I'm Ray Nimmo, a writer in Hampton Roads who currently works as an editorial assistant in The Virginian-Pilot sports department.
My beats are high school volleyball, swimming and girls soccer in addition to my normal administrative duties (taking phone calls from coaches, transcribing box scores, compiling agate and roundups, editing proofs), I also cover other sports and help manage our department's Twitter page (@757teamz) - one of the most followed high school sports handles.
In the years ahead, I hope to grow as a journalist, covering increasingly high-profile teams and athletes. From high school to college and professional, every level has something to offer and teach. I'm eager to learn.
Check out my clippings below. You'll find a variety of prose: profiles, features, advancers and gamers. I take pride in my ability to write for every situation and I think you'll enjoy the stories told. They make this job worth doing.
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Cox High swimming coach Joe Gentry continues to coach despite second battle with cancer.
Churchland freshman Cassidy Gosey has battled Hurler syndrome her whole life, but the normally crippling disability hasn't kept her from swimming. And on this night, she completed a 50-yard freestyle leg without stopping.
Ocean Lakes senior volleyball star Gabby Pe's mother died of breast cancer, but she's managed to keep an upbeat attitude.
An unlikely volleyball hotbed, Hampton Roads produced several college-level athletes - on the boys side.
Great Bridge senior Nickie Ivey actually likes conditioning. In fact, the girls soccer star asked her coach for an extra day of it. Also, it turns out she may be the most interesting woman in the world.
After putting up huge goal-scoring numbers at Bayside, Alani Johnson transferred to Cape Henry, a private school not known for its soccer. She made them great.
Princess Anne goalkeeper Nikki Bottoms had her learner's permit picture taken right after suffering a broken nose - on purpose. Her fearless personality bleeds into her play on the pitch.
The Shamrock Marathon featured a 72-year-old runner with cancer, a man who handcrafted his own hockey jersey and a soldier who ran in boots.
Retired MLB pitcher Billy Wagner now coaches junior varsity baseball at a Virginia private school. He loves it.
RICHMOND Chase Howard, Kyle Barnes, Alec Smith and Garrett Long raised triumphant arms toward rushing teammates. The Princess Anne boys volleyball team was as in sync during celebrations as they were during their state championship win. The Cavaliers swept Cox 25-23, 25-23, 25-20 Friday at the Siegel Center to win the program's first boys volleyball state title in its first state tournament.
Kellam High girls volleyball fought off match point and rallied to win its third straight Group AAA state championship
The Norfolk Tides drop their season opener to Durham 11-2.