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Vol. 47, No. 2 • February 2010 • .pdf version
SI.com's Luke Winn dominates best-writing contest
Luke Winn of SI.com took first place in one category and finished third in two others in the U.S. Basketball Writers Association's best-writing contest.
Winn took first in moderate-length features for a story on Connecticut big man Hasheem Thabeet. Winn also finished third in enterprise/investigative reporting for "The Hoops Ideology Report" and in spot news for a story on Stephen Curry.
John Feinstein of the Washington Post also placed in three categories, finishing fourth in spot news ("Magic Lives on at the Palestra") and moderate-length features ("Obama's Brother-In-Law is Court Authority") and fifth in column writing ("A Void That Can't Be Filled").
John Akers of Basketball Times took first place in enterprise/ investigative reporting for a story that explored how two programs went in opposite directions following an nondescript NCAA Tournament game between Minnesota and Gonzaga 10 years ago. Akers also finished fourth in magazine-length features for a piece on Tennessee- Martin's Lester Hudson.
Tom Archdeacon of the Dayton Daily News also placed in two categories – fourth in column writing ("Majerus Credits Donoher For Success") and second in moderate- length features ("Hall of Fame Reunites Former Star With Happier Times").
Other first-place winners" Marty Dobrow of the Boston Globe in magazine-length features, Lew Freedman of Basketball Times for column writing and Phil Chardis of the Manchester Journal Inquirer for spot news.
Dobrow won for a story on Memphis freshman Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir, believed to be the first woman to play in the NCAA in full Muslim dress.
Freedman won for a column on the late Kay Yow. Chardis won for his story on Syracuse's six-overtime victory in the Big East Conference tournament.
In enterprise/investigate reporting, other placewinners included second-place Steve Wieberg of USA Today, fourth-place Bud Withers of the Seattle Times and fifthplace John Bohnenkamp of the Burlington Hawk Eye.
In magazine-length features, other place-winners included second-place Jerry Bembry of ESPN the Magazine, third-place Kevin Armstrong of SI.com and fifth-place David Jones of the Harrisburg Patriot-News.
In column writing, other place-winners were secondplace Gary Parrish of CBS Sports.com and third-place David Teel of the Newport News Daily Press.
In spot news, place-winners included second-place Pete DiPrimo of the Fort Wayne News Sentinel and fifth-place Tom Kensler of the Denver Post.
In moderate-length features, other place-winners included third-place Ken Davis and fifth-place Bill Rabinowitz of the Columbus Dispatch.
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