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Postcard from Arizona: Reclaiming a dream on a championship night

My first sports story was to cover a girls’ softball game at William Blount High School in Maryville, Tenn.

It was cold day in early Spring. The sky was overcast and gray with a constant threat of rain. I paid to get in, not knowing any better, and I sat on the top row of cold, […]

A year later, North Carolina celebrates a championship

By Colton Bennett

Sports Capital Journalism Program

GLENDALE, Ariz. — It was not pretty. At all. The game lacked any flow. The statistics reflected North Carolina’s struggle. The Tar Heels shot 35.6 percent from the field and went 4-for-27 from the 3-point line. At the end of a season in which rebounding became a […]

Gonzaga’s historic season reaches a painful end

By Mark Alewine

Sports Capital Journalism Program

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Nigel Williams-Goss crouched in the south end of the court, staring at the floor. He was alone, his freshly-sprained ankle throbbing in pain, while North Carolina celebrated on the opposite side of the floor.

Just 7.2 seconds remained in Gonzaga’s magical season, and in a […]

An Epic Night in Phoenix: Predictions for the 2017 National Championship

Gonzaga (37-1) vs. North Carolina (32-7)

Colton Bennett: Keys for North Carolina

North Carolina will need Joel Berry II to play like he did against Butler when he scored 26-points on 8-13 shooting. He can’t have another 2-14 game like he did in the semi-final against Oregon. Kennedy Meeks and the rest of Tar Heel […]

Postcard from Arizona: A vastness almost impossible to grasp

It was the size that got me.

I was comfortable with writing the story. The terrain was different and I had a lot to learn, but I knew I could follow the game, get the quotes, and tell the story.

The size, however, stunned me. With over 77,000 people in University of Phoenix Stadium […]