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“A Trophy Carries Dust, Memories Last Forever” Mary Lou Retton

When you have a client who is as thoughtful and considerate as Ms. Caitlyn, you want to do backflips for her.  She is an inspiring sports medicine student who wanted to give her mentor Chris Puskas, Head Athletic Therapist McMaster University a very special gift this past holiday season. 

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"Chris Puskas has been one of my biggest allies and mentors since my first year of university. He selected me in my first year to volunteer as a Sport Medicine Student Therapist to help with our varsity athletes at McMaster, and I have been learning from him ever since. Seeing as I'm graduating this year, I wanted to get him something to thank him and commemorate all his hard work and what he taught me. I immediately thought of Aerial Promotions and the incredible photographs that Robin captures at the football games. It was easy to select a photo from Robin's archives, because I spent at least an hour going through her latest work after every game. I could not be happier for how amazing the photo turned out in print, and how amazing Robin is to work with. Mac football games would not be the same without Robin capturing every moment! Thank you Robin for everything that you've done, and for this memory that will now be unforgettable." Caitlyn

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"It's not whether you get knocked down; it's whether you get up."  Vince Lombardi

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I am appreciative of the opportunity to capture these timeless moments. It is gratifying to know that what I am experiencing on the field is shared by others.  Sometimes the most interesting photographs are taken with a deep breath, tuning out all the noise and watching people sincerely do what they love. The passion of the game-being trainers, coaches, referees, athletes and fans are all a part of the ambience that evoke a timeless emotion. 

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Thank YOU very much Caitlyn. I know you will be a very successful athletic therapist and anything else you put your mind to. Wishing you All the Best in 2014!

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Dundas Blues Bobbleheads

Sometimes in the middle of the night you get up with a great idea. Not sure how to implement it, but a concept you want to experiment and have fun with. Well I just did that! The Nikon Fisheye 10.5mm 1:2.8 lens has given me some extraordinary results this year. I wanted to do a composite where the kids could give me some really silly expressions. The DMHA Dundas Blues team was just up for that challenge. Even the coaches got in on the action...Although I had to hunt a few down [TeeHeeHee], they were great sports. Movember is a very good time to get that real grunge look too. I really didn't know how I was going to pull it together. The shoot was really fast...like an assembly line. I used my favorite Westcott Ice Light, reflector and remote flash. The images were all extracted on the Wacom Cintiq tablet and various filters were used in photoshop to finish the The Dundas Blues Bobblehead Composite.  

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I still enjoy the traditional team photo...I just like to add a little more character to make it different. Thanks Al & Jeff!

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"Zamboni" The Coldwater Community Centre in Orillia was beaming with character! 

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Something you don't know! When my little guy first started playing hockey he wouldn't get out of bed, he would sit on the ice, he would not listen and misbehave. Yes we still got up at 5am for the 6'O'clock practices. We stuck with it and it was our son's decision to try out for rep. We were skeptical and he was not ready. He didn't make the team that year, but had an AMAZING season playing select hockey. The next year came and he wanted to try out again. More prepared and focused-YAY he made the team. He never gave up and loves to play hockey. In his first year playing I took some snaps of him on the ice. I didn't know the people helping him would be his coaches today! Back then you were just a guy on the ice. Your photo hung in my son's room for years. Proud to call you coach today. Thanks Denis!

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Nurse Answers The Call From UCONN

Source: Larry Moko (Hamilton Scores)

Kia Nurse of the St. Thomas More Catholic Secondary School will soon be going from one powerhouse basketball program to another.

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The multi-talented 6-foot guard who helped St. Thomas More Knights capture consecutive Ontario Federation of School Athletic Association Quad A high school championships in 2011 and ’12, signed a letter of intent Tuesday (Nov. 19) to accept a scholarship offer and play for the University of Connecticut Huskies beginning next fall.

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For those not familiar with UConn, it’s probably the most successful women’s university basketball institution in National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I history. At the very least, they’re neck-and-neck with the University of Tennessee for that honour.

In recent years, however, UConn has dominated. Under the direction of head coach Geno Auriemma since 1985-86, the Huskies have won eight national championships, four times going undefeated. UConn has advanced to the Final Four 14 times with Auriemma at the helm. His record with the Huskies heading into this season was 839-133 (including a 90-game winning streak, the longest in NCAA hoops history). Currently, the defending national champions are 4-0 and unanimously ranked No. 1.

