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Observer earns 6 top-10 finishes in APSE national contest

Scott Fowler’s feature story on Saundra Adams, left, and grandson Chancellor Lee Adams, who survived a murder-for-hire plot by former Panthers receiver Rae Carruth, has won a national award. It was chosen as one of the top 10 feature stories in its circulation category in the 2015 Associated Press Sports Editors contest.
Scott Fowler’s feature story on Saundra Adams, left, and grandson Chancellor Lee Adams, who survived a murder-for-hire plot by former Panthers receiver Rae Carruth, has won a national award. It was chosen as one of the top 10 feature stories in its circulation category in the 2015 Associated Press Sports Editors contest. jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

The Observer has earned six top-10 finishes in the 2015 Associated Press Sports Editors contest, including the paper’s first “Triple Crown,” for top-10 finishes in three of the four section categories for papers with circulations between 75,000 and 175,000.

The sports section was among the top 10 for its circulation category in the daily section, special section and website categories.

Columnist Scott Fowler won two awards, earning top-10s for column writing and feature writing. The latter honor was for his moving story on Chancellor Lee Adams, the baby who survived former Panthers receiver Rae Carruth’s murder-for-hire plot. Adams, who is cared for by his grandmother Saundra Adams, turned 16 last year.

Also honored was enterprise editor Gary Schwab in project reporting, for his package on a girls’ high school soccer player forced to give up the game because of multiple concussions.

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