Sports editor John Bednarowski was recognized as the state’s best columnist for daily publications with circulations of fewer than 40,000 readers. Bednarowski claimed first and third place in the best column category, earning first place for his analysis of the Kennesaw State football team’s coaching search.
Bednarowski’s column on Georgia quarterback Hutson Mason leading the Bulldogs from behind to beat Georgia Tech in his first collegiate start earned the third-place nod.
Sports writer Adam Carrington won two third-place awards.
The first was in the Best Sports News Story on Deadline (Pro/College) category, for the University System of Georgia giving its final approval to the fee increase needed to launch Kennesaw State’s new football program. Carrington’s other award came in the Best Feature (High School) category, for his story describing the eating habits of the Pope football team’s offensive linemen.
“Kickoff 2013,” the MDJ’s annual high school football preview issue, was recognized as the best special section in the state. It was the third straight year “Kickoff” has earned that honor.
The Sunday sports section was also honored with a third-place award.
“It’s always an honor to be favorably judged by our peers,” Bednarowski said, “but it’s all because of the great stories we find in and around Cobb County that make it possible.”
In addition to Bednarowski and Carrington, the MDJ sports department also includes assistant sports editor Eli Boorstein and sports writer Carlton D. White. Each member of the sports department has been on staff at the MDJ for at least seven years.
Judges for this year’s contest were Ken Burger, former sports editor of The Post and Courier (Charleston, S.C.); Mike Griffith, former president of the Football Writers Association of America; Bob Gillespie, a former sports writer for The State (Columbia, S.C.); and ESPN journalist Gene Wojciechowski.