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Game Day: Nebraska State Volleyball Tournament Nov. 10-12, 2016

Out of the six states I’ve worked at newspaper publications in I’d have to say Nebraska takes the cake as far as volleyball popularity. These girls play their hearts out and the coaches, student body fans and parents are all part of a collective support system. The level of intensity and talent that I saw this season was unlike any other I can remember.

Hampton celebrates their three straight set victory over WYNOT to capture the Class D2 2016 NSAA State Volleyball Championship at the Devaney Sports Center.

Hampton celebrates their three straight set victory over WYNOT to capture the Class D2 2016 NSAA State Volleyball Championship at the Devaney Sports Center.

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Our Veterans

This is the second post of a Veterans Parade. This one at the Grand Island Veterans Home, in which, Vets were brought out of their residences to watch as the parade. Veterans here in central Nebraska get a lot of recognition for their sacrifices as well as they should.

Alex Xiloj Lopez, a seventh-grader at Walnut Middle School, waves flags in the air while walking in the Veterans Parade along Old Glory Road at the Grand Island Veterans Home.

Alex Xiloj Lopez, a seventh-grader at Walnut Middle School, waves flags in the air while walking in the Veterans Parade along Old Glory Road at the Grand Island Veterans Home.

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Veterans Recognition Parade

So often when photographing a parade a lot of good images can be found at an assemble point before the parade route begins. I still photograph the actual parade, but more often than not I try to get there an hour early. This Veterans Recognition Parade in Hastings, Neb. was one of two Veterans parades I photographed in the area in lieu of Veterans Day. All of us who have our freedoms owe a great deal of gratitude for these servicemen and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

Brandon Woods with Cub Scouts pack 200 carries an American flag over his shoulder in route to the Veterans Recognition Parade in Hastings, Neb.

Brandon Woods with Cub Scouts pack 200 carries an American flag over his shoulder in route to the Veterans Recognition Parade in Hastings, Neb.

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Small Town – Big Time Football

Sometimes the biggest event taking place in a rural town this time of year is a hometown football team hosting a big game hoping to make it to the Nebraska State Football Championships in Lincoln, Neb. Thanksgiving week. Heartland is a consolidated public school in the town of Henderson with a population of under 1,000. The hometown Huskies senior running back Austin Stuhr is the first player in Nebraska history to gain more than 1,000 yards in the first three games of the season. Stuhr also leads the nation in eight-man rushing yards. No small feat.

Signs with Heartland football players names are lined up in front of the school on an unseasonably warm November evening.

Signs with Heartland football players names are lined up in front of the school on an unseasonably warm November evening.

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Fall Favorites

This post pertains to some of my favorite photos I’ve taken this fall season. These particular images are not part of previous posts.

Stylists from Jeffery’s Salon and Spa Kari Chavez, Dawn Westpfahl, Stephanie Roberts, Rebecca Kothe-Eckhardt, Nicole Yarns and Karina Johnston give haircuts inside the Grand Island Evangelical Free Church chapel during Project Homeless Connect.

Stylists from Jeffery’s Salon and Spa Kari Chavez, Dawn Westpfahl, Stephanie Roberts, Rebecca Kothe-Eckhardt, Nicole Yarns and Karina Johnston give haircuts inside the Grand Island Evangelical Free Church chapel during Project Homeless Connect.

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Game Day: Purdue vs. Nebraska Football October 22, 2016

Ranked in the top 10 in national polls Nebraska beat Purdue 27-14 at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb. Subsequently, moving up in the national rankings to No. 6 in the Coaches Poll and No. 7 in the AP Poll with a 7-0 record. It wasn’t a considered a pretty win, but a win nonetheless.

Nebraska’s Devine Ozigbo walks through fog onto the field with his teammates at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln.

Nebraska’’s Devine Ozigbo walks through fog (created by fog machines) onto the field with his teammates at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln.

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2016 Harvest of Harmony Parade

Up to 10,000 people converge on the town of Grand Island, Neb. for the 75th annual Harvest of Harmony Parade. There were 107 marching bands from across the state of Nebraska competing in various divisions in a three-hour parade on a perfect sunny and 75 degree fall day.

An enthusiastic drum major, Dalton Elliott of Northwest High School, leads his bandmates along the 2016 Harvest of Harmony Parade route as one of 107 bands participating in Grand Island, Neb.

An enthusiastic drum major, Dalton Elliott of Northwest High School, leads his band mates along the 2016 Harvest of Harmony Parade route as one of 107 bands participating in Grand Island, Neb.

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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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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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