Jeff Schultz of The Athletic has won the annual Georgia Sports Writers Association’s Furman Bisher Sweepstakes Award.
The article on Scott Pioli was judged to be the best in the contest among the 150-plus entries. The Pioli piece won for Best Column and Schultz also won the Best Columnist category.
The Athletic also won for: Best Sports News Story on Deadline (Pro/College) for Seth Emerson’s piece on the future of the Georgia-Florida football game; Best Event Story on Deadline (pro/college) for Chris Kirschner’s article on Trae Young and Michael Porter Jr.
Other winners were: Will Hammock, Gwinnett Daily Post, for Best Event Story on Deadline (high school); Dennis Knight, Savannah Morning News, for Best News Story on Deadline (high school); Marc Weiszer, Athens Banner-Herald, for Best Feature Non-Deadline (pro/college); Patrick O’Shea, Daily Citizen News, Best Feature or Series Non Deadline (high schools); Stan Awtrey, Golf Georgia, (Amateur Non-Scholastic).
The Marietta Daily Journal swept the section awards, winning for best overall section, best Sunday section and best special section.
The contest was judged by Chris Low of ESPN.com, Dave Matter of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and Cecil Hurt of the Tuscaloosa News.
The Sweepstakes Award was determined by a vote of three former GSWA presidents: Adam Van Brimmer, Steve Ellis and Jim O’Hara.
Thanks again to Claude Felton of the University of Georgia for coordinating the contest.