My Story on the Tragic Death of Vanderbilt’s Donny Everett

In SEC Baseball by Blake Lovell

As a writer, there are some stories that only you can write.

Everyone has different reactions and emotions when it comes to dealing with a tragic event, so only you can fully articulate those emotions into a story.

This past week, Vanderbilt freshman pitcher Donny Everett drowned while on a fishing trip with teammates and friends. It happened just one day before his team was set to host a regional.

This hit me hard. Not just as someone that covers Vandy athletics for a living. But as someone that can’t understand how a 19-year-old kid could have his entire future taken away from him.

I put together my thoughts on the unfortunate sequence of events that Tim Corbin and his team faced during the span of 48 hours.

I can honestly say it was one of the toughest stories I’ve ever written. But there’s a message in it that can hopefully provide healing to those that need it, and also help people view life in a different way.

Here’s the link to the story on

Read it. Share it. And most of all, remember it.

Blake Lovell has worked in sports media for over 10 years. His work has been featured on The New York Times, Rivals, Time Warner Cable,, FanRag Sports, FanSided and many more. He currently covers SEC football and basketball for various publications.