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As the seasons change, so do the sports. Each time I shoot a sport for the first time that season, it’s a big refresher course: “Oh yeah, that’s how baseball works.” “Okay, now I remember the best way for me to shoot wrestling.” And etc.

But if you’re covering Penn State, it’s always football season.

Just a few short months after the end of the Nittany Lions’ 2014 season, I’ll be returning to Beaver Stadium this Saturday to cover the Blue-White spring scrimmage. Just two months ago, I was in State College to shoot the second annual Signature Event. Here are a few pictures from the signing day festivities back in February:

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. From left, Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg, running back Akeel Lynch and wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton wait for fans to arrive for an autograph session during the second annual Signature Event on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, at Penn State’s Rec Hall. The event, held on National Signing Day, featured an autograph session by the 2015 football starting players and culminated in head coach James Franklin’s discussing each of the new recruits.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Penn State fans wait in a line that snaked around the concourse to get posters signed by football players, during the second annual Signature Event on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, at Penn State’s Rec Hall.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Penn State head football coach James Franklin walks the concourse before the second annual Signature Event on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, at Penn State’s Rec Hall.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Penn State sophomore Misha Demchuk holds a flag as she watches the video board during the second annual Signature Event on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, at Penn State’s Rec Hall.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Penn State head football coach James Franklin, new recruit Paris Palmer and player development director P.J. Mullen discuss Palmer’s background during the second annual Signature Event on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, at Penn State’s Rec Hall.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Penn State fans watch a recruit’s highlight video on the video board behind them during the second annual Signature Event on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, at Penn State’s Rec Hall.

You can check out more photos from the Signature Event here!

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The high school winter sports season ended not too long ago, but with spring games getting canceled left and right due to inclement weather, I’m a little nostalgic for the days of photographing sports exclusively indoors.

Earlier in the winter season, reporter Steve wrote a feature on New Oxford’s swim team, which meant I had the rare opportunity/freedom to photograph a swim meet without worrying about getting action shots of certain swimmers. Here are some photos from that assignment (you can view more here):

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. New Oxford swim coach Cheryl Mowery talks to her team before a swim meet at Red Lion on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015. Despite being a small team, New Oxford is competing in Division I for the first time.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. New Oxford’s Alex Pecher, center, prepares to swim the 100-yard butterfly during a swim meet at Red Lion on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. From left, New Oxford’s Hailey Janocha, Madison Smith, Regan Chalk and Rachel Groden put on their swim caps before the 200-yard freestyle relay during a swim meet at Red Lion on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. New Oxford’s Regan Chalk, second from bottom, begins the 100-yard backstroke, which she won, during a swim meet at Red Lion on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. New Oxford’s Alex Pecher, center, lifts himself from out of the pool after swimming the 100-yard breaststroke during a swim meet at Red Lion on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015.

Not too long afterwards, I was assigned another swimming feature — this time, at the 36th annual South Western Relays.

Fun fact: Between the ages of roughly 6 and 11, I was on my neighborhood’s summer swim team. This meant every morning, five days a week, my brothers and I were shipped off to the neighborhood pool for two hours of swim practice. Saturday mornings were spent at the pool again, participating in more specialized clinics. On Mondays, our team would compete in a swim meet against another neighborhood team (there were six or seven teams in whatever league had been formed).

At first, I hated swim team: It subjected me to my first experiences as a victim of bullying and made me feel completely inadequate when, try as the coaches might, I never did learn how to dive properly. Once I became pretty decent at backstroke and butterfly at age 8 or 9 and got moved up to heats 2 and, occasionally, 1, it was all right. But definitely the best part of swim team and the meets was the downtime between races, which was when I’d eat whatever I wanted — especially since my mom would always volunteer to work the concessions booth, and would pay for my Airhead candies, pizza slices and flavored shaved ice.

Photographing the South Western Relays took me back to those swim meets, in a good way, especially once I discovered that even high school swimmers get their races Sharpie’d onto their arms and also pig out between races.

Just a few photos from that assignment (here are more):

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. York Suburban swimmer Karl Schmittle, center, puts on his goggles as he and other swimmers enter the natatorium for the 400-yard medley relay on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, at South Western High School. Hundreds of swimmers competed in the 36th annual South Western Swimming Relays, which featured 21 relay events.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Event, heat and lane assignments, written in permanent marker, are visible on the forearms of Susquehannock swimmers Ryan Denis, Jade Reall and Allie Reed as they play Cards Against Humanity with teammates during downtime in the gym on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, at South Western High School.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. One heat of backstroke-relay swimmers walks around the diving end of the pool as another heat competes on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, at South Western High School.

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Last month, South Western hosted its 36th annual diving competition. I wasn’t able to arrive on time to photograph the girls, but I did photograph every single dive performed by the boys later in the afternoon. Some favorites:

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Northeastern’s Josh Freeze performs a dive during the 36th annual South Western Diving Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015, at Emory H. Markle Intermediate School. Chambersburg’s Nick Cover bested the meet and pool records with a diving score of 471.95, while South Western’s Andrew Feeser took second with 351.85 and Northeastern’s Joe Writer won third with 289.95.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Dover’s Jamie Kohler performs a dive during the 36th annual South Western Diving Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015, at Emory H. Markle Intermediate School.

