HOOVER – The Tuscaloosa News won six first-place awards, most of any news outlet, and finished runner-up in two categories for its work in 2016 as recognized by the Alabama Sports Writers Association at the organization’s annual banquet.
The News won first-place staff awards for best special section, best layout and best headlines.
Cecil Hurt placed first in the columns category for a portfolio of his work. Joey Chandler won first place in breaking news for her story on Berry High School football coach Danny Raines being suspended after players burned a commemorative football. Tommy Deas placed first in the softball feature category for his story on Haylie McCleney.
Aaron Suttles finished runner-up in the enterprise category for his story on University of Alabama football bonuses related to UA’s national championship run. Becky Hopf was honored as runner-up in the general sports features category for her story on Carol Urrutia competing in gymnastics after heart surgery.
Suttles was elected to the ASWA board of directors