Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association Announces 2013 Award Winners

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wtrawawrdcontentOPSWA Honors: Jon Spencer, Mark Hazelwood, Albert Grindle and Jarrod Ulrey earn Ohio HS Writer of the Year awards

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association (OPSWA) held its annual statewide meeting Thursday and announced its 2013 writing and photography contest award winners. Earning Writer of the Year honors in their respective divisions were the Mansfield New Journal’s Jon Spencer (Div. 1), Sandusky Register’s Mark Hazelwood (Div. 2), Medina Gazette’s Albert Grindle (Div. 3) and Columbus ThisWeek Newspapers’ Jarrod Ulrey (Div. 4). The contest, which received 596 entries from 74 contestants, consisted of articles written during the 2013 calendar year.

The meeting also included an OHSAA update from Dr. Dan Ross, who answered questions from the members. After lunch, the members voted on a new slate of officers, who will serve for the 2014 and 2015 calendar years. The OHSAA and officers discussed ideas for future projects, as well.

1326300462Founded in 1972, the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association works to support and enhance the coverage of high school sports in Ohio and to recognize superior writing among sports journalists. In 2010 it partnered with the Ohio High School Athletic Association to create a website, establish electronic communication and increase its membership and recognition. The OPSWA website is located at www.ohsaa.org/news/OPSWA, which includes the membership directory, officers information, hall of fame information and other updates.

Certificates were handed out to contest placers based on number of entries, while the Writers of the Year each received an inscribed trophy. Categories receiving less than 20 entries awarded three places, categories receiving 20-39 entries awarded four places and categories receiving 40 or more entries were awarded five places. The four divisions were based on circulation size.

The contest was judged by 26 sportswriters from around the state and was coordinated by Kevin Buerge and Tim Stried of the OHSAA. Judges included (listed alphabetically by newspaper): John Fryman (Bryan Times), Jeff Harrison (Cambridge Daily Jeffersonian), Tim Rogers (Cleveland Plain Dealer, retired), Tim Warsinskey (Cleveland Plain Dealer), Steve Blackledge (Columbus Dispatch), Barb Perenic (Columbus Dispatch), Scott Hennen (Columbus ThisWeek), Dave Purpura (Columbus ThisWeek), Bruce Hefflinger (Defiance Crescent-News), Eric Frantz (jjhuddle.com), Jim Naveau (Lima News), Jon Spencer (Mansfield News Journal), Rob McCurdy (Mansfield News Journal), Rick Noland (Medina Gazette), Todd Stumpf (Medina Post), Kurt Snyder (Newark Advocate), Don Hohler (Norwalk Reflector), Julie Billings (Pike County News Watchman), Rob Kiser (Piqua Daily Call), Curt Conrad (Richland Source), Mark Hazelwood (Sandusky Register), Theresa Audia (Willoughby News Herald), John Kampf (Willoughby News Herald) and Aaron Dorksen (Wooster Daily Record).

2013 OHIO PREP SPORTSWRITERS ASSOCIATION – AWARD WINNERS

WRITERS OF THE YEAR

DIVISION 1 – Jon Spencer, Mansfield News Journal

DIVISION 2 – Mark Hazelwood, Sandusky Register

DIVISION 3  – Albert Grindle, Medina Gazette

DIVISION 4 – Jarrod Ulrey, Columbus ThisWeek Newspapers

Division 1 Writer of the Year – Jon Spencer, Mansfield News Journal

(One first place finish, one second place finish, one third place finish and one fourth place finish)

1. Jon Spencer, Mansfield News Journal – 12.33

2. Jim Naveau, Lima News – 9

3. John Kampf, Willoughby News Herald – 8.13

Division 2 Writer of the Year – Mark Hazelwood, Sandusky Register

(Two first place finishes, one second place finish and one third place finish)

1. Mark Hazelwood, Sandusky Register – 18.5

2. Jeff Gilbert, Springfield News-Sun – 16

3. Dave Henneman, Findlay Courier – 11

Division 3 Writer of the Year – Albert Grindle, Medina Gazette

(One first place finish, one second place finish, one third place finish, one fourth place finish and one fifth place finish)

