Five Courier and Review Times sports staffers were award winners as the Ohio Prep Sports Writers Association released the results of its writing and photography contest for the 2016 school year.
Veteran Courier sports writer Dave Hanneman was the staff’s big winner as he had five award-winning stories in 2016.
Hanneman’s story on Vanlue’s football team for the 2016 prep football tab entitled “Wildcats keep plugging away” was judged as the No. 1 story in the Division II feature story category.
His story on Leipsic’s Gavin Cupp signing to play football for Ohio State placed second and a story on the retirement of longtime Kalida boys basketball coach Dick Kortokrax earned third place in the Division II news story category.
Hanneman’s story on Miller City’s tournament baseball victory over McComb last spring earned fourth place in the game story category. He also finished second in the investigative/enterprise category with his story entitled “Less drops in the bucket” about the lack of scoring in high school basketball.
Courier sports writer Michael Burwell’s story on Isaiah Kline getting back on the track for Convoy Crestview claimed the third place award in the feature story category.
Sports editor Jamie Baker earned a fourth-place finish for his feature story on Hopewell-Loudon catcher Kyleigh Krupp’s specially painted helmet honoring her cousin.
The Courier competed in Division II with newspapers from Ohio with a daily circulation between 15,000-25,000.
Review Times and Courier sports writer Scott Cottos earned awards in a pair of categories for the Review Times in Division III.
Cottos earned first place for his news story entitled to “Play or not to play” on St. Wendelin’s football program. Cottos and Jamie Baker combined for a third-place finish in the Division III investigative/enterprise category with their series of stories on the 25th anniversary of Fostoria’s state championship football team entitled “Remembering the Redmen.”
The Review Times competed in Division III with daily newspapers with a circulation under 15,000.
Photographer David Simonis and Baker also earned awards in the OPSWA photography contest.
Simonis swept the top two spots in the game action photography. His photo from the Elmwood-Fostoria football game entitled “Stiff-armed and dangerous” took first place. His photo of Brianna Gillig bouncing the ball off the head of a Cardinal Stritch player earned second place.
Baker’s photo of a neck bridge by a Hopewell-Loudon wrestler at the Blanchard Valley Conference tournament finished in fourth place in the game action photography category.
The photography division was an open division for all newspapers and websites across Ohio.