Staff Favorite Photos

On the last day of 2016, our Saturday Feature published some of the photo staff’s favorite photographs along a few words on what made each photograph memorable. Online we also published a gallery of our favorite news and feature photos and a gallery of our favorite sports moments: The Herald Year in Pictures // Sports Edition

The photograph: Jasper’s Sarah Monesmith, left, and Caroline Theil held hands as they watched their teammates play a doubles matches, one win away from securing the semistate title, during the girls tennis semistate championship at Jasper High School on April 28. Jasper defeated Providence 3-2. Herald photo by Sarah Ann Jump.
Comments: As a Herald photojournalist covering a sporting event, my goal is to tell the whole story of the game, match or meet. Freezing the action is only part of the job. I’m constantly looking around to see fans reacting, coaches offering guidance and teammates supporting one another.
When the Jasper girls tennis team was one win away from securing the semistate title, I knew that I needed to position myself between the action and onlooking teammates so that I could closely watch both. When there are two possible outcomes — going to the state tournament or ending your season — the result is very emotional reactions from the athletes. I love photographing these tense situations because I can feel the tension myself. Being able to feel what the players are feeling makes it easier to read their body language and translate their emotions into photographs.
This particular photo was taken from a close distance with a 300mm lens that allowed the players’ faces to fill the frame, letting the viewer read the subtle but impactful emotions. It also pays tribute to the relationship of teammates Sarah and Caroline and how they supported one another through this nerve-wracking experience.

The photograph: Jeovanny Dubon, a Southridge sophomore, left, and his cousin Jonatan Navarro, a freshman, picked blueberries at the home of Rhonda Schum in Duff on June 28. The cousins rode their bikes to Duff at sunrise to do the work as a way to earn money to pay for soccer fees and gear. Herald photo by Sarah Ann Jump.
Comments: Documenting the inaugural season of the Southridge soccer team was one of my favorite Saturday Feature experiences this year. In order to show the making of a team and varsity culture, I needed to photograph more than just the games on the soccer field. Financial expenses are always a challenge when starting a new team, both for the program and players. Reporter Joe Fanelli and I met Jeovanny and Jonatan in Huntingburg at sunrise one summer morning to see them ride their bikes to a blueberry patch in Duff, where they picked berries in order to afford their soccer expenses. That day’s pay was going towards new cleats. I admired Jeovanny and Jonatan for the pride they took in supporting themselves. I also appreciated how they were aware of their place in the school’s history as members of the first soccer team.

Year in Pictures 2016

One year ago today I started as an intern at The Herald. In the past year, I have learned to write my captions in past tense, how to spell Stenftenagel, how to pronounce Ubelhor and most importantly the value of community journalism. Here’s a look at the people I’ve met and the stories I’ve told in one year in one county in rural Indiana.

Kevin Wood of Oak Park, Ill., looked over Squire Samuel Pate's desk at the Pate House in Lewisport, Ky. In 1827, at that desk in that room, Squire Pate presided over Lincoln's first trial in which Lincoln defended himself against charges of operating a ferry across the Ohio River without a license. Pate sided with Lincoln in the case. Wood, dressed as Lincoln, said being at that desk made him think about what it would have been like to be 18-year-old Lincoln defending himself for the first time. "What if the squire ruled against him?" Wood wondered. "Would that have turned him off from the law or was he the type of person who would have become more determined to learn law? I like to think he's the latter."

Jasper's Sarah Monesmith, left, and Caroline Theil held hands as they watched their teammates play double matches, one win away from securing the semistate title, during the girls tennis semistate championship at Jasper High School. Jasper defeated Providence 3-2. 

The team from Holy Trinity Catholic School East Campus coached by Jasper residents Audrey Werner, bottom center, gathered to repeatedly chant “Girls on the Run is so much fun” at the end of their session. Girls on the Run aims to build confidence through fitness. From February through April, teams met at Holy Trinity, Tenth Street School, Ireland Elementary, Ferdinand Elementary and the Tri-County YMCA to train for a 5K while also addressing issues facing girls in third through fifth grade.

Jeff Thompson of Huntingburg talked to first-time hunter Jayden Anderson of Huntingburg, 10, about what to expect when his English setter, Grace, right, pointed to a bird during the annual Wes Settle Patoka Hills Quail Youth Hunt at Cane Creek Hunting Preserve in Otwell. The annual event teaches young people the importance of safe gun handling and hunting with bird dogs.

