The Associated Press Sports Editors honored St. Petersburg Times staffers individually and collectively in judging last week in Indianapolis.
The Times, competing in the largest circulation category, newspapers of more than 175,000, was named one of the nation's top 10 Sunday sports sections and received honorable mention for daily sections and special sections. The special section entry was one previewing the Rays in the playoffs, while daily and Sunday entries were a collection of mandatory and optional dates.
The Times' work on its website, tampabay.com, received honorable mention in the multimedia category for a collection of Friday Night Rewind episodes covering high school football.
Joey Knight was honored among the top 10 in the breaking news category for a story he wrote in October about a Hillsborough County cross country meet in which no athletic trainer was present and a runner collapsed.
Former staffer Izzy Gould, who now covers the University of Alabama for a group of papers including the Birmingham News, made the top 10 in the investigative category for a story uncovering several inaccuracies in the resume of a former Springstead High School basketball coach.
In the individual writing categories, further judging will rank the top five in each category and be announced in April.