Nebraska State Swimming Qualifiers

February 22, 2013 Leave a comment

Jaret Hovorka, of Lincoln East, swims the 100 yard breaststroke in the boy's NSAA State Swimming qualifiers at the Bob Devaney Sports Center in Lincoln, Neb., on Friday, Feb. 22, 2013.

A warm-up/warm-down period in the boy's NSAA State Swimming qualifiers at the Bob Devaney Sports Center in Lincoln, Neb., on Friday, Feb. 22, 2013.

Jacob Molacek, of Creighton Prep, points to the sky after setting his second state record for the day in the 100 yard butterfly in the boy's NSAA State Swimming qualifiers at the Bob Devaney Sports Center in Lincoln, Neb., on Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. His time was 48.85.

Categories: Swimming

Ralph and his daughter

February 18, 2013 Leave a comment

Ralph Hoffman, of Lincoln, pushes his daughter Tricia, 10, on the tire swing at the Oak Lake Park playground in Lincoln, Neb., on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013. Temperatures reached the low 60s on Sunday afternoon.

Categories: Daily Work

Start of the week

February 11, 2013 Leave a comment

Ben Faltys, 28, of Lincoln, competes in the doubles tournament of the Midwest Dart Association Midwest Dart Championships at the Cornhusker Hotel in Lincoln, Neb., on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013.

Emily Wong performs on the bars in the Penn State vs. Nebraska women's gymnastics meet at the Bob Devaney Sports Center in Lincoln, Neb., on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013.

A client walks near the parking lot on the north side of the People's City Mission in Lincoln, Neb., on Monday, Feb. 11, 2013.The roads are muddy, bumpy and dusty, and the Mission is home to hundreds of men, women and children.

Categories: Daily Work, Gymnastics

Nebraska dominates Minnesota women’s basketball – 80-56

February 3, 2013 Leave a comment

Emily Cady (left), of Nebraska, Katie Loberg (center) and Kayla Hirt, both of Minnesota, battle for a rebound in the first half of the Minnesota vs. Nebraska women's basketball game at the Bob Devaney Sports Center, in Lincoln Neb., on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013. The Huskers won the game 80-56.

Nebraska head coach Connie Yori celebrates a three-point shot by Lindsey Moore in the second half of the Minnesota vs. Nebraska women's basketball game at the Bob Devaney Sports Center, in Lincoln Neb., on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013. The Huskers won the game 80-56.

Members of FM Acro, a high-flying acrobatic dunk team, performs during halftime of the Minnesota vs. Nebraska women's basketball game at the Bob Devaney Sports Center, in Lincoln Neb., on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013. The Huskers won the game 80-56.

Categories: Basketball

Nebraska vs. Michigan State Wrestling 23-19 – final match at NU Coliseum

February 2, 2013 Leave a comment

Nebraska redshirt freshman Austin Wilson (center), celebrates with teammates after pinning Michigan State's Nick Proctor in the Nebraska vs. Michigan State wrestling meet at the NU Coliseum in Lincoln Neb., on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013. This is the final official Nebraska sports event to be at the NU Coliseum before events are moved to the remodeled Bob Devaney Sports Center and new Pinnacle Bank arena next season. Wilson pinned Proctor for the 165-pound bout win, clinching the Huskers victory of 23-19.

Nebraska's Caleb Kolb wrestles Michigan State's Nick McDiarmid in the Nebraska vs. Michigan State wrestling meet at the NU Coliseum in Lincoln Neb., on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013. This is the final official Nebraska sports event to be at the NU Coliseum before events are moved to the remodeled Bob Devaney Sports Center and new Pinnacle Bank arena next season. Kolb won the 197-pound bout, and the Huskers won the meet 23-19.

Ex-Husker and Olympic gold medalist Jordan Burroughs and Nebraska Athletic Director Emeritus Tom Osborne stand for the National Anthem before the start of the Nebraska vs. Michigan State wrestling meet at the NU Coliseum in Lincoln Neb., on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013. This is the final official Nebraska sports event to be at the NU Coliseum before events are moved to the remodeled Bob Devaney Sports Center and new Pinnacle Bank arena next season. The Huskers won the meet 23-19.

Categories: Wrestling

Roberta

January 26, 2013 Leave a comment

Roberta Droescher, 51, is surrounded by family and friends at her daughter's eleventh birthday party at their home on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013. Droescher struggled with drug and alcohol abuse for much of her life, and now lives with cancer. "Once I was blessed with my children," she said, "that's the only high I ever needed."

Today I met Roberta Droescher and her large, complicated, and eternally loving ¬†family. Roberta spent much of her life struggling with drugs and alcohol, but cleaned up after she had her daughters. “Once I was blessed with my children, that’s the only high I ever needed,” she said. She has become sober and a well-respected member of the Ponca tribe community in Lincoln. But now she lives with three kinds of cancer. Though her cancer made her extremely exhausted today, she pushed through for her daughter Savannah’s eleventh birthday party. “I did my bad and I’m trying to do my good now,” she said.

Roberta Droescher takes a cigarette break and watches over her daughter's eleventh birthday party at their home on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013. Droescher struggled with drug and alcohol abuse for much of her life, and now lives with cancer. "I did my bad and I'm trying to do my good now," she said.

Roberta Droescher, 51, wishes her daughter, Savannah, a happy birthday at her eleventh birthday party at their home on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013. Droescher struggled with drug and alcohol abuse for much of her life, and now lives with cancer. "Once I was blessed with my children," she said, "that's the only high I ever needed."

Roberta Droescher, 51, looks out her back door at her daughter's eleventh birthday party at their home on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013. Droescher struggled with drug and alcohol abuse for much of her life, and now lives with cancer. "Once I was blessed with my children," she said, "that's the only high I ever needed."

Roberta Droescher piles juice pouches into the arms of her niece Nevaeh Horse, 9, at her daughter's eleventh birthday party at their home on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013. Droescher struggled with drug and alcohol abuse for much of her life, and now lives with cancer.

Roberta Droescher 51, takes a break and shows her exhaustion at her daughter's eleventh birthday party at their home on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013. Droescher struggled with drug and alcohol abuse for much of her life, and now lives with cancer. "I'm exhausted from the cancer today, but I have to do this party for my baby girl," she said.

Categories: Daily Work

The past week…

January 26, 2013 Leave a comment

Arta Smith shovels outside her home in Lincoln, Neb., on Monday, Jan. 21, 2013.

Josh Morrison, a senior with autism, practices with his swim team after school at Lincoln North Star High School in Lincoln, Neb., on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013.

Dyaln Talley (24), of Nebraska, passes to teammate Andre Almeida (not pictured) while being blocked by Tracy Abrams (13), of Illinois, in the second half of the Illinois vs. Nebraska men's basketball game at the Bob Devaney Sports Center in Lincoln, Neb., on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013. Illinois won the game 71-51.