Samuel Reno

I am a junior studying journalism at the University of Southern California. Boogie Ellis' shoes, Keidane McAlpine's facial hair, electric scooters... I've written and reported on all of it and more. I'm open to internships or part time work in writing, reporting and social media. 

Don’t call it unexpected: the rapid rise of Savannah DeMelo

An iced vanilla latte with oat milk and light ice from Quills.

Just one year ago, it was a Starbucks caramel iced latte with caramel drizzle for Savannah DeMelo, still donning the cardinal and gold in her final season in Southern California.

But the former has now become her go-to order, as DeMelo goes to work in the violet and lavender for Racing Louisville.

It’s a 12-month stretch that’s seen her go from All-American to American international, from senior leader to Rookie of the Month, from

Revenge not served for Trojans in Pac-12 Championship Game

On week one of the college football season, the task could not be more clear: win them all, and you’re in.

A one-point loss at Utah on Oct. 15 thrust USC’s fate into the hands of the committee, and just as destiny had finally been delivered back to Southern California, the boogeyman from Salt Lake City returned to send the Trojans’ playoff fate right back to a meeting room in Grapevine, Texas.

No. 4 USC fell 47-24 to No. 11 Utah in the Pac-12 Championship Game at Allegiant Stadium Friday night

Trojans women’s volleyball discontinues dancing drought

Prior to 2020, USC women’s volleyball had failed to make the NCAA Tournament just three times — never consecutively — since the NCAA began sponsoring the sport in 1981.

Senior opposite hitter Emilia Weske was a freshman on the last Trojan squad to make the field of 64 in 2019, and after enduring the first multi-season tournament drought in school history, she’s the only one left as USC makes its return.

That rejuvenation has been buoyed by the nation’s No. 1 and No. 2 ranked freshman and trans

Trojans silence Bruins in top-20 rivalry showdown

For UCLA redshirt senior quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson, it started with a promise of 60 points, sideline taunts and post-play shoulder checks. Then came the turnovers — four of them — the last of which ensured the Victory Bell will be receiving a new, cardinal coat of paint.

No. 7 USC came from behind to top No. 16 UCLA 48-45 Saturday night at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. Trailing by as many as 14 points, the Trojans found the end zone on four of their final five drives to take the

Stoppage Time: The games have to matter

“Stoppage Time” is a column by Samuel Reno about NCAA Women’s Soccer.

If you’re reading this in November of 2022, then you know Stanford just lost – eliminated from the NCAA Tournament on penalty kicks by sixth-seeded BYU.

On the surface, there’s nothing notable about the No. 3 seed Cardinal dropping a result to a top-20 Cougars team no stranger to postseason success. But Stanford, after losing just twice all year, had to play this home game in Chapel Hill, N.C.

That’s the difference between

Trojans complete season sweep of Sun Devils

Jordan Wilson’s 20th swing of the night found the floor, and USC found its first win in two weeks. After suffering their first losing stretch of the season, this new-look Trojans group took a big step toward getting back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2019.

USC came from behind to top Arizona State 3-1 Friday night at Galen Center. The Trojans missed just five of their 94 attempts from behind the line on the night, taking the last three sets to hold off the Sun Devils.

“I thin

No. 14 USC women's soccer shuts out No. 1 UCLA for first win in seven years over the Bruins

Seven years. That’s how long it had been since USC had won the Crosstown Showdown. Head coach Jane Alukonis was on the other side for four of those, and after the 2022 edition, she remains perfect.

No. 14 USC played spoiler to No. 1 UCLA’s Pac-12 title three-peat hopes Friday, topping the Bruins 2-0 at McAlister Field. It’s the Trojans’ first win over the No. 1 team in the nation since a 2019 victory against Florida State, and the results improves them to 4-0 on the season against ranked opposi

Stoppage Time: It’s time for the Pac-12 to add a postseason tournament

At 5:38 p.m., San Diego State and Utah State – knotted at a goal apiece – began a decisive penalty shootout in a Mountain West Tournament quarterfinal contest.

25 minutes and 44 penalty kicks later, junior goalkeeper Alexa Madueno came up with the match and shootout-winning save for the Aztecs at 6:03 p.m.

Yup… 44 penalty kicks – 37 of which found the back of the net.

That Mountain West showdown was just one of 10 different games across the country on Sunday decided on penalty kicks, and anot

Stoppage Time: The title contender no one is talking about

“Stoppage Time” is a column by Sam Reno about NCAA women’s soccer.

Last season’s edition in the Evergreen State proved to be the difference in a Pac-12 title race decided by a singular point between USC and UCLA.

It was a test the Trojans failed in 2021, leaving Washington with just two points while their neighbors in Westwood escaped with a four-point weekend. Sure, UCLA’s head-to-head win on the final night made it official, but surviving the weekend away from home could have rendered the re

USC five-star center Vince Iwuchukwu suffered cardiac arrest in July

USC men’s basketball freshman center Vince Iwuchukwu suffered from a cardiac arrest and collapsed during an informal team practice on July 1, he said to CBS Sports Thursday.

Iwuchukwu went to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and was hospitalized for multiple days following the incident.

“This past summer,” Iwuckukwu said in a statement to CBS Sports, “I had a sudden cardiac arrest during a workout. Since the event, I have received optimal care from the university and my personal expert medical team

Lakers Supporting Cast Eager To Assist

As Reaves was gearing up to fight for a roster spot, Patrick Beverley was ready to help a young Minnesota Timberwolves team to the playoffs. It’s a feat the veteran guard has accomplished in each of his nine healthy seasons in the league, and he’s looking to bring that winning effort to this Lakers team.

His message since arriving earlier this month has been consistent: do whatever it takes on either end of the floor to do just that. Beverley even added, “It might be me getting kicked out of a

Coach Ham Discusses Westbrook and Beverley Backcourt

Also in attendance was Russell Westbrook. The pair’s history speaks for itself – neither shying away from a provocation from the other – but Ham and Beverley expressed, in specifics, an optimism for their union.

“I wouldn’t want to be in the backcourt and having to deal with these two guys,” Ham said, “So it’s going to be a lovely experience.”

“I was asked this question two, three years ago,” Beverley said, “About someone I’ve always wanted to play with. And [Westbrook] was the first name.”

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