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College: Pennies From Heaven: NC State's Marissa Kastanek

2014-05-15 16:40:00 UTC – 74 comments

How many times have you walked down the street and seen a penny? During NC State All-America Marissa Kastanek's time in Raleigh, the answer is too many to count. But Kastanek continued to find coins laying on the ground. In the parking deck. On her way to class. They were just coins thrown into a jar. Until a revelation occurred. View Complete Story

MLB: Brandon Guyer: A Fearless Bet For A Lifetime

2016-05-16 17:47:25 UTC – 15 comments

It began as a $50 bet. It ended in marriage. What happened in between is a story of sports, love and timing for Tampa Bay Rays and Durham Bulls outfielder Brandon Guyer and Lindsay Murphy, with a little bit of Hollywood mixed in. View Complete Story

Minors: Kevin Kiermaier: One Pitch Away

2015-11-11 15:53:30 UTC – 16 comments

With his senior season in high school winding down and no offers to continue playing in college, Kevin Kiermaier’s major league baseball dream was quickly fading into the Indiana summer sunset. That is, until one pitch changed everything. Five years later, Kiermaier no longer lives in obscurity. He has reached Triple-A, and is one final step from the major leagues. View Complete Story

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MLB: Jhan Marinez: From Socks And Sticks To MLB

2016-07-16 14:22:04 UTC – 8 comments

It’s only happened six times. Jhan Marinez is a footnote to baseball history. Fourteen months after making his major league debut with the Florida Marlins, Marinez was traded to the Chicago White Sox – for a manager. It’s just one of the unusual steps for Jhan Marinez as he paces through his baseball career. View Complete Story

Minors: Curt Casali: This Was The Dream

2016-07-14 19:05:11 UTC – 9 comments

One moment, he's searching frantically for his cell phone. The next moment, he's overcome with emotions. A 6-foot, 2-inch, cerebral, measured and introspective catcher is reduced to a puddle of emotions. What happened in between is what he's been playing for his entire life. All that remains is an empty locker. In Curt Casali's words: This was the dream. View Complete Story

Minors: Jaime Schultz: Castleton's King

2016-07-09 18:48:39 UTC – 0 comments

The story is best told by his grandfather. He was three years old and our family was on the beach throwing a whiffle ball around. A stranger comes up and asks if that is his grandson. He’s got a hell of an arm.I think one day he’s going to be in the big leagues.After years of heavy fastballs, injuries, surgeries and bouts of wildness, He is a rising star in the Tampa Bay Rays organization. He’s ascended from remote high school fields of New York to the luminescent stages of Triple-A. View Complete Story

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Minors: Jacob Stallings: Embracing The Grind Read Story

We are so grateful to have shared time at UNC with Jacob Stallings. He was a terrific mentor. Wonderful young man, wonderful family, fantastic Tar Heel. Wishing Jacob all the success in the world!

By Ashley Moss

Minors: Jacob Stallings: Embracing The Grind Read Story

One of the finest young men I will ever coach. A great Tar Heel!

By Mike Fox

College: Marissa Young: Duke Softball, From Scratch Read Story

Great article. Duke made the right choice again. I'm excited to be able to follow your new career and success at Duke. Go Blue Devils!

By Tony
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