The News-Gazette's Paul Klee, Bob Asmussen and Jim Rossow each placed in the top three in writing categories in the national Associated Press Sports Editors contest.
The News-Gazette had more top five finishes (four) than any sports section in the country competing in the 30,000-75,000 circulation category.
Highlighting the haul was Klee's look at the Assembly Hall approaching its 50th anniversary, which was voted the best feature story in the 30,000-75,000 circulation category.
Klee, who covered college basketball for The News-Gazette before moving to the Colorado Springs Gazette in November, also finished second (breaking news) with his account of Bruce Weber's firing.
Asmussen, the newspaper's college football beat writer since 1996, placed third (explanatory) for his story on fired Illinois coaches Ron Zook, Jolette Law and Weber.
Rossow, sports editor at The News-Gazette since 1996, placed third (project reporting) for his look at the 25th anniversary of the three-point shot in college basketball.
APSE announced finalists (top 10) in each writing category in February. The organization released its top five and honorable mention in each category on Thursday.
Writing and section winners will be honored at the APSE's convention in June in Detroit.