2020 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

Sports Feature Story ( Dailies: 15,001 - 50,000)Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: The Desert Sun
    Entry Title: Desert Sun: Andrew John on tennis and social change
    Entry Credit: Andrew John
    Judge Comment: Interesting 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.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: The Press Democrat
    Entry Title: A teammate gone (June 6, 2020)
    Entry Credit: Phil Barber
    Judge Comment: 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.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: The Bakersfield Californian
    Entry Title: A rewarding journey: Homeless as a child, Liberty's Garcia has devoted life to mentoring others as a wrestling coach
    Entry Credit: Ron Stapp
    Judge Comment: Well 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.
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: The Modesto Bee
    Entry Title: While high school participation continues to decline, one girls sport is thriving
    Entry Credit: Julian A. Lopez
    Judge Comment: A 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.
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: The Bakersfield Californian
    Entry Title: Family, community left devastated by death of North High sophomore
    Entry Credit: Clay Cunningham
    Judge Comment: Tragic story of a young man gone too soon. Nicely written. It might have read a little bit better with some sections moved up in the story.