Record-Courier staff report
Record-Courier sports editor Tom Nader was recognized on Thursday by the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association at its annual statewide meeting held in Columbus.
Nader was named second runner-up as Writer of the Year in Division III of the OPSWA's annual writing and photography contest. A pair of Nader's individual submissions placed, including a first-place honor in the feature story category for "Damko inspires G-Men through response of frightening injury" and a second-place finish in the same category for "Harry Gilcrest's lasting legacy still felt in Ravenna today."
The contest was split into four divisions based on a publication's circulation. The Division III Writer of the Year was Albert Grindle of the Medina Gazette, while first runner-up was Joey Chandler of the Bucyrus Telegraph-Forum.
The Division I Writer of the Year was the Mansfield News Journal's Jon Spencer; Mark Hazelwood of the Sandusky Register won the top honor in Division II and the Division IV award went to Jarrod Ulrey of Columbus This Week.
The OPSWA was founded in 1972 and works to support and enhance the coverage of high school sports in Ohio and to recognize superior writing among sports journalists.
Nader has been a member of the Record-Courier's sports staff since 2000 when he started as a correspondent. He was hired as a full-time staff writer in 2005 and was promoted to sports editor in 2007.