Magician Bob Ahlemeier of Huntingburg selected a volunteer from the audience, David Gillespie of Dubois, 9, bottom right, during his Magic with Style show at the Celestine Streetfest.

Bryton Houchin of Huntingburg, 7, looked up at the suction cup toys he stuck to his forehead during Dubois County Family Literacy Night at Huntingburg Elementary. The annual event included a program called "Hooked on Science."

Kelli Faulkenberg of Dubois brought her sons Garrett, 4, and Mitch, 1, to meet the Easter Bunny during Breakfast with the Easter Bunny sponsored by the Dubois Ruritan Club at Dubois Community Park. Mitch was scared at first but warmed up after encouragement from his brother.

Jasper's Nick Pieper, left, Nolan Henke, Jason Fleck, Max Henke celebrated after the 400-yard freestyle relay team placed first to clinch the team title for the Wildcats during the boys swimming sectional at the Jasper High School Natatorium. The Wildcats were tied with Pike Central in the team standings after 10 events before Jasper surged at the finish to seal its third consecutive sectional crown. 

Northeast Dubois' Quinn Dorsam cleared 5' 8" during the high jump at the Southridge Track and Field Invitational in Huntingburg.

Vincennes Lincoln's Julius Malone gripped the arm of Jasper's Logan Niehaus as they wrestled during a wrestling match in Jasper. Jasper defeated Vincennes Lincoln 34-25. 

Lyndsey Taylor of St. Henry, 9, stood on a ledge near a dairy heifer as she watched preparations for the beef show at the Dubois County 4-H Fairgrounds in Bretzville. 

Len and Sharon Durcholz of Jasper danced together during a line dancing class at the American Legion Post 147 in Jasper. The couple met 20 years ago at a line dancing class in Maryland. “We met when we were put together as partners,” said Len. “We just danced together and it turned into a romance.”

The Heritage Hills softball team and head coach Joe Asbury, left, huddled after the Class 3A softball sectional championship game in Boonville. The Heritage Hills Patriots were defeated by the Boonville Pioneers 8-2. 

Forest Park junior Isabelle Kippenbrock adjusted the bow tie of her boyfriend, senior Aaron Meyer, during the Forest Park prom at the Ferdinand Community Center. The event started with a Grand March, where couples were presented to family and friends. 

Claudia Allen of Jasper, 4, rested as other dancers watched a movie in the staging area before Dance Central Academy of Performing Arts "Got 2 Dance" recital at Jasper Arts Center.

Southridge High School baseball players Logan Seger, left, and Ross Eckert army crawled with "sniper guns" made from plastic bottles and a baseball bat during a weather delay at the game against Washington at League Stadium in Huntingburg.

Jeovanny Dubon, a Southridge sophomore, left, and his cousin Jonatan Navarro, a freshman, picked blueberries in Duff. The cousins rode their bikes to Duff at sunrise to do the work as a way to earn money to pay for soccer fees and gear.

The Forest Park baseball team sat in the dugout after the Class 2A sectional championship in Tell City. The Forest Park Rangers lost to the South Spencer Rebels 5-0. 

Contestants Ashley Nail, 11, left, Madison Nail, 8, Madalyn Burgan, 9, and Dax Smith, 7, all of Haysville, watched the audience before the Haysville Bicentennial Queen contest at Saint Paul's Lutheran Church in Haysville. For the first round, contestants wore outfits that illustrated their personalities.

Northeast Dubois drum major Harley Hall, a junior, conducted the band as they warmed up during the ISSMA Marching Band Scholastic Prelims and Open Class Invitational at Jerry Brewer Alumni Stadium in Jasper. 

Reds co-captain Brian Seibert of Ireland provided a running commentary as the Mets played the Dodgers during the St. Mary's Church League tournament in Ireland.

Seen through a hole in the passenger side door, Tim Ubelhor of Gentryville laughed as Grayslin Andry of Birdseye, 1, tried to turn on the broken car radio inside his demolition derby car before the event in Otwell on Saturday. Grayslin calls Tim "Pawpaw". Her mother is the girlfriend of Tim's son. 

Erik Dismore of Jasper used a leaf blower to clean the colored corn starch off of Color Me Crazy 5k volunteers, from left, Samantha Capehart, Shelby Mullen, Emily Heim, 14, Reagan Egbert, 14, Mallory Alles, Taylor Greulich, 15, and Maddie Vernon, 14, all of Jasper, after the race during the Ireland Bicentennial celebration.

