Pa­per wins 12 press as­so­ci­a­tion awards

Sports editor takes ‘Best in Show’ for photo se­ries

Dorchester Star - - FRONT PAGE - By JOSH BOLLINGER jbollinger@star­dem.com

— The Star Demo­crat won 12 awards Fri­day, May 12, from the Mary­land, Delaware and Wash­ing­ton, D.C., Press As­so­ci­a­tion for its work in 2016. Staffers at af­fil­i­ated Mid-Shore weekly pa­pers earned 9 awards.

Wil­liam “Biff” Haufe, long­time sports editor for The

Star Demo­crat, won “Best in Show” for his photo se­ries cat­e­gory win­ner, “Epic Come­back.” His en­try earned first place in the Star

Demo­crat’s cir­cu­la­tion cat­e­gory and then beat all the win­ning en­tries in five other cir­cu­la­tion cat­e­gories to earn Best in Show for photo se­ries.

— The Star Demo­crat won 12 awards Fri­day, May 12, from the Mary­land, Delaware and Wash­ing­ton, D.C., Press As­so­ci­a­tion for its work in 2016. Staffers at af­fil­i­ated Mid-Shore weekly pa­pers earned 9 awards.

Wil­liam “Biff” Haufe, long­time sports editor for The Star Demo­crat, won “Best in Show” for his photo se­ries cat­e­gory win­ner, “Epic Come­back.” His en­try earned first place in the Star

Demo­crat’s cir­cu­la­tion cat­e­gory and then beat all the win­ning en­tries in five other cir­cu­la­tion cat­e­gories to earn Best in Show for photo se­ries.

The Star Demo­crat took home six first place awards and six sec­ond place awards in Di­vi­sion C, daily print news­pa­pers with cir­cu­la­tion less than 20,000. That di­vi­sion in­cludes pa­pers like the Car­roll County Times, Delaware State News, The Daily Record, The Daily Times and The Star Demo­crat’s sis­ter pa­per, The Ce­cil Whig. The Star Demo­crat swept two cat­e­gories in Di­vi­sion C, for sports ac­tion photo and fea­ture pro­file story.

The Star Demo­crat’s par­ent com­pany is APG Me­dia of Ch­e­sa­peake, which owns sev­eral other pa­pers around the re­gion that also won awards.

“On Fri­day, MDDC had their an­nual awards ban­quet and I was proud to see more than 30 staff mem­bers win awards,” said David Fike, pres­i­dent of APG Me­dia of Ch­e­sa­peake. “We have an out­stand­ing edi­to­rial staff around the re­gion, and it is great to see our writ­ers get the recog­ni­tion they de­serve.”

In ad­di­tion to his “Best in Show” win, Haufe also won first place in the sports ac­tion photo. The Star

Demo­crat swept that cat­e­gory in Di­vi­sion C, with Caro­line/ Dorch­ester Editor Dustin Holt tak­ing sec­ond place.

Haufe won sec­ond place for “Epic Rally,” the story that goes along with his Best in Show photo se­ries win­ner about the Eas­ton High School girls’ lacrosse team’s come­back win in a game in which the team was down by seven goals at half­time.

Ex­ec­u­tive Editor John Griep won first place in the edi­to­rial cat­e­gory for “The ele­phant in the Tal­bot room,” about the Tal­bot County Coun­cil’s vote last June to keep the Tal­bot Boys statue on the court­house lawn.

Re­porter Con­nie Con­nolly won first place in the fea­ture pro­file story cat­e­gory for her news obit­u­ary “Long­time fire­fighter, pop­u­lar vol­un­teer Vernon Dulin dies,” which de­tails Dulin’s cheer­ful at­ti­tude and the griev­ing com­mu­nity he left be­hind af­ter he died in Oc­to­ber.

