Posts Tagged ‘basketball’

Meyers Leonard Dunk

March 10, 2010

Last night I filmed a huge Super-Sectional match-up at the University of Illinois Springfield. The whole game was great (and you can see highlights here), but one play dominated the night and has everyone around here talking.

Yes, his elbow is above the rim. (Herald & Review/ Stephen Haas)

Meyers Leonard, a 7′ center from Robinson, decided to jump clear over St. Teresa’s Matt Moran for an insane dunk. The video on the Herald & Review site had over 3,000 views in less than a day, so I figured I’d post the dunk for those who wanted to see it without waiting through the rest of the game.

While the dunk was the moment of the night, another one stood out for me. That was a blocked shot that turned into a line drive to my gut. This picture wasn’t the exact play, but you get the idea. Ouch.

I took one of those to the gut (Herald & Review/ Stephen Haas)

I took one of those to the gut. (Herald & Review/ Stephen Haas)

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Football season is here!

August 26, 2009

Those of you who are into high school football are probably fully aware that the preps season is just getting started. That means a busy time for me. As videographer for the Herald & Review, I am one of two videographers responsible for being out every Friday night catching the action for the website. Once football season is over, we do the same with basketball. It may come as a surprise to those who know me, but I’m really excited about the start of the season.

That’s not to say that I have anything against sports, I’ve just always been known to pass them up for arts and music. In high school I was a thespian. In college I was an artist and musician. In both stages of my life I never really went out of my way to attend  sports events. I’d go to a baseball game now and then, but wasn’t painting my face or yelling at the players. But now going into my fourth year of covering sports I understand first-hand what I was missing. The energy in the crowds at some of these high school games is so intense that being on the sidelines to catch it is incredible.  The fact that I’m able to capture the action and then show it off to people makes it even more exciting. Now keep in mind, I only do the filming and editing. The sports reporters at the H&R still do the reporting, and the on-camera recaps of the games. During my first year shooting preps I gave the voice-overs a shot, and we all agreed that it was best to have me stick to the shooting and editing.

So, as the season approaches,  I look forward to the sights and smells of the field. I also start preparation for dodging the players that are thrown out of bounds. I’ve only been taken down twice in my 3 years of covering preps, once during football, and once during basketball. Both were minor incidents, but I will still be trying my best to avoid replays of those. Luckily for everybody, the camera was rolling both times.

  • Here I was at a holiday basketball tournament, and another camera guy was asking me if there was food in the back. I started to tell him about the awesome noodles and didn’t see the ball coming right over my head. I also didn’t see the airborne player trying to save it from going out of bounds. At least the camera saw some of him as we all spiraled to the ground.
  • This time I was actually paying attention to the game, but was still unable to avoid being crushed. I landed on my arm first, breaking my watch and cutting my arm with the twisted metal from the clasp. Then my head hit the ground, breaking the camera’s fall.

Aside from that I’ve been relatively injury-free at work. I did get hit in the head and ankle when we covered the Asian Carp on the Illinois River. Unfortunately there was no good footage to illustrate just how bad it hurts to get hit in the head with a 15 pound fish that jumps into your speeding boat.

So as the preps season heats up, if you are at a game, take a look at the sidelines. There’s a good chance you’ll see me there. If you do, it wouldn’t hurt to buy me a popcorn from the concession stand. Until then, check out hrpreps.com for all  of the videos I shoot and edit.