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“I think I chose Connecticut because it’s an opportunity of a lifetime,” Nurse said during the signing ceremony held at More. “They have great coaches and a great team. And they play against the best players in the country.”

Nurse says she has dreamed of playing for Connecticut since she was in Grade 7.

In terms of More’s own streak of excellence, the Knights are scheduled to be in Belle River/Windsor on Thursday (Nov. 21) to take a run at a third straight Ontario high school title. That’s never been done since the Quad A level of competition was introduced by OFSAA in 2001. St. Thomas More recently won both the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic Athletic Association and Golden Horseshoe Athletic Conference championships in convincing fashion.

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Many schools have been ringing for the Nurse. Approximately 50 attempted to land her services. But UConn seemed to be the “best fit” ahead of a couple of others under final consideration — Penn State and Indiana.

“I’m hoping to reach my goal of being an Olympian and medalling at the Olympics,” Nurse said. “So I think this (UConn) is one of the best places I can do it.”

Nurse helped Canada qualify for the 2014 FIBA World Championship for Women; the team won silver at the FIBA Americas Championship. (Photo: Samuel Vélez/FIBA Americas)

Currently the youngest member of the Canadian senior women’s national team, Nurse’s intention is to be a part of the Rio de Janeiro Summer Games in 2016. And Auriemma, it should be noted, also happens to coach the USA Basketball Women’s National Team – the defending Olympic gold-medallists in women’s basketball.

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Before getting fully involved with the UConn squad, Nurse will participate in the FIBA World Championship for Women, Sept. 27-Oct. 5 in Istanbul/Ankara, Turkey. She helped Canada qualify for that event by being a member of the team that won a silver medal at the FIBA Americas Championship a few months ago in Xalapa, Mexico.

In 2011, Nurse first made her mark on the international scene with Canada’s Cadette U-16 team in Mexico. And the following year, she led Canada to bronze at the FIBA U-17 World Championship in Amsterdam.

“What an amazing accomplishment,” Knights coach Blaize DiSabatino said of Nurse’s scholarship. “We are very proud of her. We know that she will be successful in her next journey. I’m sure that UConn, being such an elite program, will definitely continue to hone in on Kia’s capabilities.”

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Kia’s father, Richard, is a former Canadian Football League player with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Her mother — Cathy Doucette — played varsity basketball at McMaster University for five years. Aunt Raquel saw hoops action on the court with Syracuse University and Kia’s uncle is former National Football League star quarterback, Donovan McNabb. And then there’s her hockey-playing brother, Darnell, (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds). He was a first-round draft choice of the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers last summer.

Richard has been Kia’s coach at the club level with Hamilton Transway. Six of those years (consecutively) Kia and her Transway teammates brought home Ontario Basketball Association titles. In addition, Kia led Team Ontario to two Canadian age- group crowns.

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“We talked about it as a family (which scholarship offer to accept),” Richard Nurse said. “Kia wants to play beyond college. We were looking for a place that would bring out the best in her. UConn has a great tradition. Coach Auriemma is the senior women’s national team coach, so he’s fully aware of the commitment it takes to get to that level. That was a deciding factor for us.”

Kia’s older sister, Tamika, also played for the Knights, suited up for Canada at world junior championships and accepted a basketball scholarship at University of Oregon. DiSabatino and her father (Tom Spironello) coached Tamika at More from 2002-04.

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“The Nurse family has such strong character,” DiSabatino said. “And they have great family values. That’s part of the reason they are successful in both athletics and academics. They have a real focus on their family. They are always there to support one another and they are proud of each other’s accomplishments.”

The Knight Nurse begins her quest for a third straight OFSAA championship on Thursday with a pair of games, first at Holy Names, then at St. Anne. St. Thomas More is the No. 1 seed.

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Amira Giannattasio, Christina Buttenham, and Hilary Hanaka are looking forward to their 2013 OFSAA run in London. 

Source: Larry Moko [Hamilton Scores] It was a memorable sendoff to OFSAA for the St. Mary Crusaders.

