The Santa Cruz Sentinel Sports department made another successful run through the annual Associated Press Sports Editors contest by earning five national awards in writing and design.
Though papers are broken into four circulation groups, the Sentinel finished with more winners than any California paper, regardless of circulation. It placed in the top 10 for its daily sections and garnered four writing awards for the fourth straight year while competing in the under-30,000 circulation category.
"We have one of the best sports teams for a paper our size, as judged by our peers, in the country," said Sentinel publisher Michael Turpin.
Judges from throughout the nation gathered for five days in Orlando,
The APSE will further whittle down the writing field and announce the top five positions and five honorable mentions in April. Winners in each category will be honored this summer at a convention in Detroit.
Sentinel Sports Editor Julie Jag and Assistant Sports Editor Jim Seimas each hauled in three top 10 writing awards. Two of their finishes were collaborative efforts.
They teamed with staff writers Andrew Matheson and Jacob May in Project Reporting, turning out a 17-article submission about the NBA D-League's Santa Cruz Warriors. The
"Any time the sports team can be recognized for enterprise reporting -- going beyond the covering of the game -- it shows how we can bring value to readers in ways that no one else can locally about our local sports scene," Turpin said. "Who's doing that
Jag and Seimas also teamed up and placed in the top 10 of the Breaking News category for their April 4 coverage of the announcement that the Golden State Warriors wanted to relocate their D-League franchise from North Dakota to Santa Cruz.
For the second straight year, Jag and Seimas also finished in the top 10 of the Explanatory category. Jag finished second and Seimas was third last year.
Jag was rewarded for her Feb. 25 article on how airbags helped local professional skier Elyse Saugstad survive an avalanche in Washington. With her trio of APSE writing awards, Jag boosts her career total to eight.
Seimas, who now has 13 APSE
The Sentinel has hauled in at least one APSE writing award every year since 2007.
The Sentinel won seven awards for its 2011 coverage, the most in the newspaper's 15 years on record.
For links to the winning articles, visit www.santacruzsentinel.com/sports.
SENTINEL APSE AWARDS
Surf City Warriors? Backers of plan to bring Golden State affiliate to Santa Cruz hope city OK a slam dunk -- by Jim Seimas and Julie Jag
Ready for the new-look MLB draft? Trio of changes will have impact -- by Jim Seimas
Project (a sampling)