WRITING SAMPLES

Baseball Recap

 

This links to a recap of a Delmarva Shorebirds game against the Kannapolis Intimidators in April 2018. The Shorebirds won 4-3 on a walkoff home run by Zach Jarrett.

"After a strikeout, Jarrett came up to face Intimidators reliever Jake Elliott. After fouling off one 0-2 pitch, Jarrett attacked an offspeed offering and cranked it deep to left. Craig Dedelow could only leap to watch it land, and Jarrett rounded the bases to the tune of 3,936 screaming fans, most of them schoolchildren who left with freshly gleaming visions of their new baseball hero."

Excerpt from

"Jarrett Bash on Final Lap Lifts 'Birds Into First"

April 26, 2018

Baseball Cover Story

 

This links to a cover story I wrote for the Delmarva Shorebirds' gameday magazine about starting pitcher Brenan Hanifee in May 2018. The piece appeared in PlayBall! issue #3 at Perdue Stadium and was also published online.

"When the Hanifee family lived in Earleville, Md., father Sean built a ball field on a two-acre lot in their backyard. Young Brenan spent most of his early childhood out there, playing at night with his dad. When Brenan was nine, the family left their Field of Dreams behind so that the future Delmarva Shorebirds right-hander and 10th-ranked Orioles prospect could chase the chance to play on bigger diamonds."

Excerpt from

"Baseball Runs in Hanifee's Roots"

May 1, 2018

Cross Country Feature

 

This links to a feature I wrote and produced about a record-setting distance runner for the Maryland Eastern Shore athletics website in February 2017. The piece got picked up by the Delmarva Daily Times four days after original publication.

"The first time he ran, he didn't even have the right shoes. Khalil Rmidi Kinini had followed his older brother Oussama to a road race in their native Spain. Like any little brother, Khalil wanted to do what Oussama, six years his senior, did. Big bro invited him to run in the race as well. Khalil was wearing soccer cleats. He finished second."

Excerpt from

"Rmidi Kinini Wrapping Up 'Once in a Lifetime' Career in Top Form"

February 9, 2017

Basketball Feature

 

This links to a profile and video I wrote and produced about an All-American on the Columbus State women's basketball team for the CSU Athletics website in February 2016.

"The sight is familiar to Lady Cougar basketball fans by now: the stop on a dime, the quick leap, the airtime that lasts a split second longer than it should, the flick of the left wrist, the scintillating swoosh of tickled twine. It happens on a nightly basis at Herbert Greene Court, no matter who's watching."

 

 

Excerpt from

"Mitchell Soars to Greatness with Lady Cougars"

February 18, 2016

Baseball Press Release

 

This links to a press release about an award-wining Delmarva Shorebirds player from September 2017.

"In July, Wells took his craft to stratospheric heights. He didn't allow a run or walk all month, a span of 31 spotless innings, providing the cornerstones for shutout wins over Lakewood on July 5 and Rome on both July 17 and 23. The July 23 start in Rome saw Wells at the height of his power: over six scoreless innings, the only baserunner he allowed was on an infield single with two outs in the fifth. The Shorebirds beat the Braves 8-0 that afternoon."

Excerpt from

"Wells Named O's Minor League Pitcher of the Year"

September 5, 2017

Baseball Blog Post

 

This links to a post I wrote for BlogToBlogChamps, the York Revolution team blog, in July 2016.

"Entering 2016 as the franchise leader in seven offensive categories, Dre added the home run crown to his collection on Sunday against Lancaster. A go-ahead solo homer in the sixth gave him 59 in his Revs career, tying Chris Nowak’s mark. In the eighth, Perez swung for history and belted a grand slam for his record-setting 60th round-tripper. His three first-half standing ovations from the PeoplesBank Park faithful are also an unofficial Revolution record."

Excerpt from

"Playoff-Bound Revs Wrap Up Record-Setting First Half"

July 5, 2016

Satire

 

This links to a front-page, satirical report on a squirrel invation of a college dormatory in
April 2014. The Girls article is mine as well.

“It pains us squirrels greatly to see our rodent brothers subject to such callous treatment,” said Dimples through a translator, the one Grope student who bothered to take Chatterese with Professor de Haan. “They have suffered long enough under the torture of rough newspaper shredding and the endless cacophony of One Direction albums. The time has come for liberation!”

Excerpt from

"Squirrel Army overruns Lichit Hall"

April 2, 2014

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