Take State: Nebraska high school football

Much of my autumn is spent photographing Husker football games and practices, and while that offers plenty of opportunity for pictures, I’m always excited to cover the Nebraska high school state championship games at Memorial Stadium. For most of the players on the field, this is the ultimate stage. They arrive with huge expectations, and they seem to leave every last bit of effort on the field. This, generally, makes for great pictures.

Lincoln Southeast’s Christian Boehm leaps into the arms of fans after the Knight’s 21-9 win over the Omaha Burke Bulldogs in the Class A Nebraska state championship at Memorial Stadium on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011. ALYSSA SCHUKAR/THE WORLD-HERALD

Below you’ll find some images that Rebecca Gratz, Chris Machian, Corey Perrine and I took over the two days of six championship games.

And if these pictures only whet your pigskin appetite, check out the following photo showcases:

Class A championship game: Lincoln Southeast 21, Omaha Burke 9
Class B championship game: Elkhorn 26, Crete 17
Class C-1 championship game: Norfolk Catholic 20, Platteview 6
Class C-2 championship game: Aquinas 27, Kearney Catholic 13
Class D-1 championship game: Elgin Public/Pope John 44, Guardian Angel Central Catholic 14
Class D-2 championship game: Sargent 21, Howells 18

 

Class A

Omaha Burke assistant coach Jerry Donahue comforts Andrew Coppa after the Bulldogs’ 21-9 loss to the Lincoln Southeast Knights in the Class A Nebraska state championship at Memorial Stadium on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011. ALYSSA SCHUKAR/THE WORLD-HERALD

 

Class B

Elkhorn’s Daniel Feickert lets out a yell after stopping a critical pass in the second quarter against Crete during Elkhorn’s 26-17 win in the Class B Nebraska state championship at Memorial Stadium on Monday, Nov. 21, 2011. COREY PERRINE/THE WORLD-HERALD

 

Class C-1

Platteview’s Justin Cloyd wraps up Norfolk Catholic’s Jordan Molacek during Norfolk Catholic 20-6 win over Platteview in the Class C-2 Nebraska state championship at Memorial Stadium on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011. CHRIS MACHIAN/THE WORLD-HERALD

 

Class C-2


Kearney Catholic’s Thomas Connely (left) and Tyson Colling kneel together on the field after their 27-13 loss to Aquinas for the Class C-2 Nebraska state championship at Memorial Stadium on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011. CHRIS MACHIAN/THE WORLD-HERALD

 

Class D-1

Guardian Angels Central Catholic’s Nathaniel Hass drops a pass under pressure from Elgin Public/Pope John’s Grant Beckman in the second quarter of Elgin Public/Pope John 44-14 win in the Class D-1 Nebraska state championship at Memorial Stadium on Monday, Nov. 21, 2011. REBECCA S. GRATZ/THE WORLD-HERALD

 

Class D-2

Howells’ Mat Gooch (right) is pushed out of bounds by a Sargent defender in the second quarter of Sargent’s 21-18 win in the Class D-2 Nebraska state championship at Memorial Stadium on Monday, Nov. 21, 2011. REBECCA S. GRATZ/THE WORLD-HERALD

Again, below is your chance to check out the photo showcases from the championship games.
Class A championship game: Lincoln Southeast 21, Omaha Burke 9
Class B championship game: Elkhorn 26, Crete 17
Class C-1 championship game: Norfolk Catholic 20, Platteview 6
Class C-2 championship game: Aquinas 27, Kearney Catholic 13
Class D-1 championship game: Elgin Public/Pope John 44, Guardian Angel Central Catholic 14
Class D-2 championship game: Sargent 21, Howells 18

Alyssa Schukar

About Alyssa Schukar

I have been a staff photojournalist at the Omaha World-Herald since September 2008. I'm from Lincoln and am a 2006 graduate of the College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Previously, I worked as an assistant at Malone and Co., a commercial photography studio in Omaha. My favorite pictures are those that give insight on the life of an individual or family because I understand the world better through the experiences of the people I meet. It's always humbling to be allowed such intimate access. My most challenging assignments come in many forms. Funerals, especially those of soldiers, always are emotionally draining, but I try to approach people with respect and dignity. In my time at the paper, I have covered a wide variety of assignments, including the Nebraska and Iowa National Guard's deployments in Afghanistan, Husker football at home and away, portraits of wigs big and small, rodeo queen competitions and intimate views of everyday life and love. Follow me on twitter @OWHalyssa.
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