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Monday, April 15, 2013

Marian Lacrosse Captain John Jessup

Last week I got to hang out at Marian lacrosse team practice to photograph John Jessup, a senior captain, who has a prosthetic leg. Jessup was born missing four toes on his right toe and with Fibular Hemimelia, a condition where one leg is substantially shorter and smaller than the other. At age 15 when he started experiencing pain in his knees and hip, he decided to have his right leg amputated. I’ve never photographed lacrosse before and although I was unfortunately unable to shoot a game for this story, it looked like a very interesting – and challenging – sport to shoot. His coach refers to him as an assistant coach because of his skill on the field and knowledge of the game.

John Jessup

John Jessup, a senior lacrosse team captain, shares a laugh with his teammates before a practice on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at Marian High School in Mishawaka. “He’s one of those kids you definitely want to build a program around,” Brian Welch, the team coach, said of his captain. “I look at him as my third coach.” (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

John Jessup

John Jessup, a senior lacrosse team captain, leads his team in a stretch before a practice on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at Marian High School in Mishawaka. Jessup was born missing four toes on his right toe and with Fibular Hemimelia, a condition where one leg is substantially shorter and smaller than the other. At age 15, he decided to have his right leg amputated after he began experiencing pain in his knees and hip. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

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Monday, February 11, 2013

Penn wins sectional basketball title

Penn Mishawaka Girl's Sectional Basketball

Penn coach Kristi Kaniewski Ulrich, center, celebrates a 63-31 win against Mishawaka in a sectional championship game on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, at Penn High School near Mishawaka. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

Penn Mishawaka Girl's Sectional Basketball

Penn’s Taylor Lutz (10) and Kaitlyn Marenyi, bottom right, compete for a loose ball with Mishawaka’s Taylor Parmley (23) and Paige Avery (1) during a high school girl’s basketball sectional championship game on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, at Penn High School near Mishawaka. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

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Friday, February 8, 2013

Intense huddle

I really like shooting team huddles. I guess it’s kind of my thing. I get very bored at high school basketball games shooting only armpits so I’ve made it a habit to try to find some in-between moments on and off the court before, during and after games. Usually these photos don’t run in the paper, but I take them regardless and often they are my favorite photos from basketball assignments.

St. Joseph John Glenn Girl's Basketball

St. Joseph coach Eric Mauch huddles up with his players before the start of a high school girl’s basketball sectional game against John Glenn on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, at New Prairie High School near New Carlisle, Ind. St. Joseph won 45-41 in overtime. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

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Friday, November 9, 2012

South Bend Career Academy adds basketball programs

Earlier this week, I got the chance to hang out at South Bend Career Academy with Tribune columnist Al Lesar to see practices by the school’s newly-formed girl’s and boy’s basketball teams. The academy, a charter school, is in the first year of competition. You can read Al’s column here.

Abdullah Karim huddles up with his girl's basketball team after an informal practice on Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, at the South Bend Career Academy. The academy recently added girl's and boy's basketball. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

Abdullah Karim huddles up with his girl’s basketball team after an informal practice on Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, at the South Bend Career Academy. The academy recently added girl’s and boy’s basketball. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Berrien Springs knocks off Lakeshore in volleyball district semi-finals

Berrien Springs senior Courtney Knuth (5) huddles up her teammates before a district semi-final on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, in Buchanan, Mich. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

Berrien Springs senior Courtney Knuth (5) huddles up her teammates before a district semi-final on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, in Buchanan, Mich. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

Berrien Springs' Holly Tolliver (8) celebrates a score with her teammates during a district semi-final on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, in Buchanan, Mich. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

Berrien Springs’ Holly Tolliver (8) celebrates a score with her teammates during a district semi-final on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, in Buchanan, Mich. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

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Saturday, September 15, 2012

Mishawaka Marian defeats South Bend Washington

Marian quarterback Vince Ravotto watches his pitch out fly through the air as he's hit by Washington's Devonte Hughes (5) during a high school football game on Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, at Marian High School in Mishawaka. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

Marian quarterback Vince Ravotto watches his pitch out fly through the air as he’s hit by Washington’s Devonte Hughes (5) during a high school football game on Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, at Marian High School in Mishawaka. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

Marian defensive back Joseph Ernst lays a hit on Washington running back Matt Clay after Clay broke off a long run during a high school football game on Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, at Marian High School in Mishawaka. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

Marian defensive back Joseph Ernst lays a hit on Washington running back Matt Clay after Clay broke off a long run during a high school football game on Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, at Marian High School in Mishawaka. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Riley falls to Northridge in softball regional final

Got a chance to play around in some sweet light on Tuesday night as two area teams matched up in a softball regional. Unfortunately, the main team I was covering, Riley, lost meaning we couldn’t use my favorite frame of their team celebrating (fourth frame down). Just my luck the best reaction shot I got doesn’t line up well with the outcome of the game. Such is life.

Riley's Allison Luft, left, applies the tag to Northridge's Madison Schrock between second and third during a Class 4A softball regional final on Tuesday, May 29, 2012, at Riley High School in South Bend. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

Riley's Allison Luft, left, applies the tag to Northridge's Madison Schrock between second and third during a Class 4A softball regional final on Tuesday, May 29, 2012, at Riley High School in South Bend. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

A Riley player wears a bow in her hair with the school's colors before a Class 4A softball regional final on Tuesday, May 29, 2012, at Riley High School in South Bend. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

A Riley player wears a bow in her hair with the school's colors before a Class 4A softball regional final on Tuesday, May 29, 2012, at Riley High School in South Bend. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

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