© 2015 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Chambersburg’s Nick Cover performs a dive during the 36th annual South Western Diving Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015, at Emory H. Markle Intermediate School.

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© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Penn State players enter the field from the first-base dugout for warmups before the New Era Pinstripe Bowl game on Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014, at Yankee Stadium.

One does not simply cover a bowl game.

At least, not if you’re The York Daily Record.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Penn State head football coach James Franklin tours the field at Yankee Stadium ahead of the New Era Pinstripe Bowl game on Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014.

In the weeks and days ahead of the 2014 New Era Pinstripe Bowl, I was involved in one formal planning meeting and at least a half-dozen informal others. The main points were these:

  • It’s Penn State’s first bowl game in three seasons, following the NCAA’s lifting the sanctions enacted after the Sandusky scandal erupted, so this game is important for the players and the fans.
  • It’s in New York City, which is weird because bowl games are usually played in nice, warm places, but New York is also iconic, so pictures of Penn Staters — who usually tailgate in the rolling hills of rural, central Pennsylvania — wandering or partying in the concrete jungle are paramount.
  • It’s my first bowl game to cover for the paper, so it’s crucial I’m on my A-game.

To be fair, the third point was never actually uttered, but it stood.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Penn State head football coach James Franklin and Boston College coach Steve Addazio listen to a question at a coaches’ press conference at Yankee Stadium on Friday, Dec. 26, 2014. Penn State plays Boston College tomorrow in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl Bowl in Yankee Stadium.

So, the day after Christmas, writers Frank and Lizi and I boarded the Amtrak to Penn Station, and got to work immediately upon our arrival in Manhattan. The only chances we had for relaxation and/or exploration were in the late evenings after we finished work on Friday and Saturday, as well as Sunday morning before we departed for home. We made the most of these limited opportunities, and had a nice Roman-Jewish dinner, a hoppin’ late-night Korean dinner and a hearty Sunday brunch.

(The Korean dinner was particularly memorable: Not only was it weird and delicious, it also followed an unintentional 12-hour fast during which I was so busy covering festivities, the game and the celebration that I didn’t have time to eat anything, including the provided meal for media.)

As for the actual festivities, game and celebration? Check out some pictures:

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Penn State alumni Kayla Nakonechni of Scranton and John Tecce of Downington, center, stand in front of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree for a photo on Friday, Dec. 26, 2014, in New York City. Tecce graduated in 2012, while Nakonechni just graduated in a December commencement ceremony.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Penn State fans Scott Yorty of Bloomsburg, left, and Zach Stike of Suffolk, Va., center, walk into Johnny Utah’s for a happy hour hosted by the Nittany Lion Club and the Penn State Alumni Association on Friday, Dec. 26, 2014, in New York City.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Peggy Rehill of State College is the first person to ride the mechanical bull at a happy hour hosted by the Nittany Lion Club and the Penn State Alumni Association at Johnny Utah’s in New York City on Friday, Dec. 26, 2014.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. From left, Penn State fans Beth Bevan of Tunkhannock, Pa., Nathan Cartwright of Los Angeles, Calif., Bevan’s husband Bill Berholtz and Berholtz’s daughter Sarah, 15, shout the “We are” chant at their tailgate in a Bronx parking lot nearby Yankee Stadium on Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Penn State fan Dave Hennon of Pittsburgh checks his phone outside Stan’s Sports Bar on River Avenue toward Yankee Stadium on Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Boston College cheerleaders walk down River Avenue toward Yankee Stadium on Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday news. A portrait of New York Yankee legends Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth hangs on a wall behind Penn State cheerleaders as they rally up a crowd inside Yankee Stadium before the team’s arrival on Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Penn State head football coach James Franklin tours the field at Yankee Stadium ahead of the New Era Pinstripe Bowl game on Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Penn State wide receiver Chris Godwin escapes a tackle by Boston College’s Manuel Asprilla in the first half of the New Era Pinstripe Bowl game on Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014, at Yankee Stadium.

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In two days — the day after Christmas — I’ll be covering the New Era Pinstripe Bowl in Yankee Stadium, where Penn State will meet Boston College in the Nittany Lions’ first bowl game since the Jan. 2012 TicketCity Bowl.

This will be my first-ever Penn State bowl game, and only my second-ever college bowl game. (My first was in 2010, when the Navy defeated Missouri in the Texas Bowl.) This will also be my first time in Yankee Stadium.

I’m ready for it. But first, I’ll finish out my Christmas Eve shift and enjoy Christmas Day. In the meantime, here are pictures from the Penn State football games I’ve covered this season:

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. New Penn State head football coach James Franklin walks up Curtin Road toward Beaver Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014. Penn State hosts Akron in new head coach James Franklin’s first regular-season home game on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Penn State’s Geno Lewis rushes against Akron’s Kris Givens and Johnny Robinson in the third quarter at Beaver Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014. Penn State defeated Akron 21-3 in new head coach James Franklin’s first regular-season home game.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Penn State’s Michael Buddenberg tries to break a pass from Akron quarterback Kyle Pohl in the third quarter at Beaver Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014. Penn State defeated Akron 21-3 in new head coach James Franklin’s first regular-season home game.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. New Penn State head football coach James Franklin reacts to a call in the third quarter at Beaver Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014. Penn State defeated Akron 21-3 in new head coach James Franklin’s first regular-season home game.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. The Penn State student section erupts after Jesse James rushed a touchdown in the fourth quarter at Beaver Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014. Penn State defeated Akron 21-3 in new head coach James Franklin’s first regular-season home game.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Maryland head football coach and York County native Randy Edsall walks into the visiting team’s locker room at Beaver Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014. Penn State and Maryland will play their first game against each other since 1993, with York County native Randy Edsall leading the Terrapins as head coach, at Beaver Stadium.

