Sun Sentinel staffers won 14 awards, including a first place for breaking sports reporting, at the 2011 Sunshine State awards presentation Saturday.
A team of sports reporters won first place for a collection of stories on the arrest of 22-year-old Dillard High graduate Guerdwich Montimere, who posed as a high school basketball player in Texas. Montimere/Joseph is expected to stand trial in August on felony charges of falsifying government records and sexual assault on a classmate.
The reporting team included: Christy Cabrera Chirinos, Dave Brousseau, Peter Holehan and Robyn Sortal.
Chirinos and Sortal also won a third-place award in the Enterprise Sports Reporting category for a piece about how coaches enforce boundaries to protect themselves and their players amid scandals.
and Wladimir Moquete won a third-place award for a multimedia package about paralyzed volleyball player Nick Williams, Cardinal Gibbons graduate.
The Sun Sentinel's Anderson Greene also received a first-place award for magazine cover design.
In the religion reporting category, writer
, editor Arnold Rosenberg and photographer
earned a second-place award for a piece about shamans.
Duyos also took second place for sports action photography.
In this year's competition, more than 600 entries from print, television, radio and online were evaluated by news professionals in other states.
A second-place award also went to
and Greene for City & Shore in Special Interest Publication.
A graphic design team of
won second- and third-place awards for informational graphics and special page design.
Cartoonist Chan Lowe received second place for his blog The Lowe Down and third place for editorial cartoons.
Photographer Joe Cavaretta won two third-place awards for breaking news and sports action photography.
For Environmental Reporting,
and Dana Willliams earned third place for an article about exotic creatures making their way into South Florida.