November wasn’t my best month shooting. I’m not sure what drug it down, maybe the assignments, maybe us getting a bit short staffed leaving less time to devote to the assignments and find the hidden gems. Maybe I was just in a rut. Where I did make good images though, I was happy. Most of those instances came shooting sports, because honestly, if I’m shooting a sporting event it’s just hard for me to complain.
I covered the DIAA State Soccer Championships in Smyrna in the middle of the month. Delaware only has two divisions (1A and 2A) to it’s high school sports. I find that a little funny since Wyoming has half the population, but goes from 1A-4A, and for football even has a 1A Six-Man division. Regardless, though, it does save a lot more of my sanity when championship season rolls around. Indian River started my coverage off after they defeated St. Elizabeth’s to win the Division II championship in what was a closer game than the 3-0 score let on. St. Elizabeth’s mounted a good fight through the first half, but just couldn’t keep up. Salesianum took home the title in the Division I game, and I didn’t realize until after the game, finished as one of the top ten teams in the nation. Salesianum’s game was nowhere near as competitive. Though they gave up a goal early to Appoquinimink, they rolled to a 5-2 victory that was never in doubt.
I covered an absolute shootout of a Division II football game between St. Georges and Indian River the night before the state soccer finals. St. Georges was the No. 1 seed in the Division II tournament but had been upset as the top team the year before. The game was non-stop back and forth, but St. Georges edged Indian River out to advance to the next round. They lost, though, in the state championship game, getting shut out by Hodgson 38-0.
Of course there was Veterans Day coverage and I managed to make a few nice frames from an event held at the Bridge War Memorial near the base of the Delaware Memorial Bridge. Every Delaware elected official you could imagine attended the annual ceremony, from Governor Markell to the Congressional delegation. Each offered thoughts on the day, paid their respects, and reaffirmed the importance of hiring veterans. I found it a little difficult to make photos outside the politicians there. I made three solid images but people just refused to give me their names. I constantly fail to understand that. I seem to have more success at crime scenes getting people to talk to me than I do in everyday life, it’s baffling.
And I got to kick the month off with a Sixers game when they played Golden State at home. A the time the Sixers were trying to match their best opening in a decade, but unfortunately I think I proved to be unlucky for the team, as they quickly returned to Earth after losing to Golden State that night 110-90. The team was projected to be one of the worst in the NBA this year, but rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams has blown away his preseason projection as an average player and carried the team when he’s been on the court. Much of the team’s recent downfall can probably be attributed to MCW’s absence with an undisclosed illness, but he returned to the court tonight and dropped a double-double (19 points, 12 assists) on Milwaukee in a 116-106 loss.