1. Albert Grindle, Medina Gazette – 16 points

2. Joey Chandler, Bucyrus Telegraph-Forum – 14 points

3. Tom Nader, Ravenna Record-Courier – 10 points

Division 4 Writer of the Year – Jarrod Ulrey, Columbus This Week Community Newspapers

(Three second place finishes, two third place finishes and one fifth place finish)

1. Jarrod Ulrey, This Week Community Newspapers – 17.75

2. Paul Batterson, Columbus Free Press – 16

3. Todd Stumpf, The Medina Post Newspapers – 15.5

Division and Category Winners

Point Totals: 1st = 6, 2nd = 4, 3rd = 3, 4th = 2, 5th = 1

Division 1

Division 1, Investigative/Enterprise (13 entries)

1. 50 for 50 – Chris Lillstrung and Mark Podolski, Willoughby News-Herald

2. Ohio’s Football Legacy, Larry Phillips, Mansfield News Journal

Tie-3. Shot Clock Not Likely But Debate Keeps Ticking, Steve Blackledge, Columbus Dispatch

Tie-3. Vanishing Act, Joe Scalzo, Youngstown Vindicator

Division 1, News (30 entries)

1. He’s A Treasure, Jon Spencer, Mansfield News Journal

Tie-2. Jokes and Jump Shots, Jon Spencer, Mansfield News Journal

Tie-2. Split Looms in the Chagrin Valley Conference, John Kampf, Willoughby News Herald

Tie-4. VASJ’s Gibson Finds His Way, Tim Rogers, Cleveland Plain Dealer

Tie-4. New Rule Stirs Competition Debate, Steve Blackledge, Columbus Dispatch

Tie-4. OHSAA Nixes Public-Private Vote, Dana Sulonen, Warren Tribune Chronicle

Tie-4. Balance Proposal Narrowly Defeated, Steve Blackledge, Columbus Dispatch

Division 1, Feature (40 entries)

1. A Part of the Team, Dana Sulonen, Warren Tribune Chronicle

2. St. Edward Offensive Line Spill About Themselves Over Buffet of Endless Wings, Stephanie Kuzydym Northeast Ohio Media Group

Tie-3. Follow Hudson Football Coach Ron Wright’s Journey on Ground, in Air, Scott Patsko, Northeast Ohio Media Group

Tie-3. Madison Player Feels Fortunate, John Kampf, Willoughby News Herald

Tie-5. North Coach Has New Appreciation, John Kampf, Willoughby News Herald

Tie-5. Three-Sport All-Ohioan Living the Life, Rob McCurdy, Mansfield News Journal

Tie-5. Golfers’ Full Dance Cards, Jon Spencer, Mansfield News Journal

Division 1, Column (28 entries)

1. Frightful Weather, Delightful Game, Joe Scalzo, Youngstown Vindicator

2. Status Quo Better than This Proposal, Rob McCurdy, Mansfield News Journal

3. Finding Mr. Right Tough for Spartans, Jim Naveau, Lima News

Tie-4. Mentor Soccer Team Upholds Tradition, Chris Lillstrung, Willoughby News Herald

Tie-4. Lake Catholic Football Family Supports Grieving Robinsons, John Kampf, Willoughby News Herald

Tie-4. Cardinals Enjoy Their Ride to a State Championship, John Kampf, Willoughby News Herald

Tie-4. Harvey Athletes Giving Back, Theresa Neuhoff Audia, Willoughby News Herald

Tie-4. Mentor Boys Soccer on Brink of Something Great, Chris Lillstrung, Willoughby News Herald

Division 1, Game Story (41 entries)

1. A Moment to Live For, Jim Naveau, Lima News

2. It Was a ‘Pinch Me’ Moment, Mike Dyer, Cincinnati Enquirer

3. Retro and Robust at Classic, Jon Spencer, Mansfield News Journal

4. Northland Wins City League in Thriller, Steve Blackledge, Columbus Dispatch5

5. Kirtland Crushes Wayne Trace to Win D-VI State Title, John Kampf, Willoughby News Herald

 

