Photos of the Year — Part 2

One of my favorite parts of shooting sports is the emotion—the thrill of victory, the agony of defeat—you know, that whole thing.

Shooting sports became my main gig in 2010 and I had plenty of chances to catch all of those emotions and some very, very good action in the process.

Take for instance the first photo. The Coal City Coalers softball team capped off a 40-0 undefeated season by winning the Illinois Class 3A State Softball Championship. There was no better celebration in 2010, at least from my side of the camera.

As always the NIU volleyball team provided a ton of excitement this season. The second picture is of the Huskies celebrating a third game victory over Western Michigan. I remember this one pretty well because it was the first volleyball game I had ever shot. It was a great game and a pretty good celebration as well.

Their fellow Huskies, the football team, made for the most excitement this year going 11-3. Their Oct. 9 match against Temple was billed as a Mid-American Conference Championship Game preview. The Huskies rolled the Owls 31-17 and junior Nathan Palmer gave me a close up of his tongue-hanging touchdown dance.

Lastly comes the MAC Championship Game. NIU was a big favorite but Miami (Ohio) had other plans. The RedHawks upset the No. 25 Huskies, sacking quarterback Chandler Harnish in the final seconds to stop NIU’s drive up the field. I snapped this shot of a dejected Harnish walking off the field with the RedHawks celebrating behind him. Ends up being one of my favorite of this year.

© 2010 Jerry Burnes


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