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Remainder of my AJC Work

Here is the link to the remainder of my work at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Please visit and read some of my best work that I had a chance to experience from May 2016-July 2016.

The links are as follows..

http://www.ajc.com/sports/pregnant-marietta-mom-runs-ajc-peachtree-road-race/4mbGyxTcR8tPwq5DDwQYTM/

http://www.ajc.com/sports/football/falcons-collins-backup-others-shining-early/lUmK2rDYK2lWkkIKAWz8NP/

http://www.ajc.com/sports/bill-thorn-continues-streak-running-every-ajc-peachtree-road-race/vDUEOOrJ9NmqgNg1q0bcNI/

http://www.ajc.com/sports/baseball/babe-ruth-granddaughter-helps-with-local-foundation/l0qUZcGjLFTzmajKpOBwSL/

http://www.ajc.com/sports/college/lessons-learned-pay-off-year-later-for-grambling-state/muvwb1MmsCAR4SihDCU1nO/

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Women’s hoops team reflects on historic 1996 Olympic run

Former U.S. women’s basketball coach Tara Vanderveer stills remembers sharing a bus with Brazil, 22 years after the Brazilians won their first world championship.

“We shared a bus with them as we were in the back and they were in the front of the bus,” Vanderveer, who is the head coach at Stanford, said. “They were all partying, and there was a lot of kids on that bus, and myself included, that were angry.”

Continue reading at: http://www.ajc.com/news/sports/womens-hoops-team-reflects-on-historic-1996-olympi/nrzK3/

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Falcons’ Armstrong breaking ground on special teams

Falcons special teams coach Keith Armstrong still takes rejection personally.

“It’s just the competitive nature in me,” Armstrong said. “Sometimes you get that competitive chip on your shoulder.”

As the years rolled on, Armstrong learned to be more relaxed. In his eighth season as coordinator, he has become an effective communicator. Now he tries to find a common ground — one that gets players excited about being on special teams.

Continue reading at: http://www.ajc.com/news/sports/football/falcons-armstrong-breaking-ground-on-special-teams/nrTFn/

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Babe Ruth’s granddaughter helps with local foundation

The name “Ruth” carries weight around the game of baseball. At Monday’s Gwinnett Braves game, things were no different.

Fans lined up to meet Linda Ruth, the youngest granddaughter of baseball great Babe Ruth. She was in town with the Pray For (P4) Foundation started by 18-year-old Gino Vizzi, a graduate of Gwinnett County’s Mill Creek High School.

Continue reading at: http://www.ajc.com/news/sports/baseball/babe-ruths-granddaughter-helps-with-local-foundati/nrj45/

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Bill Thorn continues streak of running every AJC Peachtree Road Race

Bill Thorn no longer dodges cars along Peachtree Street as he runs The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race.

Instead, he made his 47th appearance Monday as one of the only people to run every race since it debuted in 1970.

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Pregnant Marietta mom runs AJC Peachtree Road Race

Sarah Bivens was running for two Monday at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race. At 31 weeks pregnant, the Marietta native crossed the finish line in 1 hour, 34 minutes.

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Batter Up: Georgia pitcher Health Holder shining in final season

Story Information: This story is a profile of a UGA baseball pitcher during the beginning of the 2016 season. He was preparing for his first game as a starting pitcher in his final season. I was the reporter for this piece and got the interviews and set the story up. 

 

Batter Up: Georgia pitcher Health Holder shining in final season

By Jaylon Thompson

It’s 10:30 pm on a Friday night.

While most people are out enjoying the start of their weekend, a light burns from Foley Field. It’s been hours since the Georgia Bulldogs defeated Georgia Southern 4-1 earlier in the day.

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Trend Story

 

Rules are Rules: Georgia dealing with recruiting limitations 9 years in the making

By Jaylon Thompson

 

Georgia pitcher Robert Tyler had to make a decision.

Tyler had two choices. His first option was the Baltimore Orioles. They selected him in the 50th round and had hopes of signing him. His second choice was the college baseball. As a top pitching prospect, he had several offers including one from the University of Georgia.

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Straight to the Ground: Foley Field grounds crew thriving behind the scenes

Story Information: This story was done in my multiplatform class at the University of Georgia. I was the reporter in this story. I spent a day with the UGA baseball team’s grounds crew. This story serves as a day in the life with the group. I hope that you enjoy it. 

 

Straight to the Ground: Foley Field grounds crew thriving behind the scenes  

By Jaylon Thompson

 

Georgia had two strikes in the bottom of the 9th inning and Foley Field ground foreman Nick Paserchia couldn’t be happier.

It was 10:30 pm and Paserchia was ready to go. He was tired after spending 14 hours at the stadium. Only the post-game cleanup stood in his way. The cleanup consisted of raking dirt,  scooping up baselines, and watering the entire infield.

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Multimedia Package 2: Photos

The night crew: Foley Field’s secret team

By Jaylon Thompson

 

Foley Field is marveled by many people. However, it takes a lot to get the field ready for gameday’s. The outfield has to be cut, the infield has to be manicured, and the entire field has to be watered. Not many people can handle such tasks. However, it is the job of Grounds Foreman Nick Paserchia and his student staff.

Here is a photo gallery displaying just what it takes to get Foley Field ready. The images are before a UGA baseball game against South Carolina on Friday April 15th, 2016. It captures how the field set up before the game, during the game and after the game.

Please click on the photos to surf through the photo gallery and see the captions.

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