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SPJ awards Excellence In Journalism awards for 2011

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The Connecticut chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) announced the winners of their 2011 Excellence in Journalism contest on Thursday night. Here are the awards for sports. All of the awards can be found at this link.

Sports Column

Newspaper above 50,000 circulation

(1) To know Dave Solomon was to truly admire him; New Haven Register; Sean Barker

(2) New Haven coaching legend pushes pain aside for kids at East Rock; New Haven Register; Dave Solomon

(3) Ledyard rap was music to their ears; Republican-American; Kyle Brennan

Newspaper at 18,000 to 50,000 circulation

(1) When boy meets 1st mitt, it’s a true glove story; The Advocate; Kevin McKeever

(2) Whalers’ Fulton brawls with past, opponents in return to hockey; The News-Times; Chris Brodeur

(3) No headlines, please; The News-Times; Chris Brodeur

Community Non-Daily

(1) Bruins’ black and gold part of my DNA; Shoreline Times; Jimmy Zanor

(2) Glory days; Shoreline Times; Jimmy Zanor

Online – Independent

(1) Hall girls basketball rises to Class LL Final Four; West Hartford Patch; John Howell

Sports Feature

Newspaper above 50,000 circulation

(1) Heroes off the field: St. Louis Cardinals became first responders in Bridgeport trainwreck; Hartford Courant; Dom Amore

(2) Women’s pro tennis on a star search; Connecticut Post; Chris Elsberry

(3) Hockey checking rules draw mixed results; Connecticut Post; Michael Fornabio

Newspaper at 18,000 to 50,000 circulation

(1) Hard work, but never a chore; The Day; Vickie Fulkerson

(2) His pot of honey; Record-Journal; Bryant Carpenter

Newspaper below 18,000 circulation

(1) Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira feels right at home in Greenwich; Greenwich Time; David Fierro

(2) Keane born to coach; Greenwich Time; David Fierro

Community Non-Daily

(1) At 76, Stuart still has spirit for triathlons; The West Hartford Press; David Heuschkel

(2) Dream Team; Shoreline Times; Jimmy Zanor

(3) The grind; The Waterbury Observer; John Murray


(1) Once upon a Whale; Connecticut Magazine; David Holahan

(2) Take me out to which ballgame?; Shore Publishing/; Rita Christopher

Online – Affiliated

(1) Will DiStefano’s kick gets Avon past Houy in cold thriller; Register Citizen; Kevin Roberts

Online – Independent

(1) Granby XC teams go pink For Dennis and RuthAnn Lobo; Granbys Patch; Ted Glanzer

(2) Szczepanik, teammates will honor memory of mother on senior night; Berlin Patch; Robert Mayer

(3) For St. Joseph College basketball, a terrific 10; West Hartford Patch; John Howell

Regional Non-Daily

(1) Winter Olympics hopeful; The Litchfield County Times; Jack Coraggio


(1) Notorious; News 12 Connecticut; Mark Sudol, Matthew Cyr, Dan Wills

(2) Football behind the fence; WFSB TV; John Holt

(3) Crushen Russian; News 12 Connecticut; Kristi Olds, Dan Renzetti

Sports News

Newspaper above 50,000 circulation

(1) Jeter Gets 3,000th hit in grand style; Hartford Courant; Dom Amore

(2) UConn defeats Clemson 14-1 To reach super regional; Hartford Courant; Dom Amore

(3) For conference realignment, football is king; The Hartford Courant; Paul Doyle

Newspaper at 18,000 to 50,000 circulation

(1) UConn donor wants his money back; The Day; Mike DiMauro

(2) John Kelley, running legend, dies at 80; The Day; Vickie Fulkerson

(3) McMahon’s Madaffari lends new meaning to being ‘student athlete’; Stamford Advocate; Doug Bonjour

Newspaper below 18,000 circulation

(1) Home team works to rally; The Bulletin; Joe Perez

(2) Test helps players after concussion; The Bulletin; Marc Allard

(3) Wolcott Tech football team wins first game in program history with 20-12 victory over Stamford Acade; Register Citizen; Kevin Roberts

Community Non-Daily

(1) Shore stunner!; Shoreline Times; Jimmy Zanor

(2) Cardiac kids; Shoreline Times; Jimmy Zanor

(3) ‘Gumby’ etches her name in the record books; Kyle Brennan

Online – Independent

(1) Conard hockey falls to South Windsor, 1-0 ; West Hartford Patch; John Howell

(2) Yom Kippur schedule conflicts keep some from racing in Wickham Invitational;; Jessie Sawyer

Photography -- Sports Photo

Newspaper above 50,000 circulation

(1) Ball control; Connecticut Post; Christian Abraham

(2) Hey, where’s the ball?; Connecticut Post; Brian A. Pounds

(3) Softball player on Ice; Republican-American; Jim Shannon

Newspaper at 18,000 to 50,000 circulation

(1) Tennis action; The Day; Tim Martin

(2) No strain, no gain; The Day; Sean D. Elliot

(3) UConn women’s basketball; The Day; Sean D. Elliot

Newspaper below 18,000 circulation

(1) Ledyard falls short to top squad; The Bulletin; Aaron Flaum

(2) Little League call; Greenwich Time; Bob Luckey

(3) Bounce of the football; Greenwich Time; Bob Luckey

Community Non-Daily

(1) Sydney Ferrante softball photo; Southington Observer; John Goralski

Online – Affiliated

(1) Going for it; Shore Publishing/; John Vanacore

Online – Independent

(1) Comforting words from dad;; Douglas Healey

Regional Non-Daily

(1) Whatever works; The Greater New Milford Spectrum; Norm Cummings


Print/Online > Sports Feature Story; College Contest

(1) ‘Cinderella man’; TheDaily Campus – UConn student newspaper; Mac Cerullo

(2) The will to succeed: Senior Will Cavallo reflects on journey to make team; The Quinnipiac Chronicle; Jon Alba

(3) Whiting trades tapes for helmet; The Quinnipiac Chronicle; Tim O’Donnell

Print/Online > Sports News Story; College Contest

(1) Volleyball coach fired, escorted off campus; The Quinnipiac Chronicle; Chronicle Staff

(2) Blue Devil fallen, But not forgotten; The Recorder; Brittany Burke

(3) Three more Quinnipiac basketball players arrested; The Quinnipiac Chronicle; Matt Eisenberg

Print/Online > Sports Photo; College Contest

(1) SCSU guard leaps over defender to score a basket; The Southern News; Sean Meenaghan

(2) First flips; The Quinnipiac Chronicle; Matt Eisenberg

First Amendment Award

(1) Freedom of information editorials; The Day; Paul Choiniere

Theodore Driscoll Award for Investigative Reporting

(1) First Five firm skirts rules; The Day; JC Reindl

Stephen A. Collins Public Service Award; Special Awards

(1) Full disclosure; Connecticut Post; Brittany Lyte

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