Saturday, February 28, 2015

83rd annual San Angelo Stock Show & Rodeo: 9th Performance

As it turns out, this will probably be my last rodeo performance of the year. With several of our local basketball teams making it to the regional tournament I'm going to have to put the rest of the rodeo coverage in the capable hands of other photographers while I travel north through the coming winter weather in Lubbock and Midland.

But in the interest of posting photos from every rodeo performance I've covered, here are a few photos from the 9th performance at Foster Communications Coliseum from earlier in the week. This isn't going to be an in-depth blog post, just some photos to give you a visual idea of what the rodeo is like here in San Angelo.

Enjoy.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

2015 High School Basketball Playoffs: Christoval vs. Miles Regional Quarterfinal

We're getting deeper into the high school girls basketball playoffs and, as of 6:00pm Tuesday night, we still had six schools, Wall, Mason, Menard, Garden City, Miles and Christoval, vying for a championship. I was to cover the Region I-2A quarterfinal between the Christoval Lady Cougars and the Miles Lady Bulldogs. Regardless of the outcome of this game we were guaranteed to have a team playing in the regional tournament this weekend at South Plains College in Levelland.

This was going to be an interesting match up. This would be the third time the two teams would meet this season. Christoval beat Miles in the first two meetings so the Lady Bulldogs had something to prove. However, the Lady Cougars were boasting a 33-0 record for the season and a No. 3 ranking in the state. Overcoming the confidence and the crowd that packed half the Robert Lee High School gymnasium was going to be a daunting task for Miles.

During the first quarter Miles looked up to the task stunning the Lady Cougars with a quick-scoring offense and a smothering defense. They held an early 14-10 lead after the first quarter. But Christoval kept a level head and didn't let that lead get the best of them and came back to tie the game 23-23 at the half. The third quarter would prove to be the decisive frame of the game as the Lady Cougars went on a 21-3 scoring frenzy to blow the game wide open. Christoval went into game-stalling tactics in the fourth quarter only allowing Miles to score nine more points and adding eight of their own to win the game 52-35.

The rest of the week is going to be pretty busy for me as I have another rodeo performance to cover before sports writer Carlos Silva and I take a tour of the Texas panhandle and the Permian Basin. One of our core area schools, Wall High School, also won on Tuesday night and will be playing in the regional tournament in Midland. Carlos and I will leave early Friday morning to head to Levelland to cover the Christoval-Gruver semifinal at 1:00pm and then jet down to Midland to cover the Wall-Shallowater semifinal at 7:30pm. Depending on the outcome of these two games will determine if I will be photographing a regional final or making the trip back to San Angelo to cover the final rodeo performance, the Cinch Shoot-Out.

This has been one of the busiest and most stressful weeks of the year for me so far. But hey, I can't complain. I'm getting to do what I love and I get to see our talented local athletes in action.