In May of 2016, Rachel graduated from Louisiana State University’s Manship School of Mass Communication, packed her belongings, and headed to Jackson, Mississippi to begin her career as a sports broadcast journalist.
Prior to working for WLBT she interned at WAFB in Baton Rouge and WWL in New Orleans.
In her first two years in the ‘Sip, Rachel had the opportunity to cover many noteworthy events.
Starting with the coaching carousel of 2017 – 2018, Rachel reported on Hugh Freeze’s departure from Ole Miss along with the NCAA investigation, Dan Mullen’s exit from Mississippi State for Florida, Andy Kennedy’s separation from Ole Miss basketball, and the rise and fall of Andy Cannizaro at MSU.
She also covered MSU women’s basketball during an historic era, following the Bulldogs as they reached back-to-back National Championship games for the first time ever. Rachel traveled to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma for the 2016 Sweet 16, Kansas City, Missouri for the 2017 Sweet 16, and Columbus, Ohio for the 2017 Final Four.
Additionally, Rachel made the trip to Omaha, Nebraska in 2018 for Mississippi State baseball’s magical run as the Diamond Dawgs made it to the College World Series for the first time in five seasons, doing it without a head coach.
At the prep level, she followed Clinton High School and Pearl High School as they both won their first state titles in program history. During CHS’s run in 2016, Rachel covered now Florida State standout, Cam Akers. (She also got run over during an Akers’ touchdown and had to have X-rays taken… But, that’s a story for another time.)
Growing up in south Louisiana, Rachel’s world revolved around sports, playing softball and volleyball her entire life up until college. Most famous for hitting a homerun in the first high school varsity game she ever started. After that, she did her civic duty of keeping the bench warm.
Rachel has been surrounded by SEC athletics from the start and although she enjoys all sports, she’s found a true passion for college baseball and football.
On her days off, you can find Rachel hanging out with her beloved maltipoo, Channing, or at the gym… Or napping. 😊
Rachel’s favorite stories to tell involve going beyond the highlights and connecting sports with a community. She also loves a good joke.
If you have a story idea, please email her at email@example.com.
Matt Wallner lined a two-run home run over the right-field fence, completing an improbable five-run rally over the final two innings Wednesday night as Southern Miss walked off a 6-4 victory in the opening round of the 2019 Conference USA Baseball Championship at MGM Park.
Mississippi State softball’s (35-23) 2019 campaign came to a close in Sunday’s Seattle Regional finals as No. 2/2 Washington (48-7) claimed the regional championship with an 8-0 victory at Husky Softball Stadium.
After winning 45 regular season games and claiming a share of the Southeastern Conference Western Division title, the Mississippi State baseball program took home an unprecedented haul from the conference office on Monday (May 20) as redshirt-junior Ethan Small was tabbed SEC Pitcher of the Year and
Entering Sunday, the No. 7 Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns had been defeated just four times in 56 games. With No. 17 Ole Miss needing a pair of wins on the day, the Rebels got the job done, earning a trip to the NCAA Super Regionals for the second time in program-history.
Sophomore Mia Davidson broke two long-standing records with a fifth-inning home run to help carry Mississippi State softball (35-22) to a 7-3 victory on Seattle (40-17) Saturday night at Husky Softball Stadium to advance to the Seattle Regional finals.
Playing in a win-or-go-home showdown with Southeastern Missouri, Ole Miss (39-18) put away the Redhawks early, jumping out to a huge lead en route to a 10-0 win Saturday in the NCAA Oxford Regional to keep its season alive.
Washington’s Morganne Flores homered twice to lead the Huskies (46-7) to a 6-1 victory over Mississippi State softball (34-21) in the winner’s bracket contest to open Saturday’s Seattle Regional action at the Husky Softball Stadium.
For just the fifth time in 2019, the No. 5 Mississippi State baseball program dropped a game at home, falling to South Carolina, 10-8, at Dudy Noble Field on Saturday (May 18) afternoon. The Diamond Dawgs did earn a share of the Southeastern Conference West Division title on the final day of the reg
Florida Atlantic won its second regular season Conference USA title in the past four years, making the Owls the No. 1 seed at The First 2019 C-USA Baseball Championship presented by Air Force Reserve, at MGM Park in Biloxi, Miss., May 22-26. Florida Atlantic (37-18 overall) won eight of its 10 confe
No. 15 Ole Miss found an unlikely hero in Ryan Olenek on the mound and hung on for a 5-4 win over Tennessee in Game 3 of a weekend series, snapping a six game skid for the Rebels going into postseason play.
Despite a superb performance in the circle from Molly Jacobsen, Ole Miss (38-18) fell in a 2-0 shutout to No. 7 Louisiana (52-4) Saturday afternoon, putting the Rebels in a must-win situation at the NCAA Oxford Regional.
The fireworks came a day early for the Dudy Noble Field faithful, as the No. 5 Mississippi State baseball team hit four home runs en route to a 24-7 victory over South Carolina in the series opener on Thursday (May 16) evening.
The No. 23 Tennessee Volunteers scored first in Thursday night's series opener and didn't look back, defeating No. 15 Ole Miss Baseball by a score of 7-0 to set the visiting team back to start the final SEC series of the year.
The national recognition continues to roll in for Mississippi State baseball student-athletes senior Jake Mangum and redshirt-junior Ethan Small as the duo was added to the second national player of the year semifinalists ledger, this time for the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association’s D
The Atlanta Braves selected the contract of INF/OF Austin Riley on Wednesday afternoon. The Hernando, Mississippi native will become the 143rd M-Braves alum and third this season to debut in major league baseball since 2005. Riley joins C Alex Jackson (4/7/19) and RHP Jacob Webb (4/16/19) as MLB deb
As the final regular season weekend of 2019 approaches, Mississippi State baseball student-athletes senior Jake Mangum and redshirt-junior Ethan Small added another honor to the list, as the duo was tabbed as two of the 25 semifinalists for the 2019 Golden Spikes Award, presented by USA Baseball in
Texas Southern defeated Jackson State 5-4 in 10 innings on the opening day of the 2019 SWAC Baseball Tournament at Wesley Barrow Stadium. JSU opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning behind Jaylyn Williams RBI single up the middle. TSU added a run in the third and fifth inning to take 2-
For the seventh time in the last eight seasons and the 15th time overall in program history, Mississippi State softball (33-21) is NCAA Tournament bound as the Bulldogs’ road to Oklahoma City begins in the Seattle Regional.
For the second time in program history, the Ole Miss Softball Complex will play host to an NCAA Regional, with the Rebels being selected as the No. 11 overall seed in the 2019 NCAA Softball Championship on Sunday.