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Prize for a deserving staff member

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Richard Banas II

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Posted: Monday, April 18, 2011 3:28 pm

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.