TSWA WRITING CONTEST AWARDS

2018

DIVISION I
Gary Lundy Writer of the Year:
 1. Adam Sparks, The Tennessean – The depth and balance of the winner’s reporting that Vanderbilt’s administration was undercutting fundraising efforts for a football stadium project was the best story among all the Writer of the Year entries. And then he backed it up with two solid features, including a hilarious, revealing look at the Vanderbilt whistlers. 2. John Adams, Knoxville News-Sentinel. 3. Mark Wiedmer, Chattanooga Times-Free Press.

Best Daily Section: No entries.

Best Special Section: 1. Chattanooga Times-Free Press – This might be the only newspaper in America whose preseason football section is a slick 67-page magazine with insightful writing and graphics that rivals any of the best preseason mags on newsstands. For a local paper, this special section edited by Stephen Hargis is a stunning achievement. 2. Union City Messenger. 3. None awarded.

Best Columnist: 1. John Adams, Knoxville News-Sentinel – Columnists sometimes have a tendency to go overboard when hammering home an opinion, but the winner in this category has a nuanced style that’s fun to read. He knows when to take his jabs and keep moving. 2. Mark Wiedmer, Chattanooga Times-Free Press. 3. Cecil Joyce, Daily News Journal.

Best Feature Writer: 1. Adam Sparks, The Tennessean – The winner’s entry ranged the gamut from solid reporting on a story on why Vandy administrators undercut fundraising efforts for a football story project to a light, breezy touch on his feature on the aggravating Vanderbilt whistlers. The winner’s stories proved you don’t have to drone on-and-on to write effective, readable features. 2. Teresa M. Walker, Associated Press. 3. Mark Wiedmer, Chattanooga Free-Press.

Best Event Writer: 1. Mark Wiedmer, Chattanooga Times-Free Press – The easy winner in this category, the writer showed his scribing chops covering three vastly different events – the SEC football championship game, a USA regional boxing qualifier and the funeral of a popular 16-year-old basketball player. The latter two stories required a lot of legwork from the writer and it showed. 2. Adam Sparks, The Tennessean. 3. Teresa M. Walker, Associated Press.

Best News Writer: 1. Adam Sparks, The Tennessean: Had punchy ledes to get readers into story and his story organization was second-to-none. 2. Teresa M. Walker, Associated Press. 3. None awarded.

Best Prep Writer: 1. Tom Kreager, The Tennessean – Loved the balance of the three stories in the winning entry, especially from the standpoint they were all well-researched, had multiple voices in each and had great, crisp writing. There were no wasted words. 2. Stephen Hargis, Chattanooga Times-Free-Press. 3. None awarded.

DIVISION II
Gary Lundy Writer of the Year:
 1. Cecil Joyce, Daily News Journal – Had three tremendous story angles, but his feature on the Murfreesboro high school girls basketball player who wears a Muslim hijab and an investigative piece on a renegade prep academy showed writing and reporting depth. The latter story was extremely well-balanced. 2. Luis Torres, Daily News Journal. 3. Kevin Weaks, Union City Messenger.

Best Feature Writer: 1. Cecil Joyce, Daily News Journal – Winner barely edged out second-place finisher. Thought winner had a better variety of story angles, though both had entries involving subjects battling cancer, which seems to be in many writers’ entries. 2. Luis Torres, Daily News Journal. 3. Mark McGee, Shelbyville Times-Gazette.

Best Event Writer: 1. Luis Torres, Daily News Journal – Entries were three MTSU football stories, but it was refreshing to see a writer who could be creative while not ignoring the basics of who, what, when and why. Felt the winner did a good job of making it easy on readers to navigate his stories. 2. Kevin Weaks, Union City Messenger. 3. Cecil Joyce, Daily News Journal.

Best News Writer: 1. Luis Torres, Daily News Journal – Excellent, well-organized stories on MTSU starting beer sales at games, MTSU coach Rick Stockstill exonerated from claims of player abuse and MTSU re-writing coaches’ contracts to include sexual harassment, sexual assault and domestic violence. All these stories answered every question posed by readers. 2. Kevin Weaks, Union City Messenger. 3. None awarded.

Best Prep Writer: 1. Luis Torres, Jackson Sun – Feature on a 17-year-old high school softball player who has twice beaten cancer and has a three-year-old daughter was delicately written and carried his three-story entry. 2. Cecil Joyce, Daily News Journal. 3. Kevin Weaks, Union City Messenger.

