PDT sports writer receives recognition

April 17, 2013

Chris Slone

PDT Sports Editor

The Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association (OPSWA) held it’s annual meeting Wednesday and announced the 2012 award winners for its writing contest. Daily Times sports writer Cody Leist placed third in the Division 3-4 news category with his article, “This one’s for Jack.” Leist also placed fourth in the Division 3-4 game category with his article, “Near perfection helps Wheelersburg win title.”

This is the first year Leist submitted content to the OPSWA.

“It’s always nice to be recognized by my peers,” Leist said. “I always aim to tell a good story and I couldn’t do it without those who I follow on a daily basis. The journeys are what I look to chronicle and it’s a pleasure to tell those stories.”

Leist also received a vote of confidence from Daily Times Managing Editor Bob Stickley.

“It’s always nice to have a member of your staff recognized for their hard work,” Strickley said. “Cody has been with the Daily Times for several years now and the OPSWA recognition is a testament to his dedication to bring local sports fans the best possible content.”

The contest featured 466 entries from 49 contestants, which were judged by 26 sports writers from around the state. Certificates were handed out to everyone who placed in the different categories. Each category featured three, four, or five placers. Categories that received less than 20 entries had three placers, categories with 20-49 entries featured four placers and categories with more than 50 entries had five placers.

The OPSWA was founded in 1972. The goal of the organization is to help enhance coverage of high school sports in Ohio. The OPSWA recognizes superior writing among sports journalist based in the state.

Chris can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext 298, or cslone@civitasmedia.com. For late breaking sports news, follow Chris on Twitter @crslone.