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Tomorrow is officially the first day of winter, so naturally my mind is turning towards warmer, summery topics. I’ve also been reviewing the pictures I’ve made in 2014, which reminded me just how many summer nights I spent at William Grove Speedway. (Three — which isn’t that many, but definitely more than any other YDR photographer this year.)

This job has a way of flinging me out of my comfort zone, with the expectation that I’ll make it out not just alive and relatively unscathed, but with some decent pictures as well. Four years ago, I wouldn’t have imagined being able to navigate my way around a dirt track, but now I’m hailed as a familiar face by crew members and push-truck drivers. The more time I spent with these folks, the more I appreciated how the races are just a big family reunion.

Here are pictures from three of those reunions, or races:

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. (Left to right) Crew members Vince Hamberger and David Rohrbaugh change out the rear gears of York driver Cory Haas’ car before the World of Outlaws and the Pennsylvania Posse raced at Williams Grove Speedway on Friday, May 16, 2014. The World of Outlaws raced their first night of the season at Williams Grove against the Pennsylvania Posse on Friday, May 16, 2014.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Chad Lloyd and Vince Hamberger, crew members for driver Cory Haas of York, measure the circumference of the right-rear tire while pumping it up Friday, July 18, 2014, before the World of Outlaws and the Pennsylvania Posse met for the first of the two-night Summer Nationals event at Williams Grove Speedway.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Ryan Hand, crew member for driver Greg Hodnett of Spring Grove, works on Hodnett’s car Friday, July 18, 2014, before the World of Outlaws and the Pennsylvania Posse met for the first of the two-night Summer Nationals event at Williams Grove Speedway.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. A tractor grooms the track Friday, July 18, 2014, before the World of Outlaws and the Pennsylvania Posse met for the first of the two-night Summer Nationals event at Williams Grove Speedway.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Pit steward Eric Walls waves drivers onto the track for the motor heat Friday, July 18, 2014, before the World of Outlaws and the Pennsylvania Posse met for the first of the two-night Summer Nationals event at Williams Grove Speedway.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Queen Anne’s Lace grows on the safe side of the rail as drivers run their dirt-track cars for the motor heat Friday, July 18, 2014, before the World of Outlaws and the Pennsylvania Posse met for the first of the two-night Summer Nationals event at Williams Grove Speedway.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Hanover driver Jacob Allen drives a time trial before the World of Outlaws and the Pennsylvania Posse raced Friday, May 16, 2014, at Williams Grove Speedway. The World of Outlaws raced their first night of the season at Williams Grove against the Pennsylvania Posse on Friday, May 16, 2014.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Spectators cross a bridge connecting the infield and a grandstand as a truck grooms the track below before hot laps at Williams Grove Speedway on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014. The Pennsylvania Posse faced off the World of Outlaws in the 52nd National Open.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. World of Outlaws driver Daryn Pittman drives a time trial before racing the Pennsylvania Posse at Williams Grove Speedway on Friday, May 16, 2014. The World of Outlaws raced their first night of the season at Williams Grove against the Pennsylvania Posse on Friday, May 16, 2014.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Drivers take their hot laps around Williams Grove Speedway Friday, July 18, 2014, before the World of Outlaws and the Pennsylvania Posse met for the first of the two-night Summer Nationals event at Williams Grove Speedway.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Cory Haas of York, second from left, stirs up some dust while driving a heat at Williams Grove Speedway on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014. The Pennsylvania Posse faced off the World of Outlaws in the 52nd National Open.

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Fan Matt Miller lifts up World of Outlaws driver David Gravel after Gravel won the 40-lap feature race at Williams Grove Speedway on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014. The Pennsylvania Posse faced off the World of Outlaws in the 52nd National Open.

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I never thought about it til Penn State football beat reporter Frank brought it up, but I’ve covered three different head coaches in as many years as I’ve been with The York Daily Record (about three and a half years).

My first season photographing Penn State football turned out to be Joe Paterno’s last (2011).

Bill O’Brien took the helm for the next two seasons, but signed on with the Houston Texans basically as soon as he possibly could (2012-2013).

And now, we have James Franklin (2014).

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. New Penn State head football coach James Franklin steps off the team bus and greets the crowd outside Beaver Stadium before the Blue-White Game on Saturday, April 12, 2014. Penn State’s spring football scrimmage will be new head coach James Franklin’s first game in Beaver Stadium.

I photographed the Blue-White Game in April, which was technically Franklin’s first game in Beaver Stadium. Tomorrow, editor Eileen and I go to cover the game against Akron, which will be his first regular-season game in State College.

Another season, another coach. This’ll be fun.

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I wouldn’t call myself a sports photographer by any means, but when you photograph as many sports as we at the Daily Record do, you can’t help but consider the immense variety of humanly physical achievements these athletes are attempting via any amount of training or number of techniques.

