Category Archives: NCAA

Bulldogs Hold On to Beat Vols in Athens

Sometimes, games just don’t go your way for a variety of reasons. There is very little action, you’re not on your toes, all the action is on the other end of the field from where you are. There are tons of reasons why you walk away from a game thinking, “this sucks”. For much of yesterday’s match up between the Tennessee Vols and Georgia Bulldogs on a beautiful day at Sanford Stadium in Athens, I felt like I was going to walk away with absolutely nothing worthy of print. The action in the first half was mediocre, I had missed some peak action plays (darn you Gurley), I felt “off”. But midway through the third quarter, I found my groove and worked through the grind. Here is some of my coverage from the game, but as always, working next to some great guys and girls is what makes these days bearable. That is, until you realize they had a better take than you.

 

Members of the Georgia Bulldogs run onto the field prior to Saturday’s college football game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Sanford Stadium in Athens. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Georgia Bulldogs linebacker Ramik Wilson (51) attempts to sack Tennessee Volunteers quarterback Nathan Peterman (12) during Saturday’s college football game at Sanford Stadium in Athens. Georgia defeated Tennessee 35-32. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Georgia Bulldogs running back Nick Chubb (27) dives into the end zone for a touchdown during Saturday’s college football game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Sanford Stadium in Athens. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Georgia Bulldogs defensive tackle Toby Johnson (88) struggles at the line with Tennessee Volunteers offensive linesman Marcus Jackson (75) during Saturday’s college football game at Sanford Stadium in Athens. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Georgia Bulldogs running back Todd Gurley (3) runs the ball up the field during Saturday’s college football game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Sanford Stadium in Athens. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Georgia Bulldogs running back Nick Chubb (27) is tackled by a group of Tennessee Volunteers defensive players during Saturday’s college football game at Sanford Stadium in Athens. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Georgia Bulldogs running back Todd Gurley (3) points to the crowd as he walks into the end zone for a touchdown during Saturday’s college football game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Sanford Stadium in Athens. Georgia defeated Tennessee 35-32. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Georgia Bulldogs defensive end Josh Dawson (91) celebrates after recovering a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown during Saturday’s college football game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Sanford Stadium in Athens. Georgia defeated Tennessee 35-32. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Tennessee Volunteers tight end Daniel Helm (80) gets his fingertips on a high pass over Georgia Bulldogs safety Corey Moore (39) during Saturday’s college football game at Sanford Stadium in Athens. Helm would drop the pass in the end zone. Georgia defeated Tennessee 35-32. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Georgia Bulldogs running back Todd Gurley (3) leaps over the pile to score a touchdown during Saturday’s college football game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Sanford Stadium in Athens. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Teammates celebrate with Georgia Bulldogs running back Nick Chubb (27) after he scored a touchdown during Saturday’s college football game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Sanford Stadium in Athens. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Georgia Bulldogs running back Todd Gurley (3) celebrates with fans after defeating the Tennessee Volunteers 35-32 in Saturday’s college football game at Sanford Stadium in Athens. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

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Week’s Work: September 8-13

It was a week of the portrait at the Gwinnett Daily Post. Especially sport portraits. Between 4 “sportraits”, setting up for the Gwinnett County Fair, football, and a concert, it was a productive week. Here’s a look back at some of my published work in the last seven days.

 

Norcross volleyball player, Sammie Baker, stands in for a portrait at Norcross High School on Tuesday. Although her siblings thrived in athletic careers at Greater Atlanta Christian, Baker decided to blaze her own trail through the public school system and has been dominating on the court. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

 