St. Mary qualified for the 2013 Ontario girls’ Triple A high school basketball tournament, to be held in London, with a 66-29 victory over Bolton’s St. Michael Thunder on Friday (Nov. 15) at the Crusader’s gym. St. Michael was a challenger from the Region of Peel.

“It was a great way to cap off our home schedule,” said Crusaders’ coach Nate McKibbon. “A beautiful way for us to end our year here in Hamilton and set us up for an OFSAA run next week.

“And since it was our last game, we did a ceremony for our four girls who will be graduating (Hilary Hanaka, Christina Buttenham, Amira Giannattasio and Ally Brandt).”

The Crusaders are seeking a fourth consecutive Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations gold medal (three at Triple A following their victory at the Quad A level in 2010). This year’s provincial finals are scheduled from Nov. 21-23. The gyms for the tournament are located at Regina Mundi Catholic College and Saint Andre Bessette Catholic High School.

Buttenham led the Crusaders charge with 23 points, while Hilary Hanaka and Mackenzie Trpcic contributed 11 apiece. Arianna Pirovic and Payton Deibert replied with 13 and eight points, respectively, for the visitors.

“It really was a team effort,” McKibbon said. “Everyone played hard and got pretty much equal playing time. I was very pleased with what I saw.” The Thunder was held to 11 points in the first half.

The Crusaders are attempting to become the first school at the Triple A or Quad A level to capture four straight OFSAA girls’ basketball championships. Said McKibbon: “I know the girls have put in the proper amount of work. They have really stayed diligent with their focus and intensity all year. I think they are poised to play extremely well at OFSAA. If we play our best basketball we’re going to be awfully tough to beat.”

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I always support and try to keep articles alive with my photographs. Processing thousands of photos is a very time consuming process, but rewarding when an athlete values their efforts in what I capture. Sometimes I visualize a moment that cannot be captured in one frame and want to take time to make the image perfect. I have an artistic vision where I can explore my creative hand at blending images in composites. Special people deserve Special attention...Congratulations Girls!

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Always a supporter of local hometown heroes and mentors. It was really nice to witness these talented St. Mary's High School basketball players sign their National Letters of Intent to play University Ball in the NCAA  [November 14th 2013]. Congratulations to Christina Buttenham-University of Iowa "Hawkeyes", Hillary Hanaka-The University of Vermont "Catamounts", Amira Giannattasimo-Mount St. Mary's "The Mount". 

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2013 Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic Athletic Association Junior Girls’ Basketball Championship Game Photos

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2013 Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic Athletic Association Senior Girls’ Basketball Championship Game Photos

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Goals Few and Far Between for School Day Bulldogs

Source: Bulldogs Communications (Hamilton Scores)

For a fifth straight game, the Hamilton Bulldogs had little to show for their efforts and sent home more than 12,000 disappointed fans after dropping a 3-1 American Hockey League decision to the visiting Rochester Americans on Wednesday (Nov. 13).

But the one positive outcome of the School Day Game (the opening faceoff was at 10 a.m.) at Copps Coliseum was Bulldogs’ rookie forward Sven Andrighetto scoring in a fourth consecutive game.

School day fans cheer on the Hamilton Bulldogs at Copps Coliseum. (Photo: Robin Leworthy Wilson/Aerial Promotions)

The loss left Hamilton with a 5-6-0-3 record while their North Division rivals improved their first place standing with a 6-3-2-2 record. Despite the five straight setbacks Hamilton sits third in the division, just three points back of the Amerks. Hamilton has scored one goal in each of its last three games.

Rochester got a pair of goals from Luke Adam – his 10th and 11th of the season – and a single marker from Phil Varone.

Andrighetto notched his team-leading seventh goal of the season to tie the game 1-1 after one period of play.

After a scoreless second period, Adam scored just 23 seconds into the third period. His second goal was into a net vacated by goaltender Dustin Tokarski for an extra attacker.

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Tokarski made 33 saves on 35 shots for the Bulldogs and his counterpart, Matt Hackett, stopped 26 shots.

The Bulldogs went 0-for-4 on the power play, while the Americans went 1-for-6.

Hamilton’s next game is scheduled for Friday (Nov. 15), when the Lake Erie Monsters (AHL affiliate of the Colorado Avalanche) visit Copps for a 7:30 p.m. game.

