Thursday, July 3, 2008
The South Reporter won two sports awards in the Mississippi Press Association Better Newspaper Contest for 2007.
Ronnie Day and Barry Burleson each claimed a first-place plaque for their coverage of the Byhalia High School football team’s dramatic 38-37 victory over Senatobia in October.
Day’s first-place photo features Terrion Smith celebrating in the arms of coach Devin Rutherford when the Indians stopped the Warriors on a fourth down try late in the game.
About Day’s sports feature photo, the judges from the South Carolina Press Association wrote, “Clear winner from the start.”
Burleson’s first-place story was headlined “Biggest win in school history – Byhalia’s aerial show too much for Senatobia.”
About Burleson’s game story, the judges wrote, “Outstanding storytelling, interesting game, outstanding story flow.”
The awards were handed out during MPA’s summer convention last week at the Beau Rivage in Biloxi.
The South Reporter competes in a category that includes the weeklies in the state with the largest circulation.
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