Sun-Gazette gets Top 10 honors for sports section

The Williamsport Sun-Gazette was named a Top 10 daily section and honorable mention Sunday section in the Associated Press Sports Editors national contest during judging this past week in Orlando, Fla.

“This is the third year in a row that we have been honored by the AP for our local sports coverage,” said Bernard A. Oravec, Sun-Gazette publisher. “I am very proud of our continued commitment to providing the best in local high school and youth sports reporting.

“I know how important this is to our many readers to provide a lasting record of their team or child’s achievement.” Oravec said. “Sun-Gazette articles and photos are part of the sports history of our area and will continue to be a prized piece of scrapbook memorabilia throughout Lycoming County.”

The contest, which judged entries from 2012, marked the third consecutive year the Sun-Gazette’s sports section has captured APSE awards in its category of under 30,000 circulation.

Each contest judges four separate editions, two mandatory dates randomly chosen by APSE and two optional dates chosen by the newspaper.

APSE aims to reward coverage of news, features and opinion, supported by scores, results and standings of the day’s activities as needed to reflect the interest of the readership. It wants an appeal to the fanatic as well as the casual fan – and an attempt to satisfy a range of readership diversity.

In particular, judges value quality of subject matter, enterprising journalism, organization and editing. Dates for the 2012 daily contest were mandatories of Monday, March 26, and Thursday, Aug. 23. Optionals were Saturday, June 16, and Friday, Oct. 26.

Highlights in the Sun-Gazette’s daily entries were the Little League World Series, the PIAA baseball and softball championships, a look at the Montgomery football players’ positive attitudes despite a winless season and preseason defections, as well as the District 4 cross-country and soccer postseason.

Dates for the 2012 Sunday contest were mandatories of Sunday, May 20, and Sunday, Oct. 21. Optionals were Sunday, March 11, and Sunday, Aug. 26.

Highlights for the Sun-Gazette’s Sunday entries were the Little League World Series, PIAA wrestling and basketball, District 4 track, and local college football.

The Sun-Gazette section won top 10 daily honors for 2011 and honorable mention Sunday honors for 2010.