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Sun-Gazette sports staff wins 10th straight APSE award

The Sun-Gazette sports staff won its 10th consecutive Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE) award for one of the best daily sections in the country. The Sun-Gazette earned a top-5 honor in its circulation size category for 2020.

The APSE judges newspaper sections from across the United States in four divisions based on circulation size.

The Sun-Gazette sports staff in 2020 consisted of sports editor Jon Gerardi and sports reporters Mitch Rupert, Chris Masse, Eric Hunt and Luke Laubach.

Coverage of the award-winning sections throughout 2020 included:

• Montoursville Little League’s trip to the White House to meet Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera and President Donald J. Trump

• The Williamsport Crosscutters Hot Stove Banquet

• The PIAA Class AA and AAA wrestling tournaments

• Winter previews for high school swimming

•The PIAA’s decision to postpone winter sports until Jan. 4

• South Williamsport Little Leaguer Kendall Cardone winning the T-Mobile Little League National Home Run Derby

• Masse’s best of the decade series

• And high school basketball coverage.

This is the fourth consecutive year the Sun-Gazette sports staff has won an APSE for daily sections, and eighth overall since 2011.

Rupert also won an individual APSE award, taking third in the country in the long features division for his story on Canton’s Timmy Ward recovering from Hodgkin’s Lymphoma to qualify for the state wrestling tournament.

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