Take, for instance, javelin. Javelin is but one sport in the all-encompassing term “track and field,” but it’s similar to shot put in that both involve an athlete manipulating his/her physique in order to manipulate physics in order to propel an object as far away from him/her as possible. Yet, if you observe different javelin athletes, you can’t help but notice each one is using completely different techniques to attempt the same basic objective.

And that’s just javelin. Shot put has the same basic objective, but it’s achieved completely differently. And again, each athlete has his/her own techniques to that end.

Maybe I think too much about these things. But these are the types of things I think about when I’m sent to cover two very different track assignments in one day.

Track and field…

Littlestown's Lucas Reynolds fails to clear the high jump at 6 feet, 2 inches on the first day of the District 3 track and field championships on Friday, May 16, 2014, at Shippensburg University. Chris Dunn — Daily Record/Sunday News

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Littlestown’s Lucas Reynolds fails to clear the high jump at 6 feet, 2 inches on the first day of the District 3 track and field championships on Friday, May 16, 2014, at Shippensburg University.

…and sprint car racing:

Hanover driver Logan Schuchart, in his first season in the World of Outlaws, drives a time trial before racing the Pennsylvania Posse at Williams Grove Speedway on Friday, May 16, 2014. The World of Outlaws raced their first night of the season at Williams Grove against the Pennsylvania Posse on Friday, May 16, 2014. Chris Dunn — Daily Record/Sunday News

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Hanover driver Logan Schuchart, in his first season in the World of Outlaws, drives a time trial before racing the Pennsylvania Posse at Williams Grove Speedway on Friday, May 16, 2014. The World of Outlaws raced their first night of the season at Williams Grove against the Pennsylvania Posse on Friday, May 16, 2014.

Yesterday was the first of two days of PIAA District 3 track and field championships at Shippensburg University. Track and field is a good sport to cover if you want to stay on your toes, because it comprises so many different types of sports (and, in the case of track, different events) that are all photographed differently.

Yesterday was also the World of Outlaws’ season debut at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg. Sprint car racing is a good sport to cover if you don’t mind partial hearing loss.

Anyway, when you cover these different sports in one day, it’s hard not to marvel at what the human body (plus the occasional gears, wheels and oil) is capable of doing.

I’ll stop babbling. Photos:

Drivers warm up their cars on the track as others get their cars pushed onto the track before the World of Outlaws and the Pennsylvania Posse raced at Williams Grove Speedway on Friday, May 16, 2014. The World of Outlaws raced their first night of the season at Williams Grove against the Pennsylvania Posse on Friday, May 16, 2014. Chris Dunn — Daily Record/Sunday News

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Drivers warm up their cars on the track as others get their cars pushed onto the track before the World of Outlaws and the Pennsylvania Posse raced at Williams Grove Speedway on Friday, May 16, 2014. The World of Outlaws raced their first night of the season at Williams Grove against the Pennsylvania Posse on Friday, May 16, 2014.

Dallastown's Lillian Cook throws the javelin for 117 feet, 9 inches on the first day of the District 3 track and field championships on Friday, May 16, 2014, at Shippensburg University. Chris Dunn — Daily Record/Sunday News

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Dallastown’s Lillian Cook throws the javelin for 117 feet, 9 inches on the first day of the District 3 track and field championships on Friday, May 16, 2014, at Shippensburg University.

(Left to right) Crew members Vince Hamberger and David Rohrbaugh change out the rear gears of York driver Cory Haas' car before the World of Outlaws and the Pennsylvania Posse raced at Williams Grove Speedway on Friday, May 16, 2014. The World of Outlaws raced their first night of the season at Williams Grove against the Pennsylvania Posse on Friday, May 16, 2014. Chris Dunn — Daily Record/Sunday News

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. (Left to right) Crew members Vince Hamberger and David Rohrbaugh change out the rear gears of York driver Cory Haas’ car before the World of Outlaws and the Pennsylvania Posse raced at Williams Grove Speedway on Friday, May 16, 2014. The World of Outlaws raced their first night of the season at Williams Grove against the Pennsylvania Posse on Friday, May 16, 2014.

West York's Abdul Junaid runs the 100-meter dash trial on the first day of the District 3 track and field championships on Friday, May 16, 2014, at Shippensburg University. Chris Dunn — Daily Record/Sunday News

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. West York’s Abdul Junaid runs the 100-meter dash trial on the first day of the District 3 track and field championships on Friday, May 16, 2014, at Shippensburg University.

Hanover driver Jacob Allen drives a time trial before the World of Outlaws and the Pennsylvania Posse raced Friday, May 16, 2014, at Williams Grove Speedway. The World of Outlaws raced their first night of the season at Williams Grove against the Pennsylvania Posse on Friday, May 16, 2014. Chris Dunn — Daily Record/Sunday News

© 2014 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Hanover driver Jacob Allen drives a time trial before the World of Outlaws and the Pennsylvania Posse raced Friday, May 16, 2014, at Williams Grove Speedway. The World of Outlaws raced their first night of the season at Williams Grove against the Pennsylvania Posse on Friday, May 16, 2014.

You can view more track and field photos here, and more sprint car racing photos here.