Division 2

Division 2, Investigative/Enterprise (11 entries)

1. The Blueprint – Part 1 of 2, Mark Hazelwood, Sandusky Register

2. Sports Teams, Bands Open To Home-Schoolers, Jamie Baker, Findlay Courier

3. Area Girls Teams Loaded With Veteran Talent, Dave Hanneman, Findlay Courier

Division 2, News (24 entries)

1. Quissenberry Named Clark County’s Best, Jeff Gilbert, Springfield News-Sun

2. Trojans’ Veteran Coach Lightle Calls It Quits, Jeff Gilbert, Springfield News-Sun

3. OHSAA Competitive Balance Fails For 3rd Straight Year, Mark Hazelwood, Sandusky Register

4. OHSAA Nixes Vote to Separate Public-Private Tournaments, Aaron Dorksen, Daily Record

Division 2, Feature (32 entries)

1. Whole New World, Kelsey Pence, Sandusky Register

2. Wooster Football Team Has Dyson’s Back, Aaron Dorksen, Daily Record

3. Big Mike Scores TD for All to Cheer, Aaron Dorksen, Daily Record

4. Hope for Hannah, Kelsey Pence, Sandusky Register

Division 2, Column (19 entries)

1. Wolfe’s Passion, Dedication Set Him Apart, Mark Hazelwood, Sandusky Register

Tie-2. The Big Guy Is Going To Be Missed, Dave Hanneman, Findlay Courier

Tie-2. Logan’s Demeanor Was the Difference – Again, Mark Hazelwood, Sandusky Register

Tie-4. Norwayne’s Scruggs Says Good-Bye to Game, Mike Plant, Daily Record

Tie-4. Putnam County Legacy Continues, Dave Hanneman, Findlay Courier

Division 2, Game Story (30 entries)

1. Evans ‘Super’ in Tecumsah Win, Jeff Gilbert, Springfield News-Sun

Tie-2. Plybon’s Record 42 Points Has Orrville Girls State-Bound, Andrew Vogel, Daily Record

Tie-2. Leipsic Falls In D-II Title Game, Dave Hanneman, Findlay Courier

Tie-4. State Champ:Nelson Has One Final Takedown Left, Aaron Dorksen, Daily Record

Tie-4. Yoder, Husky Teammates Will Be Eating Chicken After Performance at Lexington Track Regional, Andrew Vogel, Daily Record

Tie-4. Triway Wraps Up Manchester, PAC Title, Mike Plant, Daily Record

Division 3

Division 3, Investigative/Enterprise (11 entries)

1. Modern Technology Getting High School Athletes’ Names Out There, Brandon Hannahs/Sam Blackburn, Zanesville Times Recorder

2. Still A Long Way to Go, Scott Richards, Jr., Chillicothe Gazette

3. Taking Control: With Proper Treatment, Athletes With Asthma Can Do It All, Joey Chandler, Bucyrus Telegraph-Forum

Division 3, News (33 entries)

1. Madison-Plains Reeling After Death of Longtime Coach, Chris Miles, Madison Press

Tie-2. New Meadowbrook AD Bringing Young, Energetic Approach to Job, Jeff Harrison, Upper Sandusky Daily Jeffersonian

Tie-2. Mohawk Boys Basketball Coach Has Professional Playing Experience, Nick Marlow, Upper Sandusky Daily Chief-Union

Tie-2. Graboski Inks Letter of Intent to Play Volleyball At Valparaiso, Nick Marlow, Upper Sandusky Daily Chief-Union

Division 3, Feature (44 entries)

1. Damko Inspires G-Men Through Response of Frightening Injury, Tom Nader, Record-Courier

2. Harry Gilcrest’s Lasting Legacy Still Felt In Ravenna Today, Tom Nader, Record-Courier

3. Born To Play:Hudson Had Eagles Softball In Her Blood, Joey Chandler, Bucyrus Telegraph-Forum

4. Ho’s Kindness Comes From Family, Albert Grindle, Medina Gazette

5. Burton Is Master Motivator, Albert Grindle, Medina Gazette

Division 3, Column (29 entries)

