Monday, February 27, 2012

2012 Nev HS Basketball Championship Tournament

Once again it's that time of the year for the 2012 Nevada State High School Basketball Championships from Lawlor Events Center ( here in Reno. Of course Your Reno Camera Guy had the pleasure of working under the eastern basket for all 8 games this past Friday and Saturday, Feb 24 & 25. 

Here's Eric Darensburg of Envision Video ( setting up to shoot all the pre-game segments. You can see our production space right under the bleachers at the end of the freight tunnel. It made for an easy loadin & strike but wasn't fun for the crew when a band was set up above them. How many times can you hear "25 or 6 to 4" before you go crazy?!

  Here's Dan Gustin ( and Eathan O doing their pre-game in front of a green screen. I think Eathan did all 8 games and was as sharp in the end as he was in the beginning.

Here I am with fellow camera op, Kevin Feusier. We both worked all eight games, 2 on Friday and 6 on Saturday. The 6 on Saturday were telecast live on KNPB (

Here I am taking a break with the cheerleaders.

Here's Dan and Eathan court side calling the games.

The two 4A games we did on Friday were pretty uninteresting with the Reed girls beating Reno by pulling away in the second half. Then the boys 4A final was even more of a blow out with Bishop Gorman trouncing Hug by 40 points. I think BG had over 5 dunks in that game alone. There was only one dunk total in all 3 boys games on Saturday!

Here I am with head girls coach Amy Hunstman of Pahranagat Valley. Her Lady Panthers beat the Lady Leopards of Wells to win the 1A championship for the second year in a row. Hats off to Amy and her team!

 It looked like it was going to be a long 2 days because the first few games were blowouts but then the final 3 games on Saturday saved the day by providing lots of action along with close, competitive games. It ended with the best game of the tournament in West Wendover squeaking out a victory over Agassi Prep to win the boys 2A title. I can't imagine two different teams from about as far away from each other as you can get in this state. It was a real thriller that went down to the wire and if you get a chance to view it On Demand please do so, you won't be disappointed.

Over all it was another successful Championship Tournament put on by the NIAA ( Congrats to all who participated, I had a great time hanging out under the basket and doing what Your Reno Camera Guy does best!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Ultimate Reno Combat 31

It's fight night in Reno as Ultimate Reno Combat 31 ( came to town at the GSR and your Reno Camera Guy was there to cover all the action. There were 8 hard-hitting MMA Cage fights, including a title fight in the light heavyweight division. As you can see from the picture above I was perched in my usual position above the cage. Everything went well except for the first time ever in my career a piece of my camera fell into the ring. The shade ring on my camera fell off at the end of one fight as I hung over the ring to capture them on the floor right below me. How embarrassing. Next time I'll triple check my camera before the show.

Here's fellow camera operator Mark Cronan doing the pre-fight video with commentators Justin McIlvain and Jeremy Irwin.

Here I am with the ring announcer, Greg DeLong of Inside The Cage Radio ( He does a great job of keeping things moving along with his booming voice and presence. I really like the post fight interviews he does in the cage with the fighters right after the match. It's a difficult situation that he pulls off with flare and insight.

Here's our crew with referee Kim Winslow. She's a real pro and a pleasure to work with. But you should've seen the look on her face when she handed me my lens shade that had fallen into the ring. I never want to see that look again.

Here I am with a couple of the ring girls. I love my job!

There's Mark in the ring video taping the post fight interview between Greg DeLong and the winner of the title match, Brad Robasciotti. It was the final fight of the night, a light heavyweight Championship match between Brad and Brandon Costa. Costa's heavy right hand which he landed regularly, seemed to have little effect on Robasciotti.  In a clash of titans, Robasciotti won the fight in the third round by TKO and is the new light heavyweight champion.

Overall it was another great night of cage fighting brought to you by Rick Collup and Blood Happens ( And of course Your Reno Camera Guy was there to tell you all about it.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Basketball and New Video Gallery on

Hi Fans, your Reno Camera Guy here just letting you know that I've added a Video Gallery to my website -  I've only got 3 examples of my work up there now but more to come. Go check it out and you'll see video I shot at the National Finals Rodeo, MMA Fight at Harrah's Reno, and the Reno Blues Society's Get'Em to Memphis competition.
It's High School Basketball season right now and things are winding down this month with the Championship tournament taking place on Feb 24 & 25 here in Reno at the Lawlor Events Center ( There's some great teams and players this season on both the boys and girls side. The above picture is of me under the basket at the Bishop Manogue vs Hug game played recently. Our wonderful Governor, Brian Sandoval (, was there watching his sophomore son start for Bishop Manogue and he did a great job but Hug prevailed and won that game. I'll have more details from the tournament in my next blog. Until then, keep it focused and get the shot!