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2014 MSHSAA Baseball Championships

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Searching for an Icy Feature

Braden, 12, winces after being hit in the face with a lump of snow during the snow storm on Friday, December 6, 2013 in Nixa, Missouri. Braden was one of many children playing on a hill off Crimson Drive. (David Welker/For the News-Leader)

Southwest Missouri got their first solid snowfall of the year this past weekend, and it was a big one. The skies dumped as much as 10 inches of snow over the area in a two day period. The News-Leader asked if I could go to Ozark and Nixa, South of Springfield, to document how the snow was affecting people, and to get some “pretty” photos. As I slid down icy streets in search of something to take a photo of, I found myself in the same position as some of my subjects (the ones that were actually outside). By the end of it all, I was cold, exhausted, and ready to be inside with family. All it all, it was a blast, and I love being able to photograph the people of the local community.

 

Clayton Oder, of Nixa, uses a snow blower to remove snow from his driveway during the snow storm on Friday, December 6, 2013 in Nixa, Missouri.

 

Trevor, 14, leaps off a hill with a sled during the snow storm on Friday, December 6, 2013 in Nixa, Missouri.

 

Scott Bilyeu, of Nixa, tows the SUV of two men who crashed into a creek off Highway 14 in Nixa during the snow storm on Friday, December 6, 2013.

 

A car drives on a snow covered road off Combs Road during the snow storm on Friday, December 6, 2013 in Ozark, Missouri.

 

Dennis, from Nixa, walks along Gregg Road in Nixa during the snow storm on Friday, December 6, 2013 in Nixa, Missouri. Dennis said that while he walks everywhere he goes, the snow makes his footing less secure, making his trips last longer.

 

Snow clovers the gloves of a young man sledding down a hill off Crimson Drive during the snow storm on Friday, December 6, 2013 in Nixa, Missouri.

 

Snow covers the trees over Combs Road during the snow storm on Friday, December 6, 2013 in Ozark, Missouri.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday Night Lights: Week 3 – Nixa Eagles at Branson Pirates

 

My third consecutive week of Friday night football took me 45 miles to the South of Springfield. The Nixa Eagles made their way to Branson to take on the Pirates on their home turf. Nixa allowed only 14 points while racking up 49 of their own. Here is a look into the third week of high school football in Southwest Missouri.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday Night Lights: Week 2 – Hillcrest Hornets at Glendale Falcons

The Hillcrest Hornets came into Lowe Stadium at Glendale High School ready to run, and run they did. Hillcrest’s quarterback Matt Rush had quite the night racking up 108 yards on 11 carries, and was also 10-for-19 passing with 152 yards. He led the Hornets to a 43-0 victory over the Falcons.

 

Members of the Hillcrest Hornets stands on the field prior to Friday’s varsity football game against the Glendale Falcons at Glendale High School on September 6, 2013 in Springfield. (David Welker/For the News-Leader)

 

Members of the Glendale Falcons perform warm up drills on the field prior to Friday’s varsity football game against the Hillcrest Hornets at Glendale High School on September 6, 2013 in Springfield. (David Welker/For the News-Leader)

 

Members of the Glendale Falcons run onto the field prior to Friday’s varsity football game against the Hillcrest Hornets at Glendale High School on September 6, 2013 in Springfield. (David Welker/For the News-Leader)

 

Hillcrest’s Matt Rush (2) makes a cut past Glendale’s Josh Ballard (34) during Friday’s varsity football game at Glendale High School on September 6, 2013 in Springfield. (David Welker/For the News-Leader)

 

Hillcrest’s CJ Hubbard (40) tackles Glendale’s Tyler Marion (5) during Friday’s varsity football game against the Glendale Falcons at Glendale High School on September 6, 2013 in Springfield. (David Welker/For the News-Leader)

 

Hillcrest’s Austin Coleman (4) runs up the field during Friday’s varsity football game against the Glendale Falcons at Glendale High School on September 6, 2013 in Springfield. (David Welker/For the News-Leader)

 

Hillcrest’s Juwan Johnson (3) runs up the field during Friday’s varsity football game against the Glendale Falcons at Glendale High School on September 6, 2013 in Springfield. (David Welker/For the News-Leader)

 

 

 

 

2013 Texas League All-Star Game

Two weeks ago, I traveled down to Springdale, Arkansas for the Springfield News-Leader to cover the Springfield Cardinals participating in the 2013 Texas League All-Star game at Arvest Ballpark. These event are fun to cover as we, as photographers, get a relaxed look at some of the best players in the league. Most players are enjoying their time off at the all-star festivities and make it all about the fans. This year, I tried another home plate remote for the home run derby. I got some cool images, and look forward to trying new things next year.

