Thursday, January 30, 2014

College Basketball: Angelo State Belles vs. Midwestern State

Last week I had the opportunity to cover a Lone Star Conference basketball game between the Angelo State Rambelles and Midwestern State University at the Junell Center on the campus of Angelo State University. This was the first time I have shot a Rambelles game this year so most of the players were new to me. There were a few familiar faces, some of the girls were local players that I remembered from their high school days, but for the most part there were new players I had never seen before. This was also the first time for me to cover the team under new head coach Cayla Petree, who I'm sure we will do a feature story on in the near future.

The game was predominantly controlled by Midwestern State but it did get exciting toward the end when the Belles started to make a comeback. The Belles were down 14 points and had to fight their way back and got as close as two points, but unfortunately, the Belles lost in the waning seconds of the game 67-63.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

High School Soccer: Lake View vs. Brownwood

I've managed to work out some photo assignments around my usual office duties this week to give my photographers time to work on a special section going to print in February and those assignments consist of mainly sporting events. First up: high school soccer.

The Lake View High School Chiefs were hosting former district rivals Brownwood on Tuesday evening at San Angelo Stadium. Thank goodness the match was slated for Tuesday because we are about to get hit with another arctic blast that is going to plummet temperatures into the teens. But Tuesday was a a balmy 70 degrees with clear skies. The two teams met up earlier in the season which resulted in a scoreless draw. The Chiefs were determined not to let that happen again because three minutes into the first half Lake View's Jordan Reyes booted a left-footer into the net for the first goal of the game. Seven minutes later Anthony Moreno lofted another ball over the Brownwood keeper to put the Chiefs up 2-0 heading into the half.

I have to be completely honest, up until a few years ago I was not a fan of soccer. The action was too slow, there didn't really seem to be any real strategy to moving the ball around the field and the emphasis on faking injuries to get a penalty call drove me crazy. I was of the mind that any "sporting" event that ended in a tie wasn't a competition, but a compromise. But then a friend of mine turned me on to the Barclays Premier League, explained how the game was played and showed me all of the little intricacies of why players do what they do on the field. Now I can't get enough soccer and armed with this new-found knowledge I'm much more excited about covering our local teams.

The second half of the match started off much like the first with an early Lake View goal putting the Chiefs up 3-0. The next 15 minutes of the game were pretty much controlled by Brownwood, eventually scoring in the 57th minute and again less than a minute later. The Chiefs' lead was cut to just one goal and it seemed that both sides went into panic mode as the seconds ticked off the clock. This is the fun part of soccer. One team trying desperately to hold on to the lead while the other frantically tries to find an opening in the net to tie it all up. Fortunately for Lake View, their ability to control the ball superseded Brownwood's attempts to score another goal. Lake View won 3-2. With the win, Lake View heads into District 7-4A play against Frenship on a high note.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Chad McDuffee: Back From the Darkness: Newspaper Clips

In a previous blog post I outlined a story Standard-Times sports reporter Carlos Silva and I did on local Army veteran Chad McDuffee. It was a fantastic story to work on and we had a such a great time getting to know Chad and his family. Here are the six pages of the special section as they appeared in the Standard-Times back in November 2013. I'm really looking forward to keeping up with Chad's progress as he pursues his dream of earning a spot on the U.S. National Paralympic team.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

2013 Favorite Photos: iPhonography

So here is my last favorite/best of 2013 photos post. This time it's photos I took with my iPhone, the tool that most people use to document their own lives. It's a handy, fast, fun and unobtrusive tool to capture the world around you. There are a few portraits, a few landscapes, a few cityscapes and a few street scenes in the mix.

Here you go: