David Thackham

Passionate. Dedicated. Ready.

Hi, I'm David. I'm a sports journalist with The Times in Gainesville, Ga.

I recently finished a selective summer sports internship at the Daily Press in Newport News, Va. I graduated with a degree in mass communication from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C. in May 2014.

Back when I was in Rock Hill, I was a sports correspondent with newspapers around York County and held over three years of work with Winthrop's student newspaper, The Johnsonian.

I've had the pleasure to work with several newspapers and media outlets, including the Charlotte Observer, the Rock Hill (S.C.) Herald, and Clemson University's IPTAY.

Have a question for me? A story you'd like me to chase?
Email me at [email protected] if you want to get in touch.


Featured story of the week

Dawson County's Madison Caldwell overcame pressure, pain to earn coveted Class AAA state title
As Madison Caldwell walked the fairway at Horseshoe Bend Country Club in Roswell, the Dawson County senior doubled over in the pain that she was feeling in the right side of her...

The Times, Gainesville, Ga.

Johnny Smith remains steadfast as voice of East Hall football
There's something about the view at East Hall Stadium that gets to Johnny Smith every time.
Thackham: West Hall's Reachel Beaulieu showed never-say-die attitude that transcends wins or losses
There was still a trickle of blood threatening to run down Reachel Beaulieu's face as she climbed the stairs of Jefferson's Memorial Stadium on Thursday night.
Artificial turf's influence in high school sports rising in Southeast
Fifteen minutes into his team's Class AAA state championship game at Mercer University, West Hall striker Sammy Coto was pouring ice water into his boots, trying to adjust to...
Sims' rise from afterthought to star powers Alabama
Don't tell Blake Sims he's in a competition.
Ramey set to compete in Olympic youth weightlifting event in Colorado
HOSCHTON - Eyes half open from exhaustion, 13-year-old Jackson Ramey pushed his way out from his desk in an early math class and tried to block out the loud klaxon bells ringing...
West Hall boys win Class AAA state soccer title with 3-1 victory over Calhoun
MACON - The most crucial pass in West Hall's 3-1 Class AAA state championship win over Calhoun was a blind guess, according to striker Sammy Coto.
Senior Ty Cockfield peaking at right time for Johnson basketball
Terry Brownlee was close to heading to bed at around 3 a.m. one January morning when he noticed his phone had lit up with a text message.

Peninsula Pilots features and coverage

Pilots' timely defense keeping Peninsula in the Petitt Cup hunt
HAMPTON - Trapped in the visitors dugout, Taylor Ostrich was nursing a broken right wrist when he and his Peninsula Pilots teammates celebrated their Petitt Cup victory in...
Pilots defeat Team USA in historic exhibition comeback
Hot-hitting bats and a shutdown bullpen helped give Hank Morgan and his Peninsula Pilots a historic 7-5 exhibition comeback win over the Team USA Collegiate National Team in...
Peninsula Pilots' Sam Tidaback regaining rhythm at plate
HAMPTON - As the hot beach sand crunched beneath his toes, an ocean stretching out in front of him for miles, Sam Tidaback couldn't help but think he made the right choice to...
Pilots shortstop beating odds to play after recent shoulder surgery
HAMPTON - One of the most vivid memories Andres Nelo brought to America from his home in Maracay, Venezuela, was when his father, Hector, talked about the dream he had for his...

Legacy 76 NPSL coverage

Virginia Legacy helps connect soccer recruits, colleges
To Scott Cooper, it was a simple text, but to former Tabb High School soccer standout Rachael Brewer, it meant a chance to continue playing the sport she loves.
Former pro Gunderson gives 'wisdom' back to Legacy 76 teammates
WILLIAMSBURG - Even when he's on the field, coaching has almost become a natural reaction for Legacy 76 midfielder Jamie Gunderson. It's hard to blame Gunderson. After two years...
North Dakota native 'fitting in' with Legacy 76 soccer teammates
WILLIAMSBURG - As a child growing up in the harsh winters of Fargo, N.D., Jacob Weiler relished the days when the snowplows rumbled down his street near Fargo South High School....

NFL / College football

Redskins' Gruden: Training facility gives us 'great opportunity'
RICHMOND - Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden gave his team's Richmond training facility a glowing review Friday afternoon on his first visit to the area.
Eagles' LeSean McCoy entertains kids at W&M pro camp
[Video included] WILLIAMSBURG - With just five weeks until he reports to Philadelphia Eagles training camp, two-time Pro Bowl running back LeSean McCoy stepped on the football...
Sherman, Super Bowl-winning Seahawks 'play like kids'
WILLIAMSBURG - Every time Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman lines up on the hash, he tries to make eye contact with his opposing receiver. The ploy is that Sherman's...

Sports feature stories

York kid, family enjoy seeing how 'limb-different' peers cope
William Kelly was deep in thought Tuesday morning on his family's living-room rug as he maneuvered from side to side of a new creation made of equal parts Lego pieces and...
PGA H.O.P.E. program: Golf lessons give wounded soldiers H.O.P.E at Fort Eustis
Golf is a funny little game for Army Staff Sgt. Antoine Buckner.
Legendary coach Bob Jenkins remembered at memorial track meet
The way Jim Koterba remembers it, the South Pointe cross country head coach came across a musty, crumpled red hat at a county track meet a year ago.
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Seneca cowgirl competes in national rodeo
Caroline Burgen, 14, rides her horse, Katie, in the National Junior High Rodeo Finals last month in Gallup, N.M.

Winthrop University athletics coverage

McClanahan's record bucket propels Eagles
In the end, it was the kind of play that Winthrop women's basketball fans have been watching senior guard Dequesha McClanahan run for the past four seasons.

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