The Northwest Herald received four Top 10 awards this week at the national Associated Press Sports Editor (APSE) competition for work published throughout 2019.
The newspaper was honored as a Top 5 daily sports section and a Top 5 Sunday sports section in Category C, which included newspapers of similar circulation size.
The contest, which was held in St. Petersburg, Florida, was judged by dozens of the top sports journalists from throughout the country.
Northwest Herald sports reporter Sean Hammond was recognized for his work in two categories. Hammond was named Top 10 in the breaking news category for his reporting on the details of the alleged pattern of abuse by Huntley graduate Lere Oladipo that led to his dismissal from the University of Illinois football team. Hammond was also named Top 10 in the explanatory story category for his piece on the mental hurdles athletes face when recovering from ACL injuries.