Professional Keystone Press Awards

2014 Div VII First Place for a Sports Story“Overcoming the odds” – Oct. 4, 2013

Excerpt from the winning story:

“Rich and Sheila Lawlor love everything about golf, from the time spent playing together to watching it live and on TV.

“It was no surprise they wanted to pass the fondness of the sport along to their children – until their firstborn came along two months premature and was diagnosed with cerebral palsy before he was even a month old.

”'[The doctor] grabbed me by the arm and said, ‘I would prepare your family not to ever expect too much of this child,” Rich said. ‘You’re in shock through the whole ordeal. It was like being hit in the face with a brick…'”

2014 Div VII Honorable Mention for a Sports Story | “No sweat, Lodge” – July 1, 2013

Excerpt from the winning story:

“He may not be the first player from West Chester to be drafted in the NHL, but Jimmy Lodge will try to be the first to play in the big league.

“When Lodge was picked in the third round (84th overall) by the Winnipeg Jets Sunday night, the 18-year-old forward almost missed the moment.

“‘I was getting kind of anxious,’ Lodge said. ‘I was expecting to go a bit higher. I was just outside talking with [my friend] about everything. I got a call that said I’d been drafted so I rushed back in. Worst timing…'”

2016 Div IV Second Place for a Sports Story | “Stetson student an inspiration on the gridiron” – Nov. 7, 2015

Excerpt from the winning story:

“Gaven Toney isn’t looking to be an inspiration. He just wants to be a kid.

“The Stetson Middle School seventh grader is playing football for the first time in his life and is turning heads doing it, but not for the reason most people would think.

“It’s because Toney was born without hands or feet. He instead has legs to just below his knees and arms to about his elbows…”

Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors Awards

2015 Div II First Place for a Sports Story | “Miracle Men” – Feb. 22, 2015

“The judges loved our top entry. The 1980 Miracle on Ice will always be a great story and it was great to see the time and the investment 35 years later while adding a fresh voice as the team returned to Lake Placid for the first time since the Olympic hockey victory. It is nostalgic, yes, but the reporting provides fresh stories and old memories that maintain the sports moment as one of the most inspirational in history.”

Excerpt from the winning story:

“Do you still believe in miracles?

“The hundreds of people who gathered in the small town of Lake Placid, New York, over the weekend sure did as they paid tribute to what Sports Illustrated named as the Top Sports Moment of the 20th Century — the Miracle on Ice.

“‘In sports in general, everyone roots for the underdog, which we certainly were the underdog,’ said Dave Christian of the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team. ‘We were up against, at that time, what was considered one of the best teams that had been put together…'”