MELISSA MACATEE DIDN’T have to push the Highland Park community too hard to garner enough votes to earn FNF
Photographer of the Year. The truth is, many
of her voters are former photo subjects. The
Highland Park community rallied around
Macatee for the 2015 FNF Magazine Photographer of the Year Contest, as her photo
submission accrued more than 800 votes in
an online poll at fnfmagazine.com in April.
A native of Dallas, Macatee is part of
a family with three generations of former
student-athletes at Highland Park. Her father
graduated from Highland Park; she and her
husband went to Highland Park; and all three
of her kids passed through the school.
“This is my school,” Macatee said. “These
are my people. One of my daughters put my
picture for the contest on Facebook, and it
was so much fun to see how many people
responded. I’ve photographed generations
of people in this community – football play-
ers, soccer players, babies, weddings.”
Macatee has worked for the Park Cities
News for more than a decade, and also
followed her children’s teams through their
athletic careers. She remembers the role
players as well as the stars – like Matthew
“I photographed [Stafford] during his
junior and senior years,” Macatee said. “I
came home from one of the away games,
and my husband hadn’t gone to the game. I
said, ‘You know what?’ I think this one’s the
While earning the title of FNF Photog-
rapher of the Year has given Macatee’s
work a wider audience, she has long been
well-known in her community as a master of
capturing dramatic sports moments.
“People recognize me in the grocery store
and tell me what year I photographed them
in high school,” Macatee said. “I remember
almost everyone. Every year, someone
always rises to the top. I love shooting high
school football because you never know.”
MELISSA MACATEE OF Highland Park High (Texas) won 2015 FNF Photographer of the Year
through an online vote that was open to fans in April. A group of 10 finalists – representing
four schools in Texas, two schools each in Florida and South Carolina and one each in Georgia
and North Carolina – drew a total of more than 5,000 votes in the contest. Macatee’s photo
generated 942 votes, enough to top the second-place finisher by 270.
THE MACATEE FILE
A native of Dallas, Macatee discovered a passion for photography while
shooting competitive girls soccer in North Texas. Her sports work now spans a
wide range from lacrosse to football. For over a decade, she has photographed
Highland Park High School sports for the Park Cities News and the various
teams. This passion for photography and sharing it with others has opened
doors that have enriched her life including her work with the Cotton Bowl
Athletic Association. Macatee is thankful for her supportive family, friends and
fellow sports photographers and says she never would have accomplished what
she has without them. She sees each new day as an opportunity to tackle a new
challenge and create a memory through photography.
Pay It Forward
THE SAN ANGELO CENTRAL BOBCATS STRIVE to have a winning program both on and off the field. For the past six years, dressed in their Bobcat Jerseys, the team volunteers at the “Spring
Chicken Affair,” an event to raise funds for West Texas Re-hab. The nonprofit organization offers services to patients
in need of physical and occupational therapy regardless of
their ability to pay.
From unloading tables and chairs, to serving as
the demolition crew when the festivities are over, the
Bobcats have played a vital role as volunteers for the
fundraiser that raised more than $52,000 this year.
For offensive coordinator Kevin Crane, paying it
forward in the community is a way to say thank you for
the support the fans give them. “We’re proud of the
community we live in. They support us on Friday nights
by filling the stands and we want to give back any way
that we can,” Crane said.
Photographers interested in submitting entries for 2016 FNF
Photographer of the Year can do so at fnfmagazine.com/poty/.
Sine Returns Home for Pursuit
of Sonora’s Sixth State Title
DAVID T. SINE HAS A SHORT EXPLANATION for why he returned to Sonora. “It’s home,” Sine said. Sine will return to the Sonora sideline this fall
after spending the last three seasons at two other Texas
schools (Columbus and Bandera). In his previous stint
at Sonora from 2009 to 2012, Sine led the Broncos to a
28-7 record and three straight postseason appearances.
However, Sonora is a championship town with a rich
history of success on the gridiron, so expectations will
be high as Sine attempts to lift the program to its first
state championship since 2000.
“It’s part of the business, and that’s a great thing to be
at a school where the expectation is a state champion-
ship. It comes with the territory. It’s the same as it was
and always will be. Bronco Nation expectations never
change. Every Friday night in West Texas is amazing.”
Sonora established itself as one of the premier foot-
ball programs in West Texas as far back as the 1960s.
The Broncos won state titles in 1966, 1968, 1970 and
1971 before adding a fifth in 2000.
Eddie Favila served as an assistant coach on the
2000 championship team, and maintains the expectation has been the same every year since.
“We hold up kids high in terms of work ethic and doing
things right,” Favila said. “A lot has been accomplished in
this community, and it is talked about from Day 1.”
Sonora advanced to the Class 3A Div. 2 playoffs
last year before falling to eventual state champion
Waskom. In his return to Sonora this spring, Sine found
that the program’s recent success only made the local
legends from the 1960s and 1970s even hungrier for
the next title.
“They’re definitely here,” Sine said. “I remember in
2009, we had a special get-together for all of the people
that were a part of those state championships. That’s
the first chance I got to meet Coach [Jerry] Hopkins, who
is a legend in Sonora.
“The passion in Sonora is something I’ve missed for
three years. Places either have it or they don’t. One
thing we want to promote this year is that tradition never
graduates. I can’t wait for that first home game.”
OF THE YEAR 2015