And for that game, the Bulldogs should have forward Gabriel Dumont and defenceman Greg Pateryn in their lineup. The two were returned to Hamilton from the Montreal Canadiens after a callup to the National Hockey League team.

Over 12,000 filled the stands at Copps on Wednesday. (Photo: Robin Leworthy Wilson/Aerial Promotions)

Dumont has been held pointless in two games with Montreal this season. In 12 games with Hamilton this season he has four assists.

Pateryn has not dressed with Montreal this season. He has played in seven games with Hamilton this season, recording seven points (three goals, four assists) and eight penalty minutes.

Scoring summary

1st Period: 1. RCH – Phil Varone (4) – (Unassisted) – 5:02 2. HAM – Sven Andrighetto (7) – (Mike Blunden, Martin St. Pierre) – 14:20

2nd Period: No scoring

3rd Period: 3. RCH – Luke Adam (10) – (Kevin Sundher, Mike Zigomanis) – 0:23 4. RCH – Luke Adam (11) – (Jamie Tardif, Phil Varone) – 19:41 (EN, PP)

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Rochester: 14-8-14–36 Hamilton: 10-9-8–27

Attendance: 12,185

A HUGE THANK YOU to the Hamilton Bulldogs Organization and Photographer Brandon Taylor for the invitation to photographs such an energizing event!  What a real life experience field trip to go to an AHL game with 12K+ of your peers...On a school day....YAY! I tried to get around as much as possible to photograph all the amazing Bulldog posters and the fans. I only wish I could have photographed them all. My personal growth lesson for day was to challenge myself by shooting strobe the entire game on ice level. That meant no 4oo from the birds nest or rapid fire. Sometimes changing the camera settings from crowd shots to action was a challenge. Brandon is tremendously encouraging and really fun to shoot with. I focused more than usual on ambiance of the event and specifically the crowd.  I was in AWE!!!! Copps Coliseum SHOOOOOOOOK with the kids making noise...I think the girls won LOL! I hope you feel the energy when you watch the highlights of the game from my perspective.  Get out to a Hamilton Bulldog game...It would be nice to see that energy again and everyone cheering for great hockey!!! Go Dawgs! Ok so it wasn't a victory, but the kids celebrated like it was! Hamilton Bulldogs (1) vs Rochester Americans (3) at Copps Coliseum, Hamilton on November 13, 2013

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Accredited Sports & Industrial Photographer

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A couple of weeks ago I posted about submitting my work for accreditation by the PPOC-Professional Photographers Association of Canada. I am very excited to say that I earned both my sports and industrial photography accreditation from some of the best photographers in the industry. I really wanted to show my versatility in sport shooting inside and out. Judges consider the following criteria to grant accreditation: Impact, Creativity, Style, Composition, Presentation, Color Balance, Centre of Interest, Lighting, Subject Matter, Image file quality, Technique and Story Telling.

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It was important for me to show my published film work from my lacrosse days. The Canadian Souvenir Book is still published today (17 yrs) in multiple languages. Most of my published images are for editorial or for client based projects. Depending on the style of photography, I will be versatile in my media application. I'm always challenging myself and wanting to experience new styles. Recently, I have been experimenting with lighting and various post processing techniques. The accreditation process happens twice a year and I hope to prepare something wonderful for the next application. I will be putting forward a new portfolio of my best work on 500px. Some of my most recent projects are posted on Behance.

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Living in Hamilton area is haven for an industrial photographer. I enjoy putting on the steel toes and getting dirty. A worker one time asked me why I photograph some of the strangest things. There are so many leading lines, patterns, shadows and unusual shapes when photographing industrial places. When my work is done photographing the main subjects, I take advantage of my artistic vision to see other things of interest. Most often these images are the most compelling because of the unique environment. 

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Along with other service and print merits, a minimum of one Accreditation is required to qualify for a Craftsman of Photographic Arts and two accreditations are needed for a Master of Photographic Arts.

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Sometimes ya need to take a break and show off because you care. I'm very proud of my children! Login wanted to make his own costume from scratch for Halloween this year. He did his own makeup and Hamilton Tiger Cat Zombie outfit. I think it's fitting that now we see him haunting the old Ivor Wynne Stadium downtown Hamilton. A few weeks ago Aerial wrote this amazing descriptive paper on thunderstorms. Perfect for a rainy Halloween. Hopefully the rain will clear up for the little ones to do a little trick or treating tonight!