Lanier High School running back, Tario Fuller, stands in for a portrait on Tuesday at Lanier High School in Buford. Fuller, the team’s top running back, recently committed to the Purdue University football program. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Josh Imatorbhebhe (7) and his older brother Daniel (15) stand for a portrait at North Gwinnett High School in Sugar Hill on Thursday. The Imatorbhebhe brothers do everything together, on and off the field. This year, each is on target for impressive individual seasons for the Bulldogs. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Ride Supervisor Ronnie Douberly is handed a metal support for the “Ring of Fire” ride while setting up for the Gwinnett County Fair at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds in Lawrencville on Wednesday. This year’s fair gates open at 5 p.m. on Thursday and the fair will be open for 11 days, ending on September 21. There are three new thrill rides opening to the public including “Zero Gravity”, “Space Roller”, and “Disko!”. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Parkview Panthers Trey Derouen (78) attempts to pump up the Panthers prior to entering the field for Friday’s high school football game against the Brookwood Broncos at Parkview High School in Lilburn on Friday. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Mason Davis, right, lines up to run against Evan Brown, right, during a delay in Friday’s high school football game between the Brookwood Broncos and Parkview Panthers at Parkview High School in Lilburn on Friday. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Country artists, Big and Rich, put on a free concert on Saturday at the Buford Community Park Lawn in Buford. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets quarterback Justin Thomas (5) runs up the field during Saturday’s college football game against the Georgia Southern Eagles at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Pride Band takes plays their halftime show during Saturday’s college football game between the Georgia Southern Eagles and the Georgia Tech YellowJackets at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets quarterback Justin Thomas (5) is sacked by Georgia Southern Eagles defensive end Lennie Richardson (54) during Saturday’s college football game against the Georgia Southern Eagles at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Georgia Southern Eagles safety Matt Dobson (7) breaks up a pass intended for Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets running back Deon Hill (31) during Saturday’s college football game at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets defensive back Jamal Golden (4) upends Georgia Southern Eagles wide receiver Zach Walker (9) during Saturday’s college football game at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Georgia Southern Eagles running back Alfred Ramsby (1) celebrates with teammates after scoring a touchdown during Saturday’s college football game against the Georgia Tech YellowJackets at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets running back Deon Hill (31) scores the go-ahead touchdown during Saturday’s college football game against the Georgia Southern Eagles at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Georgia Southern Eagles offensive linesman Trevor McBurnett (76) reacts after the Eagles lost to the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on a late touchdown pass to put the Yellow Jackets ahead four points in Saturday’s college football game at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets defensive back John Marvin (13) celebrates with fans after the Yellow Jackets defeated the Georgia Southern Eagles on a late touchdown pass in Saturday’s college football game at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

Back in the Saddle: Work Since Arriving in Gwinnett

It is amazing how fast time flies when you’re doing what you love. Around six weeks ago, I moved myself halfway across the county to start a new career at a daily newspaper just outside of Atlanta. I joined the staff at the Gwinnett Daily Post in Lawrenceville, Georgia. Overall, it has been a fantastic first few weeks and I look forward to seeing what else happens during my time in Atlanta. I’ve had the great opportunity to meet a lot of new friends and have met subjects from all walks of life. Each new relationship, from a 14-year old entrepreneur looking to turn her cookie business into the “Starbucks of coffee” to a 2-year old fighting an inoperable brain tumor (which I can’t post because we are still working on the story), has left me with a sense of relief to finally feel like I am doing what I was made to do. Below are some of my favorite frames from my first month here including my first football games in SEC-land, some touching moments with some great subjects, and of course, more sports. I’ll apologize now, because this is going to be an image heavy post.

 

New teachers at Gwinnett County Public Schools attend the 2014 new teacher orientation event, held at the Gwinnett Center on July 22, 2014 in Duluth.

 

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Geraldo Boldewijn (15) catches a pass in a drill during the 2014 Atlanta Falcons Training Camp on Friday in Flowery Beach. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Elva Padilla, left, and her husband Joe stand in the “sorting room of the Eyes of Love Lighthouse Mission on Tuesday in Buford. The Padillas gave up everything they had in New Mexico to open a mission which serves the homeless in Gwinnett County. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

