Kevin Connolly began his broadcasting career as an intern at FOX8 in 1986. In his time here, he’s been an Associate Producer for the news department, a Reporter/Producer on “Wake Forest Sports Sunday”, a Sports Reporter and his current position of Sports Anchor and Reporter on the FOX8 5:00 News, the FOX8 6:00 News and the FOX8 10:00 News.
Kevin helped start the popular FOX8 Prep Profile segment which highlights local high school athletes not only for their accomplishments on the field, but in the classroom as well. Kevin has also hosted the “North Carolina High School Xtra”, a 30-minute show devoted to high school sports of this state, which aired on FOX SportsSouth.
Kevin is married and has two sons. He enjoys coaching Little League baseball, spending time with his family, golfing, reading John Grisham novels and sports. Kevin wants to bring fun and enthusiasm to every sportscast because sports ARE games.
Weight loss is one of the number one New Year’s resolution just about every year. Liz Hronek, from right here in the Piedmont, has an amazing transformation story to tell. She lost more than 150 pounds from her heaviest to competing in figures events at body building events. So what got her started? How about not even knowing she was pregnant. The birth of her first daughter was the trigger that got Hronek going on her fitness journey which became […]
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The Summit School in Winston-Salem is using sports as a way to help students who have been diagnosed with dyslexia. While the students don’t see words, letters and numbers the same way as most everyone else, that different way to process the information from the eye to the brain can actually help an athlete enjoy success in whichever sport they play. Success on the field builds confidence too and confidence is always positive and can be applied […]
GREENSBORO, N.C. — Garrett Carnes is a “no excuses” kind of guy. It is how he approached his career in the Marines and it’s how he continues to approach life even though he lost both his legs when he stepped on an IED during his second tour in Afghanistan in 2012. Carnes, who is the father of three small children, is tackling a new challenge: learning the martial art of jiu-jitsu.
GREENSBORO, N.C. — The Wyndham Championship is the largest sporting event annually here in the Piedmont Triad. It is an economic engine that helps this region as a whole. Putting on a professional event that has the size and the scope of the Wyndham Championship takes a great deal of planning and a lot of people to execute that plan. The Wyndham is blessed with a small army of volunteers who are willing to do what is asked to make […]
Like father, like son. It is a line that we have all heard and I can give you hundreds, even thousands of examples of sons following in their fathers footsteps. Motocross rider Luke Neese is trying to do just that in the ultra competitive and ultra demanding world of motocross racing. Neese, who is just 17 years old, is about to turn professional after a final trip to the Loretta Lynn Nationals. He’s got a great coach in his father, […]
KERNERSVILLE, N.C. — This weekend, the Kernersville Little League is hosting the southeast regional for the intermediate age bracket. We’re talking boys 11 to 13 on a slightly bigger field — bases are 70 feet apart instead of 60 and the pitching mound is 50 feet from home plate instead of 46 feet. The North Carolina representative is New Market and what’s interesting about New Market, this is the first year back as an official little league in about 20 […]
HIGH POINT, N.C. — Former High Point Andrews football player Marcus Gilchrist recently held his football camp for kids at Simeon Stadium, the very place were he started to make his football name. Gilchrist, who signed this off-season with the Oakland Raiders, is happy to have the game. In fact, it was a dream from the time he attended camps as a kid. It is hard to pull off a camp when you don’t live in the area anymore, but […]
ARCHDALE, N.C. — Being diagnosed with a disease that has no cure can be devastating, but there is a new program right here in the Piedmont that is using the sport of boxing to give people with Parkinson’s a fighting chance at maintaining their quality of life. It’s called Rock Steady Boxing. “It doesn’t cure it, but it makes it more tolerable to deal with,” said Jim Poteat, who has Parkinson’s disease. He drives from Salisbury to Archdale three times […]
GREENSBORO, N.C. — It has been 55 years since the team won the 1963 State Baseball Championship for Bessemer High School in Greensboro. Ironically it was the last year the school operated as a high school. Several members of the team reunited recently and FOX8 was there. These men are proud of their accomplishment and old Bessemer lives on through their memories. “Good people, Good ball players and good families,” Richard Straughn said. The bond created all those years ago is […]
JAMESTOWN, N.C. — We hear the term “boys of summer” a lot when people are referring to the sport of baseball, but there is a little girl from Jamestown who is in a league of her own. She is the only girl in the league of about 45 boys. Kerri Langfitt is also one of the top players in the league. She is only 9 years old and at this point just loves to play baseball. She prefers baseball over […]
Joey Motsay is an endurance athlete. Several of his unique feats are documented in the Guinness Book of World Records and have been chronicled here on FOX8. He once rode a stationary bike for nearly 176 straight hours. He also set the jump rope record for more than 33 straight hours. Five years ago, at the age of 50, he pushed a car for 50 miles in just 24 hours. Motsay is at it again. This time it’s boxing, where he […]
LEWISVILLE, N.C. — Olympic hopefuls in the sport of weightlifting are flocking to the Piedmont. December Garcia packed up her belongings and moved here from Corpus Christi, Texas, so she could train with Travis Mash, one of only a handful of certified trainers sanctioned by USA Weightlifting in the country. “He has a pretty good following on Instagram and that’s how I knew about him and all the girls who train here are ridiculously strong so I knew he could […]