The Ohio Prep Sportwriter's Association named its writers of the year and recognized the top articles and authors in Columbus on Thursday at the organization's first annual statewide meeting. Her's who won what...
2012 Contest Results
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association (OPSWA) announced its 2010-2011 annual writing contest award winners at its statewide meeting held at the DoubleTree Hotel in Worthington on Thursday, March 29. The Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Tim Warsinskey (Div. I), the Mansfield New Journal’s Jon Spencer (Div. II), the Port Clinton News Herald’s Matthew Horn (Div. III/IV) and the Medina Post’s Todd Stumpf (Div. V) all earned Writer of the Year awards in their respective division. The contest consisted of articles written during the 2010 and 2011 calendar years.
Founded in 1972, the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association was formed to recognize the coverage of high school sporting events in Ohio and to recognize superior writing among sports journalists. It recently partnered with the Ohio High School Athletic Association to create a website, establish electronic communication and increase its membership size. The OPSWA currently has a website located off of OHSAA.org (www.ohsaa.org/news/OPSWA) which includes information about new officer selections, updated membership directories, Hall of Fame committee information and other regular communications. Of note, 2012 writing contest is already being planned, so sportswriters are encouraged to keep copies of potential submissions for January 2013.
The contest, which received 533 entries from 45 contestants, was judged by 18 sportswriters from around the state, who gave awards to 29 individuals. Judges included John Fryman (Bryan Times), Jeff Harrison (Cambridge Daily Jeffersonian), Tim Rogers (Cleveland Plain Dealer), Steve Blackledge (Columbus Dispatch), Julie Billings (Pike County News Watchman), Eric Frantz (jjhuddle.com), Jim Naveau (Lima News), Jon Spencer (Mansfield News Journal), Curt Conrad (Mansfield News Journal), Rob McCurdy (Mansfield News Journal), Todd Stumpf (Medina Post), Rick Cassano (Middletown Journal), Don Hohler (Norwalk Reflector), Rob Kiser (Piqua Daily Call), Mark Hazelwood (Sandusky Register), Theresa Neuhoff Audia (Willoughby News Herald), John Kampf (Willoughby News Herald) and Joe Scalzo (Youngstown Vindicator).
Certificates were handed out to all 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 21:50 entries awarded four places and categories receiving more than 51 entries awarded five places. The divisions were based on circulation size with Division I having a daily circulation over 35,000, Division II having a daily circulation between 15,000 and 35,000, Division III/IV having a daily circulation under 7,500 and Division V consisting of non:daily newspapers. The breakdown from each division is as follows:
· Division I: Six contestants and 76 entries (10 Investigative/Enterprise, 18 News, 22 Feature and 26 Game)
· Division II: 15 contestants and 197 entries (22 Investigative/Enterprise, 45 News, 66 Feature and 64 Game)
· Division III/IV: 10 contestants and 111 entries (23 Investigative/Enterprise, 21 news, 36 Feature and 31 Game)
· Division V: 14 contestants and 149 entries (15 Investigative/Enterprise, 35 News, 56 Feature and 43 Game)
Writers of the Year
· Division I – Tim Warsinskey, Cleveland Plain Dealer
· Division II – Jon Spencer, Mansfield News Journal
· Division III/IV – Matthew Horn, Port Clinton News Herald