Wednesday, June 9

Bowie Softball for the Statesman

The Bowie Bulldogs had a great season in 2010, finishing second in state. I had the pleasure (and stress!) of covering their amazing come-from-behind victory against San Antonio Taft.

Filing for the Saturday morning deadline can be a harrowing experience when it comes to prep sports - late start times and the ability of any team to rise from the dead means the story can change on a dime.  I turned in pictures of what looked to be the 3-0 rout by Taft at deadline. The reporter and I joked that our jobs were done for the night unless a miracle happened.

In the bottom of the sixth, the miracle happened.

Bowie put up five runs and held Taft scoreless in the seventh, advancing them to the state tournament. I hustled to get the sports desk images of the story's 180 in time for the print edition. We just squeeked by.

 Bowie's Sarah Cardona, left, and Katy Akins, right, play an agility game of Ninja before the start of Friday's playoff against San Antonio Taft.

Bowie star pitcher Amy Sundahl gave up a double and a home run for three runs in the third inning against the Taft Raiders during the 5A Region 4 playoffs at the Texas State Bobcat Softball Stadium in San Marcos, Texas on Friday May 28, 2010.

(Left) Bowie catcher Jaime Edwards gets focused before the start of Friday's game against Taft. (Right)Bowie's Sarah Cardona (4), right, keeps the team pumped up during five scoreless innings against Taft.

(Left) Bowie's Maddie Lionberger (12), ties the score at 3-3 in the sixth inning during a five run rally by the Bulldogs. (Right) Bowie third baseman Alli Akina, left, is hugged by teammate Maddie Lionberger, center, after making the final out during the 5A Region 4 playoffs. The Bulldogs, down by three runs, scored five in the 6th inning and held on to defeat the Raiders and advance to the 5A State Championship Playoffs.

Monday, June 7

Jared Muston for the Dallas Morning News

"Ride for 8/15" is the message plastered to Jared Muston's bike.  On that date in 2007, he received a devastating diagnosis.  What he thought was mono turned out to be Hodgkin's lymphoma - blood cancer.  Just a few days from beginning his college career at the University of Texas, Muston instead had to endure 12 weeks of chemotherapy and radiation.  He was in remission by January of 2008 and began cycling soon after, following the example of fellow cancer survivor Lance Armstrong

This summer, Muston and over 50 other UT students and cancer survivors will journey 4,687 miles from Austin to Anchorage in the 7th Texas 4000 to raise money for awareness and research.  You can follow his journey, twice as long as the Tour de France, here and read more about the ride here.

Andrea Bearce for the Wall Street Journal

Spent a few hours with Andrea Bearce in central Austin for a story on young adults and their financial connections to their parents.  Bearce is a freelance food writer and pastry chef and was generous with her time and banana/chocolate-chip cookies.  You can read Karen Blumenthal's story here.

The editors over at the journal were great in communicating their vision for a graphic grid.