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Game Day: Grand Island vs. Kearney Prep Basketball Friday Feb. 5, 2016

One of my favorite prep sports matchups of the season was the Grand Island Senior High School Islanders hosting the Kearney High School Bearcats. Kearney won 54-53.

The Kearney student body section erupts during first quarter action Friday night in Grand Island. (Independent/Andrew Carpenean)

The Kearney student body section erupts during first quarter action Friday night in Grand Island.

Grand Island junior Brayden Wald scores around Kearney'’s freshman Shiloh Robinson during first quarter action Friday night. (Independent/Andrew Carpenean)

Grand Island junior Brayden Wald scores around Kearney’’s freshman Shiloh Robinson during first quarter action Friday night.

Grand Island sophomore Will Nordhues hits a three-pointer over Kearney’s Ryan Koski during first quarter action Friday night. (Independent/Andrew Carpenean)

Grand Island sophomore Will Nordhues hits a three-pointer over Kearney’’s Ryan Koski during first quarter action Friday night.

Kearney senior Austin Murray attempts a reverse layup around Grand Island’s Brayden Wald during first quarter action Friday night. (Independent/Andrew Carpenean)

Kearney senior Austin Murray attempts a reverse layup around Grand Island’s Brayden Wald during first quarter action Friday night.

Kearney head coach Drake Beranek gets his players going on a fast break against Grand Island during first quarter action Friday night. (Independent/Andrew Carpenean)

Kearney head coach Drake Beranek gets his players going on a fast break against Grand Island during first quarter action Friday night.

 

Game Day: Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Nebraska Football Nov. 27, 2015

Iowa came into Lincoln on a bitter cold afternoon as the Hawkeyes would be a tall order for the Cornhuskers to beat. Iowa won 28-20 remaining undefeated with a 12-0 record.

 

Iowa running back Jordan Canzeri, left, celebrates his  touchdown run with teammate Derrick Mitchell Jr. during 3rd quarter action against Nebraska. Iowa won 28-20.

Iowa running back Jordan Canzeri, left, celebrates his touchdown run with teammate Derrick Mitchell Jr. during 3rd quarter action against Nebraska. Iowa won 28-20.

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Game Day: Nebraska State High School Football Championships Nov. 23, 2015

Two high school football teams in our coverage area Aurora and Burwell made it to the state championship games played where the Nebraska Cornhuskers have their home football games at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln. Both of our area teams lost, but had incredible seasons. Here are some of my favorites from both games.

Aurora Huskies senior lineman Gavin Rush reacts while looking at the scoreboard during the Class B State Football Championship against Elkhorn South at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln. Rush came out of the game with a 2nd quarter injury.

Aurora Huskies senior lineman Gavin Rush reacts while looking at the scoreboard during the Class B State Football Championship against Elkhorn South at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln. Rush came out of the game with a 2nd quarter injury.

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Game Day: Michigan State vs. Nebraska Nov. 7, 2015

What a great game with no. 8 ranked Michigan State being upset in a come from behind 39-38 victory at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb. Here are some of my favorites.

Nebraska corner back Jonathan Rose intercepts a Michigan State pass during the 2nd quarter at Memorial Stadium. Nebraska won 39-38 upsetting the no. 8 ranked Spartans.

Nebraska corner back Jonathan Rose intercepts a Michigan State pass during the 2nd quarter at Memorial Stadium. Nebraska won 39-38 upsetting the no. 8 ranked Spartans.

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Game Day: Burwell vs. Blue Hill Football Playoff Oct. 3, 2015

I saw one of the best high school football games in recent memory. The Burwell, Neb. Longhorns beat the Blue Hill Bobcats 43-40 in a high school playoff game. There were four lead changes in the 4th quarter alone.

Rylee Kohnetseler, left, makes an adjustment to a camera phone while her cousin Halee Kohnetseler holds a selfie stick while other Blue Hill cheerleaders await to have their picture taken.

Rylee Kohnetseler, left, makes an adjustment to a camera phone while her cousin Halee Kohnetseler holds a selfie stick while other Blue Hill cheerleaders await to have their picture taken.