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Thunder Storms by Aerial Wilson

The skies in a dark overcast of clouds. Every ray of light hidden from sight. You know what’s going to happen but the question is when? Without any sign, thunder rips through the sky. Sounding like a 100 horse stampede shaking the very ground beneath your feet. After a few moments it stops still as if holding in it’s breath. Waterfalls of rain start pouring down making the constant sound of PLUP! in the puddles. Memories flash back from when you were a kid, racing raindrops down your window as they slither down the glass before you. Soon you become so used to the sound of booming recklessness of thunder and rain filling the silence. Then a long white rod curving and crackling with electricity shoots across the sky, disappears in the distance with a loud deafening CRASH! The ceiling above ignites with colors dancing of purple, pinks, yellow and blues. The unknown darkness clashes as if fighting sword on sword and flashes in and out of light defining unusual, tormented looking shapes and back to the black emptiness of the world. Without realizing the lightning and thunder thins out and becomes a less frequent noise, while the rain dims to a light sprinkle. The dark pit that was the sky slowly disappears restoring the heavens full of blinding light once again.

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Have a SAFE and Happy Halloween!!!

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Marauders Advance to Meet Western in Football Semi-Final

Source: Michael Grobe [Hamilton Scores]

McMaster Marauders, ranked No. 8 in the nation, dumped the Ottawa Gee-Gees, 41-7, on a rain-soaked Ron Joyce Stadium Saturday (Oct. 26) and advance to Ontario University Athletics semi-final play next week. McMaster quarterback Marshall Ferguson (Kingston) tossed two touchdowns and ran for another while Wayne Moore (Etobicoke) rushed for 140 yards on 22 carries in the win.

Wayne Moore (34) had 50 yards on six carries to set up an opening drive TD for Marshall Ferguson. (Photo: Robin Leworthy Wilson, Aerial Promotions)

Ottawa mustered just 10 first downs and 30 rushing yards in the game as the Marauder defence stymied the Gee-Gee offence.

McMaster’s defence and special teams also chipped in two touchdowns with Jeremy Kyei (Hamilton) recovering a Gee-Gee fumble on a bad punt-snap while Steven Ventresca (Hamilton) intercepted Aaron Colbon (Ottawa) for a touchdown.

With the Guelph Gryphons beating the Windsor Lancers, 31-21, on Saturday, McMaster will meet the Western Mustangs in London, at TD Stadium, 4:30 p.m., kickoff. The semi-final game will air nationally on Sportsnet360.

McMaster scored on its first two drives of the game to build a 14-0 lead which would be all the offence needed.

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Moore dominated the opening drive which saw McMaster cruise to 78 yards on nine plays. Ferguson capped the drive with a one-yard quarterback sneak but Moore did the heavy lifting rushing for 50 yards on six carries to set up the score.

On McMaster’s next possession, Ferguson tossed a 21-yard pass to Daniel Vandervoot (Barrie) to finish another nine play drive, this time for 79-yards.

Ottawa’s Aaron Colbon closed his Canadian Interuniversity Sport career throwing for 181-yards, going 17-for-39 and no interceptions.

The Gee-Gee’s lone points came on two conceded safeties and a 28-yard field goal kicked by Ward Lewis (Kingston).

McMaster’s other touchdown was on a 27-yard pass from Ferguson to Ben O’Connor (Kingston).

Ben O'Connor hauled in a 27-yard pass.  (Photo: Robin Leworthy Wilson, Aerial Promotions)

NOTES: McMaster’s defence has not allowed an offensive touchdown in the last 17 quarters of play… The Gryphons were the last team to score a touchdown against McMaster which happened on Sept. 21 at Guelph… The entire McMaster defence was named player of the game.

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OCAA Hamilton Colleges Battle it out at Basketball Home Opener-Mohawk College

Royals gives Mountaineers a run for their money in court start

October 23, 2013 | Mohawk College-David Braley Athletic Centre | Mohawk Mountaineers (97) vs Redeemer Royals  (92) | OCAA Men's Basketball Home Opener Source: Article by Al Craig, Mohawk Athletics [Hamilton Scores]

It was a bit of a seat-squirmer in the first Ontario Colleges Athletic Association regular season men’s basketball game at the new David Braley Athletic and Recreation Centre, but Mohawk got by visiting Redeemer, 97-92, Wednesday (Oct. 23).