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Penn State ended its 2013 football season on a high note tonight, but here’re a few action-feature photos from the two regular-season games I shot this year. (I did shoot the spring Blue-White game, and did video for a third regular-season game.)

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Penn State’s Zach Zwinak brings the ball into the endzone against Eastern Michigan in the first quarter on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013. Penn State defeated Eastern Michigan University 45-7.

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Penn State’s Adam Breneman celebrates in the end zone after scoring the first touchdown against Nebraska on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. Penn State lost 23-20 in overtime.

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg finds an opening in the Nebraska defense to rush a third-quarter touchdown on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013.

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Penn State kicker Sam Ficken reacts after watching his bad field goal attempt in overtime against Nebraska on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013.

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The first high school football game of the season is tomorrow, and we’re sending folks to cover Penn State’s first game on Saturday. With that in mind, here’re a few pictures I made last year while working on a story about pee wee football.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Boys Club rink varsity football players do the crab-walk while drilling at practice on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012.

For one and a half years, practically every fall evening as I drove back to the office via Parkway Boulevard, I’d see miniscule football players running through drills and practices. Finally, my interest had been sufficiently piqued and, one evening, I pulled over, observed the final minutes of practice and chatted up one of the fathers who was making sure his son wasn’t slacking. Then he introduced me to the coach, and after that, I was at practice at least once a week.

After following the “rinkies” for about a month, I pulled the story together with this basic summary:

After an undefeated regular season — and not allowing first downs or touchdowns in all but the last game — the Boys Club of York Red Raiders’ rink varsity football team lost the York County Youth Football Association championship game 12-0 to West York’s rink varsity football team on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, at Northeastern High School. The “rinkies” are 7-8-year olds who had practiced every weekday from August through the beginning of November on a field just off Parkway Boulevard in York. This team of rinkies has played together for three years so far and, despite three consecutive undefeated seasons, has yet to claim a league championship title.

You can read my final story here, and view more pictures here, but finally, after a year, I’m showing a few of my personal favorites:

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Marlyn Dellinger ties the shoe of his son’s Boys Club rink varsity football teammate Jonathan Orr, 8, before practice on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Armonni Borges, 5, waits for the whistle as Jaxiel Ascencio, 8, runs through a drill during practice on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2012, at a field just off Parkway Boulevard in York. Armonni’s older brother Terrance Price, 8, plays for the Boys Club’s rink varsity team, but Armonni is too young to join the Boys Club’s youngest division — the 6-7-year-old “smurfs.” Nevertheless, the “rinkies” coaches allow Armonni to practice alongside the older boys and to watch games from the sidelines.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Boys Club rink varsity football coach Shanoy Moody knocks helmets while trying to pump up the boys near the end of practice on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Zamir Weedon-Parker, 8, stands with his co-captains in the endzone before the semifinal game against the Eastern York County Blackhawks on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, at Central York High School.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Boys Club’s Jonathan Orr stiff-arms Yorktowne’s Imeire Manigualt on his way to a touchdown in the final regular-season game on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012, at Central York High School. For the first time this season, the Red Raiders allowed first downs and touchdowns, but defeated the Yorktowne Patriots 32-18.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Andrew Miller, 11, encourages his nephew Zamir Weedon-Parker, 8, as Zamir stretches out after a long rush for a touchdown to bring the Red Raiders up 12-6 after the half against the Eastern York County Blackhawks on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2012, at Central York High School.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Zamir Weedon-Parker, 8, is carried off the field by teammate Mehki Workman, 7, and uncle Andrew Miller, 11, after the Boys Club won its semifinal game against Eastern York County on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, at Central York High School.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Nani Nieves, 8, listens to the Boys Club coaches’ post-game talk during a huddle after the Red Raiders defeated the Eastern York County Blackhawks on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, to advance to the York County Youth Football Association championship game. Nieves’ mother Neesha said she likes to wear makeup at home — and, evidently, while playing football.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Neesha Nieves helps her daughter Nani, 8, get geared up for practice on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Boys Club rink varsity football players march down the track before playing the York County Youth Football Association championship game against West York on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, at Northeastern High School.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. West York’s Connor Michael breaks past the Boys Club defense in the York County Youth Football Association championship game on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, at Northeastern High School.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Boys Club rink varsity quarterback Kerry Glover, 8, leaves the field, tears streaming, after the Red Raiders lost the York County Youth Football Association championship game to West York on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, at Northeastern High School. “The hardest part for me was seeing the look on their faces,” said his father, also Kerry Glover, who is head coach.

Happy football season, everybody!

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Softball picture from forever ago:

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Red Lion’s Alexa Taylor, left, swivels around third to successfully evade Central York’s Kelsey Wisner in the fifth inning at Central York on Friday, April 26, 2013. Central York defeated Red Lion 6-4.

 

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Today, the York Catholic girls played their seventh state championship game in the past eight seasons.

Today, they lost 45-38 to Bishop Canevin.

But — they lost with grace.

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. (Left to right) York Catholic’s Zaenna Echevarria, Morgan Klunk, Hannah Laslo and Amelia York listen to head coach Kevin Bankos in their locker room after losing 45-38 to Bishop Canevin in the PIAA Class AA girls basketball championship game on Friday, March 22, 2013, at the Giant Center.

I began following the team’s journey this morning after I checked in with the student tailgate outside the Giant Center:

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. (Left to right) York Catholic seniors DeeDee Davis and Bri Raineri and junior Ian Shelley help themselves to eggs as Mary Williams and her daughter Christina, 11, work on cooking the bacon at a student tailgate outside the Giant Center before attending York Catholic’s PIAA Class AA girls basketball championship game on Friday, March 22, 2013.

Hairspray:

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. (Left to right) York Catholic’s Zaenna Echevarria and Deanna Chesko fix up their hair as Morgan Klunk washes her hands in their Giant Center locker room on Friday, March 22, 2013, before playing the PIAA Class AA girls basketball championship game.

Socks:

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. York Catholic’s Amelia York prepares to change out of a lucky pair of socks in the locker room at the Giant Center on Friday, March 22, 2013.

High-fives:

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. York Catholic’s Morgan Klunk swoops in for high fives from her teammates as they get ready for a group picture on the Giant Center’s court on Friday, March 22, 2013, before the PIAA Class AA girls basketball championship game.

After the game, tears:

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. York Catholic’s Amelia York, right, wipes her face after receiving her PIAA Class AA runner-up medal on Friday, March 22, 2013, at the Giant Center. To her left is Marissa Ressler (22).

Trophy:

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. York Catholic’s Morgan Klunk holds the PIAA Class AA runner-up trophy while watching Bishop Cavenin players receive their championship trophy on Friday, March 22, 2013, at the Giant Center.

Chocolate:

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. York Catholic’s Hannah Laslo holds up a five-pound Hershey’s chocolate bar as she and her teammates greet the student section after losing 45-38 to Bishop Canevin in the PIAA Class AA girls basketball championship game on Friday, March 22, 2013, at the Giant Center.

And a pep talk:

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. While comforting teammate Hannah Laslo, York Catholic’s Amelia York gives a pep talk to her fellow players after York Catholic lost 45-38 to Bishop Canevin in the PIAA Class AA girls basketball championship game on Friday, March 22, 2013, at the Giant Center.

I’d like to thank the girls for letting me follow them around, even inside the locker room, and being completely normal about it. They’re a class act, a strong team and wonderful people.

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My first-ever cheerleading assignment took me to the YAIAA Cheerleading Championship, where seven teams competed in two divisions. It was a lot of fun, especially with the presence of the youth cheerleaders who performed showcase, non-competition routines. If I shoot this next year, I’ll definitely take my shooting to the next level, but nevertheless — this was fun.

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Dallastown Cougar youth cheerleader Nautica Shortlidge, 11, works on 11-year-old teammate Lauren Maher’s hair as Riley Sharp, 10, looks on before they showcased in the 2013 YAIAA Cheerleading Championship on Saturday, March 16, 2013, at Dallastown Area Senior High School. William Penn took first place in the “small” division of the 2013 YAIAA Cheerleading Championship on Saturday, March 16, 2013, at Dallastown Area Senior High School, while Central York won in the “large” division.

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Members of a Dallastown Cougars youth cheerleading squad practice their routine in the wrestling room before showcasing in the 2013 YAIAA Cheerleading Championship on Saturday, March 16, 2013, at Dallastown Area Senior High School.

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Susquehannock cheerleaders return to the locker room after performing their routine in the YAIAA Cheerleading Championship on Saturday, March 16, 2013, at Dallastown Area Senior High School.

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. William Penn cheerleader Shalai Tyler and Central York cheerleader Abbie Davis, center, hug on the mat after each school took first place in its respective division in the 2013 YAIAA Cheerleading Championship on Saturday, March 16, 2013, at Dallastown Area Senior High School.

Check out more photos, plus a video I produced of Central York’s winning routine.

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I love shooting basketball. It was the first sport I ever shot (thanks for throwing me in, Rae) and much of my first winter in York was spent covering high school games. This season, not so much, oddly enough. But here’s a collection of some reaction-oriented feature pictures — or jubilation, or “jube” — from the post-season.

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Dallastown’s Katie McGowan cuts off a piece of the net after the Wildcats won the YAIAA girls title game on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013. Dallastown defeated West York 50-37.

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. William Penn’s Trey Shifflett, left, looks on as Stephen Dickson gives South Western’s Mike Duffy a hug after the Bearcats defeated the Mustangs 57-44 for the YAIAA boys title game on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, at York College.

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Susquehannock’s Makenzie Fancher looks at the scoreboard after the first half of the District 3 AAA girls basketball title game on Saturday, March 2, 2013, at the Giant Center. Palmyra defeated Susquehannock 46-30 to capture the District 3 AAA girls basketball title.

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Delone Catholic’s Allyson Shipley, 32, stares straight ahead during the runner-up medal ceremony after York Catholic girls defeated Delone Catholic 56-38 to win a District 3 record eighth Class AA basketball championship on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, at the Giant Center.

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. William Penn cheerleader Shalai Tyler comforts player Derek Wilson as he gets up from the bench to congratulate Harrisburg after the Cougars defeated the Bearcats 78-76 in overtime to capture the District 3 AAAA boys basketball title on Saturday, March 2, 2013, at the Giant Center.

