Writing Samples

I currently work for the Akron Beacon Journal. Previously, I 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.

Akron Beacon Journal:

Cleveland fan battling cancer in hospice, attends game of a lifetime as Browns clinch playoff spot
STVM's Malaki Branham makes history winning Ohio's Mr. Basketball
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
Chris Livingston's versatility, 'generational talent' on display as Buchtel tops East
STVM's Malaki Branham accepts Ohio Mr. Basketball Award, bringing standout career to a close
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
The Joyce name brings strong connection from area high schools to Cleveland State
With trade deadline looming, Cavaliers center JaVale McGee a bright spot in loss to Kings
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
STVM juniors Pryor, Harris already looking to continue legacy
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 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
Mike Danna making the most of opportunity at Michigan
The anatomy of the game-clinching play in Toledo's loss to Western Michigan
Video gaming yields unexpected: St. Francis player earns scholarship
How Michigan basketball is recruiting with NCAA coronavirus restrictions
How Michigan basketball's Austin Davis was shaped by his hometown
Ed and Edward Warinner look forward to being on Michigan sideline this season
Michigan commit Will Tschetter is old school with a new-school game
Michigan's Dylan McCaffrey opting out of 2020 season, expected to transfer
'He couldn't have been more excited:' Michigan's Shea Patterson signs with Kansas City Chiefs
Conversations about more than basketball as Michigan players return to campus
Jim Harbaugh remains hopeful there will be college football in 2020
Michigan's Reynolds, Shibley, Harbaugh among those on Big Ten's Anti-Hate and Anti-Racism Coalition
Michigan LB Glasgow confident in game tape after combine snub
Will Mud Hens coaches work with taxi squad? Nothing decided yet
Big Ten cancels men's basketball tournament, halts all competition through the end of the academic year
Michigan NFL prospect Uche nearly quit football as a kid
Chase Young: 'I don't want to waste time being a combine athlete'
UM coach Juwan Howard reflects on 'hero, icon' Kobe Bryant
No place like home for Santana, who will make first All-Star appearance
Patterson's early memories of Michigan-Ohio State rivalry go back to Toledo
Michigan run game flattens Notre Dame, 45-14
UT pauses men's basketball activities due to coronavirus outbreak
For Lindsay Gottlieb, Cavaliers job is about more than just blazing a trail
Michigan promoting mental health awareness with program for athletes
Paye's 'Black Panther' celebration more meaningful after death of Boseman
Michigan DE Kwity Paye still eager to play senior season
Detail-oriented Jackson ready for increased role at Michigan
Patterson adapting to NFL virtually as a rookie
Slow and steady recruiting approach paying off for Michigan basketball
Gattis: No 'front-runner' in Michigan quarterback battle
Analysis: Pros and cons of the NBA's return plan
Whitmer, Michigan product Wormley reflects on draft experience
Cooke coping with canceled NCAA women’s basketball tournament
The best game I ever covered: A LeBron James buzzer-beater
Support from Ohio State fans 'meant the world' to Burrow
Dobbins still feeling effects of high ankle sprain, may not do drills at NFL combine
In repeat performance, Michigan defense slashed by Ohio State
'Surreal' moment leads to All-Star Game MVP for Bieber
How Louisville shut down Michigan basketball's offense
Toledo-area Boston Marathon runners enjoy challenge, atmosphere
As competition and participation increase, volleyball becomes year-round sport

The Associated Press:

Indians retire Hall of Famer Jim Thome’s No. 25
Throw back: Browns rookie Chubb brings 'old school' vibe

Sports Business Journal:

Cleveland’s ‘hidden gem’ builds pipeline to NFL
Workshop gives students flavor for sports sales

Fear The Sword:

Why losing David Griffin didn’t help the Cavs keep LeBron
2017-18 Cleveland Cavaliers exit interview: The harsh realities of J.R. Smith’s season
Fueled by Chipotle, George Hill gave the Cavs options in Game 6
Jeff Green’s improbable journey to the NBA Finals
Scary mismatch: LeBron James vs. Terry Rozier is getting the Cavs the looks they want
Another LeBron James game-winner gives the Cavs a 105-103 victory over the Raptors in Game 3
2017-18 Cleveland Cavaliers exit interview: Kevin Love once again proved to be an undeserving scapegoat
How J.R. Smith has made his playoff resurgence happen

NEO Sports Insiders:

LeBron James announces he is joining the Los Angeles Lakers
Yan Gomes makes All-Star roster as Wilson Ramos is declared inactive