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Game Day: Oregon vs. Nebraska Sept. 17, 2016

Over 90,000 fans watched Nebraska defeat No. 22 ranked Oregon 35-32 in a come from behind upset at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb. This game was Nebraska’s 350th consecutive football game sellout which is a record in NCAA history.

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Nebraska cornerback Joshua Kalu jumps high in the air as the Nebraska black shirts defense stops Oregon on third down in the fourth quarter at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb.

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Nebraska linebacker Pierson-El De’Mornay and Joshua Kalu (10) celebrate as the black shirts defense stops Oregon on fourth down with 39 seconds remaining in the game at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb.

Oregon quarterback Dakota Prukop is tackled by Nebraska linebacker Dedrick Young II on fourth down at Memorial Stadium.

Oregon quarterback Dakota Prukop is tackled by Nebraska linebacker Dedrick Young II on fourth down at Memorial Stadium.

Nebraska place kicker Drew Brown holds up the late Sam Foltz jersey as the Cornhuskers celebrate their 35-32 come from behind victory against Oregon at Memorial Stadium.

Nebraska place kicker Drew Brown holds up the late Sam Foltz jersey as the Cornhuskers celebrate their 35-32 come from behind victory against Oregon at Memorial Stadium.

Nebraska wide receiver Stanley Morgan Jr. celebrates the Cornhuskers 35-32 victory against Oregon at Memorial Stadium.

Nebraska wide receiver Stanley Morgan Jr. celebrates the Cornhuskers 35-32 victory against Oregon at Memorial Stadium.

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Nebraska wide receiver Bryan Reimers goes high to haul in a touchdown pass against Oregon at Memorial Stadium.

Oregon running back Kani Benoit looks back while running down the sidelines against Nebraska at Memorial Stadium.

Oregon running back Kani Benoit looks back while running down the sidelines against Nebraska at Memorial Stadium.

Oregon Ducks cheerleaders and the university mascot lend a helping hand to running back Kani Benoit after getting bumped out of bounds against Nebraska at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb.

Oregon Ducks cheerleaders and the university mascot lend a helping hand to running back Kani Benoit after getting bumped out of bounds against Nebraska at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb.

Student body fans celebrate a late fourth quarter touchdown against Oregon at Memorial Stadium.

Student body section fans celebrate a late fourth quarter touchdown by quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. against Oregon at Memorial Stadium.

Nebraska running back Devine Ozigbo scampers into the end zone for a touchdown against Oregon at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb.

Nebraska running back Devine Ozigbo scampers into the end zone for a touchdown against Oregon at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb.

Nebraska wide receiver Bryan Reimers comes down with a touchdown reception while toppling over Oregon defensive back Brenden Schooler at Memorial Stadium.

Nebraska wide receiver Bryan Reimers comes down with a touchdown reception while toppling over Oregon defensive back Brenden Schooler at Memorial Stadium.

Nebraska’s Lil’ Red pretends to blow a horn as an Oregon cheerleader laughs during the Nebraska Oregon NCAA football game at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb.

Nebraska’s Lil’ Red pretends to blow a horn as an Oregon cheerleader laughs during the Nebraska Oregon NCAA football game at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb.

Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. runs up field against Oregon at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb.

Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. runs up field against Oregon at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb.

A Nebraska baton twirler performs at halftime of the Nebraska vs. Oregon NCAA football game at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb.

A Nebraska baton twirler performs at halftime of the Nebraska vs. Oregon NCAA football game at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb.

A Nebraska trainer gives a hand up to Cornhusker cornerback Joshua Kalu against Oregon at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb.

A Nebraska trainer gives a hand up to Cornhusker cornerback Joshua Kalu against Oregon at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb.

A Nebraska fan gets fired up after the Cornhuskers score against Oregon at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb.

A Nebraska fan gets fired up after the Cornhuskers score against Oregon at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb.

The Nebraska Cornhuskers celebrate a touchdown against Oregon with a flag waver in the end zone at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb.

The Nebraska Cornhuskers celebrate a touchdown against Oregon with a flag waver in the end zone at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb.

The University of Nebraska Cornhusker Marching Band stands wraps up their halftime performance at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb.

The University of Nebraska Cornhusker Marching Band stands wraps up their halftime performance at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb.

Nebraska football players take a knee in a moment of prayer prior to kickoff against the Oregon Ducks at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb.

Nebraska football players take a knee in a moment of prayer prior to kickoff against the Oregon Ducks at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb.

 

 

Game Day: Nebraska vs. Wyoming Football Saturday, September 10, 2016

I photographed Wyoming Cowboys athletics in the Mountain West Conference for five years while working at The Laramie Boomerang in Laramie, Wyo. In seeing the Cornhuskers 2016 schedule I was excited to see the Cowboys would make an appearance at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln. It was a perfect sunny and 75 degrees day and I ran into old friends making the trip due east on I-80 to cover the game.

The one out front a University of Nebraska Cornhusker Marching Band drum major performs as the band takes the field prior to the Wyoming Cowboys vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers NCAA football game at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln.

The one out front a University of Nebraska Cornhusker Marching Band drum major performs as the band takes the field prior to the Wyoming Cowboys vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers NCAA football game at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln.

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2016 Nebraska State Fair

It’s called Nebraska’s largest classroom, but it’s so much more than that. Grand Island hosted the seventh annual Nebraska State Fair. And for everything going on at once it can be overwhelming, yet a fun challenge. I spent nine of the eleven days at the fair taking in everything it has to offer. A special thank you to my colleague Zach Mayhew for helping with coverage of the fair, but as well as some unrelated assignments. A thank you to R.J. Post (The Grand Island Independent) assistant editor with keeping assignments organized. And a thank you to a couple of our freelancers Jimmy Rash and Lauri Shultz. And copy editors for designing a photo page every day of the fair who were also part of this team effort. Here are some of my fair favorites.

