football coach Bob Spoo led the Eastern football team for 25 years before retiring in 2011 .

Eastern Illinois University’s retired head football coach Bob Spoo led the Eastern football team for 25 years before retiring in 2011.

Joe Calio, a red-shirt freshman runner, crawls across the finish line after collapsing within sight of the end Friday during the 2012 Walt Crawford Open at Panther Trail. The late afternoon storms that raced into the area delayed the event and forced the men and women to run at the same time.

Joe Calio, a red-shirt freshman runner, crawls across the finish line after collapsing within sight of the end Friday, Sept. 7, 2012, during the 2012 Walt Crawford Open at Panther Trail. The late afternoon storms that raced into the area delayed the event and forced the men and women to run at the same time.

For my entire portfolio click here.

 


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Tooth and Nail

The Eastern women’s basketball team fought against Bradley University Monday night but came up one point short in the final seconds losing 66-65 in Lantz Arena.

Sophomore forward Sabina Oroszova fights for control of the ball with Bradley’s senior gaurd Katie Yohn.

Head coach Lee Buchanan communicates with the players during the second half of the game.

Senior guard Ta’Kenya Nixon fights for possession of the ball.

 Lee Buchanan cheers for the team as they try to fight for the lead against Bradley in the second half.

Ashley Miller, a freshman business major, cheers for the team during a time out.

The team reacts to the final set of free throws that put Bradley up by one point allowing them to win the game.

Bradley celebrates after winning the game 66-65.

The Panthers return to the court Nov. 19 in Lantz Arena against San Jose State. For another view of the game check out Zachary White’s blog, and for the full story head over to The Daily Eastern News.

 

 

 

 

 

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Portfolio update

After gathering all my images from the past semester I was able to add some to my portfolio. Here are a few of the updates that I haven’t already posted on the blog. You can click here to see my whole portfolio.

Omar Solomon marches with others down Roosevelt Avenue in Charleston, Ill., on their wat to the “I am, we are Trayvon Martin” rally on the Doudna Fine Arts Center’s steps while chanting “justice for Trayvon” Tuesday, April 3, 2012.

Junior guard Ta’Kenya Nixon hit a career high of 30 points during Eastern’s final Ohio Valley Conference game against Eastern Kentucky Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012. That win ended their two game losing streak heading into the OVC tournament on Friday, March 2, 2012.

Following a security lock down at Charleston High School Friday, Feb. 24, 2012, Stacy Stewart, of Charleston, and her daughter Lyndsy Hunt, a freshman at CHS, walk out of the main entrance. The school was locked down at 8:45 a.m. after receiving word from the 911 center concerning phone calls made from inside the building relating to a possible person with a gun. The calls were both confirmed to be called in by a CHS student and not true.

Eastern coach Jim Schmitz, left, yells through the umpire at Morehead State coach Jay Sorg after an Eastern runner was pushed off of third base after the play during the bottom of the fourth inning in the final game of the series Sunday, April 22, 2012, at Coaches Stadium. Eastern defeated Morehead State 13-8.

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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.

 

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Panther basketball update

The updates over the pasty week have been a little slow because of an upcoming yearbook deadline, but here are a few photos from the past few Eastern basketball games.

Freshman guard Joey Miller (left) and senior guard Jeremy Granger wait to be introduced to the crowd before their game against Tennessee State Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012 in Lantz Arena. Eastern was defeated by Tennessee State 46-55.

Jordyne Crunk, a sophomore guard, shoots from under Tennessee State’s senior guard Kim Haynes in Lantz Arena during the first half of play Monday, Jan. 23, 2011. Eastern beat Tennessee State 88-73.

Sophomore forward Alfonzo McKinnie recovers a failed steal by Austin Peay’s senior center John Fraley Saturday,  Jan. 21, 2011, in Lantz Arena during Eastern’s 76-64 loss.

Junior forward Sydney Mitchell looks for a shot while surrounded by the Austin Peay defense Saturday,  Jan. 21, 2011, in Lantz Arena. The women’s team was able to overcome their OVC rivals 80-46.

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Men’s basketball team moves to 2-1 in the OVC

Senior guard Jeremy Granger is the final player to be introduced of the Eastern men’s basketball team’s starting lineup Jan. 12, in EIU’s Lantz Arena. Eastern faced UT Martin defeating them 68-55.

Mike Liabo, a sophomore UT Martin guard/forward, tips the ball away from senior forward Zavier Sanders as he attempts a rebound.

Jake Schlich, a junior music education major and drummer for the Panther Basketball Band , cheers for the Eastern men’s basketball team during the final minutes of the first half.

Sophomore forward Alfonzo McKinnie dunks the ball during the second half of play against UT Martin.

Eastern head coach Mike Miller holds his face in his hands after a botched play in the last few minutes of play. Eastern’s win puts them at 2-1 in the Ohio Valley Conference. For the full story head over to The Daily Eastern News.

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