COLUMBUS — Richland Source managing editor Larry Phillips, sports reporter Curt Conrad and Knox Pages reporter Grant Pepper were all recognized for their work when the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association announced the results of its annual writing and photography contest Monday.
Phillips won first place in the investigative/enterprise category, while Conrad was third in the news story category and fourth in the game story category. Pepper tied for second in the game story category.
Both Richland Source and Knox Pages competed in Division I for websites and newspapers with daily circulation of more than 25,000. For the first time in the contest’s history, writers and photographers were judged on a body of work that included up to three submissions per category instead of each article or photograph receiving an individual score.
Conrad won third for the following news stories:
Conrad also took fourth for the following game stories:
The contest, which was delayed this spring due to many offices being closed from the coronavirus pandemic, received 190 submissions and was judged by 33 OPSWA members from around the state. Entries were accepted from the 2019 calendar year.
The Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association was founded in 1972 and works to support and enhance the coverage of high school sports in Ohio and to recognize superior writing among sports journalists. In 2010, the OPSWA partnered with the Ohio High School Athletic Association to create a website, establish electronic communications and increase its membership and recognition. The OPSWA has 182 member writers and photographers around the state, the most in the organization’s 48-year history.
For the full list of categories and winners, click here.