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DRC sports staff earns national honors

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Brett Vito, Staff Writer

The Denton-Record-Chronicle's sports staff recently received five individual  top-10 writing honors and also was recognized for producing one of the best sports special sections and Sunday sections for its circulation size nationally by the Associated Press Sports Editors.

The results of the annual contest were announced over the course of the past few days. The Record-Chronicle competed against newspapers across the country with daily circulations of 30,000 or less. Its honor for Sunday sections came in the under-15,000 circulation category.

The Record-Chronicle also was recognized for its annual football preview magazine, which has been named one of the nation's 10 best special sections in its circulation category for nine consecutive years.

Three members of the Record-Chronicle's sports staff received individual honors. Steve Gamel finished third in explanatory reporting for his story on Liberty Christian placing sensors in football helmets. The sensors helped monitor hits on the field to help manage and prevent concussions.

Gamel also finished eighth in breaking news for his story on standout Argyle basketball player Vivian Gray electing to forgo signing with several nationally prominent Division I programs that offered her a scholarship to sign with Division II Fort Lewis College. Gray signed there to play with her sister and a close friend from Argyle.

Brett Vito finished fifth in project reporting for his series on the state  of the UNT athletic program as the school reached the fifth anniversary of its football program's first game at Apogee Stadium. The anniversary coincided with the facilities arms race among programs outside the Power Five conferences in the region. 

Vito also finished sixth in beat writing for a collection of stories on the UNT athletic program, including his story on Rick Villarreal stepping down as the school's athletic director.

Adam Boedeker finished sixth in breaking news for his story on a cheap shot a Plano player took at Guyer tight end Brian Polendey's knees  in a game last season. The Plano coaching staff later apologized for the incident that put Polendey's future at risk. Polendey had committed to Miami at the time of the hit. 

BRETT VITO can be reached at 940-566-68709 and via Twitter at @brettvito.