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.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Armani Williams is a professional race car driver with the goal of making it to the NASCAR Cup Series. At 19 years old, he’s been driving professionally in Canada for the past few years. Williams is different and he knows it. He has autism, but instead of it being a problem, Williams feels the condition actually helps him when he gets behind the wheel of his race car. He has a level of focus because of his […]
HIGH POINT, N.C. — The Whitesell family from High Point were not big baseball fans, but when High Point landed a team in the Atlantic League and built a new stadium to house the team, the Whitesell’s bought season tickets and new fans were born. Not just baseball fans but Rockers fans. The family attended over 60 home games and are happy they did because of the family time together, reconnecting with old friends and making new ones, even with […]
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Some people compare running a Division One athletic department to running a big business. While that’s true, there is so much more to being an athletic director in today’s college athletics. FOX8 recently spent the day with Wake Forest Athletic Director John Currie and found out that he’s part CEO, part politician and part cheerleader — AND that his days are pretty packed, especially on game days. It takes energy to be the leader of an athletic department, […]
HIGH POINT, N.C. — Rowing remains one of the fastest-growing sports for women in the NCAA as more and more schools look to add the sport. The High Point Rowing Club as a pretty amazing history of helping girls land college scholarships. That trend continues this year with two more girls seeing their hard work rewarded with scholarships. Lindsay York and Junior Ognovich are ready to start the next phase of their athletic and academic careers. Their time with the […]
With the high school football season fast approaching, coaches are always looking at ways to create team chemistry that will last for an entire season. Jared Rolfes started having his players volunteer at the Out of the Garden project when he was the head coach at Northwest Guilford. He brought that with him when he became the head coach at Page. Here’s the nice thing, Northwest Guilford continued with the Out of the Garden too! Getting these young players to […]
THOMASVILLE, N.C. — Being in the East-West All-Star Game is the perfect ending to Lyrik Thorne’s high school career. This Ledford High School star broke the school scoring record that stood for 20 years and the Davidson County scoring record that stood for 40 years. Her game changed over four years, but her commitment to becoming the best player she could never did. Her hard work has paid off with the invitation to the prestigious East-West game and a college […]
BURLINGTON, N.C. — A group of BMX riders, including a dad and his two kids, have qualified for the world championships in Belgium later this month. FOX8 went to the BMX track in Burlington to find out why they love the sport so much and how they are getting ready for the biggest event in BMX for amateur riders. The chance to travel and experience different cultures is a learning experience they can wait to have.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Being competitive is the way Noel Ruebel has always been. From his days as a high school star to Purdue University where he became an all-American to coaching at the division one level including at Wake Forest. Ruebel is now involved in Masters Track events and has traveled the world competing. While he can’t run as fast or jump as high at 62 as he once did, Ruebel is having fun and enjoying his sport more than […]
DENTON, N.C. — In the southern Davidson County community of Denton friends have been getting together and organizing a charity cycling event to benefit one of their neighbors who needs it. It’s called Tour de Kale and it started after Kale Watkins was paralyzed in a skiing accident. The money helped him get his life back in order so after he refused to accept any more money the event started helping others. This year was the 20th and final Tour de […]
GREENSBORO, N.C. — There has been a trend in athletics in recent years to focus on one sport and play it year-round. Sports specialization, especially for girls, is happening younger and younger, even though research shows that concentrating on one sport leads to repetitive motion injuries and burnout. “We Play Camps” are trying to change that by exposing young girls to a variety sports to help develop a more complete athlete. The camp in June is at the Canterbury School. […]
GREENSBORO, N.C. — His parents say that Greensboro’s AJ Spaeth has always been a good athlete and now his talents are taking him on a trip of a lifetime. AJ was selected to be on Team USA for the World Special Olympics, which are in Abu Dhabi next month. It is such a big deal several members of his extended family are planning to make the trip to cheer him on. AJ is ready to compete and make North Carolina […]
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 […]