DIVISION III
Gary Lundy Writer of the Year:
 1. Craig Harris, Macon County Times – Winner showed versatility with a beloved 66-year-old girls high school basketball coach who overcame numerous obstacles, a feature on a girls high school basketball program staging a one-stop-shop practice for college recruiters and a well-organized news story on a high school coach resignation. Winner also stood out with crisp, tight writing. 2. Bill Sorrell, Journal West 10. 3. Randy Cavin, Weakley County Press.

Best Special Section: 1. Weakley County Press, 2018 High School Football Preview – Edited by Randy Cavin, no stone was left unturned in this special section, with high school and middle school previews, plus the handy schedule grid on the back cover. The graphics on the high school team previews weren’t overdone. Solid writing. 2. Macon County Times, 2018 High School Football Preview 3. Journal West 10, 2018 High School Football Preview.

Best Feature Writer: 1. Bill Sorrell, Journal West 10 – All his features were thoroughly reported and written, but his feature on a college baseball player who was declared dead when he was 10 after drowning and survived was magnificent. 2. Randy Cavin, Weakley County Press. 3. Bill Traughber, Nashville Retrospect.

Best News/Event Writer: 1. Craig Harris, Macon County Times – This writer clearly understands story flow and brevity. Never overwrote, never understated. Nice balance of facts and quotes. 2. Bill Sorrell, Journal West 10. 3. Ed Grief, Morgan County Today.

Division IV
Best Feature Writer:
 1. Thomas Corhern, Tennessee Tech – Stood out because of his ability to add historical perspective without bogging down stories as well as his smooth story flow and judicious use of quotes. His stuff never seemed forced or overstated. 2. Colby Wilson, Austin Peay 3. Mark McGee, Lipscomb.

Best Event Writer: 1. Thomas Corhern, Tennessee Tech – The winner showed effort and creativity, writing newspaper-quality stories. 2. Phil Stukenborg, University of Memphis. 3. Mike Hutchens, Union City Schools.

2017

Division I
Gary Lundy Writer of the Year
 – 1. Adam Sparks, The Tennessean – The winner made me laugh with his feature on Derek Mason’s locker room speeches, made me feel empathy for Vandy’s Matthew Fisher-Davis’ needless foul that lost an NCAA tourney game for the Commodores and made me cry with his feature on the two Vandy baseball teammates who were with teammate Donny Everett when he drowned. 2. John Adams, Knoxville News-Sentinel. 3. Jason Wolf, The Tennessean.

Best Columnist – 1. John Adams, Knoxville News-Sentinel – What other columnist would predict in March (“The harsh reality is when Jones met Currie, he probably met the man who will fire him”) what will happen in November? What other columnist would find the college dorm room overlooking Tennessee’s practice field where he can watch closed practices. 2. Mark Wiedmer, Chattanooga Times-Free Press. 3. David Ammenheuser, The Tennessean.

Best Feature Writer – 1. Stephen Hargis, Chattanooga Times-Free Press – His features reflects the time and sweat he puts in them. This is a writer who does a lot of legwork and it shows in his stories. He also always paints the scene extremely well. 2. Adam Sparks, The Tennessean. 3. Jason Wolf, The Tennessean.

Best Event Writer – 1. Adam Sparks, The Tennessean – Reading the three stories of the winner, there are no holes in them. Good flow, multi-voices and the right amount of subtle analysis that tells a reader why something happened rather than writing it merely happened.  2. Teresa Walker, Associated Press. 3. Blake Toppmeyer, Knoxville News-Sentinel.

Best Prep Writer – 1. Tom Kreager, The Tennessean – A coach who lost 220 pounds, a one-armed high school catcher and a coach whose girls basketball team lost by 93 points. These are the winner’s unique subjects and he knocked all three out of the park one-by-one. 2. John Varlas, The Commercial Appeal 3. Luis Torres, The Jackson Sun.

Best Individual Layout – 1. Jamie Poole, Chattanooga Times-Free Press – All the layouts by the winner in this category contain an amazing amount of information without appearing crowded. All graphics are short and sweet. There’s not much waste of space. 2. Dylan Chessar, Chattanooga Times-Free Press. 3. Shelby Farmer, Chattanooga Times-Free Press.

