Chris "Mad Dog" Mickle (right) is surprised after defeating Will Shutt via an armbar. Shutt seemed to have the upper hand during the early part of the fight, before eventually submitting to Mickle's armbar.
There was a theme to MCC 45 - fast fights with spectacular endings. On a night that might have been dulled by the no-show by the title-holder in the main event, most of the fights didn't last past the first minutes of the the first round and all ended with convincing total knockouts or submissions.
Two of the most convincing wins came from Roy Moore and Demi Deeds. Moore, who won the first night of the fight, and Deeds, who won the last fight of the night, allowed their opponents a few seconds of offensive from their opponents before decisively and ruthlessly shutting them down. Moore defeated Jim Finney through a total knockout and Deeds defeated Gustavo Rodriguez through an armbar.
The Saldana brothers, Felipe and Luis, also represented themselves well. Luis, who only recently turned 21, came out firing and forced Nic Cox to verbally submit.
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Lois Reichert prepares a morning meal for her goats after milking them.
I was looking through some old files to make space on my computer. As a starting photographer, I made a lot of frames. And though I have gotten much, much better at shooting lighter, my computer is still filled with lots of frames from past events.
Lots of files got junked today, but these two have made the cut, for now, because I love the emotion on the faces of the wrestlers.
Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa, suffered an early season loss to St. Mary's College, Moraga, Calif., on December 5, 2012.
The Bulldogs of Drake gave up 31 points to Matthew Dellavedova (pictured below) of St. Mary's (Gaels). Dellavedova, a member of the Australian Olympic basketball team, troubled the Bulldogs all night, not only with his scoring, but also by leading the Gaels with seven assists. Dellavedova also led the Gaels with nine turnovers.
Drake missed starter Jordan Clarke's defensive presence, who was the Bulldog's leading rebounder coming into the game. The Bulldogs had 20 combined rebounds in comparison to the Gaels 38. Clarke only played nine minutes of ball, all in the first half, before he seemed to hurt his hand. Clarke also seemed to be under the weather.
Jeremy Jeffers came off the bench to lead to lead the Bulldogs with 16 points.
My second, and alas, last football game of the season came on November 10. The Bulldogs of Drake University faced off against the Bulldogs of Butler University.
Butler took the lead in the first quarter, but after that the Drake offense woke up and scored 14 points in the second quarter, 14 points in the their quarter, and 17 points in the third quater. Riding an offensive yards advantage of 546 yards to 303 yards, Drake pulled away with a 45 to 20 victory.
I finally got a chance to shoot football after a three year hiatus when the folks over at Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa, agreed to let me on the sidelines for a few of their games.
The first of these games was Drake (Bulldogs) versus Marist (Red Foxes). The Red Foxes, out of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., led for most of the game, but the Bulldogs pulled off some late game heroics to push the game into overtime. During overtime, the Bulldogs scored on their possession and then sacked the quarterback of the Foxes, twice, to win the game. By the end of the game, the Bulldogs had scored the final 31 points of the game.
Drake University (34) vs. Marist College (27)
October 20, 2012
Des Moines, IA
Despite having spent close to a decade in the Midwest, I had never attended a rodeo of any sort. So, when I discovered the Dayton Wranglers Youth Rodeo, in Dayton, Iowa, I jumped at the chance to go make frames at their competition.
The youth, ranging from 13-18, compete in a variety of events that range from navigating a series of poles to attempting ride atop an ornery bull for a predetermined amount of time.
It is impressive to see these kids attempt activities attempt that I would not, even on my bravest day.
Overall, I just left the daylong event reminded that the rural nature of Iowa extends beyond cornfields and the soybeans that most people associate with the state. There are things to see and do here that will expand anybody's cultural horizons.