Elkhart Truth | October 2014

Autumn’s continuous long shadows were a subtle hint the seasons were changing. Some days the clouds blanked the sky reminding me of my former home, the Northwest. I covered my second Notre Dame football game, this time with with big glass, which made for a better experience. The saturated oranges, reds and yellows pulled me outside to ride cyclocross, something I’ve been looking to do for years. While most of my pictures happened within the field of play, I started to step outside my normal post-work self to explore Michiana’s beautiful autumn on bicycle. It was a month of settling in, getting a sense of familiarity with my new home and using Google Maps less often. This month’s lesson: Learning to accept that I can't cover every high school playoff game fully.

The Notre Dame marching band performs before the Fighting Irish takes on North Carolina on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend. The Fighting Irish beat the Tar Heels 50-43.

The Notre Dame marching band performs before the Fighting Irish takes on North Carolina on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend. The Fighting Irish beat the Tar Heels 50-43.

Notre Dame’s Amir Carlisle (3) stiff arms North Carolina’s T.J. Logan (8) in the fourth quarter on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend. The Fighting Irish beat the Tar Heels 50-43.

Notre Dame’s Amir Carlisle (3) stiff arms North Carolina’s T.J. Logan (8) in the fourth quarter on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend. The Fighting Irish beat the Tar Heels 50-43.

Goshen freshman Alex Martinez (20) competes for the ball with Memorial sophomore Jaime Garcia (10) during a sectional soccer game on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014, at Northridge in Middlebury. The Redskins beat the Crimson Chargers 2-1 (3-0 PKs).

Goshen freshman Alex Martinez (20) competes for the ball with Memorial sophomore Jaime Garcia (10) during a sectional soccer game on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014, at Northridge in Middlebury. The Redskins beat the Crimson Chargers 2-1 (3-0 PKs).

Goshen sophomore goalkeeper Mason Short gives senior Issac Huerta a piggyback ride after a semifinal regional boy soccer game on Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, at Ward Baker Park in Mishawaka. The Redskins beat the Panthers 6-0.

Goshen sophomore goalkeeper Mason Short gives senior Issac Huerta a piggyback ride after a semifinal regional boy soccer game on Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, at Ward Baker Park in Mishawaka. The Redskins beat the Panthers 6-0.

Notre Dame’s Tarean Folston (25), Corey Robinson, left, Ben Koyack, center, and Steve Elmer, right, celebrate the Fighting Irish's final touchdown to make the score 49-36 in the fourth quarter on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend. The Fighting Irish beat the Tar Heels 50-43.

Notre Dame’s Tarean Folston (25), Corey Robinson, left, Ben Koyack, center, and Steve Elmer, right, celebrate the Fighting Irish's final touchdown to make the score 49-36 in the fourth quarter on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend. The Fighting Irish beat the Tar Heels 50-43.

Central number three singles player, junior Curtis Hill, rallies with Concord junior Mitchell Boyer, not pictured, on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, at Concord in Elkhart. Boyer won the match.

Central number three singles player, junior Curtis Hill, rallies with Concord junior Mitchell Boyer, not pictured, on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, at Concord in Elkhart. Boyer won the match.

Notre Dame’s Jarron Jones (94) keeps his eyes locked on North Carolina’s quarterback Marquise Williams in the first quarter on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend. The Fighting Irish beat the Tar Heels 50-43.

Notre Dame’s Jarron Jones (94) keeps his eyes locked on North Carolina’s quarterback Marquise Williams in the first quarter on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend. The Fighting Irish beat the Tar Heels 50-43.

Northern Lakes Conference cross country runners race down a hill during a meet on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, at Ox Bow County Park in Elkhart.  

Northern Lakes Conference cross country runners race down a hill during a meet on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, at Ox Bow County Park in Elkhart.

 

Memorial’s Jill Brown (10) collides with Tailor Schultheis (7) after both going for the ball in the 4A volleyball sectional final against Concord on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, at Concord in Dunlap. The Crimson Chargers beat the Minutemen 25-18, 25-17, 26-24.

Memorial’s Jill Brown (10) collides with Tailor Schultheis (7) after both going for the ball in the 4A volleyball sectional final against Concord on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, at Concord in Dunlap. The Crimson Chargers beat the Minutemen 25-18, 25-17, 26-24.

Northridge coach Mike Logan argues with the referee during a game against Dwenger in the first round of Class 4A football sectionals on Friday, Oct. 24, 2015, at Northridge in Middlebury. The Raiders beat the Saints 21-0.

Northridge coach Mike Logan argues with the referee during a game against Dwenger in the first round of Class 4A football sectionals on Friday, Oct. 24, 2015, at Northridge in Middlebury. The Raiders beat the Saints 21-0.

Memorial celebrates a point late in the third game against Penn in the 4A volleyball regional championship on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, at Memorial in Elkhart. The Crimson Chargers beat the Kingsmen 25-11, 25-11, 30-32, 25-13.

