2020 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

Sports Feature Story ( Weeklies: 25,001 & over)Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: Simi Valley Acorn
    Entry Title: A champion pins adversity to the mat
    Entry Credit: Brooke Stanley
    Judge Comment: Stanley 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.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: Grunion Gazette
    Entry Title: Matt Sutfin Flying High Even While In Goal For Rams
    Entry Credit: JJ Fiddler
    Judge Comment: The 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.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: The Salinas Californian
    Entry Title: Salinas native Ruben Villa fights for a boxing world title — with a city and community behind him
    Entry Credit: Ayrton Ostly
    Judge Comment: Reading 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.
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: Grunion Gazette
    Entry Title: The Impossible Loss Of Semaj Miller
    Entry Credit: Mike Guardabascio
    Judge Comment: The 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.
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: Camarillo Acorn
    Entry Title: The body electric
    Entry Credit: Eliav Appelbaum
    Judge Comment: What 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.