Writing Samples

I currently work for cleveland.com covering the Cleveland Browns. Previously, I worked for the Akron Beacon Journal, was a beat writer at The Toledo Blade, and freelanced for The Associated Press, Fear the Sword and NEO Sports Insiders. I have also had two freelance stories published in Sports Business Journal.  While living in D.C., I had the opportunity to write web stories for NBC News, and found the time to cover women's basketball for SB Nation's Swish Appeal. While in college, I served as assistant sports editor for The Carroll News. To view each article, just click the arrow below the title.  You can also view full archives of my work for the Beacon Journal, Fear The Sword, NEO Sports Insiders, Swish Appeal and The Carroll News.

Cleveland.com

Browns’ Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah has made a name by being versatile -- on and off the field
No. 3: Browns rookie David Bell and his mission to remember his late teammate Dijon Anderson 
Browns RB Kareem Hunt, seeking a contract extension, says he’s “100%” after 2021 calf, ankle injuries
What’s the Browns’ identity after their ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ loss to the Patriots?
Why Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah didn’t claim Baker Mayfield’s jersey number after trade
Cavaliers’ Jarrett Allen ready to prove he’s a one-of-a-kind NBA All-Star
Denzel Ward’s record-breaking Browns contract extension exciting to see for Nordonia football, where he got his start
Cavaliers prove they are ‘built to win ugly’ against Pelicans
Browns’ sense of urgency still has room to improve before rematch vs. Ravens, Myles Garrett says
Forcing takeaways proves contagious for Browns defense in win over Bengals
Why Myles Garrett says he is eliminating short sleeves from his gameday wardrobe
Cavaliers have improved third quarters and learned how to play with a lead in the process
Cavaliers’ free throw missteps keep popping up at inopportune times
 Despite battling back injury, Darius Garland showed he never lost focus in Cavaliers’ win over Spurs
How WR Drake London’s basketball background helps him stand out in a deep NFL Draft class
Deshaun Watson’s legal issues: What to know about them, and what lies ahead
Browns rookie kicker Cade York has fallen in love with the process of reaching for the unattainable
Chase Winovich chopped his hair -- now he wants to show he’s a cut above with the Browns
Browns rookie Isaiah Thomas embracing new role as a dad, still fighting on the field
Browns defense relishes chance to seal victory against Ravens
Browns’ mysterious Alpha Dog training camp competition fueling defense
Masters of verticality- What it would mean for the Cavaliers defensively if Jarrett Allen rejoins Evan Mobley
Injuries raised ‘what if’ questions about the Cavaliers’ season, but also tested and strengthened mental toughness
Joel Bitonio’s contract extension is about more than money for the longest-tenured Cleveland Brown
Browns’ Myles Garrett plays through pain, frustration in loss to Packers
Why were Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt on the sideline for the Browns’ final drive?
Darius Garland’s maturation the key to unlocking Cavaliers’ offense this season
Evan Mobley’s short memory a gift for the Cavaliers
Kevin Love gets hot from 3, ditches first-half hesitancy as Cavaliers top Hornets
Patience, finding the right pieces key to the Cavaliers’ success, says TNT’s Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith
Browns GM Andrew Berry expects strong return from Jack Conklin, says Jedrick Wills will remain at left tackle
Browns offensive tackle Chris Hubbard returning to Cleveland on a one-year deal, according to league source
From the time he was a kid, Donovan Peoples-Jones prepared for his moment
Baker Mayfield brought young fans back to the Browns and that will always be part of his Cleveland legacy
What’s going on with the Browns’ punting battle? Corey Bojorquez gives his insight
Jadeveon Clowney feels ‘ahead of the curve’ going into the offseason
Browns’ Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah prioritizing holistic approach to football entering year 2
Evan Mobley’s 100th career block comes in spectacular fashion as Cavaliers top Clippers
Cavaliers’ Evan Mobley repeatedly proved how special he was as a rookie, but his ceiling is nowhere in sight
Browns kicker Cade York has already gotten advice from Phil Dawson, enters rookie minicamp with confidence
Nick Chubb tries to be the hero for the Browns, but it’s not enough in loss to Packers: Ashley Bastock
COVID outbreak turns the week into a topsy-turvy mess for the Browns, their fans and the NFL league office
Cavaliers’ dazzling Evan Mobley continues to show he isn’t your average NBA rookie
Cavaliers’ Evan Mobley repeatedly proved how special he was as a rookie, but his ceiling is nowhere in sight
Cedi Osman, Kevin Love team up to lead Cavaliers’ biggest comeback win of the year, 98-85 over Pacers
What I’ll remember about NBA All-Star Weekend 2022 
Browns Kevin Stefanski says locker room chemistry isn’t an issue- “Winning is a deodorant”
Browns draft WR David Bell of Purdue with No. 99 pick
Myles Garrett disappointed Odell Beckham Jr. situation spiraled ‘out of control’ 
Baker Mayfield tattoos represent more than just the quarterback for Browns fans
What the Browns need to accomplish during the bye week
Browns’ Myles Garrett promises dunks and delivers in NBA All-Star Celebrity game
Cavs fan Greg Newsome II hopes NBA All-Star Weekend foreshadows the excitement the Browns could bring
High school football roots still go deep for Kareem Hunt, Denzel Ward, Kevin Stefanski as Browns give back
Jarrett Allen’s return exemplifies culture the Cavaliers have built, even as they fall short in playoff push
Browns holding three separate walkthroughs on Wednesday after positive COVID-19 cases
Browns quarterback Nick Mullens ready for anything as Cleveland prepares to face Raiders
Browns OT Jack Conklin ‘ready to roll’ for Steelers game Sunday
Evan Mobley and Darius Garland connect for ‘game-sealer’ as Cavaliers top Nets
Cavaliers’ Darius Garland should definitely be an All-Star, say Dwyane Wade and Candace Parker
 Kevin Love and Cedi Osman connect for “back-breaking” play in fourth quarter against Pacers
MVP Stephen Curry’s historic 3-point flurry turns boos to cheers, helps swing NBA All-Star Game 2022
Ward’s record-breaking Browns contract extension ‘a blessing’ as they solidify young core
Kentucky Derby-winning jockey Sonny Leon was an underdog, but also Northeast Ohio racing community favorite