Division II
Gary Lundy Writer of the Year – 1. Eric Bacharach, Daily News Journal, Murfreesboro – Reading the winner’s three stories, they meet a standard of excellence in every way. Great subjects, complete and thorough reporting and written with a deft human touch. 2. Mike Hutchens, The Messenger, Union City. 3. Cecil Joyce, Daily News Journal, Murfreesboro.

Best Daily Section – 1. The Daily Messenger, Union City – Not a great amount of space, but this paper packs a lot in an eight-page section. The writing is tight and the pages have good flow. 2. The Daily Times, Maryville. 3. None awarded.

Best Special Section – 1. The Messenger, Union City – Everything about this preseason high school football special section just “pops” – the writing, the graphics, the vivid color picture reproduction, the layout. Wow! Wow! Wow! 2. The Daily Times, Maryville 3. Macon County Times.

Best Columnist – 1. Jimmy Hyams, WNML Sports Radio – To be blunt, the winner was simply the best of a weak bunch of entries. Only the winner gave a hint of opinion in his columns. Everybody else entered nothing but feature fluff except for the second place winner who wrote about his comeback from almost being killed in an auto accident. Note to Division 2 writers: When you enter this column next year, please have an opinion. 2. Mike Hutchens, The Messenger, Union City. 3. Austin Bornheim, The Daily Times, Maryville.

Best Feature Writer – 1. Eric Bacharach, Daily News Journal, Murfreesboro – Consistency in all three of his features made this writer the winner. His life on the road with the MTSU women’s basketball team covered every angle. The only complaint is it was way too long. Brevity is not a bad thing. 2. Mike Hutchens, The Messenger, Union City. 3. Cecil Joyce, Daily News Journal, Murfreesboro.

Best Event Writer – 1. Erik Bacharach, Daily News Journal, Murfreesboro – The story that made him the winner was the Middle Tennessee State baseball team attended the funeral of a 12-year-boy who had befriended and inspired the team. 2. Mike Hutchens, The Messenger, Union City. 3. Kevin Weaks, The Messenger, Union City.

Best News Writer – 1. Jimmy Hyams, WNML Sports Radio – The winner is obviously a polished writer. He took three “hard” news stories – the Josh Smith lawsuit, the Antoine Davis resignation and Greg Schiano’s invalid memorandum of understanding – and guided readers deftly through legal ins-and-outs in clear, concise manner. 2. Mike Hutchens, The Messenger, Union City 3. Kevin Weeks, The Messenger, Union City.

Best Prep Writer – 1. Cecil Joyce, Daily News Journal, Murfreesboro – The first rule of good sports writing is hooking the reader in the first three graphs and then moving the reader smoothly through a story. The winner chose to enter three features rather than a variety (news, event, column), but he knows his strength. Great angles and character development. 2. Mike Hutchens, The Messenger, Union City 3. Kevin Weaks, The Messenger, Union City.

Division III
Gary Lundy Writer of the Year
 – 1. Jimmy Hyams, WNML Sports Radio – This was an easy pick as the winner. His free-wheeling feature on former Tennessee basketball player Ron Slay was full of hilarious stories. His Tennessee-Missouri football game story was a smooth, well-paced read. 2. Craig Harris, Macon County Times 3. Joe Williams, Williamson Herald.

Best Special Section – 1. The Weakley County Press – “All-inclusive” is the best way to describe this section.  Yes, it has all the bells and whistles that make it easy for the reader to navigate between the featured teams and a schedule grid on the outside back cover. But the fact group pictures of high school cheerleaders were included makes me think the editor understands more than players and coaches contribute to Friday nights. 2. Williamson Herald. 3. Journal West.

Best Event/News Writer – 1. Bill Sorrell, Journal West 10 – The winner entered three event stories, but they did exactly what event stories are supposed to do – put the reader not just at the event, but inside the event. Great work. 2. Joe Williams, Williamson Herald. 3. Craig Harris, Macon County Times.

Best Feature Writer – 1. Joe Williams, Williamson Herald – Really impressed that his features were more about a topic rather than a subject, such as Brentwood’s softball coach on the subject of her pitchers and infielders wearing protective masks, as well the business problems faced by NASCAR. 2. Jimmy Hyams, WNML Sports Radio. 3. Bill Traughber, Nashville Retrospect.

Division IV
Best Feature Writer
 – 1. Mark McGee, Lipscomb University – You can tell when a writer’s passion for a story subject shines through. It does time and again with this writer. His story on Lint Smith, who has served 40 years in the Lipscomb athletic department as director of grounds, was tremendous. 2. Thomas Corhern, Tennessee Tech 3. Colby Wilson, Austin Peay.

