LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The Killeen Daily Herald sports department picked up six awards in the annual Associated Press Sports Editors’ writing and sections contest announced Friday night.

The Herald was honored for its daily sections earning an honorable mention in the under 30,000 circulation division and being named a top-5 section for under 15,000.

The Herald received those same honors for its Sunday section.

Writers Alex Byington and Kevin Posival won top-10 honors in the under 30,0000 beat writing category, which honors reporters for their multi-platform ability, including breaking news, enterprise, game and feature stories.

Byington won for his collection of stories that included his feature stories on Texas signees Camrhon and Naashon Hughes family losing their home in a fire, Ellison guard Deja Pointer losing her mother to cancer, a game story on the Lampasas softball team losing in the playoffs and his reporting on the death of former Killeen standout Dino Cannon.

Posival won for his stories on Cannon’s slaying, former Shoemaker standout Brandon Joiner not being released from prison in time for Christmas despite making parole, and his game story from the Temple-Killeen football game.

Eight newspapers won “Grand Slam” honors — winning honors in Sunday, daily, special section and website divisions — including The Kansas City Star, The New York Times and The Washington Post, The Buffalo News, Omaha (Neb.) World, The Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World, Tuscaloosa (Ala.) Daily News and The Opelika-Auburn (Ala.) News.

The APSE awards, voted on by sports editors from across the nation during four days of judging, honor work published in 2012.

The New York Times led all news organizations with nine writing awards. The Knoxville News Sentinel won seven.

The top five finalists in the writing categories, which both Byington and Posival are up for in beat writing, will be announced in April. Winners will receive their awards in June at the APSE summer convention in Chicago.

Contact Nick Talbot at or (254) 501-7569

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