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. William Penn’s Stephen Dickson leaves the court after congratulating Harrisburg after the Cougars defeated the Bearcats 78-76 in overtime to capture the District 3 AAAA boys basketball title on Saturday, March 2, 2013, at the Giant Center.

And, to end on a joyous note, four pictures from the York Catholic girls’ eighth consecutive district title win — which, by the way, is a District 3 record:

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. York Catholic’s Amelia York, 12, hugs her fellow starters as they greet the relief players on the court after defeating Delone Catholic 56-38 to win a District 3 record eighth Class AA basketball championship on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, at the Giant Center.

For me at least, it’s easy to forget, after covering some of these girls for three seasons, that they’re just girls. They’re still in high school. They’re just kids. Then you get off the court, and they’re jumping and whooping and giving each other piggy-back rides back to the locker room, where they then break out into song and run around and remind you that they’re still girls, and that’s totally okay.

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Standing on a chair, York Catholic’s Amelia York leans on teammate Morgan Klunk while pretending to be a character from the Disney movie “Mulan” in the team’s locker room after defeating Delone Catholic 56-38 to win a District 3 record eighth Class AA basketball championship on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, at the Giant Center.

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. York Catholic players Emma Keffer, Morgan Klunk and Amelia York celebrate in the locker room, alongside their assistant coach’s daughter Amanda Reed, 6, after defeating Delone Catholic 56-38 to win a District 3 record eighth Class AA basketball championship on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, at the Giant Center.

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When I asked fellow photographer Kate about shooting wrestling at Milton Hershey School, she gave me two really good tips: Use a 300, and shoot from the track level.

I understand wrestling just enough to shoot it, so I’ve never tried to have fun with it before. Today, I did just that by acting on her tips. Thanks Kate!

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Boiling Springs’ Grant Bond, top, wrestles with Bermudian Springs’ Dalton Becker in the 120-pound bout in the District 3 Class AA team championship match on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, at Milton Hershey School. Boiling Springs defeated Bermudian Springs for the District 3 Class AA team championship.

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Boiling Springs’ Kyle Shoop, left, wrestles Bermudian Springs’ Ted Marines, right, in the 126-pound bout in the District 3 Class AA team championship match on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, at Milton Hershey School.

© 2013 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Bermudian Springs’ Briton Shelton, left, wrestles with Boiling Springs’ Tyler Kauffman in the 145-pound bout in the District 3 Class AA team championship match on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, at Milton Hershey School.

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As soon as I made this picture at Saturday’s Penn State game…

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Ohio State mascot Brutus Buckeye greets wide receiver Jake Stoneburner as he rushes the ball for a touchdown in the second half on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, at Beaver Stadium. After a 7-7 tie at halftime, Ohio State defeated Penn State 35-23.

…I immediately thought of this picture from another, very different Penn State game:

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Penn State’s Mike Hull rushes for a 74-yard fumble recovery touchdown in the fourth quarter on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012. Penn State won its first 2012 game, 34-17, against Navy.

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In the 48 hours between Friday evening and earlier today, I covered three football games.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. South Western’s Dillon Thomas brings in the ball for a touchdown while knocking off William Penn’s Darren Stevens’ helmet in the second half at Small Field on Friday, Oct. 26, 2012. William Penn lost 28-21 on senior night to South Western on Friday, Oct. 26, 2012, at Small Field.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. South Western’s Tyler Sterner completes a pass to Brady Thayer in the second half against William Penn at Small Field on Friday, Oct. 26, 2012.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Penn State wide receiver Allen Robinson fails to catch a pass from Matt McGloin as Ohio State defensive back Bradley Roby defends in the second half on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012. After a 7-7 tie at halftime, Ohio State defeated Penn State 35-23.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. A pass from Penn State quarterback Matt McGloin flies over the shoulders of Ohio State defensive back Bradley Roby and wide receiver Allen Robinson in the second half at Beaver Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012.

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  • Today: The Red Raiders of Boys Club of York defeated the Blackhawks of Eastern York County 12-6.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Pre-game push-ups.

I’ve been following York’s pee wee football team — specifically, the Red Raider rinkies, who are 7-8 years of age — for an upcoming photo story. These are just a few shots from today’s game, but I’ve been covering practices, and also shot their last regular-season game.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News.

As for today? After their third undefeated regular season, the Red Raiders had a bye week in the first round of playoffs and, today, won their semifinal game. They play West York in next week’s championships.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News.

So, even though I just shot my last Penn State game of the season, there’s still more football to come. But for now, it’s time to prepare for upcoming Sandy/Frankenstorm coverage.

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When the York Revolution lost the playoffs last month, they completed not only their post-season chance for a third Atlantic League championship — they also completed manager Andy Etchebarren’s career.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. York Revolution manager Andy Etchebarren shakes hands with fans after the Revolution lost 12-8 to the Lancaster Barnstormers, ending their season at the semifinal level and concluding Etchebarren’s career, on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012. The York Revolution lost 12-8 to the Lancaster Barnstormers, who clinched Game 3 of the Atlantic League’s Freedom Division playoffs.

The day started well enough. The Revs had lost the first two games in their best-of-five series, but spirits were high:

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. York Revolution pitcher Corey Thurman, left, gives a pre-game spoken word performance in the dugout as third baseman Chris Nowak dances on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. York Revolution shortstop Joe Thurston jumps in the air after scoring the Revs’ first run in the first inning against the Lancaster Barnstormers on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012.

