York Dispatch team wins four PAPME awards

David Weissman

Three York Dispatch reporters and two editors were named winners in the Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors Association's 2015 contest.

West York senior Courtney Harnish has given a verbal commitment to swim for the University of Georgia. She is returning to the Bulldogs' swim team this season after a two-year hiatus.

Crime reporter Liz Evans Scolforo and city reporter Sean Cotter won second place in Best General News Reporting; sports reporter Patrick Strohecker won second place in Best Sports Feature Story; sports editor Steve Heiser won second place for Best Sports/Outdoor Column; and managing editor Patrick DeLany won first place for Best Editorial Content. All awards were in the association's Division II.

Evans Scolforo's and Cotter's award was for ongoing coverage of domestic abuse as the two followed the case of Laurie Kuykendall Kepner and Barb Schrum, two women murdered by Kepner’s estranged husband as they attempted to retrieve some of Kepner's belongings from her Warrington Township home.

Strohecker's award was for his story, "Making a Splash," on local swimmers Courtney Harnish and Meghan Small. Heiser's award was for his column on the risks being taken by local dirt track racers.

"The York Dispatch team of journalists consistently delivers the highest quality news, sports and editorial coverage," editor-in-chief Allison Cooper wrote in a statement. "I’m appreciative our staff has been recognized this year in all of these categories. These are well-deserved accolades — very public acknowledgements — for  all of the impressive work they do every day."

According to the association, 47 newspapers submitted 1,497 entries in the contest, which featured news and sports stories, features, editorials, columns, graphics and photos from 2015. Awards will be presented at the PAPME annual banquet May 20 in Harrisburg.