2021 California Journalism Awards - Print Division

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

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: Daily Press
    Entry Title: Southern California high school football players join new league despite COVID restrictions
    Entry Credit: Jose Quintero , Jason Reed , Andrew John
    Judge Comment: This story was just a cut above. Deep research that more than hinted at the ambiguities of life during COVID-19. This one was interesting to readers who couldn't care less about football.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: Record Searchlight
    Entry Title: I have autism, and it made me the sports reporter I am
    Entry Credit: Ethan Hanson
    Judge Comment: A brave, personal story about a man who just won't be denied. Stories like this increase your credibility in the community.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: Record Searchlight
    Entry Title: How linebacker Eddie Grijalva turned from Shasta purple into Enterprise gold
    Entry Credit: Ethan Hanson
    Judge Comment: Most impressed with the unique way you described the violence of the game and what that game means beyond the white lines.
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: The Record
    Entry Title: We know he is watching
    Entry Credit: Justin Frommer
    Judge Comment: It's as if the writer was there with the family when they revisited that scene. Great story.
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: The Tribune
    Entry Title: SLO County softball player with only one hand brings ‘so much energy,’ head coach says
    Entry Credit: Nick Wilson, David Middlecamp
    Judge Comment: So inspirational. Sports stories don't have to be about sports, really.