 

 

A fan dressed as a giant eye runs past the 2013 Texas League All-Star game at Arvest Ballpark on June 25, 2013 in Springdale, Arkansas.

 

 

Springfield Cardinals outfielder Chris Swauger (35) reacts to a home run during the 2013 Texas League All-Star home run derby at Arvest Ballpark on June 25, 2013 in Springdale, Arkansas.

 

Kiel Roling of the Tulsa Drillers connects on a pitch during the home run derby prior to the 2013 Texas League All-Star game at Arvest Ballpark on June 25, 2013 in Springdale, Arkansas.

 

Kiel Roling of the Tulsa Drillers reacts after popping up in the home run derby prior to the 2013 Texas League All-Star game at Arvest Ballpark on June 25, 2013 in Springdale, Arkansas.

 

 

Matt Fields of the Northwest Arkansas Naturals makes contact on a pitch during the home run derby prior to the 2013 Texas League All-Star game at Arvest Ballpark on June 25, 2013 in Springdale, Arkansas.

 

Matt Fields of the Northwest Arkansas Naturals follows through his swing during the home run derby prior to the 2013 Texas League All-Star game at Arvest Ballpark on June 25, 2013 in Springdale, Arkansas.

 

Ruben Gotay, right, of the Springfield Cardinals prays in the dugout prior to the 2013 Texas League All-Star game at Arvest Ballpark on June 25, 2013 in Springdale, Arkansas.

 

Springfield Cardinals outfielder Chris Swauger (35) runs onto the field prior to the 2013 Texas League All-Star game at Arvest Ballpark on June 25, 2013 in Springdale, Arkansas.

 

 

A general view of Arvest Ballpark during the 2013 Texas League All-Star game on June 25, 2013 in Springdale, Arkansas.

 

Northwest Arkansas Naturals third baseman Rey Navarro (1) throws to first during the 2013 Texas League All-Star game at Arvest Ballpark on June 25, 2013 in Springdale, Arkansas.

 

Springfield Cardinals pitcher Tim Cooney (47) reacts after giving up a home run to Corpus Christi Hooks outfielder George Springer (4) during the 2013 Texas League All-Star game at Arvest Ballpark on June 25, 2013 in Springdale, Arkansas.

 

 

And here is one of me setting up the remote:

Panthers win DII National Championship

What a year! I can now say that I have been fortunate enough to document two championships in the same year. I was sent by the Springfield News-Leader to document the Drury Panthers mens basketball team as they made their way to Atlanta, Georgia for the Division II National Championship game. The Drury Athletic Department was very accomodating in getting me the best access they could for their run at the national title.

This season has been a magical one for the Panthers as they made history throughout the postseason. They have only won one National Championship in their history. Their first came in 1979 at the NAIA level. They had never been to an elite eight, final four, or national championship at the DII level. Needless to say, that has changed now.

Drury, a private university with 1,600 students,came to Atlanta to play the Metro State Roadrunner from Denver for the DII mens title. Metro State, a primarily commuter school of about 22,000 students, has a storied history in the postseason and this year was just an extension of just that. The championship game itself was a prime example of what championship games should be like and fortunately for Drury (and my photos) the Panthers would pull out one great game. Check out the NCAA’s highlights to see how this one unfolded in front of a crowd of 7,700, including over 1,300 DU faithful.

Long story short, Drury came back from a 12 point deficit at half, to defeat a team who was 64-4 when leading at the half. The energy in Philips Arena was incredible. Here is part of my take from gameday.

