GAME RECAPS, FEATURES AND EDITORIALS
As my job title says, I am a freelance sports reporter for The Danville Register & Bee — a seven-day daily that unless you're from Southern or Central Virginia, you've probably never heard of. But hey, you've got to start the dream somewhere.
I've been with the paper for roughly a year and in that time, I've served as beat reporter for Averett University athletics along with Dan River region high school teams and the Danville Braves — Atlanta's Rookie-level affiliate. Even though I don't make a ton of money, I make enough to cover the bills and it almost seems unfair I get paid to cover sporting events for a living.
I am also a freelance broadcaster, mostly doing work with Averett athletics, where I serve as the play-by-play broadcaster/sound and video engineer for volleyball, men's and women's soccer, football, baseball and softball.
In my spare time, I am the operator of a blog titled Page 3, where I cover human interest stories from high school and collegiate teams in Virginia and North Carolina. I hope, in time, to build a electronic news magazine to accompany the blog.
My interests include more than sports journalism, however. I also enjoy playing guitar and mandolin and love having the bejesus scared out of me by a good movie.
I can be reached at [email protected]
GAME RECAPS, FEATURES AND EDITORIALS
Some collegiate football teams pad their schedule at the beginning of each season to run up scores, stats and confidence. Averett University head coach Cleive Adams is the exception to that rule. For the second consecutive week, the Cougars did battle with a premier Old Dominion Athletic Conference team in the form of Randolph-Macon.
Averett University senior Michael Reives was working out with his teammates and discussing life after football. For Reives, it was just another normal day. He had no idea he was about ready to receive news that had the possibility to change his life forever.
CHATHAM - It's been 1,126 days since Hargrave Military Academy's postgraduate basketball team has lost at Walter Davis Gymnasium. The Tigers extended their home winning streak to 75 games with a 111-84 drubbing of Massanutten Military Academy on Saturday to win the First Piedmont Corporation Invitational. "We've got terrific fans.
Oz Sailors grew up thinking she was the only girl who played baseball. That's a tough thought for a six or seven year old, but Sailors never let it discourage her. She kept her nose to the grindstone and continued chasing her dreams. And now her efforts have paid off.
CHATHAM - Just a few minutes before the first of pitch of Chatham's home-opener against Magna Vista, Ben and Emily Wright - the parents of former Chatham standout Philip Wright, who tragically died last month - took the field.
D'Andre Mostella always knew he wanted to come back to Chatham and do something positive when his football playing days were done. He just didn't know what he wanted to do or when he could do it.
The sound of "Amazing Grace" performed by bagpiper Tim Carpenter led Chatham High School faculty members into the E. Stuart Grant Center at Averett University's North Campus on Saturday morning. Then the familiar sounds of "Pomp and Circumstance" took over the audio system, and more than 100 Chatham graduates filed in and took their seats, preparing for the moment they had been waiting on for the past 13 years.
Danville Braves center fielder Drew Waters and shortstop Kevin Maitan may come from different parts of the globe, but they have one major thing in common. Both of them love baseball, and they're both pretty darn good at it. And it didn't take long for Danville Braves fans to realize just how good they were.
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