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JOE — California Journalism Awards Print Sports Feature Story Winners – Weeklies: 25,001 & over

2020 California Journalism Awards
Print Sports Feature Story Winners

Weeklies: 25,001 & over


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
Weeklies: 25,001 & overSports Feature StoryFirst PlaceSimi Valley AcornAgoura HillsA champion pins adversity to the matStanley weaves together the tale of an athlete's triumph with his eventual journey to repairing the divisions that made him such a successful wrestler. Great detail describing his living conditions, the family dynamic and good use of anecdotes to bring the story to life.Brooke Stanley
Weeklies: 25,001 & overSports Feature StorySecond PlaceGrunion GazetteLong BeachMatt Sutfin Flying High Even While In Goal For RamsThe juxtaposition of flying and playing goalkeeper throughout the story made it a joy to read and brought depth and dimension to this profile of a talented athlete.JJ Fiddler
Weeklies: 25,001 & overSports Feature StoryThird PlaceThe Salinas CalifornianSalinasSalinas native Ruben Villa fights for a boxing world title - with a city and community behind himReading about Villa's background, his respect for farmworkers, and the way his community supported and rooted for him, had me vested in this story at the end to the point that I had to look up the outcome of the fight. Well done.Ayrton Ostly
Weeklies: 25,001 & overSports Feature StoryFourth PlaceGrunion GazetteLong BeachThe Impossible Loss Of Semaj MillerThe story illuminates the critical role sports and recreation opportunities play in communities where the scourge of street violence is everpresent, and the unintended consequences that COVID-19 precautions may have had on the safety of youth in these neighborhoods.Mike Guardabascio
Weeklies: 25,001 & overSports Feature StoryFifth PlaceCamarillo AcornCamarilloThe body electricWhat made this story good was the tension between the man's passion for bodybuilding and the disillusionment he eventually found with his sport. His willingness to talk about that struggle pulled the reader in and kept them reading until the end.Eliav Appelbaum