Com­mu­nity Editor Katie Wil­lis won sec­ond place in the fea­ture pro­file stor y cat­e­gor y for

“A home­land torn apart,” which is about St. Michaels woman Aida Khalil Tris­sell, who went to Greece to as­sist dur­ing the Syr­ian refugee cri­sis over the past year. Wil­lis also won sec­ond place in the gen­eral news cat­e­gory for “Fam­ily ques­tions Route 50 death,” which is about a lo­cal fam­ily seek­ing ques­tions af­ter a woman man­aged to walk out of a res­i­den­tial care fa­cil­ity in De­cem­ber and was hit by a pickup truck on Route 50, killing her.

Also plac­ing first were car­toon­ist Rick Kollinger in the edi­to­rial car­toon cat­e­gory and pag­i­na­tor Dave Ever­man in the lo­cal col­umn: fea­ture or hu­mor cat­e­gor y.

Former Star Demo­crat re­porter Sarah Drury won sec­ond place in the pub­lic ser­vice cat­e­gory for her story, “Ha­los Haven re­ha­bil­i­tat­ing horses,” which is about a lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tion that res­cued two horses on their way to be­ing slaugh­tered.

Caro­line Sports Editor David Ins­ley won sec­ond place in the sports col­umn cat­e­gory for “Mercy rides again.”

Staffers at Mid-Shore weekly news­pa­pers af­fil­i­ated with The Star Demo­crat also took home nu­mer­ous awards on Fri­day. Those news­pa­pers com­pete in Di­vi­sion F, non-daily news­pa­pers with un­der 10,000 print cir­cu­la­tion.

Queen Anne’s Editor An­gela Price won sec­ond place in the gen­eral news story cat­e­gory for a story in the Bay Times en­ti­tled “State: BOE vi­o­lated Open Meet­ings Act.”

Price also won sec­ond place in the en­vi­ron­men­tal re­port­ing cat­e­gory for “Sea let­tuce makes mal­odor­ous mark,” which ap­peared in the Bay Times.

Mike Davis, a re­porter for the Bay Times and the Record Ob­server news­pa­pers in Queen Anne’s County, won first place in the wild card cat­e­gory,

which this year fo­cused on drug use in com­mu­ni­ties. Davis wrote “Of­fi­cials dis­cuss grow­ing opi­oid ad­dic­tion epi­demic” for the Bay Times.

Caro­line/Dorch­ester Editor Dustin Holt took sec­ond place in the sports ac­tion photo cat­e­gory for a photo that first ap­peared in the Dorch­ester Star.

Daniel Divilio, editor of the Kent County News, won first place in ed­u­ca­tion re­port­ing for “School funding woes: How we got to this point.” He also won sec­ond place for his edi­to­rial “Farm­ers’ frus­tra­tions.”

Trish McGee, as­so­ci­ate editor of the Kent County

News, took first for fea­ture story: non-pro­file for “Kent County sa­lutes its Viet­nam veter­ans.” She also earned first in the sports fea­ture story cat­e­gory with “10 years late, Cataldo has heart of a cham­pion.”

Do­rian Mitchell and Leann Schenke of the Kent

County News took sec­ond place for best photo gallery.

APG Me­dia of Ch­e­sa­peake edi­to­rial staff mem­bers pose with their awards from the Mary­land|Delaware|D.C. Press As­so­ci­a­tion Fri­day, May 12. In all, 35 edi­to­rial staff mem­bers were rec­og­nized the by the MDDC this year.

Wil­liam “Biff” Haufe, left, long­time sports editor for The Star Demo­crat, holds his ‘Best in Show’ and first and sec­ond place awards from the 2016 MDDC Press As­so­ci­a­tion Edi­to­rial Con­test. John Griep, right, editor of The Star

Demo­crat, holds the awards pro­gram show­ing Haufe’s win­ning en­try.

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

This Dorch­ester Star photo by Caro­line/Dorch­ester Editor Dustin Holt took sec­ond place in the sports ac­tion photo cat­e­gory of Di­vi­sion F, non-daily news­pa­pers with un­der 10,000 print cir­cu­la­tion. Here, Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester’s Tajh Molock gets lifted into the air by cen­ter Josh Townsend in the end zone af­ter Molock scored on a 39-yard run on the game’s sec­ond play against Per­ryville in Novem­ber.

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