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JOE — California Journalism Awards Print Sports Feature Story Winners – Dailies: 15,001 – 50,000

2020 California Journalism Awards
Print Sports Feature Story Winners

Dailies: 15,001 – 50,000


First-place and second-place plaques will be shipped directly to the winning publications in the coming weeks.

Personalized certificates will also be mailed to winners in each category.

A complete list of all California Journalism Award winners will be provided on May 18th.


Circ Group(s)Category NameAwardOrganizationCityEntry TitleCommentsCredits
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Sports Feature StoryFirst PlaceThe Desert SunPalm SpringsDesert Sun: Andrew John on tennis and social changeInteresting and relevant story, using the 50th anniversary of the Original 9 in women's tennis and tying it nicely with current events. Story flowed well and kept my interest.Andrew John
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Sports Feature StorySecond PlaceThe Press DemocratSanta RosaA teammate gone (June 6, 2020)Interesting and tragic story that was a bit broader in scope than the headline and photos suggested. But there were many good quotes from the coach and it held my interest to the end.Phil Barber
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Sports Feature StoryThird PlaceThe Bakersfield CalifornianBakersfieldA rewarding journey: Homeless as a child, Liberty's Garcia has devoted life to mentoring others as a wrestling coachWell written with a good narrative. The sources painted a vivid picture of what the wrestling coach's life was like growing up. It would have been nice to have heard from a player or two Garcia has coached in the past or is currently coaching and how he has impacted their lives.Ron Stapp
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Sports Feature StoryFourth PlaceThe Modesto BeeModestoWhile high school participation continues to decline, one girls sport is thrivingA subject that has been covered quite a lot in recent years, but this was a good update on how the sport of girls wrestling continues to gain in interest and popularity. The story combined state and national information on the sport with what was happening locally in the newspaper's readership area.Julian A. Lopez
Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000Sports Feature StoryFifth PlaceThe Bakersfield CalifornianBakersfieldFamily, community left devastated by death of North High sophomoreTragic story of a young man gone too soon. Nicely written.Clay Cunningham