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Saturday, October 29, 2016

Penn wins state soccer championship

Penn Brebeuf Jesuit State Championship

Penn’s Maya Lacognato, right, and Kristina Lynch (24) celebrate a goal against Brebeuf Jesuit during the IHSAA Class 2A Girls Soccer State Championship Game on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016, at Carroll Stadium in Indianapolis. (James Brosher for South Bend Tribune)

Penn Brebeuf Jesuit State Championship

Penn’s Molly McLaughlin (14) competes for the ball with Brebeuf Jesuit’s Hallie Pearson (19) and Alia Martin (23) during the IHSAA Class 2A Girls Soccer State Championship Game on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016, at Carroll Stadium in Indianapolis. (James Brosher for South Bend Tribune)

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Saturday, October 29, 2016

Mishawaka Marian wins second-straight state soccer title

Mishawaka Marian Providence State Championship

Mishawaka Marian’s Johnathan Tavarez (8) celebrates after scoring a goal against Providence during the IHSAA Class A Boys Soccer State Championship Game on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016, at Carroll Stadium in Indianapolis. Marian won 4-0. (James Brosher for South Bend Tribune)

Mishawaka Marian Providence State Championship

Mishawaka Marian’s Jordan Morris, top, and Providence’s Nick Berry hit the turf after getting tangled while playing the ball during the IHSAA Class A Boys Soccer State Championship Game on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016, at Carroll Stadium in Indianapolis. Marian won 4-0. (James Brosher for South Bend Tribune)

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Clay defeats Riley in soccer sectional

Clay Riley Soccer Sectional

Clay keeper bats away a shot from Riley during a boy’s soccer sectional on Monday, Oct. 7, 2013, at Tallman-Byer Field in South Bend. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

Clay Riley Soccer Sectional
Clay Riley Soccer Sectional

At left: Clay’s Willis Imanene celebrates a 1-0 win against Riley. At right: Clay’s Saul Gonzalez, bottom, fouls Riley’s Andrew Hauersperger (11) in the box. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Wyoming Soccer Tournament Day 3: The end

Saturday was the end of a couple things. It was the end of the Wyoming state soccer tournament, and it was supposed to be the end of the world. The world didn’t end, but luckily the soccer tournament did. I shot four games on Saturday including both of the Class 4A championship games for our sister paper in Laramie. Unfortunately for the folks in Laramie, both of their teams lost in the finals. The girl’s game was especially painful because it came down to penalty kicks after 90 minutes of regulation and an additional 20 minutes of overtime left the game tied at 1-1. I’m not a fan of shooting crying kids, but it’s part of the job I guess. Believe me, I’d much rather shoot a celebration photo than a dejection photo. I’m disappointed in my overall take from the tournament because I didn’t get any good features away from the games. I was so miserable with the cold and rain that I was in survival mode the entire weekend.

Laramie keeper Rachel Rettinger reacts after allowing a goal during penalty kicks overtime in the Class 4A girl's state soccer championship game against Gillette on Saturday, May 21, 2011, in Sheridan, Wyo. Laramie lost in a shootout 2-1 (3-1).

Laramie keeper Rachel Rettinger reacts after allowing a goal during penalty kicks overtime in the Class 4A girl's state soccer championship game against Gillette on Saturday, May 21, 2011, in Sheridan, Wyo. Laramie lost in a shootout 2-1 (3-1).

Cheyenne Central's Makena Cameron, right, hugs teammate Halee Moore (10) as Cheyenne East's Victoria Arenas walks back towards the bench following a goal from Cameron during a Class 4A girl's state soccer third place game on Saturday, May 21, 2011, in Sheridan, Wyo.

Cheyenne Central's Makena Cameron, right, hugs teammate Halee Moore (10) as Cheyenne East's Victoria Arenas walks back towards the bench following a goal from Cameron during a Class 4A girl's state soccer third place game on Saturday, May 21, 2011, in Sheridan, Wyo.

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Friday, May 20, 2011

Wyoming Soccer Tournament Day 2: Let it rain

Today was pretty much identical to Thursday. Rain. Rain. Rain. It never stopped. The only difference for me was a nifty pair of waterproof boots ($25 at Wal Mart) that kept my feet dry. Other than that I got soaked again. This despite a rain coat I wore over my winter jacket. I guess when it rains so hard for so long, there’s not much you can wear to keep you completely dry. I got used to the whole being wet deal and just rolled with it. Felt like I got better pictures today although the teams I shot didn’t fair very well. All the Cheyenne teams are out of contention for state titles meaning the only title games I’ll be shooting on Saturday will be for our sister paper in Laramie.

Laramie's Lindsey Martinez (3) heads the ball away from Cheyenne East's Chelsea Crampton-Weber during a Class 4A girl's state soccer semifinal on Friday, May 20, 2011, in Sheridan, Wyo.

Laramie's Lindsey Martinez (3) heads the ball away from Cheyenne East's Chelsea Crampton-Weber during a Class 4A girl's state soccer semifinal on Friday, May 20, 2011, in Sheridan, Wyo.

Kelly Walsh's Patrick Cardinal celebrates after rolling the ball into the goal for a score during a Class 4A boy's state soccer semifinal against Laramie on Friday, May 20, 2011, in Sheridan, Wyo.

