I would like to thank all of the people who sent me congratulatory emails as well as Joelle Milholm, Scott Howell, Richard Hanner and Marty Weybret along with the entire staff of the Lodi News-Sentinel for everyone’s support and encouragement after a story of mine took second place at the California Newspaper Publishers Association awards and was featured in an LNS story by Milholm last week.
I also want to thank the Armstrong and Bailon families for sharing their remarkable experiences that led to this award-winning story. I could not have done it without them. Again, thank all of you very much.
Richard Banas II
Lodi News-Sentinel Sports Writer