The Padilla’s grandkids play in the office of the Eyes of Love Lighthouse Mission on Tuesday in Buford. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Lawrenceville Police Officer, Michael Inot, pushes the casket of Theodore “Dutch” Van Kirk into a hearse on Wednesday in Snellville. Van Kirk was the only remaining crew member of the Enola Gay, which dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan on August 6, 1945 at the height of World War II. Theodore Van Kirk was the navigator on that flight. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Fans stand along a railing during the National Anthem prior to the Atlanta Falcons scrimmage at Archer High School on Friday in Lawrenceville. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Cyclists exit turn 4 while competing in the masters cat 1/2/3 race of the 2014 Duluth Georgia Cup cycling event on Saturday in Duluth. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Braisden Lemelin leaps high into the air after getting a big bounce from his dad during the Sugar Hill 75th Anniversary event on Saturday in Sugar Hill. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Zach Healy hits out of a bunker on the 17th hole of the Riverside course during the 2014 USGA Amateur Championship at the Atlanta Athletic Club on Monday in John’s Creek. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Andrew Chapman tees off on the 18th hole of the Riverside course during the 2014 USGA Amateur Championship at the Atlanta Athletic Club on Monday in John’s Creek. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Erin Lucier, a third-year student, helps incoming students move into the dorms at Georgia Gwinnett College during move-in day on Thursday in Lawrenceville. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Brookwood senior, Nick Murciano, cheers on the softball team during Thursday’s game against the Grayson Lady Rams at Grayson High School in Loganville. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Brookwood fans mock the Grayson Lady Rams players during Thursday’s game at Grayson High School in Loganville. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Collins Hill’s Steven Harwell (55) celebrates after getting a sack against the Dacula Falcons in Friday’s football game at Dacula High School. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Norcross’ Damon Woodcock (9) turns the corner past Tucker’s Cedric HEard (71) during the 2014 Metro PCS Corky Kell Classic on Saturday at Walter H Cantrell Stadium at McEachern High School in Powder Springs. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Norcorss defensive end, J.B. Kouassi, stands in for a portrait on Wednesday at Norcross High School. Kouassi is a key returning member to a strong Blue Devils’ defensive line that is looking for its third straight state championship. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Boise State Broncos quarterback Grant Hedrick (9) looks on from the ground after throwing the ball away during the first half of the 2014 Chick-Fil-A Kickoff game against the Ole Miss Rebels on Thursday at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Boise State Broncos cornerback Cleshawn Page (3) and safety Jeremy Ioane (10) fly through the air after colliding while pursuing Mississippi Rebels wide receiver Cody Core (88) during the second half of the 2014 Chick-Fil-A Kickoff game on Thursday at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Boise State Broncos running back Jay Ajayi (27) leaps over Mississippi Rebels linebacker Christian Russell (20) in route to the end zone during the second half of the 2014 Chick-Fil-A Kickoff game on Thursday at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Peachtree Ridge’s Malik Robinson (14) upends Archer’s Nick Blakely (6) during Friday’s game at Peachtree Ridge High School in Suwanee. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Peachtree Ridge’s Chance Thrasher (9) hands off the ball to Na’ceem Antenor (20) during Friday’s game against the Archer Tigers at Peachtree Ridge High School in Suwanee. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Archer’s Dillon Bliss (20) stretches on the sideline prior to Friday’s football game between the Peachtree Ridge Lions and the Archer Tigers at Peachtree Ridge High School in Suwanee. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Georgia Bulldogs players walk onto the field prior to Saturday’s college football game against the Clemson Tigers at Sanford Stadium in Athens. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Georgia Bulldogs linebacker Amarlo Herrera (52) tackles Clemson Tigers quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) during Saturday’s college football at Sanford Stadium in Athens. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Clemson Tigers running back D.J. Howard (22) leaps into the end zone for a touchdown during Saturday’s college football game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium in Athens. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Georgia Bulldogs fans cheer on their team during Saturday’s college football game between the Clemson Tigers and Georgia Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium in Athens. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Georgia Bulldogs running back Todd Gurley (3) is lifted by Georgia Bulldogs offensive tackle John Theus (71) after Gurley scored a touchdown during Saturday’s college football game against the Clemson Tigers Sanford Stadium in Athens. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Corner preacher Dwayne Murphy says a prayer with Greg while witnessing at the corner of Hurricane Shoals Drive and Duluth Highway in Lawrenceville. As soon as Murphy saw Greg, he knew about some of the things going on in Greg’s life and began to offer encouragement to him. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

