The Archbold Buckeye placed first in best local feature and best sports photo at the annual Osman C. Hooper Newspaper Show, Wednesday, Feb. 17, in Columbus.
The Buckeye also placed second in best sports photo.
The Buckeye received third place in best local feature, best editorial, and best feature photo.
The Hooper Show is part of the annual Ohio Newspaper Association Convention, which celebrated its 83rd year, Feb. 17-18.
Forty-nine Ohio weekly newspapers submitted 733 entries, which were divided into four circulation divisions.
The Buckeye competed in Division D with circulations of up to 3,100.
First And Third Places: Best Local Feature
The Best Local Feature category was judged by Spencer Hunt, The Ohio State University.
The category is judged on the overall impact of the feature story or series of stories.
The Buckeye entry that won was, “Lung Transplant Gives Gomez A Second Chance At Life,” by Mary Huber.
The judge said, “This was touching and well-written. The writer ties the beginning to the end in a powerful way, showing how (Tonya Gomez) struggled to breathe, and these days can blow up a swimming pool.”
The Buckeye entry that received third place was, “Living His Dream: Hector Urbina Signs Contract To Fight For UFC,” written by Mario Gomez.
The judge said, “This is a really strong profile of a young man who focuses on, and realizes, his goals. You learn a lot about MMA in the process.”
First And Second Places: Best Sports Photo
The Best Sports Photo category was judged by Leonardo Carrizo, The Ohio State University.
The category is judged on the overall quality and impact of a sports photo as an integral part of the newspaper.
The Buckeye entry that won was a photo of Josh Johnson, Archbold Junior Acme baseball coach, showing “tough love” to Jeron Williams after the freshman made a double play to end the state championship game and seal the Blue Streak victory, by Mary Huber.
The judge said, “I was intrigued by the body language in this image and then noticed the smile on the player. The caption completed the story.”
The Buckeye photo that won second place was a photo of Madison Kohler, AHS girls soccer goalkeeper, getting buried by a pair of Woodmore Wildcats in the 2014 Division III district final, by Mary Huber.
“Good moment and decision to crop in to make the action stand out,” said Carrizo.
Thid Place: Best Feature Photo
The Best Feature Photo category was judged by Bob Stewart, Ohio University.
The category was judged on the overall quality and impact of a feature photo as an integral part of the newspaper.
The Buckeye entry was, “Jamaican Bobsled Team Sweeps Couch Races,” by David Pugh.
The judge said, “Well-composed image of a community activity, which captures the energy of the moment.”
Third Place: Best Editorial
The Best Editorial category was judged by Barb Hipsman Springer, Kent State University.
The category is judged on the overall quality of writing, clarity, and local impact. There are no circulation divisions in this category, which means all entries were judged together.
The Buckeye entry that placed third was “Another Turnpike Promise Broken?”
The judges said, “Touched a nerve with the turnpike editorial– well-deserved criticism of a state plan to siphon off (oh, “borrow”…) money from turnpike revenue to fund other road projects.
“Writing hits hard. Let’s hope it is heard.”
The Swanton Enterprise, Swanton, placed second in news coverage.
The Fulton County Expositor, Wauseon, placed third in news coverage and first in sports coverage.
Both competed in Division D.