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.
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 […]
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 […]