William Krueger, 2, pops bubbles while attending the 2014 Yellow Daisy Festival at Stone Mountain Park on Thursday in Stone Mountain. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Collins Hill Eagles Canyon Slade (5) catches a pass in front of a diving South Gwinnett Comets Chris Skyers (39) during Friday’s high school football game at South Gwinnett High School in Snellville.(Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Collins Hill Eagles Miles Fox (90) chases after South Gwinnett Comets Josh Shim (2) during Friday’s high school football game at South Gwinnett High School in Snellville.(Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Yellow Daisy Festival official “Bubble Man”, Robin Booth, uses a bubble rope to make enormous bubbles for children to pop during the 2014 Yellow Daisy Festival at Stone Mountain Park on Thursday in Stone Mountain. Booth has been making the bubbles at the festival for 14 years. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

If you’ve made it this far, thanks for taking the time to look through these. I have also been shooting video on a weekly basis and if you’d like to see some of my recent assignments, check out this link.

2014 D-II Elite Eight: Drury Falls to West Liberty

Drury Panthers guard Drake Patterson, left, and guard Lonnie Boga, right, sit on the bench after fouling out of Wednesday’s Elite Eight game against the West Liberty Hilltoppers in the 2014 NCAA Division II men’s basketball tournament at the Ford Center on March 26, 2014 in Evansville, Indiana. (David Welker/For the News-Leader)

 

To end my basketball season, I spent a week with the defending Division II National Champions, Drury Panthers, as they made their way to Evansville, Indiana to compete in the D-II Elite Eight. Much like last year’s title run, I spent a large portion of my time with the team, following them from the hotel to the Ford Center, and to a local YMCA for a community engagement event. Spending time with these guys off the court has revealed a lot about how they operate on the court. Seeing them play with young kids and teach the fundamentals of basketball showed a love for the game that goes beyond the championship rings. Game day came on Wednesday and the Panthers looked extremely focused and ready to take on the Hilltoppers from West Liberty in their Elite Eight matchup. In the end, Drury was drowned by a barrage of West Liberty key three-pointers, including Seger Bonifant’s 6-6 behind the arch. Drury would fall 85-75, ending their chance for a repeat as national champions. A huge thanks go out to Drury for hiring me to cover this for them, and also to the staff at the News-Leader for having the faith that I can cover some of these great assignments for them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#6 Wichita State Survives Close Call in OT Against Missouri State

Wichita State forward Darius Carter (12) celebrates while walking off the court of an NCAA college basketball game against Missouri State on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, in Springfield, Mo. Wichita State defeated Missouri State 72-69 in overtime. (AP Photo/David Welker)

The #6 team in the country, the Wichita State Shockers, made their way to Springfield to take on Missouri State in the second Missouri Valley home matchup of the season. In order for the Bears to win the game, they need to get off to a strong start. They did just that. It seemed that every streak that Wichita State would go on, Missouri State had an answer in the form of a well timed three-pointer. At halftime, the Missouri State Bears were up by 19 points, and seemed like they were on the verge of a major upset. But Wichita State didn’t go anywhere. They slowly chipped away at the lead, and tied it up with less than two minutes to go. By the end of regulation, neither team’s defense was giving way. To overtime they went. With both teams exhausted from the physical play, it was Wichita State that was able to pull off a win and stun the Missouri State Bears with a three point win in front of 10,776 fans. The final score was 72-69.

* Photos Copyright Associated Press and David Welker*

#15 Jackrabbits beaten by (2-6) Bears

 

I think the Missouri State Bears surprised everyone yesterday at Plaster Sports Complex when they beat #15 South Dakota State 35-21. In the past, Missouri States football woes have been well known, and this year is no different. The Bears have come extremely close in a few games and were only one play away from being 6-2 instead of 2-6 on the season. That being the case, it would not have been a far off thought that the Bears would have lost to a nationally ranked team in the JackRabbits, but Missouri State’s defense came alive on homecoming weekend to deliver the Bears with one of the most impressive wins of the past few years. My favorite part of the game? There were some extremely hard hitting defensive stands for Missouri State, including one where Safety Caleb Schaffitzel practically body slams a South Dakota State wide receiver. Here are a few of the images from Saturday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

College Football: #10 Pittsburg State Gorillas Smash Abilene Christian Wildcats

Noah Cheshier (86) of the Abilene Christian Wildcats walks off the field after De’Vante Bausby (14) of the Pittsburg Gorillas intercepted a pass during Saturday’s college football game at Carnie Smith Stadium on October 5, 2013 in Pittsburg, Kansas.