1. Colts Did the Right Thing, Albert Grindle, Medina Gazette

2. Pirates Have Reasons to Smile, Albert Grindle, Medina Gazette

3. End Zone Couches a Wynford Tradition, Joey Chandler, Bucyrus Telegraph-Forum

Tie-4. Officials Should Be Invisible, Dan Messerschmidt, Bucyrus Telegraph-Forum

Tie-4. My Night with the Eagles, Joey Chandler, Bucyrus Telegraph-Forum

Division 3, Game Story (47 entries)

1. The More Things Change, Rick Noland, Medina Gazette

2. Running for Grandma, Joey Chandler, Bucyrus Telegraph-Forum

3. Blue Devils Honor Flemming with Victory, Albert Grindle, Medina Gazette

4. Pioneers Walk Into State Title Game, Chris Miles, London Madison Press

5. Living the Dream, Tony Maluso, Tiffin Advertiser-Tribune

Division 3, Photography (12 entries)

1. Frank Robertson, Chillicothe Gazette

2. Chris Cook, Zanesville Times Recorder

3. Lonnie McMillan, Daily Chief-Union

Division 4

Division 4, Investigative/Enterprise (12 entries)

1. Coaching Move Leaves Heads Scratched, Todd Stumpf, The Post Newspapers

2. Athletes Train Body, Mind During Rehabilitation, Jarrod Ulrey, This Week Olentangy Valley News

3. Training Evolves as Programs Look For Edge, Jarrod Ulrey, This Week Worthington News

Division 4, News (33 entries)

1. District Split Anniversary: Central, North Strong As Ever, Dave Purpura, Pickerington Times-Sun

2. DeSales Cross Country Team Holds On, Goes Forward Without Its Coach, Paul Batterson, Columbus Free Press

Tie-3. Taking Home Pieces of History, Lisa Gayle Grayson, The Medina Post Newspapers

Tie-3. Dixon Aiming For a Spot on the Podium at State, Julie Billings, Pike County News Watchman

Division 4, Feature (41 entries)

1. One of the Guys, Paul Batterson, Columbus Free Press

2. Panthers’ Cook Hoping For A Look, Todd Stumpf, The Post Newspapers

Tie-3. Dying Mom Loves Watching Son Wrestle His Way To Success, Jarrod Ulrey, This Week Rocky Fork Enterprise

Tie-3. Gymnastics – Father Inspires Cards’ Senior, Aaron Blankenship, This Week Community Newspapers

Tie-5. Patriots Rallying Cry:”We Got Your Back”, Scott Hennen, This Week Community Newspapers

Tie-5. Niggemeyer Leads Liberty with Arm, Bat, Scott Hennen, This Week Community Newspapers

Tie-5. Gaston Providing Inspiration, Jarrod Ulrey, This Week Rocky Fork Enterprise

Tie-5. Not A Typical Switch Hitter, Lisa Gayle Grayson, The Post Newspapers

Division 4, Column (20 entries)

1. Blowout Erases 36 Years of Frustration For St. Charles, Scott Hennen, Columbus This Week Community Newspapers

2. Life Not Always About Winning, Jarrod Ulrey, This Week Westerville News Public Opinion

Tie-3. Coaches Step Up To Plate for Gussler, Frank DiRenna, Columbus This Week News

Tie-3. In The End, Hornets All Smiles, Todd Stumpf, The Medina Post Newspapers

Division 4, Game Story (34 entries)

1. Sister Act, Paul Batterson, Columbus Free Press

2. Deenas Enjoy One-Game Rivalry, Jarrod Ulrey, This Week Pickerington Times-Sun

3. Mustangs’ Perez Tries To Cope, Win, Todd Stumpf, The Post Newspapers

4. Patriots’ Ball Sticks Final Dive to Defend Title, Aaron Blankenship, This Week Community Newspaper

Division 4, Photography (12 entries)

1. Joshua A. Bickel, Columbus This Week Community Newspapers

2. Joshua A. Bickel, Columbus This Week Community Newspapers

3. Lorrie Cecil, Columbus This Week Community Newspapers

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