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

2014-05-15 16:40:00 UTC – 75 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

2016-11-03 14:47:23 UTC – 24 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 – 17 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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Minors: Curt Casali: This Was The Dream

2016-10-15 14:36:55 UTC – 10 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: Jonathan Diaz: Road from Hurricanes to Raleigh To Fenway

2016-10-07 16:30:38 UTC – 12 comments

Growing up in the shadows of "The U" in Coral Gables, FL, Jonathan Diaz’s baseball options were fairly limited. Standing 5'9", and not blessed with power, Diaz has the innate ability to defend, yet he understands his baseball margins. What Diaz trusts are his baseball instincts and his heart for the game he’s been playing as an undersized ballplayer since he was a kid. But being small would never be an excuse. Now, the former Wolfpack infielder is one call from the majors leagues. View Complete Story

Minors: Jeremy Dowdy: Wakefield Star Coming Home

2016-10-06 17:33:11 UTC – 6 comments

The call came early last Friday morning. He saw his manager’s number on the screen and quickly shook the morning fog from his head. Jeremy Dowdy, a product of Wakefield High School and Appalachian State, was heading to Triple-A. Sure, Dowdy had been to Triple-A before. However, a one-day stint at the end of the 2013 season hardly qualified. This time, it would be more permanent. Hence the call. 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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