Katie Crecelius of Boston, Mass.,right, falls backwards off a Western Red Cedar log while competing with Sarah Perry in a Timber Tina's World Champion Lumberjills Show at the 2016 Nebraska State Fair.

Katie Crecelius of Boston, Mass., right, falls backwards off a Western Red Cedar log while competing in a log roll with Sarah Perry during a Timber Tina’s World Champion Lumberjills Show at the 2016 Nebraska State Fair.

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Flags and Flowers

Grand Island, Neb. native and Marine Pvt. Dale R. Geddes was given a proper burial at the Grand Island City Cemetery after his remains were discovered and identified 72 years after being killed during World War II Battle of Tarawa in Tarawa, Betio, Kiribati. Geddes casket was taken from Apfel Funeral Home to the cemetery by an original 1872 horse-drawn hearse with full military honors by Detachment I Maintenance Co. Combat Logistics Battalion 451 USMC of Omaha, Neb.

Detachment I Maintenance Company Combat Logistics Battalion 451 USMC Marines from Omaha, Neb are casket bearers for Pvt. Dale R. Geddes. The Marines transport Geddes casket from an 1872 horse-drawn hearse Monday, Aug. 22, 2016 at Grand Island City Cemetery in Grand Island, Neb. Bill Baasch, left, and Derek Apfel, right, stand on either side. (Andrew Carpenean/The Independent via AP)

Detachment I Maintenance Company Combat Logistics Battalion 451 USMC Marines from Omaha, Neb are casket bearers for Pvt. Dale R. Geddes. The Marines transport Geddes casket from an 1872 horse-drawn hearse at Grand Island City Cemetery in Grand Island, Neb. Bill Baasch, left, and Derek Apfel, right, stand on either side.

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Comfort Dogs

Four purebred Golden Retrievers are being trained to become comfort dogs as part of Peace Lutheran Church’s ministry. A training class is held every Thursday as dog handlers take their puppies to church for various training exercises. At the end of class the dogs are rewarded to play.

Dog handler Brad Keasling gives praise to his six-month-old purebred Golden Retriever Dinah during one of several training exercises inside the Peace Lutheran Church sanctuary.

Dog handler Brad Keasling gives praise to his six-month-old purebred Golden Retriever Dinah during one of several training exercises inside the Peace Lutheran Church sanctuary.

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Human Foosball

Human foosball would most likely fall into a category of a weird sport. Weird but, a lot of fun to photograph and fun to play by looking at the faces of those participating. And for a good cause, a fundraiser for a local hospital. Orie Friesen got the idea by seeing it online and built the plywood box which is the playing field. Human foosball was played after a town barbecue in conjunction with Henderson (Neb.) Community Days.

Spencer Friesen, right, kicks the ball during a game of human foosball at Henderson Community Days.

Spencer Friesen, right, kicks the ball during a game of human foosball at Henderson Community Days.

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Summertime Scenes

Here is an update from events I’ve covered lately that’s conducive with summertime.

The Kait Berreckman Band performs during Hear Grand Island at the Railside Plaza on a Friday evening.

The Kait Berreckman Band performs during Hear Grand Island at the Railside Plaza on a Friday evening.

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The Power of Social Media

Hannah Huston became a household name as a finalist on The Voice in the show’s 10th season. Being a Grand Island, Neb. native she attended a homecoming at her former high school, Grand Island Senior High in which a live broadcast was conducted. While on the popular show Hannah became a hit sensation and made a lot of Nebraskans proud. I tweeted a photo of Hannah that included her Twitter account. She re-tweeted it and it went viral.

A screenshot of the Tweet activity is below the main photo which currently has 17,882 impressions (times people saw this Tweet on Twitter) and 1,135 total engagements (times people interacted with this Tweet).

The Voice finalist and Grand Island native Hannah Huston has a selfie taken with Jack Sheard of Grand Island Public Schools during a homecoming at the senior high auditorium Saturday.

The Voice finalist and Grand Island native Hannah Huston has a selfie taken with Jack Sheard of Grand Island Public Schools during a homecoming at the senior high auditorium Saturday.

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Nebraska Truck Driving Championships

Grand Island is host to the Nebraska Truck Driving Championships which is held at Fonner Park. Ninety-eight truckers competed in six stations to show to officials their driving expertise. The stations were simulated as every day circumstances professional drivers face.

Alan Rogers, safety director with Wynne Transport Service, motions for driver Joe Busch to come up to the starting line during the Nebraska Truck Driving Championships at Fonner Park Saturday. Ninety-eight drivers competed in six stations that are simulated challenges drivers face every day.

Alan Rogers, safety director with Wynne Transport Service, motions for driver Joe Busch to come up to the starting line during the Nebraska Truck Driving Championships at Fonner Park Saturday. Ninety-eight drivers competed in six stations that are simulated challenges drivers face every day.

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Fifth Generation Wedding

A recent assignment was to cover a fifth generation wedding in which five brides were all married in the same church, Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran. Once a country church located outside of the town of Hampton, Neb., relocated at the Stuhr Museum in 1966. It was a beautiful ceremony with a young couple.

Mrs. Laura Goodwin and her husband Shawn smile as a couple after getting married at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church at the Stuhr Museum. (Independent/Andrew Carpenean)

Mrs. Laura Goodwin and her husband Shawn smile as a couple after getting married at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church at the Stuhr Museum.

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