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The Washington Times 


For Redskins, back-to-back winning seasons is a big deal

Synopsis: After a 41-21 rout of the Chicago Bears, the Washington Redskins secured back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since the 1996 and 1997 seasons. I wrote on what that meant, even without a playoff berth secured.

Publish date: Dec. 25, 2016

The Richmond Times-Dispatch 

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Synopsis: Bashaud Breeland brought a string of puppies with him to the Redskins’ facility right before training camp. In Richmond, football was Breeland’s focus and I focused on his relationship with Josh Norman, Washington’s new star cornerback.

Publish date: Aug. 7, 2016

Has the tide shifted? Why Richmond-area football teams are winning more state championships

Synopsis: In the middle of Redskins training camp, I interviewed a variety of Richmond-area football coaches and players to examine why teams from the area had had more success winning state championships lately. This story ran as the lead story for the Times-Dispatch’s football-prep section.

Publish date: Aug. 19, 2016

Redskins get preseason victory, but starting RB Matt Jones is injured

Synopsis: Redskins coach Jay Gruden rested most of his starters in a 22-18 win against the New York Jets, but starting running back Matt Jones still played — and was injured.

Publish date: Aug. 19, 2016

Crick helps Squirrels beat Yard Goats 7-0

Synopsis: As Major League rosters expanded to the 40-man, San Fransisco Giants prospect  and Flying Squirrels pitcher Kyle Crick was again not called up to the big leagues. However, that was to be expected. With Crick’s last start of the season, I wrote a feature on his struggles and how he’s handled being in Double-A ball for three years straight.

Publish date: Sept. 1, 2016

The DePaulia


Student section will be elevated to “Demon Deck” at new DePaul arena 

Synopsis: As part of a four-part series into DePaul’s new arena, The DePaulia found that the new stadium will feature its student section upstairs instead of being near the floor, where most student sections are located. I oversaw the direction of the investigation and wrote the article, with others contributing.

Publish date: May 15, 2016

Devin Gage will play for hometown DePaul next season
Synopsis: DePaul hit 20 losses for the fourth season in a row with a loss against Villanova. And so with another lost season, I decided to take a look at the future. Meet Devin Gage, the face of DePaul’s 2016 recruiting class.

Publish date: Feb. 28, 2016

DePaul falters to No. 7 Xavier

Synopsis: The only thing more predictable than DePaul men’s basketball blowing a 9-0 lead to start the game against the seventh-ranked team in the country is the way they opened the second half — uninspired. This game story won third place for best game story at the College Media Association’s Pinnacle awards.

Publish date: Jan. 30, 2016


More than a decade of drought: An oral history of the 2003-04 Blue Demons, the last team to make the NCAA tournament

Synopsis: With Dave Leitao returning to DePaul as head coach for a second-stint, I tracked down those involved with the 2003-04 Blue Demons, the last DePaul men’s basketball team to make the NCAA tournament — also coached by Leitao. This story won sixth place for best multimedia sports story at the Associated College Press awards and second place for best multimedia sports story at the Society of Professional Journalists National Mark of Excellence Awards.

Publish date: Nov. 9, 2015


Tyrone Corbin’s last stand 

Synopsis:  On the verge of being fired, DePaul alum and Sacramento Kings head coach Ty Corbin was dealt a nearly impossible situation. I looked at the resolve and the characteristics that made up Corbin right before he was replaced by George Karl.

Publish date: Feb. 11, 2015

The Chicago Sun Times

Ex-Curie star Cliff Alexander trying to find way in the NBA

Synopsis: Cliff Alexander went from one of the most sought after high school recruits to un-drafted in the NBA. As he returned to Chicago for the first time as a member of the Portland Trail Blazers, I covered his rookie experience of trying to survive in the NBA.

Publish date: Feb. 27, 2016

Pioneer Press Missing playoffs spurred Dimitrije Milutinovic’ to add 30 poundsSynopsis: Glenbrook North defensive end Dimitrijie Milutinovic saw “the pain” in his teammates’ eyes after a playoff defeat from the previous season. From that moment, he vowed to get stronger — putting on 30 pounds. 

Publish date: August 28, 2015

The Ring

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Joe Smith Jr. demolishes Andrzej Fonfara in shocking upset

Synopsis: A 15-to-1 underdog, Long Island light heavyweight Joe Smith Jr. went from nearly unheard of in the boxing community to shocking Chicago’s best fighter with a first round knockout. I looked at not only what happened, but the immediate impact on how a win could change Smith’s life.

Publish date: June 19, 2016

Northwest Herald

Crystal Lake South wins, PR stays alive in summer baseball state tourney

Synopsis: Crystal Lake South rallied to win against Downers Grove South in the Phil Lawler Classic, a summer baseball tournament.

Publish date: July 21, 2014