AL.com's Stephenson wins top Alabama sports writing award


Creg Stephenson of AL.com obtained the Alabama Sports activities Writers Affiliation’s highest writing award on the affiliation’s 47th annual conference Sunday. The award was Stephenson’s first total Herby Kirby Award and the second straight for AL.com.

The Herby Kirby Award is given in reminiscence of longtime Birmingham Publish-Herald sports activities author Herby Kirby, who died within the press field after protecting Notre Dame’s 24-23 nationwide soccer championship win over Alabama within the 1973 Sugar Bowl.

Stephenson received the Herby Kirby and greatest soccer story with no deadline for his writing on Alabama’s 1992 nationwide championship staff.

Listed below are the opposite winners and runners-up for 2017:

Greatest Sports activities Story, Writing On A Deadline, Skilled Or School Occasion

Runner Up: Tommy Deas, The Tuscaloosa Information, Alabama Soccer Nationwide Signing Day

Winner: Tom Inexperienced, AL.com, Auburn College Soccer Participant Kam Martin’s coronary heart and thoughts have been in his hometown of Port Arthur, Texas, the place his household handled the devastation of Hurricane Harvey

Greatest Sports activities Story, Writing On A Deadline, Prep Or Different Newbie

Runner Up: Josh Bean, AL.com, One of the vital shifting issues I’ve ever seen. Watch Vestavia senior with Down Syndrome rating a landing

Winner: Joey Chandler, The Tuscaloosa Information, Hale County Basketball. As a substitute of sporting their college colours for the state semifinal Class 4A match, they wore purple. A colour used to lift consciousness for home violence.

Greatest Column, 4 Columns Anytime Of The 12 months

Runner Up: Cecil Harm, The Tuscaloosa Information

Winner: Christopher Walsh, SEC Nation

Greatest Soccer Function With out A Deadline

Runner Up: Tom Inexperienced, AL.com, Auburn Security Stephen Roberts is stationed on the organ because the music flows via his fingers

Winner: Creg Stephenson, AL.com, Alabama’s 1992 Nationwide Championship Crew

Greatest Basketball Function With out A Deadline

Runner Up: David Elwell, Decatur Every day, Lawrence County Excessive Principal Thomas Jones confronted a dilemma, no open educating slots to rent a brand new boys basketball coach

Winner: Stacy Lengthy, Montgomery Advertiser, BTW Magnet ladies basketball participant Santia Rogers impressed by youthful sister’s battle with a mind tumor

Greatest Baseball Function With out A Deadline

Runner Up: Josh Bean, AL.com, Making an attempt to win a sport no one can win: Bama baseball signee Noah Fondren shares anorexia battle

Winner: Ben Thomas, AL.com, Energy of Positivity: Robertsdale junior Keaton Krebs battling leukemia with energy, religion

Greatest Softball Function With out A Deadline

Runner Up: Stacy Lengthy, Montgomery Advertiser, Brantley star softball participant Alex Wilcox’s highschool profession ends after setback in remedy for ovarian most cancers

Winner: James Crepea, AL.com, Auburn Softball Gamers tried to avoid wasting pedestrian hit by SUV

Greatest Observe and Discipline or Cross Nation Function With out A Deadline

Runner Up: Ben Thomas, AL.com, Davidson senior Clairy Kengeye thriving in America after fleeing conflict torn dwelling in Africa

Winner: Christopher Walsh, SEC Nation, Alabama’s inconceivable athlete Quanesha Burks set to cap illustrious NCAA profession at out of doors championships

Greatest Golf Story With out A Deadline

Runner Up: Gregg DeWalt, Instances Every day, Three school gamers who grew up enjoying golf programs in Franklin County, are actually competing on an enormous time stage at Kissimmee, Florida

Winner: David Elwell, Decatur Every day, Surveying the grounds at Burningtree Nation Membership early within the morning

Greatest Swimming and Diving Function With out A Deadline

Runner Up: Christopher Walsh, SEC Nation, Alabama swimmers Connor Oslin and Anton McKee show what sports activities are actually about

Winner: Brandon Marcello, Auburn Undercover, Hollywood’s prime Stuntmen Mike Smith was a swimmer and diver for Auburn within the 1980s

Greatest Wrestling and Boxing Function With out A Deadline

Runner Up: Solomon Crenshaw, Jr., Vestavia Hills Journal, Taking the reins. Steve Gaydosh led Vestavia Hills Excessive Faculty to 14 state champions in wrestling. Now his successor is constant the Insurgent’s custom on the mat.

Winner: Aaron Suttles, The Tuscaloosa Information, Deontay Wilder Legacy

Greatest Outdoor Function With out A Deadline

Runner Up: Daniel Boyette, AL.com/Huntsville Instances, The woman born twice, blossoms into a youngster water snowboarding champ

Winner: Robert DeWitt, The Tuscaloosa Information, Looking with a hawk. It is a life-style, not a pastime

Greatest Common Sports activities Function With out A Deadline

Runner Up: Christopher Walsh, SEC Nation, From stability beam to Marine Officer, the profession of Alabama’s most inspiring athlete is coming to an finish

Winner: David Elwell, Decatur Every day, 85-year-old Tennis participant, Don Stephens is again on the court docket ten weeks after having hip surgical procedure

Greatest Enterprise Story

Runner Up: Christopher Walsh, SEC Nation, Decade of Dominance: Nick Saban’s affect at Alabama

Winner: Aaron Suttles, Ben Jones and Tommy Deas, The Tuscaloosa Information, Evolution of a Course of (Alabama Soccer)

Greatest Investigative Story

Runner Up: James Crepea, AL.com, Auburn’s Title IX investigation discovered Landon Rice liable for sexual assault

Winner: Tommy Deas, Joey Chandler, Molly Walsh, Drew Taylor and Drew Hill, The Tuscaloosa Information, Ought to your child play soccer?

Breaking Information Story

Runner Up: Ben Jones, The Tuscaloosa Information, Alabama baseball coach breaks NCAA guidelines

Winner: Brandon Marcello, Auburn Undercover, Gus Malzahn agrees to seven-year contract with Auburn after rumors of floating with Arkansas

Greatest Column or a Function, Non Every day

Runner Up: Shannon Fagan, Cherokee County Herald, Sand Rock’s Clausen commits to his nation, accepted by US Naval Academy

Winner: Mark Clark, The Citizen of East Alabama, The making of males

Greatest Sport Story, Non Every day

Runner Up: Arthur L. Mack, Name Information, St. Paul’s boys, ladies second in state monitor

Winner: Shannon Fagan, Cherokee County Herald, Heartbreaking ending: Spring Backyard falls to R.A. Hubbard, finishes 1A stat runner up

Greatest Headlines

Winner: The Tuscaloosa Information Employees

—Peaches and Creamed

—Exit Lane

—Hale, yeah

—Run, rating, repeat

Greatest Sports activities Format (4 Sections from anytime within the 12 months)

Winner: The Tuscaloosa Information

—A foot within the door

—Struggle Day

—Seeing stars

—Bama Busts?

Greatest Complement or Particular Version

Runner Up: Instances Every day, Historical past in Division II

Winner: The Tuscaloosa Information, Ought to your child play soccer?

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