Best Event Writer – 1. Bill Sorrell, Bethel University – The winner has a knack for mastering the art of writing a feature-style event. It’s hard to pull off, but this writer makes it look easy. 2. Anne Wehunt, Chattanooga. 3. Colby Wilson, Austin Peay.

2016

Division I
Gary Lundy Writer of the Year
1. John Adams, Knoxville News-Sentinel – It’s hard in this business to write with precision and restraint, yet have a style of your own that readers either love or hate. The winner of this category fits those descriptions. Beautiful, economical prose that always draws readers in and takes them for a smooth, quick ride that is always memorable. The winner is versatile enough to open a vein and bleed about the death of Pat Summitt, yet put verbal blowtorch to Tennessee’s cliché-ridden Butch Jones.
2. Mark Wiedmer, Chattanooga Times-Free Press
3. Adam Sparks, The Tennessean

Best Daily Section
1. The Tennessean – Quite simply, the winner had three daily sections that covered every conceivable angle of the primary event of the day – national signing day, the Tennessee-Virginia Tech battle at Bristol and a Titans game. It’s not just an overload of staff written stories, but more “extras” than you can imagine.
2. Knoxville News-Sentinel
3. Chattanooga Times-Free Press

Best Special Section
1. Knoxville News-Sentinel – The hometown paper of the University of Tennessee delivered as expected, celebrating the passing and the life of Pat Summitt – 32 stunning pages filled with remembrances, career highlights and pictures galore. Wow! Wow! Wow!
2. Chattanooga Times-Free Press, 2016 high school football preview
3. The Tennessean

Best Columnist
1. John Adams, Knoxville News-Sentinel – The winner is not just a true columnist with an opinion, but he delivers them like a pitcher mixing his pitches. There’s unabashed sarcasm of Butch Jones, outright indignation of Tennessee failing to fire a baseball coach and a heartfelt remembrance of Pat Summitt. Every other columnist in this category wrote like they enjoyed their own voice. The winner wrote like he doesn’t give a damn, which is the way you’re supposed to write columns.
2. Joe Rexrode, The Tennessean
3. Mark Wiedmer, Chattanooga Times-Free Press

Best Feature Writer
1. John Adams, Knoxville News-Sentinel – The winner was the only writer out of the 15 who entered this category that didn’t have a single feature about some sort of human tragedy. The winner had three unique angles – a longtime grudge of former UT trainer against Peyton Manning, the towns of Bristol, Tennessee and Virginia preparing for the big game and Pat Summitt’s roommate on her death. The winner understands if you want to write a never-ending 10,000-word feature that drones on and on, then go work for a magazine.
2. Adam Sparks, The Tennessean
3. Stephen Hargis, Chattanooga Times-Free Press

Best Event Writer
1. Adam Sparks, The Tennessean – It’s rare when a writer wins this category with three stories on the same subject, the tragic drowning of Vanderbilt pitcher Donny Everett. But from the first story on the initial shock of his coaches and teammates, to trying to play an NCAA tourney game to Everett’s funeral, there’s thorough reporting mixed with the perfect touch of scene-setting.
2. Mike Strange, Knoxville News-Sentinel
3. Mark Wiedmer, Chattanooga Times-Free Press

Best Prep Writer
1. Chris Thomas, Knoxville News-Sentinel – The winner personifies versatility – a well-reported rape case involving the wife of an assistant coach and a student as well as emotional features about overcoming personal tragedy.
2. Stephen Hargis, Chattanooga Times-Free Press
3. Tom Kreager, The Tennessean

Best Investigative/Series
1. Adam Sparks, The Tennessean – A  fascinating breakdown of former Vanderbilt football coach James Franklin’s recruiting classes.
2. Stephen Hargis, Chattanooga Times-Free Press
3. Jimmy Hyams, WMNL Sports Radio

Best Individual Layout
1. Jamie Poole, Chattanooga Times-Free Press – The difference between dominant art and art that dominates is dominant art fills up space and art that dominates enhances it by being creative. The winner of this category wasn’t afraid to have just three stories on a sports front because the winner also had art that dominates. The overhead shot of the Kentucky Derby winner crossing the finish line blending in below of a ground level picture of the field running towards the camera was brilliant.
2. Dylan Chessar, Chattanooga Times-Free Press.
3. None awarded.

