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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 Cellist

As my four years at Eastern come to an end tried my hand at producing a more intricate multimedia piece than I’m used to.  I decided to take an independent study during this last semester, and the result was a multimedia piece on a Shannon McElmeel, a cellist at Eastern. The video was put together with three different parts. The audio from the interview, photos from practice, and the video of her playing.

Aside from scheduling problems, since we both had very busy semesters, putting the video together wasn’t as difficult as I thought. Part of that is because I switched from Final Cut Express to Adobe Premiere Pro.


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Greek Sing

As a slow trickle of brightly dressed Eastern sorority and fraternity members walk to Lantz Arena they contrast the softball fans in t-shirts and shorts at Williams field. Dashes of red, yellow and green make their way across campus for Greek Sing.

Part of Eastern’s Greek Week, Greek Sing involves sororities and fraternities singing musical medleys. Lantz Arena was filled with students and family for the event Sunday.

I originally wasn’t planning on covering Greek Sing, but because of another canceled event on Friday I decided to see what I could get. I was happy I decided to spend a few hours of my Sunday afternoon in a stuffy gym. Here are a few of my favorite shots.

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Working Before the Dawn

Heating up green tea in a microwave at 4 a.m. on the second floor of Buzzard Hall is how Jenny Thompson needs to start her day. Thompson, a building service worker at Eastern Illinois University, begins her workday when the only students still awake are toiling away in their books or stumbling home from a late night out.

Thompson, one of four BSWs who work the 4 to 11:30 a.m. shift in Buzzard, has worked in the building since Summer 2011.

Thompson said it took her a week before she had a system to get through the building.

Now, she moves through the offices and hallways with precision and swiftness. Only momentarily stopping to wipe a black scuffmark from the floor with her foor when she spots them.

Thompson describes her job at Eastern as one of the best she could have asked for.

“If you talk to the students and get to know them everything will be good,” she said.

I originally wanted to work on this story last semester, but I couldn’t find the time to get it done. With a little more free time to work on some of my own projects I was able to pretty quickly find someone willing to let me follow them for a few hours. I was lucky because Thompson was great to work with. If you want to see more collected photo essays head over to the Photo Essay section of the site.

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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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Mattoon Fire

My first breaking news event of the year found me as I was working on my resume for my upcoming job search. A structure fire in Mattoon, Ill., was reported just before midnight on Thursday, and within a few minutes a fellow photographer and I were making our way to cover it. This was the first fire I covered since my time in Reno over the summer, and the situations’ atmospheres couldn’t have been farther apart. Sweating in the hot Nevada sun while covering the final stages of a fire was contrasted to the late night January temperatures of central Illinois.

Flames erupt from a structure as firefighters rip off the siding to put out the blaze at 1317 N. 11th Street in Mattoon Friday around 12:45 a.m. Mattoon fire Chief Tony Nichols said the fire had already broken through the roof when firefighters arrived at the scene.

Flames erupt from a structure as firefighters rip off the siding to put out the blaze at 1317 N. 11th Street in Mattoon Friday around 12:45 a.m. Mattoon fire Chief Tony Nichols said the fire had already broken through the roof when firefighters arrived at the scene.

A firefighter makes his way back to the street after working on the side of the structure.

A firefighter makes his way back to the street after working on the side of the structure.

Firefighters pump water into the structure in an attempt to contain the fire.

Firefighters pump water into the structure in an attempt to contain the fire.

Firefighters emerge from the smoke as they make their way back to the trucks.

Firefighters emerge from the smoke as they make their way back to the trucks.

A firefighter takes a break on a rock before returning to putting out the fire.

A firefighter takes a break on a rock before returning to putting out the fire.

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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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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.

 

 

 

 

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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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