My name is Jack Frederick and I'm a working sports reporter working for a daily and weekly newspaper in eastern North Carolina. I first became passionate about writing in fifth grade when I started a newspaper with my friends that we could circulate to our classmates.
During my time writing and reporting, I've had bylines for 12 different news organizations across the state. While honing my craft writing about topics like sports, politics and local affairs, I've become just as comfortable covering a school board meeting as I am at a basketball game. While serving as Assistant Sports Editor at The Daily Tar Heel my junior and senior year at UNC, I've become a dependable writer, editor and reporter who knows how to make a deadline and is passionate about the future of the journalism industry.
Robeson County, one of the poorest areas in North Carolina, never saw the 2016 flood coming. Hurricane Matthew was supposed to hammer the coastline and bring nothing more than wind and rain to Lumberton, which is 90 miles from the Atlantic Ocean.
As the Saturday morning rain pooled in the parking lot, a dozen Durham Police Department squad cars sat parked along the sidewalk leading up to the Holt Athletic Association Gymnasium. To passersby, the outside view may have signaled something was wrong. But within the yellow walls of the gym, cheers and laughter bubbled over, disarming any thought of danger.
And yet, no amount of cheering or clapping could hide the underlying reality. The game of football is suffering in Orange County, N.C. With low participation numbers due in part to concerns about player safety, local high schools have suspended programs in recent years.
Meanwhile, the Dukes, staunch Democratic Republicans, funneled money from their tobacco empire into Trinity College, which moved to Durham in 1892 and was renamed Duke in 1924. In all of their actions, the families were determined not to be outdone by the other.
SMITHFIELD - Returning to the game he loves in the 2019 North Carolina Wiffle Ball Tournament has been a blessing for Jordan Adams. "Every day I'm blessed," Adams said. "I'm blessed to be here. Don't take every day for granted, that's for sure. Every day when I wake up, I count my blessings."
Story by: Jack Frederick Photos and video by: Landon Cooper and Kathy Soule Anastasia Soule felt sick, but she'd long been looking forward to the weekend ahead of her. Years before she boarded a plane at Raleigh-Durham Airport for New Orleans, Soule declared it would be the destination for her 21st birthday weekend.
"I'm competitive and I want to win, right?" Aney said. "Does your opponent want to see you chucking your racket into the back fence, or does your opponent want to see you looking like you're in a good mood, looking like you're loving life?"
Before the game, he jumped around the locker room and tried not to put too much pressure on himself. Some words from Theo Pinson helped. "He said, 'Kenny, if you hesitate once on a shot, I'm going to punch you in the face,'" Williams recalled Pinson saying.
DURHAM - Before their game on Saturday, head coach Jay Joyner made a deal with his N.C. A&T men's basketball team, pending a win over N.C. Central. "(The deal was) less running in practice and more teaching," Joyner said.
Instead of a championship feeling - like the Tar Heels had hoped for - the three veterans for the North Carolina men's basketball team felt the heartache of a 17-point, 97-80 gut-punch loss to Auburn in the Sweet 16, which brought their college careers to a close.