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Karrson Ken-nects on three IPA awards

In sports terms, Ken Karrson brought home a gold medal and a couple of bronze medals.
The Reporter/Regional sports editor garnered three awards in the Illinois Press Association contest as winners were announced Friday at its convention in Springfield.
Karrson won first place in the Class B headline writing contest with the judges saying “This headline writer knows how to draw eyes to stories. Great job, very creative.’’
His collection from 2013 featured “More southern comfort” about Chicago Christian’s baseball trips to Jacksonville, “Forgettable Momence” about Chicago Christian’s football team’s loss to Momence, “Meteor slighting” about St. Laurence’s football loss to De La Salle, “Tigers get Adam-Bombed” about Stagg quarterback Adam Pilota’s big passing night against Joliet West and a “A Crum-my way to end’’ about St. Rita’s Julian Crum’s block of a Brother Rice field goal hurting the Crusaders’ chances to make the playoffs.
Karrson’s Bartosh columns on athletes spitting, an athlete appearing on a Fruity Pebbles cereal box and manners at the Master’s Tournament won third place as did an in-depth feature on the Illinois High School Association new rules to prevent injuries during summer football sessions.
Reporter editor Jeff Vorva took second place to Karrson in headline writing.
Headlines that appeared in the news section were “Disorder on the courts” about Oak Lawn’s basketball court controversy, “Doggone it’’ about the Richards Bulldogs’ state football championship loss, “High Tension” about an Oak Lawn resident’s displeasure with ComEd, “No Christmas Carol for Bury” about Oak Lawn trustee Carol Quinlan blasting Mayor Sandra Bury’s blog and “West Nile Nightmare” on Evergreen Park Mayor Jim Sexton’s fight with West Nile virus.

The judges said “Great job writing headlines that make you want to read the story; particularly enjoyed ‘Doggone it.’ ’’

Vorva also took honorable mention for a photo series featuring the end of a Chicago Christian girls volleyball match.