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Friday, June 27, 2014

Nebraska Tornados

It's been a crazy couple weeks of weather in Nebraska and Iowa. Photos from Pilger, Omaha, and western Iowa. Lives were lost. Several homes and towns were damaged and people are looking towards rebuilding. In Pilger, residents held a worship service on the foundation where the church once stood. Hopefully, mother nature will cool it for a while.



Jacob Brown stares through a window in his home during cleanup on June 4, 2014 in Oakland, IA. The house suffered severe damage to the windows, siding and roof as a result of hail and high winds.


Pastor Terry Makelin walks in front of the alter before he leads a church service at the site of the St. John's Lutheran Church on Sunday, June 22, 2014 in Pilger, Ne. Pilger was hit by a tornado that killed two people and caused widespread damage.


Hymnals are recovered from the church and used to participate in a church service at the site of the St. John's Lutheran Church on Sunday, June 22, 2014 in Pilger, Ne. Pilger was hit by a tornado that killed two people and caused widespread damage.


Pastor Terry Makelin, right, leads a church service at the site of the St. John's Lutheran Church on Sunday, June 22, 2014 in Pilger, Ne. Pilger was hit by a tornado that killed two people and caused widespread damage.


 Liz Raabe becomes emotional as she participates in a church service at the site of the St. John's Lutheran Church on Sunday, June 22, 2014 in Pilger, Ne. Pilger was hit by a tornado that killed two people and caused widespread damage.


Debra Wolverton, center, in red, receives communion from Pastor Terry Makelin as they participate in a church service at the site of the St. John's Lutheran Church on Sunday, June 22, 2014 in Pilger, Ne. Pilger was hit by a tornado that killed two people and caused widespread damage.
Storm clouds pass over Omaha near 132nd St. and Dodge St. around 5p.m. on June 3, 2014 in Omaha. Severe weather and flooding is forecasted for Omaha the rest of the evening



Tim Maly looks into the foundation of his home that was destroyed on Sunday, June 22, 2014 in Pilger, Ne. Pilger was hit by a tornado that killed two people and caused widespread damage.


Terry Green, left, watches her home of twenty years get demolished on Sunday, June 22, 2014 in Pilger, Ne. Pilger was hit by a tornado that killed two people and caused widespread damage.


Taylor Buderus, 7, right, pulls her grandmother, Linda Hewitt, left,  through the yard as they clean up debris on Sunday, June 22, 2014 in Pilger, Ne. Pilger was hit by a tornado that killed two people and caused widespread damage.


Volunteers clean up debris on Sunday, June 22, 2014 in Pilger, Ne. Pilger was hit by a tornado that killed two people and caused widespread damage.


Bark was ripped off the trees after the storm in Chautauqua Park on June 4, 2014 in Oakland, IA. The town suffered severe damage as a result of high winds.


Angel Saucedo, right, with her son Gabriel Saucedo, Jena Dillon with her son Christopher Dillon, and Kara Saucedo with her son Jayden Warrior, left, push their strollers past a fallen tree in Chautauqua Park on June 4, 2014 in Oakland, IA. The town suffered severe damage as a result of high winds.


A tractor lifts tree branches as Walt Eickholt, left, cleans debris from a yard on June 4, 2014 in Oakland, IA. The town suffered severe damage as a result of high winds.


Taylor Buderus, 7, right, kisses her grandmother, Linda Hewitt, left, ID tag as she ties her shoe on Sunday, June 22, 2014 in Pilger, Ne. Pilger was hit by a tornado that killed two people and caused widespread damage.


Jacob Brown peers out the barn window in his home during cleanup on June 4, 2014 in Oakland, IA. The house suffered severe damage to the windows, siding and roof as a result of hail and high winds. 

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

College World Series 2014

I just finished up a week of baseball bootcamp with four days of double headers at the College World Series. The elite eight college baseball teams descend upon Omaha and rally for a national championship title. After two losses, they pack their bags and end their season. Emotion is high, the stands are filled and besides the heat and the exhaustion it was actually pretty fun.



UC Irvine's Kris Paulino (24) celebrates with his teammates in the dugout after scoring a run against Vanderbilt in the bottom of the second inning of game 6 during the College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb., Monday, June 16, 2014.


UC Irvine's Grant Palmer (27), right, slides into home plate to score ahead of the tag from Vanderbilt catcher Jason Delay (5) in the bottom of the second inning of game 6 during the College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb., Monday, June 16, 2014.


Dusk settles over TD Ameritrade Park as Virginia plays against TCU in game 8 of the College World Series in Omaha, Neb., Tuesday, June 17, 2014.



TCU fan Sarah Scheideman of Fort Worth, Texas, cheers for the Horned Frogs as they play against Virginia in game 8 during the College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb., Tuesday, June 17, 2014.



Debbie Lehmann of Giddings, Texas and her Longhorn necklace pictured during of the first game of the College World Series. Texas played UC Irvine during the first game College World Series on Saturday, June 14, 2014 at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha.



Virginia's Brandon Downes (10) warms up during the second inning of the Virginia vs. Ole Miss game at College World Series. Virginia played Ole Miss during the fourth game at the College World Series on Saturday, June 15, 2014 at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha.



Before the TCU against Virginia game at the College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb., Tuesday, June 17, 2014.


Ole Miss' Aaron Greenwood (44), right, scores the go-ahead run off a single hit by John Gatlin (36) to win against Texas Tech in the bottom of the ninth inning of game 7 at the College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb., Tuesday, June 17, 2014.


Texas Tech players react to their loss to Ole Miss after losing their second game at the College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb., Tuesday, June 17, 2014.


  Laurel Withee, left, of Papillion and and Trevor Bohat, right, of Wahoo, Neb. watch Texas practice for the College World Series on Friday, June 13, 2014 at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha.