Memorial celebrates a point late in the third game against Penn in the 4A volleyball regional championship on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, at Memorial in Elkhart. The Crimson Chargers beat the Kingsmen 25-11, 25-11, 30-32, 25-13.

Drum majors Memorial junior Marie White, right, junior Mckenzie Beers, center, and senior Nick Iavagnilio gather with others from opposing schools shortly before the Class A awards ceremony at the ISSMA Open Class Regional on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, at Lafayette Jefferson High School. Class A marching bands Penn, Memorial and Goshen advanced to semi-state.

Drum majors Memorial junior Marie White, right, junior Mckenzie Beers, center, and senior Nick Iavagnilio gather with others from opposing schools shortly before the Class A awards ceremony at the ISSMA Open Class Regional on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, at Lafayette Jefferson High School. Class A marching bands Penn, Memorial and Goshen advanced to semi-state.

Memorial’s Tailor Schultheis (7), right, makes a falling bump as Jill Brown (10) comes to support in the 4A volleyball sectional final against Concord on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, at Concord in Dunlap. The Crimson Chargers beat the Minutemen 25-18, 25-17, 26-24.

Memorial’s Tailor Schultheis (7), right, makes a falling bump as Jill Brown (10) comes to support in the 4A volleyball sectional final against Concord on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, at Concord in Dunlap. The Crimson Chargers beat the Minutemen 25-18, 25-17, 26-24.

Central senior Catherine Brown hides in her mustard Halloween costume to stay warm while the Blue Blazers take on Goshen in a 5A sectional football game on Friday, Oct. 31, 2014, at Rice Field in Elkhart.

Central senior Catherine Brown hides in her mustard Halloween costume to stay warm while the Blue Blazers take on Goshen in a 5A sectional football game on Friday, Oct. 31, 2014, at Rice Field in Elkhart.

Notre Dame takes the field before taking on North Carolina on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend. The Fighting Irish beat the Tar Heels 50-43.

Notre Dame takes the field before taking on North Carolina on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend. The Fighting Irish beat the Tar Heels 50-43.

Goshen junior Hudson Kay (center) squeegees off a tennis court with junior Evan Beck, (left) senior Zach Ganger (center left) and sophomore Jacob Grewe (right) during a rained-out day of boys tennis sectionals on Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, at Goshen Middle School.  

Goshen junior Hudson Kay (center) squeegees off a tennis court with junior Evan Beck, (left) senior Zach Ganger (center left) and sophomore Jacob Grewe (right) during a rained-out day of boys tennis sectionals on Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, at Goshen Middle School.

 

Concord senior Cheyenne Szobodi (8) tries to avoid stepping on her own goalkeeper and captain Kiley Harmon (00) during a sectional game on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014, at Central in Elkhart. Concord beat Northridge 4-1.  

Concord senior Cheyenne Szobodi (8) tries to avoid stepping on her own goalkeeper and captain Kiley Harmon (00) during a sectional game on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014, at Central in Elkhart. Concord beat Northridge 4-1.
 

Penn celebrates a point as Memorial’s Claire Welter (3) falls trying to save the ball in the 4A volleyball regional championship on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, at Memorial in Elkhart. The Crimson Chargers beat the Kingsmen 25-11, 25-11, 30-32, 25-13.

Penn celebrates a point as Memorial’s Claire Welter (3) falls trying to save the ball in the 4A volleyball regional championship on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, at Memorial in Elkhart. The Crimson Chargers beat the Kingsmen 25-11, 25-11, 30-32, 25-13.

Memorial's bench reacts to a call going against them, as Penn fans, behind, them cheer on the Kingsmen in the 4A volleyball regional championship on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, at Memorial in Elkhart. The Crimson Chargers beat the Kingsmen 25-11, 25-11, 30-32, 25-13.

Memorial's bench reacts to a call going against them, as Penn fans, behind, them cheer on the Kingsmen in the 4A volleyball regional championship on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, at Memorial in Elkhart. The Crimson Chargers beat the Kingsmen 25-11, 25-11, 30-32, 25-13.

A firefighter momentarily rests after hosing down a barn fire on Wednesday, Oct. 22, on C.R. 117 in Goshen. No animals or people were injured in the fire. Jefferson and Concord township fire departments responded, as well as Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department deputies.

A firefighter momentarily rests after hosing down a barn fire on Wednesday, Oct. 22, on C.R. 117 in Goshen. No animals or people were injured in the fire. Jefferson and Concord township fire departments responded, as well as Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department deputies.

Ethan Evers, 10, dressed at Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson kicks up leaves as he runs down the street in a search of the next house to trick-or-treat at on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, in Wakarusa.

Ethan Evers, 10, dressed at Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson kicks up leaves as he runs down the street in a search of the next house to trick-or-treat at on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, in Wakarusa.