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Daily Post sports staff wins 16 GSWA awards

The Daily Post sports staff, including Brandon Brigman, from left, Christine Troyke, Will Hammock, David Friedlander and Ben Beitzel.

The Daily Post sports staff, including Brandon Brigman, from left, Christine Troyke, Will Hammock, David Friedlander and Ben Beitzel.

The Gwinnett Daily Post won 16 awards in the Division II category, including best sports section layout, in voting conducted by the Georgia Sports Writers Association for its best of 2012.

The awards were presented last weekend at the organization's annual convention, hosted this year by the Marietta Daily Journal.

The Daily Post also finished second in best sports section, best Sunday sports section and best special section for its high school football preview, as well as third in best special section for its high school basketball preview.

Ben Beitzel, Christine Troyke and Will Hammock also earned first-place awards for their writing.

Beitzel won best in non-deadline high school feature or series for his profile of North Gwinnett football player Ehvann Holland.

Troyke was first in the best professional sports news story on deadline for her story about Gwinnett Gladiators president Steve Chapman taking issue with the ECHL. She also placed second in outdoors writing for a piece on bull rider Sean Willingham.

Hammock won six individual awards, highlighted by a first-place finish for best column on former Buford football player P.K. Sam's work to help concussion victims. He took third in the same category with a look at David and Dani Wright's move to Mississippi, along with a third-place finish for best columnist.

Hammock had a second-place finish in best high school sports news story on deadline for his story on the death of Buford coach Ryan Daniel, in addition to third-place finishes for best high school sports news story on deadline (the passing of longtime Brookwood supporter Linda Jones) and best non-deadline professional feature or series (MMA couple Junior and Ivey Mewborn).

Staff writer Brandon Brigman also earned two awards, both in the best non-deadline high school sports feature or series. He took second for his profile on deaf Mountain View football player Ty McRae and third for his piece on Parkview golfer Bridget Sandy.