Fans mill through the main gate to TD Ameritrade Park during game 8 of the College World Series in Omaha, Neb., Tuesday, June 17, 2014.



Charlie Saal, left, Griffin Bahren, center, and Libby Saal, right, of Omaha show their best game face on concourse the during Virginia against TCU during the College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb., Tuesday, June 17, 2014.



Texas against Louisville in the - inning of game 5 during the College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb., Monday, June 16, 2014.



UC Irvine celebrates in the dugout after scoring a run against Vanderbilt in the bottom of the second inning of game 6 during the College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb., Monday, June 16, 2014.


Virginia plays Ole Miss during the sixth inning at College World Series. Virginia played Ole Miss during the fourth game at the College World Series on Saturday, June 15, 2014 at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Baseball Warm Up

It's baseball season and I got some warm ups in with Omaha state high school, Big Ten tournament and NCAA regionals in Stillwater, OK. 

The College World Series is coming up and thousands will descend upon Omaha for a month long baseball frenzy. Let's play ball!

Nebraska plays Cal State Fullerton at the NCAA baseball tournament on May 30, 2014 at the Allie P. Reynolds Stadium in Stillwater, OK.












































Monday, May 19, 2014

Nature's beauty and destruction

Heather Black, center, is comforted by her husband J.P. Black, left, both of Beaver Crossing and Rick Ragsdale, right, of Lincoln, during joint church service at the United Methodist Church on May 18, 2013 in Beaver Crossing. On Sunday, May 11, 2014 Beaver Crossing was hit by an F3 tornado causing severe damage. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD

 Lynn Pethoud, left, Rita Pethoud, second from left, holding Aidyn Pethoud, center, with Brian Pethoud and Tim Pethoud, right, walk down West St. on May 18, 2013 in Beaver Crossing, Neb. On Sunday, May 11, 2014 Beaver Crossing was hit by an F3 tornado causing severe damage. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


 Country Neighbors store after it was hit by a tornado pictured on May 18, 2013 in Beaver Crossing, Neb. On Sunday, May 11, 2014 Beaver Crossing was hit by an F3 tornado causing severe damage. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


Boots sit on the porch of a house damaged by the recent tornado on May 18, 2013 in Beaver Crossing, Neb. On Sunday, May 11, 2014 Beaver Crossing was hit by an F3 tornado causing severe damage. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


BEAVER CROSSING  -- Heather Black, center, is comforted by her husband J.P. Black, left, both of Beaver Crossing during joint church service at the United Methodist Church on May 18, 2013 in Beaver Crossing. On Sunday, May 11, 2014 Beaver Crossing was hit by an F3 tornado causing severe damage. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD

A rainbow arches above the tree line on May 14, 2014 in  Louisville, Neb. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


An injured fox that was hit by a car pictured at Nebraska Wildlife Rehab Inc. on May 14, 2014 in  Louisville. Last year, the nonprofit signed up Omaha Gives! and ended up earning more than 10 percent of its annual budget. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


Squirrels lay together at Nebraska Wildlife Rehab Inc. on May 14, 2014 in Louisville. Last year, the nonprofit signed up Omaha Gives! and ended up earning more than 10 percent of its annual budget. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


 A baby raccoon feeds on a bottle of formula at Nebraska Wildlife Rehab Inc. on May 14, 2014 in  Louisville. Last year, the nonprofit signed up Omaha Gives! and ended up earning more than 10 percent of its annual budget. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


Sydney Harlow of Omaha Westside prepares to hit the ball during the finals of the MHSAA Tennis Tournament on May 15, 2014 at the Koch Family Outdoor Tennis Center in Omaha. Courtney Warren of Omaha Marian won number one singles. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


 Courtney Warren of Omaha Marian, second from left, celebrates with teammates Sara Flaxbeard, left, Julia Tatten, center, and Morgan Crockett, right, after winning number one singles during the finals of the MHSAA Tennis Tournament on May 15, 2014 at the Koch Family Outdoor Tennis Center in Omaha. Courtney Warren of Omaha Marian won number one singles. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


 Gretna's Jacob Ridpath, No. 15, left, and Hastings' Garret Vanbrocklin, No. 11, right, run for the ball during the Gretna vs. Hastings game of the Class B NSAA Boys State Championship soccer tournament on May 16, 2014 at Morrison Stadium in Omaha. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


Elkhorn South's Jonny Strevey, No. 17, left, and Lincoln Pius X Nick Pohlen, No. 8, chase the ball during the Elkhorn South vs. Lincoln Pius X game of the Class B NSAA Boys State Championship soccer tournament on May 16, 2014 at Morrison Stadium in Omaha. Lincoln Pius X beat Elkhorn South with a final score of 2-1.SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


 Lincoln Pius X teammates celebrate a goal during the Elkhorn South vs. Lincoln Pius X game of the Class B NSAA Boys State Championship soccer tournament on May 16, 2014 at Morrison Stadium in Omaha. Lincoln Pius X beat Elkhorn South with a final score of 2-1.SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


Group photo of the International Baccalaureate graduates on May 18, 2013 during graduation for Omaha Central at Omaha Civic Auditorium in Omaha. Omaha Central graduated students from their first International Baccalaureate program. SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


 Samantha Mareno, left, Amara Meeks, center, and Sydney Peterson, right, check their hair with their cell phones during graduation for Omaha Central on May 18, 2013 at Omaha Civic Auditorium in Omaha.  SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD


 Marshauna Martin takes a selfie on stage during graduation for Omaha Central on May 18, 2013 at Omaha Civic Auditorium in Omaha.  SARAH HOFFMAN/THE WORLD-HERALD