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Idaho Statesman Sports wins five national awards for coverage

The Idaho Statesman Sports staff, from left: Rachel Roberts, Chadd Cripe, Dave Southorn and Michael Lycklama.
The Idaho Statesman Sports staff, from left: Rachel Roberts, Chadd Cripe, Dave Southorn and Michael Lycklama. Idaho Statesman archive

The Idaho Statesman Sports staff received awards in five different categories this week from the Associated Press Sports Editors, which conducts a nationwide contest for sports journalism every year.

The APSE gave the Idaho Statesman a Top 10 in its circulation classification — the highest honor available — for its digital content (website) and honorable mentions for its Sunday newspaper section and in the special section category. The special section submitted was the Hiking, Biking & Trails section published in April 2017.

High school sports reporter Michael Lycklama also won two writing awards. He was honored with Top 10s in explanatory reporting for his in-depth look at artificial-turf safety testing at local high schools and in beat writing for a collection of high school sports articles. The beat writing entry included his story on the botched hiring of two Nampa High coaches, a feature on the multi-school collaboration that created the Tri-Valley football team and his “white lie” game story from the 2017 football season.

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