Writing Portfolio

I've written hundreds of published articles as a professional journalist, and I've covered everything from a college football national championship game to a dog Halloween costume contest (yes, it was hilarious), but the stories I've linked to below stand out among the rest as some of my favorites. Thanks for reading!

Tigers beat Ohio State in wild Fiesta Bowl, advance to championship

GLENDALE, Ariz. — With a trip to the national championship game on the line, Clemson faced about as much late-game pressure as it could have asked for Saturday night against Ohio State. Down two points with 3:07 remaining in the Fiesta Bowl, the Tigers went 94 yards in four plays, ending with a 34-yard Travis Etienne touchdown catch, to go on top and stay on top, beating the Buckeyes 29-23 in a drama-filled classic in Arizona to punch their tickets to New Orleans for Clemson’s fourth national c

Tigers earn sixth straight win over Gamecocks in dominant fashion

COLUMBIA — In the 117th edition of the Palmetto State rivalry game, it was all Clemson on Saturday afternoon at Williams-Brice Stadium. Trevor Lawrence passed for 295 yards and three touchdowns, and Travis Etienne had a record-breaking day as the No. 3 Tigers beat rival South Carolina 38-3 to earn their sixth consecutive win in the series. Clemson (12-0, 8-0 ACC) finished its regular season undefeated for a second straight year, adding to its now 27-game winning streak — the nation’s longest a

Football wasn’t always the plan for Tigers’ Orhorhoro

CLEMSON — His full name is Oghenerukevwe Orhorhoro — his first name meaning, “God has done so much for me.” To his Clemson teammates and coaches, he’s known as Ruke. Orhorhoro — pronounced “Oh-row-row-row” — was born in Lagos, Nigeria, and moved to the United States when he was 9 years old, but football didn’t enter his life until late in high school. Attending high school in River Rouge, Mich., just outside of Detroit, he was serious about basketball and thought he had a bright future on the

Tigers’ seniors finish with perfection, ‘eye of the Tiger’ focus

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — In capping off a perfect 15-0 season with a national championship win over Alabama, the Clemson seniors went out on top Monday with a night to remember. While Clemson’s talented freshmen and underclassmen shined on the biggest stage Monday, as they have all season, the Tigers’ veterans played big roles in the 44-16 win over the top-ranked Crimson Tide, and they relished in their accomplishments after the game — from the final moments on the sideline to the postgame confett

Seneca’s Wilkerson balances football with business

SENECA — Unlike most high school students, Jalen Wilkerson’s Saturdays start around the crack of dawn. Even after late Friday nights consumed by football, the senior defensive tackle at Seneca High School makes sure he’s never late to work on Saturday mornings. And even if he is, he wouldn’t get in too much trouble — he’s the boss. “A lot of people don’t know, Jalen owns his own business — he works his rear end off,” Seneca coach Hal Capps said. “He’s a landscaper, and he owns every piece of

We're Talking About Practice: The Men Behind the Scenes of Gator Women's Basketball

Carlie Needles sizes up Daniel Mumford, preparing to defend him. Needles, a fifth-year Florida Gators guard, turns to an assistant coach, “Is he playing 11 or 15 right now?” she asks, referring to Daniel’s jersey number. The coach replies, “15.” “Lefty,” Needles says to herself, remembering the scouting report. In her mind, she is defending an Alabama shooting guard who she will face in a game the next night. In reality, it’s Daniel, a University of Florida geography major. The whistle blows a

At St. Elizabeth Greek Orthodox Church, Fellowship Spans Many Nationalities

About 40 churchgoers sit together on the back porch of the St. Elizabeth Greek Orthodox Church parish house. It’s coffee hour after the Sunday morning mass. The Eritrean and Ethiopian families are providing the food, all of which is eaten in under an hour. St. Elizabeth, located down the street from Devil’s Millhopper State Park, is the only Greek Orthodox church in or near Gainesville. The building holds 22 pews, each of which could seat five people comfortably. But size is not what sets this

Younger Generations Revive Vinyl Business For Local Record Stores

David Valancy thumbed through crates at Hear Again Music and Movies in downtown Gainesville for a new Kanye West vinyl. It was sold out. Valancy, 21, is a proud new record player owner, a graduation gift from his parents. He said he only has five or six records right now, but hopes to build a larger collection soon. “There’s something about owning the music and the album art,” Valancy said. “You put it to the needle, and it definitely sounds better.” Vinyl records are often viewed as things