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O’Colly — Oklahoma State University student newspaper — Stillwater, Oklahoma

The Stamford Star: James Washington, the brightest son of a slowly dying Texas town Sept. 1, 2016

57a8e823470b8.imageFirst place — Associated Collegiate Press, Sports Story of the Year, 2017
First place — Society of Features Journalists, sports feature, Division 1, 2017
Fifth place — Hearst personality/profile competition, 2017

I visited Stamford, Texas, a town of no more than 3,000 that serves as the hometown of Oklahoma State receiver James Washington. Quickly, I learned Washington represented a symbol of hope to a community losing its youth to major cities in the state. Washington brought attention to Stamford it hadn’t seen in decades.


‘That orange jacket’: Blazer a symbol for Ford’s admiration Nov. 17, 2016

56972fb33deee.imageSeventh place — Hearst sports competition, 2017

For the fifth anniversary of the plane crash that killed Oklahoma State women’s basketball coach Kurt Budke, assistant coach Miranda Serna and two boosters, I traveled to St. Louis, where I met with former OSU men’s basketball coach Travis Ford in his first season as Saint Louis’ coach. After Budke’s death, Ford wore an orange blazer for every home game against rival Oklahoma as a tribute to Budke, who did the same. I spoke with Ford about his bond with Budke and whether he would continue to “Remember the Four” after his time at OSU ended.


More than magic: How Rob Walton’s tumultuous life led him to his destiny May 19, 2017

OSU background check system involves third-party service, coaches’ evaluations Feb. 5, 2017

Hatch returns from injury with newfound perspective April 21, 2016

‘Playing it for him’: Grandfather never far from Teel’s thoughts April 6, 2017

Opinion: Saturday’s game was about family, not football Oct. 24, 2015

Cowboys down Bears behind Teel’s career night March 7, 2017

MLB.com — San Diego

Villanueva’s big league dreams coming true Sept. 21, 2017

Myers to focus on mental aspects of game Sept. 24, 2017

Cubs savor moment after hard-fought series Oct. 13, 2017

Short outing doesn’t ruin Lloyd’s debut July 25, 2017

Former players give pointers to aspiring youngsters July 1, 2017

The Dallas Morning News — Dallas

Will Clark reflects on being the rookie and vet on reunion teams June 21, 2016

Kansas City Star — Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas women fall to Texas in second round of Big 12 tournament March 5, 2016

K-State falls to West Virginia in second round of Big 12 women’s tournament March 5, 2016

The Oklahoman — Oklahoma City

Super 30: Sapulpa’s Dae Williams has something to prove July 1, 2015