Heritage Hills senior Abby Hervey watched the game while holding a cardboard cut out of player Eddison Peters during the 3A sectional football game in Lincoln City. Southridge defeated Heritage Hills 37-34 in double overtime. 

Andyn Lampert of Ireland, 8, left, waved as she spotted a friend from inside Santa's house on Courthouse Square in Jasper, where she was helping as an elf with Lauren Mundy of Ireland, 8.

Monty Lindsey of Orleans carried a deer target to a trailer towed by an all-terrain vehicle as he helped clean up after the 3D target shoot hosted by Patoka Lake Bowhunters at Patoka Lake Archery Range.

Holland Elementary School fourth-grader Turner Hunefeld, center, herded into the gymnasium with other cow-clad students before the school's "Party in a Pear Tree" program in Holland.

Carol Beier and her grandson Caleb Beck, 5, both of Ferdinand, played cops and robbers on the Woebkenberg family farm in Ferdinand. Carol, formerly a Woebkenberg, grew up on the farm and now lives minutes away. 

Eileen Schnieders, left, Fronie Dilger and Delores Groves, all of St. Anthony, traded humorous stories as they hand stitched a quilt at the Divine Mercy Catholic Parish 800 Club in St. Anthony. The Christian Mothers Quilting group meets for four hours twice a week to work on quilts that are raffled off at the church's annual picnic. "I look forward to coming and joking with the ladies, catching up with everyone. It's a social time," said Eileen Schnieders, the organizer of the group. 

Ernie Betz, left, and his son Michael Betz, both of Celestine, watched as smoke rose from the remains of a hay barn that burned down on the farm belonging to Ernie’s nephew, Mark Betz, of Celestine, Indiana. Fire departments from Celestine and Schnellville responded to the blaze, which destroyed two structures and kept fire personnel on the scene for more than five hours.

Hoosier Homesteads

A Hoosier Homestead is a farm that has been in the same family for over 100 years. The state of Indiana recognizes these farms and their contribution to the state’s rural culture. The three oldest farms in Dubois County were all founded in 1840.


Carol Beier and her grandson Caleb Beck, 5, both of Ferdinand, played cops and robbers on the Woebkenberg family farm in Ferdinand. Carol, formerly a Woebkenberg, grew up on the farm and now lives minutes away. Caleb has already shown an interest in farm life and his family hopes that he will be the next generation to operate it.

Edgar Kerstiens sat on the front porch of his home while spending time with his great-grandson Hudson Sitzman, 2, on their family farm in Ferdinand. The house was built in 1899. Kerstiens was born there in 1935 and has lived there his whole life.

Hudson Sitzman of Ferdinand, 2, held a five-day-old turkey while helping his grandmother Debbie Kerstiens in her turkey houses on their family farm in Ferdinand. Hudson calls the turkeys “bock-bocks”.

The Martins

November 2015: Gabriel rests on his mother Akira’s shoulder as she feeds her infant Jeremiah while Victoria solves a crossword puzzle and Anthony reads toy advertisements. “My hope is that we will be in a house by the time he is walking,” said Akira as she imagined raising a toddler in the limited space of their motel room.

December 2016: Jeremiah walks around in the home his family owns in Baltimore.

When I lived in Virginia and interned at The Free Lance-Star, I would spend my free time with the Martin family. I followed as they moved from motel room to motel room, the only housing situation they could manage at the time. They were open with their struggles because they wanted to share their story. In nine years, the family had moved sixteen times through a series of temporary housing situations. Living with friends, homeless shelters, camping outdoors and many motel rooms… Over and over again, Akira would tell me that she wanted their story to have a happy ending. Every time I visited we talked about the plan she and her brother Pete had to buy a house. They were making due in the short term because they had long term dreams. Temporary Stay is their story.

This past summer they moved to a house in Baltimore. “It needs a little fixing up, but its ours,” as Akira proudly put it. I visited in December and got to see little Jeremiah walk around in the home that was only a dream when he was born a year ago. It’s hard to describe the feeling of seeing someone accomplish their dreams after rooting for them for so long. It was wonderful to see Victoria, Anthony, Gabriel and Jeremiah thriving in a stable home. Here’s to you, Akira and Pete.