 

I spent my Saturday afternoon two weeks ago in a new environment. It is hard to be an outsider in the hostile “Jungle” of Pittsburg State University’s Carnie Smith Stadium as the sea of red quickly envelops any guest willing to step foot inside the stadium. I was contacted by Abilene Christian University’s Sports Information department to document the Wildcats game against the top 10 ranked Pitt State. Even within the first few moments of the game, it would seem that the ACU Wildcats were up for the challenge to take on the Gorillas. On Pittsburg State’s first possession, ACU defensive back Tyler Chapa intercepted a pass on the Gorilla’s 25 yard line and ran it back for a touchdown. While the Wildcats were off to a great start, their lead wouldn’t last for long as the Gorillas answered quickly and fiercely throughout the rest of the game to take a 28-14 lead late into the fourth quarter. The ACU Wildcats would score one more touchdown, but poor clock management allowed the Pittsburg State Gorillas to walk away with a 28-20 victory on homecoming weekend. A huge thanks goes out to the ACU staff and team for welcoming me into their pack so quickly and for allowing me to make some great photos of the game.

 

Members of the Abilene Christian Wildcats warm up on the field prior to Saturday’s college football game against the Pittsburg State Gorillas at Carnie Smith Stadium on October 5, 2013 in Pittsburg, Kansas.

 

Captains from both the Abilene Christian Wildcats and the Pittsburg State Gorillas watch the coin flip in the air prior to Saturday’s game at Carnie Smith Stadium on October 5, 2013 in Pittsburg, Kansas.

 

A general view of Carnie Smith Stadium during Saturday’s college football game between the Abilene Christian Wildcats and the Pittsburg State Gorillas on October 5, 2013 in Pittsburg, Kansas.

 

 

The Abilene Christian defensive lines up against the Pittsburg State offensive line during Saturday’s college football game between the Abilene Christian Wildcats and the Pittsburg State Gorillas at Carnie Smith Stadium on October 5, 2013 in Pittsburg, Kansas.

 

 

Jesse Harper (42) of the Abilene Christian Wildcats looks toward the Pittsburg State Gorillas offense prior to the snap of the ball during Saturday’s game at Carnie Smith Stadium on October 5, 2013 in Pittsburg, Kansas.

 

Angel Lopez (21) of the Abilene Christian Wildcats lays a hit on Anthony Abenoja (12) of the Pittsburg State Gorillas during Saturday’s football game at Carnie Smith Stadium on October 5, 2013 in Pittsburg, Kansas.

 

Angel Lopez (21) of the Abilene Christian Wildcats reaches out to tackle Jeff Seybold, Jr. (1) of the Pittsburg State Gorillas during Saturday’s football game at Carnie Smith Stadium on October 5, 2013 in Pittsburg, Kansas.

 

Nick Richardson (5) of the Abilene Christian Wildcats is held by Nick Richardson (73) of the Pittsburg State Gorillas during Saturday’s game at Carnie Smith Stadium on October 5, 2013 in Pittsburg, Kansas.

 

John David Baker (17) of the Abilene Christian Wildcats is sacked by Nate Dreiling (11) and Deron Washington (45) of the Pittsburg Gorillas during Saturday’s football game at Carnie Smith Stadium on October 5, 2013 in Pittsburg, Kansas.

 

Jeff Seybold, Jr. (1) of the Pittsburg State Gorillas heads back to the sideline after scoring a touchdown during Saturday’s game against the Abilene Christian Wildcats at Carnie Smith Stadium on October 5, 2013 in Pittsburg, Kansas.

 

 

Deron Washington (45) and Jason Peete (4) of the Pittsburg State Gorillas celebrating after stopping the Abilene Christian Wildcats on a fourth down attempt during Saturday’s game at Carnie Smith Stadium on October 5, 2013 in Pittsburg, Kansas.

 

Abilene Christian Wildcats Head Coach Ken Collums walks off the field after losing 20-28 to the Pittsburg State Gorillas at Carnie Smith Stadium on October 5, 2013 in Pittsburg, Kansas.