The Forsyth County News sports staff won 12 awards, including best sports section for the second straight year, in the Division III category of the Georgia Sports Writers Association annual writing and editing contest for its work in 2015.
Staff writer Michael Foster won three individual awards, including first place for best local news story on his coverage of West Forsyth senior John Green’s disqualification at the state cross country championship and third in the same category for his story on South Forsyth senior running back Stanley Epeagba’s journey through injury and personal loss. Foster also placed first in best column for his reaction to Green’s disqualification at the state championship.
Sports editor Brian Paglia won seven individual awards, including a sweep of the best local event story category for his coverage of the Lambert girls soccer team’s state playoff win against Lassiter, South Forsyth volleyball team’s state playoff win against Harrison and South Forsyth girls basketball team’s state playoff loss to McEachern. Paglia also took first and second place in best local feature story for a series on college coaches turning up the pressure on high school female athletes in recruiting and a story on Pinecrest Academy graduate and Ohio State long snapper Bryce Haynes before the College Football Playoff Championship Game.
Paglia’s story on Lambert girls soccer’s state playoff win won the Furman Bisher Sweepstakes Award for best overall story in its division.
The FCN also placed first place in special sections for its high school football preview magazine.