Drury Panthers forward Ian Carter (23) is greeted by cheerleaders prior to the 2013 NCAA Division II National Championship game between the Metro State Roadrunners and the Drury Panthers at Philips Arena on April 7, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (David Welker/For the News-Leader)

A flag is presented during the National Anthem prior to the 2013 NCAA Division II National Championship game between the Metro State Roadrunners and the Drury Panthers at Philips Arena on April 7, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (David Welker/For the News-Leader)

Metro State Roadrunners sr. Jonathan Morse (44) and Drury Panthers forward Ian Carter (23) jump for the tipoff during the 2013 NCAA Division II National Championship game at Philips Arena on April 7, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (David Welker/For the News-Leader)

Members of the Drury Panthers run onto the court prior to the 2013 NCAA Division II National Championship game against the Metro State Roadrunners at Philips Arena on April 7, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (David Welker/For the News-Leader)

Drury Panthers guard Alex Hall (33) dribbles up the court during the 2013 NCAA Division II National Championship game against the Metro State Roadrunners at Philips Arena on April 7, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (David Welker/For the News-Leader)

Drury Panthers hold up signs during the 2013 NCAA Division II National Championship game between the Metro State Roadrunners and the Drury Panthers at Philips Arena on April 7, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (David Welker/For the News-Leader)

Drury Panthers guard Drake Patterson (11) shoots a three during the 2013 NCAA Division II National Championship game against the Metro State Roadrunners at Philips Arena on April 7, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (David Welker/For the News-Leader)

Drury Panthers head coach Steve Hesser talks with Drury Panthers guard Brandon Lockhart (21) during the 2013 NCAA Division II National Championship game against the Metro State Roadrunners at Philips Arena on April 7, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (David Welker/For the News-Leader)

Metro State Roadrunners so. Nicholas Kay (4) attempts to drive past Drury Panthers forward Teddy Simniok (31) during the 2013 NCAA Division II National Championship game at Philips Arena on April 7, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (David Welker/For the News-Leader)

Drury Panthers guard Brandon Lockhart (21) drives past Metro State Roadrunners sr. Demetrius Miller (24) during the 2013 NCAA Division II National Championship game at Philips Arena on April 7, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (David Welker/For the News-Leader)

Drury Panthers guard Lonnie Boga (14) lays in a ball during the 2013 NCAA Division II National Championship game against the Metro State Roadrunners at Philips Arena on April 7, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (David Welker/For the News-Leader)

Drury Panthers forward Cameron Adams (24) grabs a loose ball on the ground during the 2013 NCAA Division II National Championship game against the Metro State Roadrunners at Philips Arena on April 7, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (David Welker/For the News-Leader)

Members of the Drury Panthers cheer after the Panthers scored during the 2013 NCAA Division II National Championship game against the Metro State Roadrunners at Philips Arena on April 7, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (David Welker/For the News-Leader)

Drury Panthers fans cheer on the Panthers during the 2013 NCAA Division II National Championship game against the Metro State Roadrunners at Philips Arena on April 7, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (David Welker/For the News-Leader)

A Drury Panthers fan cheers on the Panthers during the 2013 NCAA Division II National Championship game against the Metro State Roadrunners at Philips Arena on April 7, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (David Welker/For the News-Leader)

Drury Panthers forward Ian Carter (23) embraces assistant coach Brandon Kimbrough after defeating the Metro State Roadrunners in the 2013 NCAA Division II National Championship game at Philips Arena on April 7, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (David Welker/For the News-Leader)

Drury Panthers forward Ian Carter (23) walks through confetti after defeating the Metro State Roadrunners in the 2013 NCAA Division II National Championship game at Philips Arena on April 7, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (David Welker/For the News-Leader)

Drury Panthers head coach Steve Hesser celebrates with his team after the Panthers defeated the Metro State Roadrunners in the 2013 NCAA Division II National Championship game at Philips Arena on April 7, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (David Welker/For the News-Leader)

Drury Panthers fans celebrates after the Panthers won the 2013 NCAA Division II National Championship game against the Metro State Roadrunners at Philips Arena on April 7, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (David Welker/For the News-Leader)

Members of the Drury Panthers hold up the National Championship trophy after defeating the Metro State Roadrunners in the 2013 NCAA Division II National Championship game at Philips Arena on April 7, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (David Welker/For the News-Leader)

A member of the Drury Panthers cuts a part of the net after the Panthers beat the Metro State Roadrunners in the 2013 NCAA Division II National Championship game at Philips Arena on April 7, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (David Welker/For the News-Leader)

I’d like to thank the Springfield News-Leader for trusting me with such a big assignment and for the hospitality of Drury Athletics, who I have been fortunate enough to spend so much time with over the past week. Congrats to the Drury Panthers on a very successful season!

Members of the Drury Panthers hold up the National Championship trophy after defeating the Metro State Roadrunners in the 2013 NCAA Division II National Championship game at Philips Arena on April 7, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (David Welker/For the News-Leader)