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Daily Post wins GSWA awards

The Gwinnett Daily Post won 12 awards in the Division II category, including 2009's best sports section layout, in voting conducted by the Georgia Sports Writers Association.

The newspaper also received second-place acclaim for best sports section and best special section for its Gwinnett Braves preview, as well as third place for best Sunday sports section. The contest was judged by four veteran journalists and organized by Claude Felton of the University of Georgia.

Sports editor Will Hammock won five first-place awards individually for writing, including best columnist and best column for his profile of South Gwinnett's Clay Satterwhite.

Hammock also won best high school sports feature or series non-deadline (for a story on Mill Creek's Huram Joseph), best high school sports news story on deadline (for the passing of Collins Hill coach Alan Fahring) and for amateur, non-scholastic sports (for a profile of runner Kim Looney).

Christine Troyke, David Friedlander and Ben Beitzel also earned individual writing awards.

Troyke finished second for best pro sports news story on deadline for the Blue Jackets making the Gwinnett Gladiators their new ECHL affiliate and Friedlander was second in best college sports event story on deadline for his coverage of Georgia-Georgia Tech football. Beitzel was third for best high school sports event story on deadline for Dacula basketball hosting its past state champions.