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Edwards grabs APSE honors

From Staff Reports

The Associated Press Sports Editors have honored two Decatur Daily staff members in their annual writing contest.

The Daily competes in the category for newspapers across the country with a circulation of 40,000 or fewer, and Sports Editor Mark Edwards finished in the top 10 in sports column writing. Former Daily Sports Writer Kyle Veazey finished in the top 10 in sports game story.

Later, the APSE will announce first through fifth places, and the remaining five in the top 10 will receive honorable mention.

Edwards submitted a portfolio of five columns written during the year. He wrote about the difficulty in Alabama finding the right coach for its football job, then-Alabama football coach Mike Shulaís handling of linebacker Juwan Simpsonís summer arrest, the fun in watching the North Alabama football teamís offense, the Austin High boys basketball teamís Northwest Regional win over Sparkman, and a California Baptist player hitting her first career home run in the NAIA Softball Championships.

Veazey earned his honor for his game story after Alabamaís 13-10 football win over Vanderbilt on Oct. 7.

This marks the fourth time the APSE has honored Edwards, which is the most in The Dailyís history. He finished third in sports game story in 1994, honorable mention in sports column writing in 2001 and honorable mention in sports features in 2003.

This is the second time for Veazey to win an APSE honor. Now with the Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Miss., Veazey finished fifth in explanatory sports story in 2005.

Veazey and Edwards are the only staff members in Daily history to place in the top 10 more than once.

The sports column writing top 10 also includes former Daily Sports Writer Gregg Dewalt, who is now with the TimesDaily in Florence. While with The Daily, he received honorable mention in sports column writing in 2002.

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