Writing portfolio

Here are links to some of my favorite stories throughout my writing career, as well as some samples of my more recent work:

TrailRunner Magazine/June 2014 Issue – Winning the Battle Within: Kansas City trail runner tackles weight loss one stride at a time

TrailRunner Magazine/June 2013 Issue – Olympic and Off-Road Dreams: Marathoner Kaci Lickteig makes her mark on Midwest trails

Jan. 9, 2012 – Kindness will never be forgotten (Signing off from the newspaper industry)

Nov. 5, 2011 — Blazers put Wrench in Braves’ hopes for postseason run (More playoff football, more video highlights and photos to go with a story)

Oct. 30, 2011 — It’s a 4A four-peat for St. James Academy volleyball seniors (Comprehensive multimedia coverage from the volleyball state tournament, including my first volleyball highlight video – turned out OK considering the camera isn’t ideal for volleyball)

Oct. 29, 2011 — District Champs: Braves strike fast, beat Lions (Comprehensive multimedia coverage of high school football)

Oct. 27, 2011 — Eagles fall in shootout in soccer 4-1A regional finals (Comprehensive multimedia coverage of high school soccer — The highlight video is OK, but it’s tedious getting clips when there’s not much offense)

Oct. 14, 2011 — Mom goes Army Strong and does battle at Kansas’ inaugural Hawk Hundred (My first article contributed to Trail Runner Magazine‘s Inside Dirt)

Sept. 22, 2011 — Runners rally to show support for Bonner Springs senior battling cancer (This story exemplifies what is so great about high school athletics)

Sept. 17, 2011 — St. James topples defending 4A state champs (Comprehensive multimedia coverage of Friday night football)

Sept. 4, 2011 — A night to remember (Comprehensive multimedia coverage of Friday night football)

Aug. 10, 2011 — African experience life-changing for former Mill Valley star Acree

June 16, 2011 — Wristen: New Major League Soccer stadium is backyard treasure (Column following opening night at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park explaining its value to the Kansas City community)

June 15, 2011 — USA’s Dempsey says KC stadium, atmosphere stack up internationally (When the USMNT came to LIVESTRONG Sporting Park, attacking midfielder Clint Dempsey — an EPL player with Fulham — raved about how Kansas City’s rabid crowd compares to those in Europe. Photo gallery included.)

June 9, 2011 — Live from opening night at LSP (Live blog of the first MLS game at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park in Kansas City)

June 9, 2011 — Wristen: LIVESTRONG Sporting Park ready for opening night (Column with photo gallery and video package showcasing Sporting Kansas City’s brand new soccer stadium)

March 12, 2011 — Bobcats finish third (Comprehensive multimedia coverage of the basketball state tournament)

March 11, 2011 — Defense delivers, but offense struggles as Bobcats fall in state semifinals (Comprehensive multimedia coverage of the basketball state tournament)

March 10, 2011 — On to the semifinals (Comprehensive multimedia coverage of the basketball state tournament)

Oct. 30, 2010 — Opportunity knocks: North seizes state playoff berth (Comprehensive multimedia coverage of Friday night football)

July 21, 2010 — Kilimanjaro Calling: Journey to the roof of Africa offers lesson in humility

June 24, 2010 — Pain is part of the game for local MMA fighter

June 16, 2010 — Brown an All-American girl, program icon at St. James

June 3, 2009 — Championship handoff: Maranatha’s record-breaking relay team gives medals to disqualified competitors

March 14, 2009 — Bobcats roll into state finals (Comprehensive multimedia coverage of the basketball state tournament)

Aug. 6, 2008 — Runnin’ Dirty (A feature on a local trail running group that I have since joined. The story inspired me.)

March 27, 2008 — There’s still a lot to talk about (One of the more personally heartbreaking columns I’ve written. This ran in the final edition of The Current before it closed up shop.)

Sept. 20, 2005 — A fun feature story I wrote about a high school rock band preparing for a Battle of the Bands competition. It was something completely different from what I usually write, and it was loads of fun.

July 14, 2005 — Remembering a legend (This story was the catalyst for the most in-demand issue ever for The Current.)

April 15, 2004 — 50 years ago, Kansan raced for a ‘Perfect Mile’ (This was a 1A feature I wrote for the Journal-World looking back at Kansas distance-running legend Wes Santee and the race to run the world’s first sub-four-minute mile.)

July 22, 2003 — Kids quest (This is another feature I wrote for the Capital-Journal, and it’s still one of the more meaningful pieces I’ve had a chance to write.)

Feb. 18, 2003 — High school stars are golden boys (This is the first major feature story I wrote for the Capital-Journal.)

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