(Photo: Robin Leworthy Wilson/Aerial Promotions)

The Mountaineers led 28-15 after the first quarter, but the Royals turned the tables in the second quarter, outscoring their arch rivals 28-18, which left the score 46-43 Mohawk at the half. The Mountaineers outscored Redeemer 25-23 in the third quarter, and the teams each scored 26 in a very competitive final period.

While Mohawk led for most of the game, the Royals put the issue in doubt when they pulled ahead 85-82 midway through the fourth quarter. But the Mountaineers were able to keep their composure in the final two minutes to get the narrow victory.

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Mohawk was led by Matt Fennell who scored 29 points. Then the points were spread out. Patrick Iavarone had 17, Andrew Cicuttini scored 14, while Xzennis Brereton and Alex Reis added 13 apiece. Cicuttini also had 19 rebounds and Taylor Dowhaniuk had 18 boards.

For Redeemer, Calvin Turnbull scored 34 points and had 10 rebounds. Ben Ibrahim scored 24.

Mohawk head coach Brian Jonker said his team scored just enough. “We gave up a whole lot but we scored a lot,” said Jonker. “Ultimately, we got out with a ‘W’ but we have a lot to clean up defensively.”

Jonker said Redeemer never went away. “They work hard and they’re a good group,” said the coach. “They made some shots that kept them hanging around.”

Reis and Fennell both had some key buckets in the game’s latter stages.

“Alex is sneaky,” said Jonker. “When we need him to score, he scores. Matt never stops moving, so he’s almost a mismatch for anyone that’s going to guard him with a guard. We got a break for a couple of late possessions when he was matched up with a guard and he took advantage of it and scored.”

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Fine tuning needed after Mohawk opens with win

October 23, 2013 | Mohawk College-David Braley Athletic Centre | Mohawk Mountaineers (86) vs Redeemer Royals  (69) | OCAA Women's Basketball Home Opener

Source: Article by Al Craig, Mohawk Athletics [Hamilton Scores]

The Mohawk women’s basketball team opened the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association regular season with an 86-69 triumph over the Redeemer Royals at the new David Braley Athletic and Recreation Centre Wednesday (Oct. 23). But the 17-point win wasn’t always in the cards.

(Photo: Robin Leworthy Wilson, Aerial Promotions)

The Mountaineers and Royals played even in the first quarter, as each scored 16 points. The home team pulled ahead 33-23 at the break, but Redeemer came out of the gate smoking in the second half with a rally which included three consecutive three-pointers, without reply and suddenly were down only 37-35. Mohawk regrouped to lead 59-47 at three quarter time and then managed to maintain a healthy margin in the final period.

Stef Hrymak led the Mountaineer attack with 21 points and eight rebounds. Porscha Hewitt had 19 points while Natalie Fisher and Katelyn Arbour chipped in with 11 each. Arbour also led all rebounders with 10.

For Redeemer, Lindsay Moffat had 28 points and seven rebounds. Aycha Hamaoui scored 20 points.

Mohawk head coach Kevin Duffy said despite the win, his team played very sloppy basketball. “I give a lot of credit to (Redeemer),” said Duffy. “They played very well, they executed, they moved the ball well on offence and they hit the open shots.”

(Photo: Robin Leworthy Wilson, Aerial Promotions)

The coach felt his team had some opening night jitters and were a little tentative on the court. They also got into early foul trouble.

“We just made a lot of mental mistakes. There were a lot of breakdowns, both offensively and defensively and Redeemer capitalized,” said Duffy.

The coach noted it wasn’t all negative and he liked to emphasize the positive, such as the fact they scored more than 80 points. But the team will look at the video and deal with the defensive breakdowns.

“We’ll piece it back together and be ready for the next game,” said Duffy.

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What Can I learn Today?

