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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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Game Night: Ohio State vs. Nebraska Football Saturday, October 14, 2017

My home state Ohio State Buckeyes football team beat Nebraska 56-14 in Lincoln. My adolescent memories were from the then Buckeyes twice Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin, legendary head coach Woody Hayes and my sixth-grade teacher Chris Brooks who graduated from The Ohio State University who had all kinds of stories to tell from his college experiences. Those were some of the good old days growing up in a small farming community in northwest Ohio. And the Big Red Machine Cincinnati Reds winning back-to-back World Series in 1975-76 was part of it. Coincidently my 1978 Buckeyes played Alabama in the Sugar Bowl in their first-ever meeting and lost to the Crimson Tide. My best childhood friend Jimmy never let me hear the end of it as his family were big Bama fans, originally from Alabama. I never went to a game at The Shoe in Columbus, Ohio, but having an opportunity to photograph the Buckeyes in Lincoln, Neb. brought back a flood of childhood memories. From neighborhood football games to collecting and trading bubble gum cards to watching the big rivalry between Ohio State and Michigan and so on.

Ohio State Buckeyes players and coaches sing the Carmen Ohio Alma Mater concluding a 56-14 victory over the Nebraska Cornhuskers as half the fans made a mass exodus from Memorial Stadium in Lincoln. (Independent/Andrew Carpenean)

Ohio State Buckeyes players and coaches sing the Carmen Ohio Alma Mater concluding a 56-14 victory over the Nebraska Cornhuskers as half the fans made a mass exodus from Memorial Stadium in Lincoln. For the first time in history the Huskers played two top ten teams in back-to-back home games.

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Friday Night Lights: Aurora vs. Northwest Football Friday, October 13, 2017

So often I photograph just the first half of a high school Friday night football game. Or if there are two games I’m assigned to photograph on the same night and same kickoff time it might be a first quarter here and a second quarter there. I’ve done some of my best work while on deadline, but all too often its a hurry up situation and you wish you could have stayed for the entire game. This was one of those games. Aurora took a 28-7 lead into halftime. Northwest came from behind to beat Aurora 35-34.

Grand Island Northwest senior wide receiver Riley Schliep signifies his own touchdown reception against Aurora in between two referees that concur at Viking Field.

Grand Island Northwest senior wide receiver Riley Schliep signifies his own touchdown reception against Aurora in between two referees that concur at Viking Field.

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Vietnam Hero Flight Welcome Home

Wednesday I had an opportunity to photograph my second Vietnam Hero Flight Welcome Home reception for 162 Vietnam Veterans and their escorts (primarily spouses). Here are a dozen of my favorite images.

Veterans walk by Patriot Guard Riders posting two lines of American flags during a Hero Flight Welcome Home Wednesday at the Central Nebraska Regional Airport.

Veterans walk by Patriot Guard Riders posting two lines of American flags during a Hero Flight Welcome Home Wednesday at the Central Nebraska Regional Airport.

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Game Night: Wisconsin vs. Nebraska Football Saturday, October 7, 2017

Nationally ranked No. 7 Wisconsin Badgers beat Nebraska 38-17 at Memorial Stadium. Nebraska tied the game 17-17 in the third quarter, but Wisconsin proved why they’re one of the top ten football teams in the nation. Here are a dozen of my favorites.

Nebraska junior quarterback Tanner Lee runs onto the field with his teammates to warm up against Wisconsin at Memorial Stadium.

Nebraska junior quarterback Tanner Lee runs onto the field with his teammates to warm up against Wisconsin at Memorial Stadium.

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Game Day: Hastings College vs. Concordia Football Saturday, September 30, 2017

I didn’t have too bad of a take given I was only able to photograph the first half of the football game in Hastings, Neb. Such is life as a newspaper photographer. It’s not uncommon to have assignments before and after a sporting event. That being said I’ve probably had more occasions with other assignments on a game day than not.

Hastings College junior running back Tahj Willingham hurdles Concordia defensive back D-Mauria Martin during second quarter action Saturday in Hastings.

Hastings College junior running back Tahj Willingham hurdles Concordia defensive back D-Mauria Martin during second quarter action Saturday in Hastings. Photo taken with a Canon 1DX Mark II with a 200-400 f4 zoom lens with the 1.4x extender locked in.

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