The Virginian-Pilot and Daily Press (Summer 2019)
Thanks for checking out my work. I'm a senior journalism major at UNC-Chapel Hill, and I've won state and national awards for my sportswriting over the last three years.
This summer, I interned at The Virginian-Pilot and Daily Press, two recently merged media companies in Hampton Roads that make up the largest daily newspaper in Virginia. I spent the summer of 2018 at The Charlotte Observer, North Carolina's largest daily paper.
I'm also entering my fourth year at the Daily Tar Heel, UNC's independent student newspaper. At the DTH, I've worked a staff writer, sports editor and senior writer. This fall, in my second year as a senior writer, I'll focus primarily on men's basketball, football and features.
I'm a 2018 Jim Murray Scholar, and my work has also been recognized by the North Carolina College Media Association, including a first-place selection last year.
In the clips below, I hope you can get a sense of my writing style. I've picked out a variety of stories from each publication I've worked at, including game stories, sidebars and features.
The Virginian-Pilot and Daily Press (Summer 2019)
Baseball and collecting are in Marty Van Buren's blood. It's natural, then, that he's latched on and thrived as the Harbor Park's resident card man. But the longtime elementary school teacher's story is more than just selling baseball cards for 23 years. Van Buren, 62, has overcome a lot to get here.
WILLIAMSBURG — Royce Bowden has two scrapbooks, a dozen photos and a lifetime's worth of memories from his trip to Williamsport, Pa., for the Little League World Series as an 11-year-old. Now, his son and grandson are about to get the same experience — 65 years later.
WILLIAMSBURG — Marsha Lycan, an assistant coach on the William & Mary women's soccer team, just finished a new project. It's part decoration, part history lesson. In her office, Lycan has meticulously printed and pasted the composite shots of every Tribe women's soccer team on two open walls.
HAMPTON — Last week, after the Peninsula Pilots beat the Wilmington Sharks, Hank Morgan sat on a sofa in his house off Chesapeake Avenue past midnight. He was in a bind.
VIRGINIA BEACH — If you ask the USA Patriots about the reasoning behind their Kids Camp, they'll talk about representation. From executive director to assistant coach to player, everyone has a story about how their charity team of amputee military members, which travels the country playing softball against able-bodied teams, has impacted the lives of children who also have amputations or loss of limbs.
NORFOLK — So far, it feels like home. That wasn't a given for Amir Smith, a Hampton University graduate transfer who spent his formative years in Texas and his basketball career, so far, at Rice University, State Fair Community College and Florida Atlantic.
The Daily Tar Heel (2016 to present)
In June of 2016, Dave Lohse stood on a stage in the grand ballroom of the Hilton Anatole hotel in Dallas. He’d just been announced as the winner of the Achievement Award — an honor that the College Sports Information Directors of America gives out annually.
CHARLOTTE — When Harrison Barnes visited Chapel Hill late in the summer, a few months before he began his seventh NBA season, he described his former campus as “crazy." It had been around a week since Aug. 20, when protesters pulled down UNC’s Silent Sam statue the night before classes began.
CHARLOTTE — On March 1, 2018, Jalek Felton withdrew from North Carolina, about a month after the University suspended him and began an investigation into allegations of misconduct. Over a year later, little has changed.
On the third floor of the UNC Student Stores and to the right of the escalator, there are six small, coffee-brown tables. They sit neatly in a line, up against a wall of massive floor-to-ceiling windows. It’s an intimate view of the heart of campus — the dining hall, the Pit, two libraries, constant foot traffic. This place, right here, is Hunter Sigmund’s spot.
In the summer of 1999, Vasco Evtimov made a promise. He had just forfeited his last two years of college eligibility, opting to sign with a Greek professional team over returning to North Carolina, where his basketball career had been anything but standard.
In 2015, as he played the final 24 games of his pro basketball career, Sean May surprised himself. It began in spurts.
Sam Gee sat on the top floor of New West last Monday night, typing furiously as he scoured Google for a punchline.
North Carolina’s 33-point man exited the locker room and settled into what’s become his self-proclaimed spot in the Smith Center players’ lounge: propped up in the far left corner, sitting on a long table used for catering, with a wall of blue tile behind him.
Everything was ready for Yash Krishnan. The table was set. A folded piece of card stock displayed Krishnan's name. A white cap with a Team IMPACT logo sat next to it. An unsigned contract that would make him an honorary member of North Carolina's cross country team lay on the table.
The Charlotte Observer (Summer 2018)
On Sept. 3, 1941, Fred Caligiuri sat alone in the Philadelphia Athletics’ dugout, ahead of a road game against the Washington Senators. He was 22 years old, ecstatic about his Major League Baseball call-up and the crisp uniform that came with it.
For the past 10 years, the pictures have sat on Will Power's nightstand in a double frame. On one side is the Astor Cup. On the other, the Borg-Warner Trophy. Together, these two honors represent the pinnacle of IndyCar racing. The Astor Cup is a symbol of sustained success, awarded annually to IndyCar's series champion.
It was a bad idea, then a crazy idea, then, eventually, the most successful publicity stunt in Charlotte Hornets history. And it was hatched in October 1991 on a ride home from Atlanta.
Two weeks ago, Michael Kopech stopped listening. He’d heard the nitpicking all season long, about his lack of command and his high walk percentage and everything else that could be wrong with a Class AAA pitcher. He felt like he couldn’t do anything right.
It started in 2009, Dabo Swinney said. His first full year as Clemson’s coach, and his first chance to instill what he thought could yield an elite football program. He highlighted, to his players and staff, the importance of the “why.”
When West Virginia’s Will Grier takes his first snap this fall, he’ll do so as a brother, a husband, a father and one of the best returning quarterbacks in college football. He’ll need a new nickname, though.