INDIANAPOLIS — The Sun Journal sports department was honored this week among the best newspapers in the country at the annual Associated Press Sports Editors contest. Sportswriter Kalle Oakes was honored with an individual award.

The daily and Sunday sports sections received Honorable Mention (top 20) in the small-paper category that brings together organizations from across the country and around the world. This is the second consecutive year the Sunday section has been honored, and marks a return to the top 20 for the daily section.

“Our continued success in this prestigious competition is a direct reflection of the hard work and dedication our staff shows on a daily basis,” Sun Journal Sports Editor Justin Pelletier said. “We’re going to continue working hard to bring our readers the best possible coverage, day in and day out.”
Oakes was honored with a top-10 finish in the Project Writing category for his work on the 2013 series about the proliferation of Mixed Martial Arts in Maine and New England. The award is Oakes’ fourth top 10 in two years and his fifth since 2010, when he was awarded a first-place finish in column-writing.
“Kalle’s continued success is a testament to his love for the craft and his dedication to our readers,” Pelletier said.

The Maine Sunday Telegram was honored with a top-20 finish in its size category for Sunday sports section. Press Herald writers David Hench, Mike Lowe and Glenn Jordan were honored for breaking news, while Deirdre Fleming earned a beat-writing honor for her work in outdoors writing.

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