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Daily Awards Presentation - Part 5 of 5


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S.C. Press Association 2011 News Contest Winners, part 5 of 5.

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Daily Awards Presentation - Part 5 of 5

  1. 1. SPORTS COLUMN WRITING Daily 20,000 - 50,000 DivisionFIRST PLACE Herald-Journal Eric Boynton Eric Boynton On the Sidelines Are these Tigers the real deal? lemson head football coach and lead cheer-
  2. 2. SPORTS COLUMN WRITING Daily Over 50,000 DivisionTHIRD PLACE SATURDAY, 7 P.M. TV: ESPNUGreenville ‘LAND OF PERFECTION’ BECKONS TNews CLEMSON — There’s something in the air at the school starved for football championships, and it isn’t the smell wafting up from theBart Wright grills on game day at Death Valley. Blame Danny Ford. Blame Jeff Davis, or Bart Wright maybe Terry Kinard, each of them members Sports Editor of the College Football Hall of Fame. If Ford, the coach of the 1981 Clemson team, or Davis, its captain, or Kinard, one of its best players, hadn’t been there in 1981 and done what they did as a team, maybe the feeling on campus today wouldn’t be quite what it is. But it’s there, even as the undefeated football team prepares for its second Atlantic Coast Conference road game tonight at College Park against Maryland. People who know will tell you the soaring feeling of enthusiasm and belief is as unmistakable as it is rare on campus this deep into the schedule. “My son has been telling me for a few weeks now,” Sherry Thrift Bradshaw said of her son, Brewer, a senior on the Clemson golf team. “He calls and says, ‘Mom, it’s electric out here, it’s amazing.’ Clemsons undefeated season has ignited a spirit of enthusiasm among, fans, students and alumni. BART BOATWRIGHT/STAFF See WRIGHT, Page 7A
  3. 3. SPORTS COLUMN WRITING Daily Over 50,000 Division SECOND PLACE The State Ron Morris
  4. 4. SPORTS COLUMN WRITING Daily Over 50,000 Division GENE SAPAKOFF Lunch with BethanieFIRST PLACE and Justin M OUNT PLEASANT — Soup and salad at Jacob’s Kitchen, just another Tuesday on the WTA Tour for Bethanie Mattek-Sands. Except that this woman pushes the norm. High socks on the court. Husband The Post and Courier watching every serve and volley. Mattek-Sands, unlike most of the best tennis players in the world, is married and travels the globe with g q p omnipresent and personable Spurrier’s rant can’t mask problems Justin Sands. At 26, she is Gene Sapakoff program for a quarter-century. Taking stock of the two primary developments Tuesday: Or unless he is acting. the top-ranked American player not named Williams It’s constructive to roughly (No. 41) and dissect the timeline of South the only seeded ◗ The Gamecocks lost a Carolina’s odd start to Mississippi in Mattek-Sands American this week’s quarterback. State week. Family Circle ◗ Head coach Steve Spurrier A little after Cup singles draw (No. 14). noon, Spurrier Plus, Bethanie has some darnUnmanned camera a tribute to Jeremy Shultz GENE SAPAKOFF might be losing his marbles. It’s hilarious when a head coach gets ticked off enough to become entered his weekly news conference impressive tattoos. at Williams-Brice Stadium and, she says, “These are killer bees,” without taking a seat,to her left forearm. pointing said he H March Madness doubleheaders and Major daughter Cinnamin. ard to say if it was the most must-see YouTube, unless he “Because ‘Killer B’ was my no longer will take questions in nickname growing up.” League Baseball telecasts. “Yes, that sounds like Jeremy,” Maryann University bizarre day in represents your favorite team or the presence of ThoseMorris, a on the Ron pretty flowers An ESPNU camera behind one of the said Thursday, a few hours of South Carolina football before his the largest institution of higher upper arm? baskets at Carolina First Arena was left funeral. “Nothing was moreI’ve only been around the history. important to learning in your home state. “My Zen garden,” Bethanie Please see SAPAKOFF, Page 3C unmanned, a tribute to Jeremy, who died Jeremy than the kids.” explains. “Water lilies. This tattoo last Friday at the Joseph M. Still Burn is actually not finished yet, but it Center in Augusta of injuries suffered All about family just hurt so much getting it done I had to stop.”GENE SAPAKOFF Dec. 30 in an early morning fire at his You know how at many funerals folks Justin Sands smiles. home in Goose Creek. console themselves by agreeing that the He knows what’s coming next.B efore the fire, Jeremy Shultz always He was 37. departed lived a long life and didn’t suffer “And this,” says his wife of 29 had the best seat in the house, I ran into Jeremy and his infectious smile much? This wasn’t one of those. months, “is Justin’s name written inside my ring finger.” operating large cameras at the edge at stadiums and arenas from Charleston to They arrived at Northwoods Chapel Justin, 28, has a “Bethanie” tattoo,of big-time sports action and all over the Kansas City, Miami to Blacksburg, Va. We early, filling all the seats. Soon there was too. Giant. All the way down hiscountry for ESPN or CBS or Fox. chatted, joked, pulled pranks on each other. no room left to stand in the back of the right arm. But if you watched the Wofford- But always the conversation kept going room. Eventually, the expansive lobby was “That’s it,” their lunch guest says. “You guys definitely have to stickCollege of Charleston game Thursday night back to family. Jeremy asked about mine jam-packed enough to keep people outside together now.”on ESPNU, you didn’t get the quality and went on and on about Maryann the building. PHOTO PROVIDED “Yeah,” Justin says jokingly, “andcamera work you have unknowingly Hernandez, the love of his life, their Jeremy Shultz, 37, a freelance camera operator, died if it doesn’t work out, it will remindappreciated during countless bowl games, 3-year-old son Dallas and her 11-year-old Please see SAPAKOFF, Page 8C Friday from injuries suffered in a Dec. 30 fire. me of a great time in my life.” Their eyes meet. They laugh. ‘Sappy romantics’