Kelly Walsh's Patrick Cardinal celebrates after rolling the ball into the goal for a score during a Class 4A boy's state soccer semifinal against Laramie on Friday, May 20, 2011, in Sheridan, Wyo.

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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Wyoming Soccer Tournament Day 1: Miserable soggyness

Today was miserable. I shot seven different teams at the Wyoming high school soccer tournament in what seemed like a monsoon. It rained the entire day. The entire day. I’ve never been so soaked in my life. I dressed in layers of what is said to be “rainproof” clothing, but after a few hours, even rainproof clothing gets saturated. I had an hour break in the middle of the day, and I ran back to our hotel to change into dry clothes. Upon returning to the games, I was soaked again in about 30 minutes. I’m planning a Wal Mart run this evening to ensure this doesn’t happen again tomorrow.

Spectators watch the action from under a tarp as Rock Springs takes on Sheridan in a boy's state soccer quarterfinal on Thursday, May 19, 2011, in Sheridan, Wyo.

Spectators watch the action from under a tarp as Rock Springs takes on Sheridan in a boy's state soccer quarterfinal on Thursday, May 19, 2011, in Sheridan, Wyo.

Cheyenne East keeper Shayne Carter reacts after making contact with the ball during penalty kick overtime against Natrona County in a girl's state soccer quarterfinal on Thursday, May 19, 2011, in Sheridan, Wyo. East won.

Cheyenne East keeper Shayne Carter reacts after making contact with the ball during penalty kick overtime against Natrona County in a girl's state soccer quarterfinal on Thursday, May 19, 2011, in Sheridan, Wyo. East won.

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Thursday, May 12, 2011

Cheyenne East vs. Gillette boy’s soccer

Cheyenne East's Jalen Willett (5) plays the ball away from Gillette's Cody Nice during a boy's soccer regional game on Thursday, May 12, 2011, at Cheyenne South High School. East won 4-2.

Cheyenne East's Jalen Willett (5) plays the ball away from Gillette's Cody Nice during a boy's soccer regional game on Thursday, May 12, 2011, at Cheyenne South High School. East won 4-2.

Gillette's Brandon Swan (17) throws his head back in frustration as it became apparent Gillette would lose to Cheyenne East during a boy's soccer regional game on Thursday, May 12, 2011, at Cheyenne South High School.

Gillette's Brandon Swan (17) throws his head back in frustration as it became apparent Gillette would lose to Cheyenne East during a boy's soccer regional game on Thursday, May 12, 2011, at Cheyenne South High School.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Cheyenne Central keeper Kelley Fisher

As I sometimes do before a portrait shoot, I turned to Google’s image search for some ideas. My assignment was to photograph a local high school keeper. Initially I wanted to do a low-angle shot of her diving for a ball, but as I looked through the results of my “soccer keeper portrait” search, I noticed that there were no overhead angles. All of the portraits I could find were either low angle or eye level. I love a good overhead shot so I thought I’d try something a little different. I borrowed a six-foot step ladder from the photo editor and shot an action portrait wide from above. It’s definitely not an angle you see often in soccer photography. At this particular high school, it’s extremely hard to get a clean background because of stadium lights, bleachers, a small building, fencing and – believe it or not – a windmill behind one goal. Shooting from a high angle down gave me a clear background that doesn’t take away from the subject.

I talked to the subject on the phone around 6 p.m., drove out to the school at 6:30 p.m. and started the shoot around 7 p.m. Unlike magazines and larger newspapers, we don’t enjoy the luxury of time when it comes to a lot of our shoots. In this particular case, I found out who I would be photographing at noon on Monday and had the entire shoot done by 8 p.m. The lighting setup was extremely simple. I used one Canon 550EX speedlight shot through an umbrella at 1/8 power above the subject on camera right. That light was held by one friend from work while a second friend lobbed the soccer balls to her.

Cheyenne Central keeper Kelley Fisher is the WyoSports Cheyenne prep athlete of the week.

Cheyenne Central keeper Kelley Fisher is the WyoSports Cheyenne prep athlete of the week.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Cheyenne East-Kelly Walsh girl’s soccer

Cheyenne East's Rachel Erickson (6) reacts as she falls to the pitch after contact with Kelly Walsh defender Rachel Franke during a high school girl's soccer game on Tuesday, April 19, 2011, at Cheyenne East High School. Erickson connected on the free kick as East cruised to a 5-0 win.

Cheyenne East's Rachel Erickson (6) reacts as she falls to the pitch after contact with Kelly Walsh defender Rachel Franke during a high school girl's soccer game on Tuesday, April 19, 2011, at Cheyenne East High School. Erickson connected on the free kick as East cruised to a 5-0 win.

Cheyenne East's Rachel Erickson (6) plays the ball in front of Kelly Walshdefender April Taylor (14) during a high school girl's soccer game on Tuesday, April 19, 2011, at Cheyenne East High School.

Cheyenne East's Rachel Erickson (6) plays the ball in front of Kelly Walshdefender April Taylor (14) during a high school girl's soccer game on Tuesday, April 19, 2011, at Cheyenne East High School.

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