Claremore Daily Progress sports editor Kevin Green received several awards on Saturday as part of the Oklahoma Press Association’s 2020 Best Newspaper competition.
In total, Green took home eight individual honors while leading Progress to a third place in the Sports Coverage category, which focuses on a combination of layout / design and content, in Division 3.
The Progress division is made up of newspapers with a circulation of less than 3,000 copies. The judges for this year’s competition were from the Iowa Newspaper Association.
Additionally, Jay Lederman – a sports photography correspondent for Progress – placed first in the Sports Photography category with his photo of Claremore senior Brooks Sherl making an acrobatic capture between Pryor defenders for a touchdown.
The category judge said the photo was “An action shot captured on top of the action.”
Green swept the Sports Story category with first, second and third places for his stories “A GESTURE OF LOVE: Mike Darden Gives Daughter Kylee a Lasting Sports Memory,” “LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON: Matt, Scott Walton Celebrate 25th Anniversary of Father-Son Running Program ”and“ Claremore Track Runners Reflect on Moore’s Tragedy ”.
The 26-year-old sports writer also took the top two spots for in-depth reporting. The first place entry, for which Green teamed up with correspondent Duane DaPron, was a six-part series detailing the effect of COVID-19 on athletics in Rogers State.
The judge commented: “A great diversity of sports and stories about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on students. You can tell it was a group effort, planned and well executed.
The judge also praised the runner-up, commenting that Green’s three-part solo series on local coaches’ thoughts on COVID-19 and its impact on the football season “… gives a personal voice to the story and tells the stories of three coaches. I liked the way the stories were about the sport but also about the personal life of the coaches.
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Green won two of three spots in the Feature Story category, placing first and third for his stories “Skinner Talks Racial Injustice” and “Kujawa Turns Bodybuilding Hobby Into Passion.”
With the first, the judge remarked, “The reporter did a great job in locating and personalizing a big national problem. The article gives a revealing insight into what it is like to be a young African American man in the United States.
As for the latter, a story about Claremore Progress graphic designer Will Kujawa, the judge said, “It’s a unique topic, and the article gives an excellent overview of what it takes to be a bodybuilder. It really shows how you can achieve your goals when you are working out. “
In his latest individual honor, Green took third place in column writing thanks to his set of three entries: “If college football had a 64-team tournament,” “The board game offers a new baseball experience to the world. high school “and” Could Catoosa lose his “Indians” nickname? “
The judge said, “Kevin Green captured my interest with his own expansive imagination. His thoughts on NCAA tournament football covered familiar ground. His elaboration on the how and where went much further. Using the baseball board game to recreate a prep season, that was awesome. “
Jeff Cali of The Ada News took first place in this category with his own set of diverse sports topics.
Judge comments were not provided for the Sports Story and Sports Coverage categories.