Here are some of my favorite stories I’ve written:

Hoover hasn’t scored a point, but these players still living the dream — San Diego Union-Tribune


It’s twilight, shortly after football practice at Hoover High’s Bob Breitbard Stadium.

Coach Jimmy Morgans is putting away the last of the gear. He looks out onto the field, backdropped by a cotton candy sky.

Morgans, a 1992 Hoover alum, had been an assistant coach for 15 years before taking the reins this season. Quick with a smile, he’s a persistent optimist in the midst of an 0-8 season in which the Cardinals have yet to score a point.

“If you want to find the American dream,” Morgans says, “it’s right here.”

How the Branded Hashtag Emoji is Taking Over Twitter — Adweek


The hottest marketing technique on Twitter isn’t a viral cat video or a funny tweet from a celebrity endorser.

It’s something found on pretty much any mobile keyboard: an emoji.

Brands, in an effort to relate to their younger and more mobile-savvy consumers, have been increasingly using emojis in tweets. This gave Twitter an idea: the branded hashtag emoji.

Linemen step outside the box — San Diego Union-Tribune


A piece of Jim Catlett IV’s young life can be found inside a rickety black lunch box. It is just one piece, yet some would argue the most important piece.

It is the piece that taught Catlett to throw a baseball and always made him laugh, that knew how to push his buttons but rarely did.

Players like to tell each other to “leave it all on the football field.”

Catlett, a junior center for El Cajon Valley High, doesn’t have much left to leave right now.

Residents Rally to Take Back Antioch — Brentwood Press


When Antioch resident Brittney Gougeon started a Facebook page on Dec. 23 called Take Back Antioch, she didn’t quite know what to expect, but hoped for some discussion about how to make the city safer.

Gougeon’s initial goal was for 300 people to join the page in three months. As of Wednesday, more than 1,000 concerned citizens “liked” the page and have banded together in an effort to take back the city from crime, which many residents feel has made Antioch a dangerous place in which to live or do business.

Tracy’s true MC — Tracy Press


The “super dope homeboy from the Oaktown” has gone uptown. However, his influence is felt by more than the fashion world.

Now, Hammer (born Stanley Burrell), speaks on behalf of social media in front of Intel, Harvard and Stanford.

For most of his outings, Hammer, 47, has traded in gold chains and his trademark baggy pants for a suit and tie. His favorite microphone now limits him to 140 characters. Instead of backup dancers, he’s sharing stages with Facebook wunderkind Mark Zuckerberg and Apple CEO Steve Jobs.

With VR, Padres Bring Fans Into the Game — San Diego Padres’ FriarWire


Have you ever wanted to join Austin Hedges in the batting cage, or Manuel Margot as he studies game film at Petco Park? How about hearing the roar of the crowd after you put on a show at the Home Run Derby?

Now you can.

As part of its On The Verge series, MLB and Google have teamed up to give fans a 360-degree look at what makes Hedges and Margot tick.

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