Let’s get personal…Could I do better…Yes!  I may be my biggest critic, but I put myself out there everyday with fear of failure. I focus, I’m determined, but really I’m nervous. I think it’s just human nature to be scared of the unknown-worried to disappoint. How do you get better if you don’t take risks? Life lesson from my daughter today http://www.hamiltonscores.com/2013/10/16/no-camp-fire-sing-songs-basketball-hopeful-had-a-ball/

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I recently put together my Sports & Industrial Accreditation for PPOC-Professional Photographers of Canada. It’s my first time applying and it is really hard to get your “Accreditation”-AND it should be, these are the best of the best photographers who are experts in their field. I wanted to show my versatility of sport shooting. In 1996, I bought my first professional camera body for the World Cup Lacrosse. It was film and compared to today’s standards, it’s hard to get a great digital copy. Because these were my first publications I felt it necessary to include them.

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Oh what a learning week! I’m used to shooting a certain way, but I am always trying to streamline my workflow. I set myself apart from other photographers with my creative post process abilities. I love seeing something in an image and making art out of it, but that’s when you have time.  The Dundas Museum and Archives with Carnegie Gallery asked for submissions for “My Dundas”. Dyment’s Farm and The Peak are two of my most favorite places. I shot a panoramic of Dyment’s Farm for their 125th Celebration Cookbook. I had a hard time getting it printed and framed properly because of the irregular size, but I think the end result is fabulous. Again trying a new print process, I had “Train Below The Peak” printed on a 20x30 pearlescent paper. I’d say it certainly makes an impact.

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I tested out the Nikon 300mm/f2.8 and D4 at the DMHA-Hamilton Bulldogs Hockey Fundraiser.  Full image gallery coming soon! Still in love with my D3s, but salivating over the 300mm lens. OMG $$$$$-But so worth it!  I am very grateful to be a member of NPS, but forgot to look at time and date metadata on the D4. Argh, it was set for another country, so sorting images is a nightmare.  Oh not to mention ran out of space on my computer and accidentally deleted my Lr file :(

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Brandon Taylor-Hamilton Bulldogs Team Photographer invited me to photograph the Home Opener at Copps Coliseum. It was such a privilege to work with Brandon. “You’re not afraid of heights?” he asks. To the catwalk we go and turn on the strobes. I have never used strobes in Copps Coliseum and wasn’t sure if my PocketWizard TT1 would sync. Did a few test shots with the fisheye above “Et Voila!”

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So going back to the unknown. Brandon was kind enough to share his strobes. So we split the ice, therefore shooting half the game. I've never shot this way and was terrified of triggering his strobes or interfering with his photography. There were many moments that I wanted to poach on his end because I had a great shot…No worries, I was pretty timid. Using the 400mm at center ice has its advantages, especially with goalie shots and an angle above that you can't get on the boards at ice level.

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OK remember I’m human and I don’t know the venue. So you know those paper media passes they give you, like the Golden Ticket to Willie Wonka’s Chocolate Factory? Mine fell off…Phew I eventually found it, but I could get into the media room without it. It didn’t help that I don’t know my way around the facility. Got the bugs worked out by the end of the night. I now know Copps Coliseum from the top of the catwalk to the basement parking lot. 

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For the rest of the game I worked around ice hotspots, reflections, sticky fingers and smudges on the glass. Went back to the way I normally photograph-Fast and Furious. Got some great shots of the fans, had an awesome time and can’t wait to shoot again! Now for those who know me, I was supposed to photograph the Calder Cup last year with Scott Thomas-Syracuse Crunch Team Photographer. On my way down for game seven, but didn't get there because it ended in game 6...Arghhhhh! Hey just gonna put it out there...Team Photographer for Hire! Yup Right Here! 

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Click To View Full Gallery:10-11-13 St. John IceCaps (2) vs Hamilton Bulldogs (3) Home Opener at Copps Coliseum Top Shots on G+ Album [Here]  First Hockey Game this Season wooohooo! Check out this Video-What Great Hockey Mentors! DMHA | October 3, 2013 | J.L. Grightmire Arena | Dundas, Ontario: The Hamilton Bulldogs assisted the fundraising efforts of the DMHA by playing a preseason game against the Utica Comets. The fundraising event was full of hockey action, fan fun and special prizes. More: http://aerialpromotions.ca/home/2013/10/04/bulldogs-shutout-comets-in-dundas/

Now I'm off to make fairy tales happen with a little princess called "Bella" and some more hockey up north.

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