June 17, 2013
The Montana soccer program and the New Orleans women's basketball team's trip to the 2005 Lady Griz Holiday Classic shortly after Hurricane Katrina provided the storylines that produced three district winners in the 2013 CoSIDA Fred S. Stabley Sr. Writing Contest, the organization announced recently.
The writing contest was open to articles produced by college sports information departments during the 2012 calendar year. The contest's seven categories are for general feature, athlete profile, event coverage, coach profile/historical feature, blog/interview, season preview/recap and story with a video.
A year ago, content from GoGriz.com won two of the then five categories at the national level, with "The Passion of Vijay Dias" earning overall national story of the year. Season preview/recap and story with a video were new categories for the 2013 contest.
GoGriz.com content was entered in six of the seven categories, and three of those entries were voted to be the district's best writing in a region that includes Divisions I, II and III schools in Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana.
The writing contest is divided into eight districts overall. The winning article in each of the seven categories at the district level advance to the national level and are judged against the other seven district winners.
From among the seven national winners, an overall story of the year is chosen.
While Montana's entries fell short of earning national acclaim for a second consecutive year, no school had more articles being read and judged at the national level than Montana's three.
* General feature: "Soccer seniors a study in perseverance" from Oct. 5, 2012. The article spotlighted the four- and five-year journeys by the Griz soccer team's 2012 seniors through a coaching change to a Big Sky Conference championship.
* Coach profile/historical feature: "Finding family in Missoula" from Feb. 16, 2012. Hurricane Katrina displaced the New Orleans women's basketball team to Tyler, Texas, for the 2005 fall semester. That December's Lady Griz Holiday Classic brought a long-awaited getaway for the team. The Privateers experienced more in Missoula than they were expecting.
* Story with video: "How Tyler Adair became a YouTube sensation" from Dec. 28, 2012. The article that was shared via Twitter and Facebook directly from GoGriz.com more than any other in 2012 detailed how Griz soccer player Tyler Adair unexpectedly turned a painful breakup into a hit YouTube song that's now been viewed more than 41,000 times.
Winning the writing contest's national story of the year was Jerry Price of Princeton, whose article "43 brothers: A men's lacrosse team rallies around its coach and his son" was voted the top story of 2012 out of the more than 520 entries.
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