The Oklahoman — Oklahoma City
O’Colly — Oklahoma State University student newspaper — Stillwater, Oklahoma
First place — Associated Collegiate Press, Sports Story of the Year, 2017
First place — Society of Features Journalists, sports feature, Division 1, 2017
Fifth place — Hearst personality/profile competition, 2017
I visited Stamford, Texas, a town of no more than 3,000 that serves as the hometown of Oklahoma State receiver James Washington. Quickly, I learned Washington represented a symbol of hope to a community losing its youth to major cities in the state. Washington brought attention to Stamford it hadn’t seen in decades.
Seventh place — Hearst sports competition, 2017
For the fifth anniversary of the plane crash that killed Oklahoma State women’s basketball coach Kurt Budke, assistant coach Miranda Serna and two boosters, I traveled to St. Louis, where I met with former OSU men’s basketball coach Travis Ford in his first season as Saint Louis’ coach. After Budke’s death, Ford wore an orange blazer for every home game against rival Oklahoma as a tribute to Budke, who did the same. I spoke with Ford about his bond with Budke and whether he would continue to “Remember the Four” after his time at OSU ended.
MLB.com — San Diego
Villanueva’s big league dreams coming true Sept. 21, 2017
Myers to focus on mental aspects of game Sept. 24, 2017
Cubs savor moment after hard-fought series Oct. 13, 2017