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A Rough Road

I’m just finishing up week seven at my new job here in Grand Island, Neb. Learning a lot more (a whole lot more about Photo Mechanic) within the system implemented in our photo department has been a challenge. Compounding my learning processes is living in continual pain since I injured my back moving a piece of furniture Sept. 20. It has broken my concentration, slowed me down and frustrated me. So I perceiver with an upcoming consultation with a neurology surgeon for my compression fracture T12. Here are several of my favorite (non-Cornhuskers football game) photos.

Mariah Buettner who plays Attina, a mermaid in the Grand Island Senior High production The Little Mermaid, takes Kyndall Seim for a ride around the Islander cafeteria on her "heelys" Saturday. The mermaid characters entertained children and their parents during a Under the Sea Tea Party with activities including crafts, games, picture book reading and songs. (Independent/Andrew Carpenean)

Mariah Buettner who plays Attina, a mermaid in the Grand Island Senior High production The Little Mermaid, takes Kyndall Seim for a ride around the Islander cafeteria on her “heelys” Saturday. The mermaid characters entertained children and their parents during an Under the Sea Tea Party with activities including crafts, games, story time and songs.

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Game Day: Nebraska vs. Wisconsin Oct. 10, 2015

Memorial Stadium packs in close to 90,000 per game in which there are now well 343 consecutive sellouts dating back to 1962. There’s a lot of excitement within and the stands are a sea of red.

I’m no longer using company supplied Nikon camera gear as the parent company of The Grand Island Independent (BH Media) supplies us with Canon. I’ve been using a Canon 200-400mm f4 zoom with a built-in 1.4 extender. So my field of coverage is from 200 to 560mm. It’s quite a remarkable lens. Here are some of my favorite images from the Huskers vs. Badgers NCAA football game.

Wisconsin running back Alec Ingold is tackled by Nebraska players Chris Weber (49) Joshua Kalu (10) and Vincent Valentine (98) during 2nd half action at Memorial Stadium.

Wisconsin running back Alec Ingold is tackled by Nebraska players Chris Weber (49) Joshua Kalu (10) and Vincent Valentine (98) during 2nd half action at Memorial Stadium.

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Game Day: Nebraska vs. Southern Mississippi Sept. 26, 2015

I recently moved to Grand Island, Neb. and went from covering division II NCAA football to division I within the same month. Any out-of-state move I’ve made in my career has been an adjustment career wise as well as in my personal life. It’s a great opportunity to cover the Huskers home football games in Lincoln, Neb. as a perk to this job. Grand Island is home to the Nebraska State Fair, horse racing and the Sand Hill Crane migration occurs every spring.

Here are some of my favorites from my first Huskers football game at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln.

The Nebraska Cornhuskers wave flags while preparing to take Tom Osourne Field  against Southern Mississippi Saturday in Lincoln. Independent/Andrew Carpenean

The Nebraska Cornhuskers wave flags while preparing to take Tom Osourne Field against Southern Mississippi in Lincoln, Neb.

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Chiefs Camp

I had an opportunity to cover the Kansas City Chiefs training camp. The last time I went to a NFL camp was in 1988 when John Elway was in his heydays with the Denver Broncos. I have to say I was impressed by the Chief owner Clark Hunt (son of the late Lamar Hunt), who was instrumental is creating the NFL and who coined the name Super Bowl. Hunt believes in a family-type organization and has carries the torch of his father quite well. The Chiefs won all four of their preseason games and I wish them well in this season.

Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Aaron Hester catches a ball during an NFL football training camp practice. Wednesday, August 12, 2015 in St. Joseph, Mo. (Andrew Carpenean/The St. Joseph News-Press via AP)

Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Aaron Hester catches a ball during an NFL football training camp practice.

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Skyboxes

The St. Joseph News-Press likes to run images a full six columns on top of the fold which is called a skybox. We typically need a shallow photo in which the masthead can float depending on negative space within the image. Here are some of my favorites.

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