Then the Barnstormers started racking up runs, and the Revs just couldn’t keep up.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. York Revolution second baseman Andres Perez, right, and Lancaster Barnstormers outfielder Blake Gailen watch as Barnstormers first baseman Tommy Everidge, foreground, beats Perez’ ball to first base in the fifth inning at Sovereign Bank Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012.

After shooting last season’s Champagne-soaked playoff jubilation and championship victory, covering the swift end of the Revs’ post-season play and the quiet conclusion of Etchebarren’s storied career was a little strange.

Etch has managed the Revs for only three and a half seasons, but because I’ve shot those last two seasons (and was never too familiar with Etch’s career with the Orioles), it’s hard for me to separate Etch from the Revs, and vice-versa. I think I haven’t worked long enough in one place as a photojournalist to have developed a distant- or vast-enough perspective of time and the changes it brings. Sometimes, when I look back on my body of work, I’m surprised by how much I’ve covered and how much of it I’d forgotten about until reviewing it. Then I remind myself that I’ve been working professionally for just over a year and generally for barely six years — and that’s really just a drop in the bucket, in the grand scheme of things.

So maybe someday, in a few years or 20, I’ll forget that Etch was here when I first started working in York, at least until I review my work again. In the meantime, I can hardly imagine next season without his presence on the field, but I’ll find out soon enough what that’s like. Soon enough in the grand scheme of things, that is.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. York Revolution manager Andy Etchebarren waves farewell to fans after the Revolution lost 12-8 to the Lancaster Barnstormers, ending their season at the semifinal level and concluding Etchebarren’s career, on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012.

(Be sure to check out some more photos from Etch’s last game.)

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Shot my second Penn State game of the season yesterday. It’s also now exactly a year to the day that I got knocked over by two high school football players, couldn’t walk for about 10 minutes and suffered an impact fracture at the top of my tibia — all of which is relevant because shooting football even a year later can be a little painful.

But it was one of my better games to shoot. Take that, knee.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. With help from fellow Penn State sophomores Jon Pigeon (left) and Hayes Clark (right), Stefano DiPietro gets a child abuse prevention ribbon outlined in white against his blue body paint outside Beaver Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012. State students held a “Blue Out” in support of child abuse victims, during the game against Temple.

It also rained a bit. Nothing dramatic — just a steady drizzle — so when the sun came out and finally created enough contrast for the water droplets to show up in-camera, I seized it:

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. The sun comes out and rain continues falling as Penn State’s Kyle Carter rushes with Temple’s Ahkeem Smith at his heels in the second quarter on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012.

I guess I’d be angry, too, if I were getting tackled:

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Penn State’s Da’Quan Davis leaps to bring down Temple’s Montel Harris in the fourth quarter on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, at Beaver Stadium.

It’s almost ballet-like, the way it seems as if Rumer is lifting Zordich. Almost:

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Penn State’s Michael Zordich leaps in the air to try evading Temple’s Thomas Rumer, but instead crashes into him, in the second quarter on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012.

And finally, a “whaaa–?” moment from QB1 and coach:

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Penn State quarterback Matt McGloin and head coach Bill O’Brien exchange looks with a referee (off-camera) during the first half against Temple on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012.

Be sure to check out more photos on the YDR website!

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The last time I shot Navy football, I was pretty frustrated. Not because the Midshipmen defeated the Missouri Tigers in the Texas Bowl, but because their triple-option offense utterly confused me and had me falling for more than a few fake plays.

The last time I shot Penn State football was the first game without Joe Paterno. The second-to-last time I shoot Penn State football was Joe Paterno’s last game — a victory that got him the title of the winningest Division I football coach. And all that was stripped when the NCAA vacated all the Nittany Lions’ wins since 1998.

Which made yesterday’s victory over Navy Penn State’s first victory since 1997 — and Bill O’Brien’s first win as head coach.

A lot has happened since the first time I stepped inside Beaver Stadium. But, as I walked onto the sidelines yesterday, all I could think about was how not to fall for more fake plays in the Midshipmen’s offense.

I think I did reasonably okay. You can check out all the (action) photos on YDR’s website, but here’re a few of my favorites:

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Two military jets perform a fly-over from the south end of Beaver Stadium for military appreciation day as the Blue Band finished playing the national anthem on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012. Penn State won its first 2012 game, 34-17, against Navy at Beaver Stadium.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Penn State’s Mike Hull rushes for a 74-yard touchdown after a fumble recovery in the fourth quarter on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Penn State head football coach Bill O’Brien greets quarterback Matt McGloin after a Penn State touchdown in the first half on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012.

On an unrelated note: Armed with editor Brad’s iPad, I was able to tweet out a few photos — from my DSLRs — during the game. The signal was pretty shaky at times, but it was a neat exercise in being actually digital-first. Editor Eileen had reassured me before the game that tweeting wasn’t my priority and, if it felt overwhelming, that I could just put it aside. But I had a lot of fun with it (at least, when the signal worked), didn’t let it get in my way and got some good feedback from Twitter as well as fellow photographers on the sidelines.

Would I do it again? Absolutely.

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