Akron Beacon Journal:

Cleveland fan battling cancer in hospice, attends game of a lifetime as Browns clinch playoff spot
Twins Chris and Cordell Livingston transferring to Oak Hill Academy from Buchtel
STVM's Malaki Branham accepts Ohio Mr. Basketball Award, bringing standout career to a close
Zach Plesac among players welcoming Cleveland Guardians name as an exciting change
Cavaliers' Collin Sexton and Darius Garland excelling with offensive production this month
Offensive rebounds, turnovers erase Cavaliers' 'flashes' of good against Hornets
Jarrett Allen out with concussion leaving Cavaliers without any centers against Kings
STVM tops Columbus DeSales to claim ninth state title
Joyce says patience will be key going forward for STVM
Dru Joyce III dancing in first-ever NCAA Tournament as Cleveland State assistant coach
Sophomores Kramer, Brustoski give Falls major contributions
Hudson-Jackson girls lacrosse rivalry offers early glimpse at potential postseason matchup
Revere softball claims Division II district crown over Norton thanks to decisive 6-run sixth inning
Bronny James shows flashes of father, but more of himself during basketball showcase at St. Vincent-St. Mary
Hudson volleyball standout Anna Faust refuses to let juvenile rheumatoid arthritis slow her down
Foul fans pushing more officials to quit. Could high school sports be sidelined as a result?
Cleveland's Wilson Ramos finds Major League opportunity against his former team
Larry Nance Jr.'s leadership important as Cavaliers look to overcome last-second loss to Kings
While Cavaliers made good run against Wizards, inexperience in clutch situations proves costly
Cavaliers' Isaac Okoro calls praise from Miami's Jimmy Butler 'a blessing'
 STVM shows it's a well-oiled machine by dissecting Lima Shawnee's offense
With COVID-19 fan restrictions, area high schools turn to livestreaming athletic events
Buchtel's Chris Livingston named Gatorade's Ohio boys basketball player of the year
CVCA's Casalinova can score, but she's not focused on it
Hudson softball's tournament run ends with loss to Perry in Div. I district semifinals
Chloie Brown, Tallmadge softball's lone varsity returner, brings unique leadership style
Chris Livingston's versatility, 'generational talent' on display as Buchtel tops East
STVM juniors Pryor, Harris already looking to continue legacy
With trade deadline looming, Cavaliers center JaVale McGee a bright spot in loss to Kings
Cavaliers say execution needs to match talk following loss to Pistons
Cavaliers fail to make the most of opportunity against Bulls, harming play-in goal
Third quarter soured even further for Cavaliers as Darius Garland goes down with injury
Cleveland's Shane Bieber best version of himself in pitcher's duel against White Sox
All-star games highlight Akron-area softball players from classes of 2020 and 2021
Livingston scores 2,000th point, Buchtel wins district title
Walsh Jesuit advances to Div. I baseball state tournament with 7-0 win over Mayfield in regional final
Hudson's Maddie Roukey shows adaptability in early stages of senior season
Copley sophomore guard Khoi Thurmon transferring to Buchtel for 2021-22 school year
Woodridge girls and boys basketball teams in quarantine due to separate COVID-19 exposures
The Joyce name brings strong connection from area high schools to Cleveland State
STVM's Malaki Branham makes history winning Ohio's Mr. Basketball
Bobby Bradley gets second walk-off in as many days for Cleveland as Triston McKenzie rebounds on the mound
In Greg Buckner's unexpected coaching debut, Cavs up their competitiveness, defeat Bulls
Darius Garland shows increased confidence, growth with career high as Cavaliers top Spurs
Isaiah Hartenstein, influenced by Nikola Jokic and ready to learn, set to make debut with Cavaliers
J.C. Mejia exits in first inning as Cleveland falls 8-2 against St. Louis, further highlighting starting rotation questions
Hudson lacrosse's Jonathan Cosentino motivates team with attitude following injury
Buchtel falls to Lima Shawnee in Division II regional final
Firestone's Jonny Marshall wins state title in 100 backstroke
Hudson-Brecksville softball rivalry is one built on mutual respect
Hudson boys lacrosse cruises to regional quarterfinal win in tournament opener
3-point effort from Trimble, Jackson helps Akron top Ohio in MAC opener

