The Shasta County Sports staff excelled in the annual Associated Press Sports Editors contest, earning national recognition for seven entries across five categories: two in game story, two action photo, one in explanatory, one multimedia and one project.
Shasta County Sports competed against 34 media outlets in Category D, the smallest 25 percent of APSE members (14,000 and under daily circulation). Judging took place the past week to evaluate the best sports coverage nationwide from 2019. The APSE announced top-10 winners for photo and writing coverage throughout the week, ending Wednesday.
The seven awards for SCS was second-most of the 34 Category D publications, trailing only the Columbia Missourian’s 10.
“It’s humbling to be in the company of prestigious media outlets and this shows what the Shasta County Sports team is doing is on par with the rest of the nation,” said T.J. Holmes, co-founder and managing editor of SCS. “I think this reveals the passion for our staff above all else. Every person who contributes to Shasta County Sports does it on their ‘free’ time and we’re not only matching the type of content as full-time professionals in the industry but being recognized for it.”
Shasta County Sports’ Football Preview Magazine was a Top 5 finalist for the staff, which featured a collection of work from Aaron Williams, T.J. Holmes, Tracy Holmes, Mike Daly, Tony Hord, Max Keokhamdy, Joseph Shufelberger, Franchesca Carrera, Nolan Williams and Hung Vu. The 56-page, full-color magazine looked ahead at the prep and junior college football season feature stories, team previews, player rankings, Q&A with Canadian Football League star Matt Nichols, game schedules, graphic illustrations and photos.
Aaron Williams was a finalist in two categories: game story and multimedia. His game story was on the Mount Shasta boys basketball team losing in the CIF State Championship. His multimedia award was for the Cover 2 Podcast that was a weekly installment of highlight high school football and Shasta College football throughout the season. Williams was the mastermind behind the Podcast as the host, director and editor while T.J. Holmes and Keokhamdy were regular contributors.
“Having told stories in the Redding community for the past 20 years, I’m honored to receive attention for shining our spotlight on our North State athletes,” Williams said. “We certainly didn’t start Shasta County Sports to win awards. The recognition is appreciated but the real winners are the coaches and athletes who let us into their world and the community who benefits from a daily account of a tremendous sporting community.”
T.J. Holmes was a finalist in two categories: Game story and explanatory. His game story was on West Valley falling to Paradise in the Northern Section D-III semifinals. His explanatory award — which highlights trends, issues and original ideas, and explains and sheds new light on issues and personalities in the news — was a breakdown for playoff predictions and How unbeaten Paradise could miss the postseason.
In the Best Action Photo category, both Mike Daly and Tony Hord’s photos earned top-10 notoriety. Daly’s photo from Shasta College’s road game against Sierra College had Garrison Roach trying to make a tackle on a Wolverine. Hord’s photo was of Enterprise’s home game against Sutter with the Hornets’ Roberto Cruz and Sutter’s Daniel Cummings double stiff-arm and incidental eye-poking. View both photos below.
Each category was limited to one entry per person from each media outlet with a maximum of two submissions.
In coming weeks, the APSE will reveal its final rankings, from first to 10th place, in each division, said APSE Contest chair Lisa Wilson.
Shasta County Sports would like to thank its sponsors from 2019. Title sponsors: Tri Counties Bank, Weaver Lumber, Sierra Pacific Industries, Redding Rancheria and Milgard Windows. Premier sponsors: Clear View Auto Glass, Bridgehouse Marketing, Astro Jump, Eagle Eye Painting, Let’s Go Ball and Black Rose Coffee & Tea. And Supporting sponsors: Maxim Physical Therapy, W.M. Beaty & Associates, Inc., and SJ Denham.
SCS Staff — Football Preview Magazine
Aaron Williams — Championship dreams fall short for Mount Shasta Bears in 78-66 loss to Foothill
T.J. Holmes — Harrison helps unbeaten Paradise halt West Valley’s perfect season with 28-13 win in D-III semifinals
Aaron Williams — Cover 2 Podcast
T.J. Holmes — Playoff Scenarios: How unbeaten Paradise can miss the playoffs