My Writing Portfolio

Work for The Observer: Irish Insider cover features and accompanying print editions: From the shadows: Durham Smythe and accompanying print edition. Jumping back in: DeShone Kizer and accompanying print edition.   Other Observer stories: Jarrett Grace hopes to come back strong Mike Collins to announce 200th home football game Cal Petersen makes 100th career appearance in net for Notre Dame…

Durham Smythe: From the shadows

Editor’s Note: A version of this article was originally published for The Observer on Sept. 23, 2016. With 43 seconds remaining in Notre Dame’s second game of the 2016 season on the road against Virginia, Durham Smythe lined up on the left side of the offensive formation. Backup quarterback DeShone Kizer took the snap and threw…

DeShone Kizer: Jumping back in

Editor’s Note: A version of this story originally appeared for The Observer on Oct. 28, 2016. DeShone Kizer said he did his best to relax over Notre Dame’s bye week and the University’s fall break. “You can’t be too far away,” Kizer said during captain’s availability Wednesday. “Obviously we still have some great games to play…

Stewart lands Evans dream

Editor’s Note: A version of this story originally appeared for the South Bend Tribune on Mar. 5, 2017. In the sports comedy film classic “Caddyshack,” Danny Noonan loses his chance at a full scholarship by sinking a putt on the 18th green to defeat Judge Smails, the scholarship’s sponsor, as the course literally blows up around…

Cal Petersen makes 100th career appearance in net for Notre Dame

Editor’s Note: A version of this story was originally written for The Observer, Notre Dame’s student newspaper. On Feb. 6, 2015, Cal Petersen entered Notre Dame’s road game against Maine in relief and made 10 saves to post 25 scoreless minutes in the third period and overtime during a 4-4 tie. The then-freshman started the second…

Mike Collins to announce 200th home football game

Editor’s Note: A version of this story originally appeared for The Observer on Sept. 4, 2015. For many students in college stadiums across the country, the voice resounding through the stadium’s speaker system is the most exposure they’ll ever have to the public address announcer. Rarely does the average student meet the person to whom that voice…

Jarrett Grace hopes to come back strong

Editor’s Note: A version of this story originally appeared for The Observer on Nov. 20, 2014. To put it simply, the 2014 season did not unfold the way linebacker Jarrett Grace planned for his senior year. After sitting his freshman campaign and seeing mostly special teams action his sophomore season, the Cincinnati native began to come into his…

Patrick McDonald tosses immaculate inning

Editor’s Note: A version of this story originally appeared for The Observer on Apr. 28, 2017. For 13 pitches on Wednesday evening, Patrick McDonald was immaculate. The freshman right hander entered Notre Dame’s eventual 5-0 win over Eastern Michigan in the seventh inning with the Irish ahead 1-0. Nine pitches, nine strikes and three strikeouts later…

Not-so minor miracles

Editor’s Note: A version of this article originally appeared for The Observer in its 2017 Commencement edition on May 19, 2017. 11:45 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. That was the moment that forever changed how I viewed the work done in the basement of South Dining Hall by the wonderful people at The Observer. It started…

SB Cubs relievers find ways to stay loose

Editor’s Note: A version of this story originally appeared for the South Bend Tribune on Apr. 22, 2017. SOUTH BEND – After South Bend reliever Pedro Silverio struck out Dayton’s Hector Vargas to record the second out of the ninth inning Thursday night, all the relievers in the Cubs bullpen suddenly touched their noses. Except Kyle Miller. “Kyle…