Best Outdoor Writer
1. Mike Organ, The Tennessean – The  winner can spin a tale of two guys and a girl trying to land a 90-pound catfish but also reflect the seriousness of illegal deer killing.
2. David Cobb, Chattanooga Times-Free Press.
3. None awarded.

Division II
Gary Lundy Writer of the Year
1. Mike Hutchens, The Messenger, Union City – The best way to describe why this writer won is he has a knack of writing with a personal touch. When you read him, it’s like you’re sitting next to him along for the ride, whether it’s the 30th year reunion of a high school state championship basketball team or a family’s fight against a debilitating disease or a first-person column on the new Titans GM.
2. Kevin Weaks, The Messenger, Union City
3. None awarded.

Best Special Section
1. The Messenger, Union City – It’s hard to believe a small circulation paper can produce something so superb in every way imaginable as its preseason high school football section. Besides a bundle of well-arranged, thoroughly-researched information, the features are all fun reads, such as tracking the cover boys from the 32 previous preseason high school football sections.
2. The Roane County News, preseason high school football section edited by Goose Lindsay
3. None awarded.

Best Feature Writer
1. Mike Hutchens, The Messenger, Union City – Three solid features, but the one that was absolutely riveting was the 41-year-old-plus golfer still determined to chase his professional dreams despite never-ending health problems and 12 surgeries.
2. Kevin Weaks, The Messenger, Union City
3. Troy Provost-Heron, The Daily Times, Maryville

Best Event Writer
1. Mike Hutchens, The Messenger, Union City – Just “the best.” The best leads, the best organization, the best use of quotes.
2. Kevin Weaks, The Messenger, Union City.
3. None awarded.

Best News Writer
1. Mike Hutchens, The Messenger, Union City – The secret of good news writing is to craft a lead that draws in but doesn’t confuse the reader. The rest of a news story is about organization and flow. The winner of this category mastered all three, topped by this lead about a TSSAA Board of Control meeting that said, “When all was said and done, much more was said than done.”
2. Kevin Weaks, The Messenger, Union City
3. None awarded.

Best Prep Writer
1. Kevin Weaks, The Messenger, Union City – All things being even between the top two places in this category, the tiebreaker was the winner’s feature on how high school football players from three area schools spent their summer in unique and educational ways.
2. Mike Hutchens, The Messenger, Union City
3. Austin Bornheim, The Daily Times, Maryville

Division III
Gary Lundy Writer of the Year
1. Jonathan Herrmann, News Herald – With two good features and a game story this writer probably could have won this category with just his extensive feature on the downfall and rise of Travis Cozart.
2. Jimmy Hyams, WNML Sports Radio
3. Kenneth Coker, Dresden Enterprise

Best Special Section
1. The Weakley County Press – Edited by Randy Cavin, their preseason high school football section simply has extras that are hard to find in similar sections, like middle school previews? Who in the world does MIDDLE SCHOOL previews? The Weakley County Press, that’s who. Also, the schedule grid on the back of the section is a simple idea that needs to be copied more often.
2. The Newport Plain Talk, special section on remembering Pat Summitt, edited by Seth Butler
3. None awarded.

Best Event/News Writer
1. Kenneth Coker, Dresden Enterprise – Not only did the winner show versatility with a game story, a hiring story and the death of Pat Summitt, but each was well-arranged with succinct quotes. The Summitt story was simply outstanding.
2. Jonathan Herrmann, News Herald
3. Bill Sorrell, Journal West 10

Best Feature Writer
1. Jonathan Herrmann, News Herald – If they paid this writer by the word, he could retire immediately with enough money to last him the rest of his life. The positives are that he picked great subjects with unique angles like a fallen one-time high school phenom putting his life back together, a star high school player becoming a college basketball manager and a female equestrian who competes in show jumping. The negative: Use some restraint. You don’t have to use every quote by everybody. Dial it back.
2. Bill Traughber, Nashville Retrospect
3. Seth Butler, Newport Plain Talk

Division IV
Best Feature Writer
1. Mark McGee, Lipscomb University – Amazing angles such as two generations of Lipscomb cheerleaders 67 years apart and the little-known person who inspired one of the school’s most generous donors. Better yet, the winner doesn’t get in the way of the story-telling.
2. Lamar Chance, University of Memphis
3. Colby Wilson, Austin Peay

