NATCHITOCHES — The Daily Iberian took top honors in the Class 2A sweepstakes at the annual Louisiana Sports Writers Association awards luncheon on Sunday.

Outdoors Editor Don Shoopman took top honors in the Outdoors Writing category for his feature on professional fisherman Caleb Sumrall dealing with life away from his family.

Judge’s comments were, “A good piece that pulled back the curtain on life on the BASS circuit. Telling the story from a wife’s / mother’s point of view was the right decision. She’s the one that has to the heavy fitting while her husband, Caleb Sumrall, travels throughout the year. I’ve seen the story before from the fisherman’s point of view. Seeing it from the other side was refreshing.”

Former Managing Editor Raymond Partsch III took home multiple awards.

Partsch took third place in Pro Columns (Open Class) for his column on UFC’s Dana White, and another third place in Prep Columns (Open Class) for his column on why St. Martinville High School’s football stadium should be renamed after legendary coach Carroll Delahoussaye.

Partsch also placed second in both Prep Writer of the Year (Class II) and Columnist of the Year (Class II).

Partsch took home the second place honors for a trio of feature stories which included a look at the career of former Franklin High girls’ basketball star and current boys’ coach Alexis Rack, a story on Erath High baseball star Mason Granger playing in the shadow of, and for, his late brother, and a story on how the St. Martinville football team dedicated its season to fallen teammate Kenneth Eaglin, who died tragically in an automobile accident.

Partsch also took home the second place honors for a column on how Oregon State fans get no tip of the cap for cheering on a convicted child molester, a column on how Death Valley was brought back to life before and during a win over Georgia, and the column on UFC’s Dana White.

Daily Iberian freelance photographers also took home honors.

Leah McClelland took second place in the Prep/Amateur Photography (Open Class) for her action photo from a New Iberia Senior High football game from last season.

Tre’Von Ware took third place in Pro/College Photography (Open Class) for his photo of LSU defensive end Rashard Lawrence pressuring Miami quarterback.

The Daily Iberian also took home third place honors in the Special Sections category for its annual high school football section.

That was enough to earn The Daily Iberian a total of 13 points to earn top honors in the Class 2 Sweepstakes ahead of the Houma Daily Courier/Daily Comet, Livingston Parish News and Lake Charles American Press.

The Advocate took top honors in the Class 1 Newspaper Sweepstakes and The Advocate’s Rod Walker was named Sportswriter of the Year — an honor he shared with Designated Writers’ Teddy Allen.

The 2019 Story of the Year went to The Advocate’s Nick Underhill for his feature on every pass that Drew Brees has thrown in his NFL career.

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