Crescent City Sports honored in annual LSWA contest

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Crescent City Sports was well represented in the annual Louisiana Sports Writers Association contest, which announced its awards Sunday.

Les East’s feature on pro baseball’s departure from the New Orleans area after more than a quarter century earned second place in the Pro Feature category.

East also placed second in the Prep Writer of the Year category, in which entrants submit their three best stories on high school sports, and received honorable mention in Columnist of the Year. Additionally, his column on LSU athletic director Scott Woodward for the website Saturday Down South won first place in the College Column division.

Lenny Vangilder, who concluded a two-year term as the LSWA’s president earlier this month, received honorable mention in Prep Event for his recap of the 2019 high school bowling singles championship. Vangilder placed third in the Columnist of the Year category.

In the broadcast division, CCS’ primary television broadcast team of Ken Berthelot and Wayde Keiser placed second for Best Live Broadcast Team.

In addition to the contest results, longtime New Orleans broadcast journalist Ro Brown – a contributor to both Crescent City Sports and Ken Trahan’s Original Prep Football Report – was presented with the association’s Mac Russo Award, which is awarded annually to the person who has contributed to the progress, ideals and fellowship of the LSWA.

The full contest results can be viewed here.

All of the LSWA’s awards are typically presented at a banquet during the association’s annual convention, but the event was canceled for 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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