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

2014-05-15 16:40:00 UTC – 45 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

2015-08-11 13:43:02 UTC – 12 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

2015-04-13 17:56:10 UTC – 11 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

2015-08-21 19:38:14 UTC – 0 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

College: Catching Up With Former ECU Pirate, Kyle Roller

2015-08-18 17:12:33 UTC – 0 comments

Kyle Roller grew up in Rockingham, NC, and attended Richmond Senior High School. He was an 8th round selection in the 2010 by the New York Yankees from East Carolina University, where he was a Pirate captain. Now 27, Roller is a first baseman in his first full Triple-A season for the Yankees, playing for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Rail Riders in Moosic, Pennsylvania. Roller (.253-7-23) ranks among the International League leaders in home runs (Tied 2nd-7) and walks (1st-31). View Complete Story

College: After The Field Goals: Former Wolfpack, Gopher PK Chris Hawthorne

2015-08-17 16:52:31 UTC – 1 comments

No one can accuse Bowling Green’s Falcon Club director of letting any life opportunities pass him by. Chris Hawthorne started a brand new sport as a senior in high school, followed it all the way through college and became part of NCAA history as part of the first group of student-athletes to vote on NCAA rules and policies at the NCAA Convention. View Complete Story

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NC State: Jennifer Mathurin's Journey: From Montreal's Darkness to Raleigh's Light Read Story

I loved this. Thank you for sharing, and for all of your amazing stories! You really do bring a human element to sport.

By Kat

MLB: Jeremy Moore: Vivian's Beacon of Light Read Story

So proud of this fellow! Enjoyed having him in my middle school science class in Vivian. Excellent person in every way!

By Pat Speer Thomas

Minors: Steve Geltz: Ransomville's Righty Bucks Long Odds to MLB Read Story

Great story! I'm a big Rays fan and we're lucky to have him in our bullpen.

By Chuck Paine
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