BAR HARBOR — The sports staff of The Courier-Gazette, The Camden Herald and The Republican Journal, along with the VillageSoup websites, were honored for their work at the annual Maine Press Association 2022 Better Newspaper Contest on Saturday, Oct. 22 at the Atlantic Oceanside Hotel & Event Center.

The team of Holly Vanorse Spicer, Mark Haskell, Zack Miller and Ken Waltz brought home 17 awards for their writing, photography, videography and page design, as well as outdoor writing.

A Belfast Area High School cheerleader tumbles at the state meet. This photo received an award at the MPA conference. Photo by Mark Haskell

The following is a summary of the awards received by the company’s sports staff:

The Courier-Gazette

Haskell — Second, sports profile, coach Matt Breen leads Oceanside girls basketball team to state championship after return from serious health scare.

Vanorse Spicer — Third (with Waltz), outdoors story, U.S. Toboggan National Championships.

Waltz — Second, sports page design; third, sports headline; and third (with Vanorse Spicer), outdoors story, U.S. Toboggan National Championships.

The Camden Herald

Miller — Second, sports video, ceremonial golf tee shots at Goose River Golf Club in memory of Theodore Hedstrom; and third (with Waltz, Haskell and Vanorse Spicer), sports section.

Vanorse Spicer — Second, sports photo, toboggan championships; and third (with Waltz, Miller and Haskell), sports section.

Waltz — First, sports headline; Second, sports profile, Camden Hills senior Molly Shook returns from injury to make one memorable basketball shot; second, sports game story, Camden Hills football; second, sports page design; and third (with Haskell, Miller and Vanorse Spicer), sports section.

Riders have a variety of expressions as they cross the finish line at the U.S. Toboggan National Championships. This photo received an award at the MPA conference. Photo by Holly Vanorse Spicer

The Republican Journal

Haskell — First, sports photo, upside down Belfast cheerleader.

Vanorse Spicer — Second, sports column, super soccer leagues; and third, sports profile, BAHS homeschooled cross-country runners.

Waltz — First, sports page design; first, sports game story, Mount View’s Hannah Coolen reaches 1,000 basketball points; and third, sports photo, Islesboro Central School soccer team plays regional championship game in rain.

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