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2018 Nebraska State Wrestling Championships

 

Met lots of new people and saw some familiar faces at this year’s state wrestling tournament in Omaha over three busy days. We had 127 city and area student athletes combined competing. Twenty-one wrestlers made the finals.

Collin Quandt of Grand Island Northwest runs out onto the Class B wrestling mat to face Jackson Nielsen of Blair in a 113-pound match during the Nebraska State High School Wrestling Championship finals in Omaha Saturday.

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Basketball Jones

Basketball is one of my favorite sports to photograph. I’ve photographed the NBA to college to high school hoops and even some youth games. And with March being a few weeks away with the start of the high school state championships, I thought I would share some of my favorites so far this season.

Riverside sophomore Tredyn Prososki takes a tumble over Heartland Lutheran’’s Daniel Warneke during second quarter action at Heartland High School.

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30 Favorites from 2017

Goodbye 2017 and hello 2018. It seems like year after years are flying by. As with any New Year I anticipate it with excitement and uncertainness. It’s a good time to reflect on where you’re at and how far you’ve come. Thus taking steps to achieve a new set of goals over the next year and beyond.

 

A super moon rises above the steeple on the Hall County Courthouse late Saturday afternoon.

A super moon rises above the steeple on the Hall County Courthouse late Saturday afternoon.

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Wreaths Across America Ceremony

A Wreaths Across America Ceremony took place at the Grand Island Veterans Home All Faiths Chapel. After the ceremony a tractor trailer containing wreaths is unloaded, in which those wreaths are placed at every veterans headstone at the Grand Island Veterans Cemetery.

Sgt. Mike Evans with the USAF uses both hands during a presentation of wreaths at a Wreaths across America ceremony at All Faiths Chapel inside the Grand Island Veterans Home.

Sgt. Mike Evans with the USAF uses both hands during a presentation of wreaths at a Wreaths across America ceremony at All Faiths Chapel inside the Grand Island Veterans Home.

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Flatwater Fracas Dual Wrestling Tournament

Flatwater Fracas is a two-day high school dual wrestling tournament held at the Heartland Event Center in Grand Island, Neb. It brings in wrestling teams across the state of Nebraska, but also out-of-state teams from Manhattan, Kan., Mead, Colo. and Cheyenne, Wyo. It’s the 10th annual tournament. The Kearney Wildcats won this year’s title beating No. 3 ranked Gretna 39-24 in the championship. Here are a dozen of my favorites:

Steven Berumen of Kearney grimaces while wrestling Lance Jarrett of Gretna during a 182-pound team championship match at the Flatwater Fracas Wrestling Tournament Saturday.

Steven Berumen of Kearney grimaces while wrestling Lance Jarrett of Gretna during a 182-pound team championship match at the Flatwater Fracas Wrestling Tournament.

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Nebraska State Volleyball Tournament: Grand Island Central Catholic Nov. 9-11, 2017

The Grand Island Central Catholic Crusaders volleyball team played their hearts out winning their quarterfinal and semifinals matches only to lose to Wahoo in a Saturday afternoon championship match at the Bob Devaney Sports Center in Lincoln, Neb. Here are some of my favorites over three days covering the Crusaders.

Grand Island Central Catholic volleyball players make a dogpile while celebrating their victory over Lincoln Lutheran at Pinnacle Bank Arena. The Crusaders advance to play Wahoo in the Class C1 championship game.

Grand Island Central Catholic volleyball players make a dog pile while celebrating their victory over Lincoln Lutheran at Pinnacle Bank Arena. The Crusaders advance to play Wahoo in the Class C1 championship game.

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Game Day: Northwestern vs. Nebraska Saturday, November 4, 2017

The Nebraska Cornhuskers football team fell to 4-5 on the season losing to Northwestern 31-24 in overtime. Both teams came into the game with 4-4 records. Some of my favorite shots were pregame and sideline photos.

Nebraska Cornhuskers football players warm up without their pads prior to playing Northwestern at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb.

Nebraska Cornhuskers football players warm up without their pads prior to playing Northwestern at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb.

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Game Day: Heartland vs. Johnson-Brock Thursday, October 26, 2017

Heartland hosted Johnson-Brock in a round one Class B playoff football game during a chilly and windy afternoon in Henderson, Neb.

Johnson-Brock student Logan Edwards shares her blanket to shield her classmate Hailee Sandfort from the cold wind as she takes photos of an 8-man playoff football game against Heartland Thursday in Henderson.

Johnson-Brock student Logan Edwards shares her blanket to shield her classmate Hailee Sandfort from the cold wind as she takes photos of an 8-man playoff football game against Heartland Thursday in Henderson.

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1,000 Career Victories

Sharon Zavala reached a milestone coaching volleyball at Grand Island Central Catholic High School with her 1,000 career win during a volleyball invitational at GICC. Zavala started her coaching career in 1975 and throughout those years has nine Nebraska State Championship teams and eight runner-ups with only 192 losses.

Sharon Zavala asks her players to autograph a game ball as she celebrates her 1,000 career victory as head coach of the Grand Island Central Catholic Crusaders volleyball team Saturday. GICC beat Centura 25-17, 25-21 for the milestone victory for coach Zavala.

Sharon Zavala asks her players to autograph a game ball as she celebrates her 1,000 career victory as head coach of the Grand Island Central Catholic Crusaders volleyball team Saturday. GICC beat Centura 25-17, 25-21 for the milestone victory for coach Zavala.

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Heartland Living, October 2017

Our quarterly magazine Heartland Living was recently published. In this edition my first assignment was to illustrate popular Mexican food trucks in Grand Island (one which stays open to 3 A.M. on Friday and Saturdays). The other was about living in downtown Grand Island. I photographed Tom Ziller who renovated the former Grand Island Federation of Labor Temple into apartment homes now called Temple Lofts. In conjunction with this article is a six-story Tower 217 owned by Charles Anson and his son John, in which I photographed a fully furnished home. A special thank you to all who make this happen from Barrett Stinson, Lora Ruzicka and Don Smith to those in advertising, editorial and others in the front and back-end of production.

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