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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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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 18,062 impressions (times people saw this Tweet on Twitter) and 1,137 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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Recent Favorites

Here is a variety of single images taken throughout this spring in central Nebraska.

A Sandhill Crane stretches it's wings a cornfield during an annual migration through central Nebraska.

A Sandhill Crane stretches it’s wings a cornfield during an annual migration through central Nebraska.

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Nebraska State Track & Field Championships

I had an enjoyable and demanding opportunity to photograph a two-day state track & field championship at Omaha Burke High School. It was neat to see the sportsmanship held with rural athletes from opposing schools as I saw just as many teammates embracing as I did certain rivals schools.

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Sand flies as Grand Island’s Mackenzie Puckett lands while competing in the Class A triple jump during finals Saturday. Mackenzie won with a leap of 39-1 1/2.

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Structure Fire

The Winfrey Plumbing and Heating building became fully engulfed in a fire after an explosion on a late Sunday night at 808 W. North Front St. in Grand Island, Neb. This as a result of the business owner, Mike Winfrey, who was making homemade bombs in which he lost his life. Three businesses and a residence were without power because of the fire.

Firefighters gather while battling an overnight fire.

Firefighters gather while battling an overnight fire at  Winfrey Plumbing and Heating at 808 W. North Front St. in Grand Island, Neb.

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Easter Eggstravaganza

One of my many enjoyments and strengths as a photojournalist is going to what may be considered an ordinary event and coming back to the newsroom with good images. I had to improvise a little in which there weren’t many people at the event to start, but also the events were stretched out across the afternoon. Having two other assignments later that afternoon I saw how a small photo essay would come together with a beginning (children and their families constructing devises for an egg drop). Secondly, the egg drop itself from the rooftop of Edgerton Explorit Center and lastly reactionary images as a result.

Kris Yockey, left, helps her granddaughter Micole with preparing an egg for a drop from the Edgerton Explorit Center rooftop during Easter Eggstravaganza in Aurora, Neb.

Kris Yockey, left, helps her granddaughter Micole with preparing an egg for a drop from the Edgerton Explorit Center rooftop during Easter Eggstravaganza in Aurora, Neb.

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2016 Nebraska State Boys Basketball Championships

The Nebraska State Activities Association held the state boys basketball championships in Lincoln, Neb. Our publication The Grand Island Independent cover city and area teams that make the three-day tournament. The event can make for some early mornings and very late nights depending on timeframes within the bracket. It’s can be a lot of fun, but also very draining. However, I appreciate the opportunity to go as there are any number of newspapers in my past that don’t cover the finals or hire a freelancer. Arriving back home at 2 A.M. on my second wind I realize it’s all worth it. Here are some of my favorites:

The arena lights are turned off as part of a pregame effect and Adams Central students use their cell phones to illuminate the darkness during the NSAA State Boys Basketball Championship game against Bishop Neumann at the Pinnacle Bank Arena Saturday. Bishop Neumann won 63-54.

The arena lights are turned off as part of a pregame effect and Adams Central students use their cell phones to illuminate the darkness during the NSAA State Boys Basketball Championship game against Bishop Neumann at the Pinnacle Bank Arena Saturday. Bishop Neumann won 63-54.

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Fonner Park

Starting up in late February we’ve had great weather for horse racing at Fonner Park. It’s been very enjoyable and refreshing photographing something new other than watching horse racing a few times on TV. As any assignment I worked various angles with a variety of lenses, attempt to be spontaneous, take the reader where they can’t go and capture moments perhaps they didn’t see. And given the time experiment a little. The lead image is just that, panning with the action at 125th of a second to create slow motion blur.

Horses Rain Ray (jockey Karlo Lopez), Setnmupknocknmdown (Nathan Haar), and Just Happened (Luis Ranilla) race down the stretch Saturday at Fonner Park. (Independent/Andrew Carpenean)

Horses Rain Ray (jockey Karlo Lopez), Setnmupknocknmdown (Nathan Haar), and Just Happened (Luis Ranilla) race down the stretch Saturday at Fonner Park.

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Game Day: Aurora vs. Hastings Boys Basketball March 1, 2016

The Aurora Huskies boys basketball teams have been one of the dominant ones this season in which they secured their spot in the state basketball tournament with a 64-27 victory over the Hastings Tigers.

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Start of New Year favorites

Here are some of my favorite images to start 2016 that includes several basketball photos, one of my favorite sports to photograph.

Sparks fly as Zack Grier, a framer with Essink Brothers Drywall, cuts through a steel stud for a back wall in the commons area at Shoemaker Elementary.

Sparks fly as Zack Grier, a framer with Essink Brothers Drywall, cuts through a steel stud for a back wall in the commons area at Shoemaker Elementary.

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Nebraska State High School Cheer & Dance Championships

I spent part of my regular Saturday workday covering area schools competing in cheer and dance. The level of talent and choreography was amazing as well as many of the outfits worn by the teams of dancers. It was obvious at how much hard work went into their routines. Here are some of my favorites:

The Aurora Huskies cheerleaders perform during the Nebraska State High School Cheer and Dance Championships at The Heartland Events Center. (Independent/Andrew Carpenean)

The Aurora Huskies cheerleaders perform during the Nebraska State High School Cheer and Dance Championships at The Heartland Events Center.

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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.

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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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