The Blade:

Rise of Zia: Cooke's path to becoming one of best ever from Toledo area
Michigan DE Paye, teammates take part in Ann Arbor march
MLB deal an interesting footnote in Shea Patterson's career
Michigan, Eastern Michigan student-athletes join for BLM protest
Five-star QB J.J. McCarthy remains '100 percent' committed to Michigan
Big Ten postpones all fall sports, could possibly play in spring
Michigan's Aidan Hutchinson getting 'creative’ without spring football
Whitmer grad Wormley adjusting to Steelers amid coronavirus protocols
Michigan defensive coordinator Brown takes blame for Ohio State loss
What effect could coronavirus have on NBA draft prospects like Michigan’s Livers?
Back in Toledo, Nigel Hayes hopes to give back amid pandemic
Michigan players hold impromptu 'pro day' in Rossford
3-point defense a major factor in 2nd straight loss for Michigan
Michigan's Ruiz poised to become first-round draft pick
Central Catholic product Mike Warren enjoying 'dream come true' invite to NFL combine
Collins' effect on Michigan's offense goes beyond catching passes
Analysis: Michigan's path to catching Ohio State starts with recruiting
Franz Wagner ready to forge his own path at Michigan
What does 'The Team Up North' drill mean? Details are hazy
Do you hear the safety sing? Central Catholic's Dailey leads on the field and stage
How friendship with Auriemma spurred Martelli's Michigan arrival
Inside what drives 5-star Michigan recruit J.J. McCarthy
Returning for 5th year was easy choice for Michigan's Carlo Kemp
Harbaugh, players, parents protest in Ann Arbor for season
Jim Harbaugh reacts to Big Ten's return: 'Let’s play football'
Michigan's defensive line relying on experience during unique time
What Michigan LB Josh Ross learned battling back from ankle injury
2 University of Michigan athletes test positive for coronavirus
Michigan athletics projecting $26.1 million deficit in next fiscal year
Challenges of NFL teams evaluating Michigan's viper position
Minor League Baseball, Mud Hens season officially canceled
Toledo native Christine Brennan wins national award, talks Olympics
John Beilein returns to Crisler Center on senior night
Shea Patterson enters NFL combine with chip on his shoulder
NFL combine a learning experience for Toledo football's head athletic trainer
Methodical Mets rookie Pete Alonso wins 2019 Home Run Derby
Cavaliers' big task: Moving on without LeBron