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 years of experience covering professional, collegiate and high school athletics, as well as a variety of general assignment beats along the way.

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

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.

Portfolio

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Gainesville Times Sports section (Sept. 9, 2014)
I designed this four-page section in under eight hours. It includes local, regional and national stories in relevant packages.

Featured story of the week

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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...

Peninsula Pilots features and coverage

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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...
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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...
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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

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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.
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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...
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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....

Sports feature stories

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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Winthrop Eagles' McClanahan hunting rings, not trophies
A two-foot tall trophy sits prominently on the side table in Winthrop head women's basketball coach Kevin Cook's office.
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Indian Land buoyed by point guard Darnell Rogers
Don't let his size fool you. Shawnta "Darnell" Rogers, Jr. is a force to be reckoned with on the court.
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Indian Land Warriors purging "disease of me" ahead of 2013 season
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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.

NFL / College football

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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...
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Broncos' Welker 'not worried' about Hall of Fame status
WILLIAMSBURG - Denver Broncos receiver Wes Welker picked up a football, turned to his left and saw a pint-sized receiver wearing the same type of Seattle Seahawks jersey that...
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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...
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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.
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Higher Calling: Ex-Bobcat, Tiger, NFL star sharing his wisdom with West-Oak students
Bennie Cunningham, a two-time Super Bowl champion with the Pittsburgh Steelers, will begin his 19th year as a career counselor for West-Oak High School next month.

Winthrop University athletics coverage

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Conference title, ring goal of Winthrop women
Schaquilla Nunn was just trying to keep her head above water last year in her first season of college basketball. Now she wants more.
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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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Eagles continue strong play
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