Best Event Writer
1. Mark McGee, Lipscomb University – This category isn’t a fair fight. You can tell the winner just isn’t a typical university SID or PR person but has a newspaper background. Each of the winner’s stories have engaging leads, good story flow and a balance of quotes.
2. Tony Stinnett, Middle Tennessee State
3. Bill Sorrell, Bethel University

2015

DIVISION I

Best Daily Section 

  1. The Tennessean

  2. Knoxville News-Sentinel

  3. Chattanooga Times Free-Press

Best Special Section

  1. Chattanooga Times Free-Press

  2. Knoxville News-Sentinel

  3. The Daily Times, Maryville

Gary Lundy Writer of the Year

  1. John Adams, Knoxville News-Sentinel

  2. Mark Wiedmer, Chattanooga Times Free Press

  3. Mike Strange, Knoxville News-Sentinel

Columnist of the Year

  1. John Adams, Knoxville News-Sentinel

  2. Dave Ammenheuser, The Tennessean

  3. Mark Wiedmer, Chattanooga Times Free-Press

Feature Writer of the Year

  1. Mark Wiedmer, Chattanooga Times Free-Press

  2. Dustin Dopirak, Knoxville News-Sentinel

  3. Dave Ammenheuser, The Tennessean

Best Event Writer

  1. Stephen Hargis, Chattanooga Times Free-Press

  2. Mark Wiedmer, Chattanooga Times Free-Press

  3. Mike Strange, Knoxville News-Sentinel

Prep Writer of the Year

  1. Stephen Hargis, Chattanooga Times Free-Press

  2. Chris Thomas, Knoxville News-Sentinel

Best Investigative/Series Writer of the Year

  1. Jimmy Hyams, WNML Radio

  2. Stephen Hargis, Chattanooga Times Free-Press

 
DIVISION II

Best Daily Section

  1. The Daily News Journal

  2. Cookeville Herald-Citizen

  3. The (Union City) Messenger

Best Special Section

  1. The (Union City) Messenger, Mike Hutchens

  2. Gallatin News-Examiner, Craig Harris

  3. Cookeville Herald-Citizen, Thomas Corhern

Gary Lundy Writer of the Year

  1. Tom Kreager , Daily News Journal

  2. Thomas Corhern, Cookeville Citizen-Herald

  3. Mike Hutchens, The (Union City) Messenger

Best Columnist

  1. Jimmy Hyams, WNML Radio

  2. Thomas Corhern, Cookeville Herald-Citizen

  3. Tom Kreager, Daily News Journal

Best Feature Writer

  1. Kevin Weaks, The (Union City) Messenger

  2. Tom Kreager, Daily News Journal

  3. Mike Hutchens, The (Union City) Messenger

Best Event Writer

  1. Mike Hutchens, The (Union City) Messenger

  2. Tom Kreager, Daily News Journal

  3. Kevin Weaks, The (Union City) Messenger

Best News Writer

  1. Tom Kreager, Daily News Journal

  2. Mike Hutchens, The (Union City) Messenger

Best Prep Writer

  1. Tom Kreager, Daily News Journal

  2. Mike Hutchens, The (Union City) Messenger

  3. Thomas Corhern, Cookeville Herald- Citizen

DIVISION III
Best Special Section

  1. The Weakley County Press, preseason football section, Mike Hutchens

  2. The Newport Plain Talk, Pigskin Edition, Seth Butler

  3. Gallatin News, Sumner County high school football preview guide, Adam Brown

Gary Lundy Writer of the Year

  1. Jimmy Hyams, WNML Radio

  2. Seth Butler, The Newport Plain Talk

  3. Adam Brown, The Gallatin News

Best Feature Writer

  1. Seth Butler, The Newport Plain Talk

  2. Kenneth Coker, Dresden Enterprise

  3. Craig Harris, Gallatin News Examiner

Best Event/News Writer

  1. Craig Harris, Gallatin News Examiner

  2. Mike Hutchens, Weakley County Press

  3. Kenneth Coker, Dresden Enterprise

 
DIVISION IV (College sports information)

Best Feature Writer:

  1. Mark McGee, Lipscomb University

  2. Colby Wilson, LetsGoPeay.com.

  3. Bill Traughber, VUCommodores.com

Best Event Writer

  1. Bill Sorrell, Bethel University

  2. Colby Wilson, LetsGoPeay.com

  3. Michael Wottreng, Carson-Newman