Sun-Gazette wins national Top 10 AP Sports Editors awards

The Williamsport Sun-Gazette has won national Top 10 awards for 2017 in both Daily and Special section, and sports writer Mitch Rupert won a Top 10 for feature in the Associated Press Sports Editors annual contest’s under 30,000 circulation division.

This is the eighth consecutive year the Sun-Gazette has been honored in the contest, which was judged this past week at the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla. The results represent the most Top 10s it ever won. Winning for both daily and special section tied the Sun-Gazette for second place for most print-section awards won by any newspaper in the division.

“The Sun-Gazette has always been the local ‘go-to’ source for scholastic sports coverage. We know how important it is to the community and to the families who have children participating in athletics,” said Bernard A. Oravec, Sun-Gazette publisher. “These awards validate what most in our community already know — the sports staff at the Williamsport Sun-Gazette is at the top of its game.”

Award-winning daily sections covered the first-ever MLB Little League Classic and Little League World Series from Aug. 20, End Zone Extra pregame and postgame editions, District 4 soccer and cross country championships, and the PIAA baseball playoffs.

The award-winning special section was the Sun-Gazette’s annual Football Fever high school football preseason preview magazine from August.

Rupert’s award-winning feature story covered Montoursville High School’s Josh Dinges’ year-long recovery overcoming cardiac arrest to throw the javelin in the PIAA track and field championships.

Members of the Sun-Gazette sports department the past year also included Ben Brigandi, Jon Gerardi, Chris Masse, Devin Bierly, Eric Hunt, and Sadie Noviello. Photo and graphic contributions to the sections came from the Sun-Gazette’s Mark Nance, Karen Vibert-Kennedy and Tim Wertz.