Be sure to read the selected stories at the bottom of the “about me” page
LONGFORM & OTHER FEATURES
Defining Greatness (The Oklahoman)
I got exclusive access to Oklahoma State wrestling coach John Smith, one of the sport’s greatest figures. I wrote about how Smith transformed from an obsessively competitive athlete to a nuanced coach and family man.
Leaving for home (Tulsa World)
During my first Big 12 Media Day session on the OU beat, I found the story behind Ahmad Thomas’ journey from Miami to Norman, and the strong women who helped him get there.
His toughest loss (The Oklahoman)
When a football coach known for toughness loses his wife to cancer, what happens? How does he balance grief with duty? How does he move on without losing the memory of the woman he loved?
How Josh Holliday is turning his dream into reality (The Oklahoman)
While covering OSU’s run to the the NCAA Super Regionals for The Oklahoman, I began writing this story that put coach Josh Holliday’s rebuilding job in perspective. It became a story that revealed Holliday’s relentless passion and featured opinions from the program’s greatest players.
OSU alums search for wedding ring (O’Colly)
When Peggy Miller emailed the student newspaper asking to place an ad for her husband’s lost wedding ring, I had a better idea. I traveled to Oklahoma City and wrote about a couple’s life and love.
Hopes and dreams (O’Colly)
Mason Rudolph entered the 2015 football season as the talk of the town. But he was more than a football player; he was the symbol of the hopes and dreams of a community that was centered on more than football.
A Major League clubhouse is rarely a place to talk about topics such as loss and depression, but that’s what I did with Jake Diekman after being assigned to profile the Rangers new acquisition.
A career defined (O’Colly)
When Marcus Smart’s turbulent but legendary career at OSU ended, I wrote the comprehensive story chronicling his rise, fall and redemption. I also included photo, video and links to allow this to serve as a living document of Smart’s career.
The Texas Rangers are drafting African-American players at a rate ahead of the curve. I looked into why that might be and what it could mean for the black community in all of baseball.
Humboldt turns to its community for support — and coaches (Star Tribune)
While looking for a story in the Minnesota winter, I came across Humboldt High School and hung around the west side of St. Paul, where local coaches hoped to rebuild their struggling sports programs, and with it, save their local culture.
State coaches grumble about Gophers’ lack of interest (Star Tribune)
After an editor noticed not a single girls’ basketball player was signed with the state’s only Division I program, I investigated. The findings revealed a lack of communication with high school coaches, but it also showed valid reasons to explain Minnesota’s recruiting approach.
After a horrendous accident killed four college softball players, colleges throughout Oklahoma began revisiting their travel policies. Findings suggest many schools lacked written guidelines.
Could Adrian Peterson be the last of the feature back era? (The Oklahoman)
The 10th anniversary of Adrian Peterson’s ballyhooed freshman season at Oklahoma raised a question: Will there ever be another back like him? I looked into the past, present and future of the running back position with analysis from coaches such as Barry Switzer.
Unofficial visits a ‘necessary evil’ in college football (The Oklahoman)
A look at unofficial visits in college football and why they can put lower-income recruits at a disadvantage.
Cubs’ David Ross gets his curtain call (MLB.com)
Beltre clubs 400th homer (MLB.com)
In my first game covering the Rangers solo, Adrian Beltre hit his 400th home run. After filing a breaking news brief, my postgame story went beyond the moment to shed light on Beltre’s quiet, humble personality.
Smart leads upset of No. 5 Kansas (O’Colly)
Forget the formulaic final score and stats; this gamer reflected my style of telling the story through compelling storylines and revealing quotes.
Hamels has matured into ace (MLB.com)
When the Rangers traded for Cole Hamels, I was assigned the color piece to lead the website. This brief feature recounted Hamels maturation with the Phillies and related it to what he could bring to Texas.
Hickey brings athleticism, shooting ability — and some baggage (The Oklahoman)
While covering the OSU beat for The Oklahoman, Anthony Hickey announced his transfer to OSU. I got the exclusive backstory of how and why he landed in Stillwater.