Word just in: The News-Sentinel has been recognized by the California Newspaper Publishers Association for a story by sportswriter Richard Banas.
The story told of the life-saving actions of Theresa Armstong of Woodbridge, who helped rush a young baseball player to the hospital. As it turned out, that player, B.J. Bailon, had suffered a ruptured spleen and torn artery in an American Legion baseball game.
Later, the entire Armstrong family rallied around Bailon during his recovery.
It was a remarkable story, told with remarkable clarity and poignancy by Banas, our prep and youth sportswriter.
I don't know anyone who loves sportswriting more than Richard, nor do I know anyone more deserving of this accolade.
Congrats, Richard. We're all very happy for you.