2018 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

Sports Feature Story ( Dailies: 15,000 & under)Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: San Gabriel Valley Tribune
    Entry Title: Former Bishop Amat pitcher Daniel Zamora beat the odds to reach the big leagues
    Entry Credit: Fred Robledo
    Judge Comment: Story was interesting with good and often humorous quotes. It flowed well and held my interest. I felt like I really got to know the relationship between the pitcher and his high school pitching coach. Some typos and other errors were not enough to hurt my enjoyment of the article.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: Record Searchlight
    Entry Title: Foothill's female linebacker tackles the status quo
    Entry Credit: Matt Brannon
    Judge Comment: Not the first time this kind of story has been covered, but it was well written with a lot of good quotes and gave the reader an insight into the thinking of a young woman's desire to play football...and her parents and coaches concerns. Good photos.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: The Tribune
    Entry Title: Space travel and bug nutrition: The intriguing life of SLO County's Wrestler of the Year
    Entry Credit: Travis Gibson
    Judge Comment: Proof that not all athletes are dumb jocks. Interesting story to read about this young man's other interests and pursuits off the wrestling mat. Held my interest throughout.
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: Visalia Times-Delta
    Entry Title: DACA 'Dreamer' football star uses gridiron glory to go to college. But for how long?
    Entry Credit: Vongni Yang
    Judge Comment: Definitely a topical subject and interesting. It might have benefited from a bit of tightening up of the story.
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: The Union
    Entry Title: Running with purpose: In the wake of tragedy Dawson Fay finds solace in the game he loves
    Entry Credit: Walter Ford, Elias Funez
    Judge Comment: Compelling story. It generally held my interest, especially at the beginning when it mentions the tragic auto accident that affected the young athlete.