2019 California Journalism Awards - Print Contest

Sports Game Story ( Dailies: 50,001 & over,Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000,Dailies: 15,000 & under)Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: Chico Enterprise-Record
    Entry Title: Avrit serves 1 last point with Braves
    Entry Credit: Will Denner
    Judge Comment: Will Denner is able to capture the emotional moment of the game through a tense build-up that encourages the reader to keep reading.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: The Mercury News/East Bay Times
    Entry Title: In Paradise, Friday Night Lights is more than a game
    Entry Credit: Elliott Almond
    Judge Comment: The author puts the reader right in the middle of the scene. You can also tell they have been following (or been a part of) the tragedy in Paradise through subtle observations such as "C.M.F." Great job also getting quotes not just from players and coaches, but fans.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: San Francisco Chronicle
    Entry Title: Warriors' Season Ends: San Francisco Chronicle
    Entry Credit: Connor Letourneau
    Judge Comment: You can feel the pain the Warriors and their fans felt after this game. The article does a good job raising the question, "what now?"
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: The Press Democrat
    Entry Title: Triumph and tears
    Entry Credit: Kerry Benefield
    Judge Comment: Builds on a theme set in the lead without being repetitive. Also shows that the writer has followed the team for awhile and has inside knowledge.
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: San Francisco Chronicle
    Entry Title: Young Yaz Goes Home: San Francisco Chronicle
    Entry Credit: Henry Schulman
    Judge Comment: Good job identifying highlighting an interesting historical aspect in what could've been another gamer.