Members of the Springfield Catholic Fighting Irish celebrate after winning Wednesday’s Class 3 championship game over the Christian Eagles during the 2014 MSHSAA Baseball Championships at T.R. Hughes Stadium on June 4, 2014 in O’Fallon, Mo. (David Welker/For the News-Leader)
Two weeks ago, I made my second visit to T.R. Hughes ballpark in O’Fallon, Missouri for the second year the Missouri State High School Baseball State Championships were held there. Last year, we had a week full of rain that postponed several games and we got drenched. This year however, we only had rain the last day, and the rest of the week was beautiful weather. Below are some of my frames from the week, including a group of photos from a game feature I shot for the News-Leader.
For the second year in a row, the Springfield Catholic Fighting Irish baseball team made it to the State Championship game. My job for the Springfield News-Leader was to provide coverage of the Irish seeking a state championship win. They ended up defeating the Christian Eagles 8-3 to claim the Class 3 title.
Last weekend marked the fourth time in nearly five years that I have covered track. It has always been one of those sports to elude me. However, it it is always a breath of fresh air to shoot something different and try and find new ways to look at things. Since this was the second week in a row covering the state track meet, I had a general idea of what to expect as far as access is concerned. As I quickly found out, there were times where I was granted access that I was completely surprised about, and others that left me scratching my head at it being pulled or denied. All in all, I was pleased with what I walked away with this past week, and am looking forward to moving forward with the rest of my summer.
St. Joseph Christian’s Max Carrillo follows through after throwing while performing in the discus competition in the 2014 MSHSAA Track Championships at Lincoln University on May 23, 2014 in Jefferson City. (David Welker | Special to the News-Press)
Oh what a difference a day makes. The first day of the 2014 MSHSAA Track Championships was a blistering one. Zero shade, no relief from the sun and heat beating down on those of us around the track. On Friday evening, I said to my writer for the St. Joseph News-Press that I didn’t want to get sunburned on Saturday. Who would have guessed that there was going to be storms rolling through the area the next day and would make an additional sunburn unlikely. It had been five years since I last shot a big track meet, and I really had to beat off the rust. Here are just a few of my favorite frames.
Lafayette Head Coach Chris Neff reacts with his son after the Fighting Irish won Friday’s Class 4 semifinal against the Farmington Knights during the 2014 Show-Me Showdown at Mizzou Arena on March 21, 2014 in Columbia. The Irish defeated the Knights 46-41. (David Welker | Special to the News-Press)
I cannot remember the last time I photographed so much basketball in such a short amount of time. When March comes in Missouri, it really does turn into a time of Madness, as photographers from around the state come to Columbia for the state basketball tournament. For two straight weeks, I found myself on the hardwood at Mizzou Arena and the Hearnes Center on the campus of the University of Missouri. All in all, these two weeks of the 2014 Show-Me Showdown were filled with great basketball, fun time with friends, and working for some great clients.
Lanthrop’s Caleb Osborn celebrates after defeating Maplewood’s Romelle Person in the 120-pound championship match during the 2014 MSHSAA Class 1 Wrestling Championships at Mizzou Arena on February 22, 2014 in Columbia.
There is so much I love about the wrestling championships. I enjoy pretty much every part of it other than that the backgrounds are rarely ever clean, but, that’s life. As a former wrestler, there is a special place in my heart for the sport, and I really look forward to shooting it. Yes, it is a challenge and can be a bit repetitive. But there is something about the sport that I absolutely can’t get enough of. Maybe it is the fact that this is a one-on-one sport where anything can happen? Maybe it is the fantastic jubs that happen on a regular basis when a match comes to a halt with the slap of a hand on a mat? I don’t know, but I can’t get enough. This past week’s championships were great. I didn’t sleep much ( I got a total of 12 hours over the total of 4 days and each day was at least a 15 hour day). The floors were hard, and my back hurt by the end of the week, but I walked away with a large group of images that I can say I am proud to have my name under and published by 3 different papers. A huge thanks goes out to the staff at the St. Joseph News-Press, Kansas City Star, and the Southeast Missourian, who made my photos look good both online and in print. I look forward to being back in Columbia in two weeks to cover the basketball state championship for a variety of clients. This was a great way to open 2014!
It was a big weekend in St. Louis as the top high school football teams in the state met at the Edward Jones Dome to make their mark in Missouri football history. Here are a few of my images from the weekend.
Maryville’s Trent Nall (9), John Schenkel (35), and Jackson Morrison (75) walk out to the coin toss prior to the class 3 football championship game against the Seneca Indians at the Edward Jones Dome on November 30, 2013 in St. Louis, Missouri. (David Welker/Special to the News-Press)
Kickapoo’s Kelton Reeves (27) walks off the field after the Chiefs lost Saturday’s Class 5 state quarterfinal game against the Lee’s Summit West Titans at Kickapoo High School on November 16, 2013 in Springfield, Missouri.
The dream season is over. The Kickapoo Chiefs’ biggest fears became their unsettling reality as the top ranked Lee’s Summit West Titans walked all over the Chiefs on a sunny Saturday afternoon in Springfield. Things started off well for Kickapoo when Tony Grant recovered a forced fumble deep in Titans territory on the opening drive of the game. However, it was all downhill from there. The Chiefs couldn’t get the ball moving against the heavy winds from the South, and the large Titans defensive line. It is sometimes said that when you are undefeated, you tend to get a target painted on your back. Unfortunately, the door was shut on the Chiefs and it was a blast of a year covering the majority of their home games. Here’s to next year guys.