The Shreveport Times’ Jimmy Watson Wins Prep Writer of the Year

Shreveport Times sportswriter Jimmy Watson shows he still has his fastball. The seasoned veteran has won three Louisiana Sportswriters Association awards, including Prep Writer of the Year, 48 years after winning his first. The Prep Writer contest requires four entries from the previous calendar year – a feature, a column, a game story, and a second entry in any of these categories. Watson won for his touching stories about former airline athletic director Ronnie Coker’s battle with colon cancer and the shooting death of Clinton Johnson of Woodlawn. His column entry discussed District 1-1A’s struggles with a nine-team league and his game story focused on the Calvary-Logansport clash when the late Lane Mangum and Tim Wheless were honored before kickoff.

“While I am honored to receive these awards, recognition should go to the families of Clinton, Lane, Tim and Ronnie for trusting me with their stories,” Watson said.

A former publisher of the Excelsior Springs (Missouri) Daily Standard, Watson was sportswriter for Byrd High’s Highlife in 1969 and sportswriter for Louisiana Tech’s The Tech Talk in 1974. He won his first two LSWA awards that year while that he worked for the late OK “Buddy” Davis at the Ruston Daily Leader.

Watson started working for the Shreveport Times in 1999 and has won numerous LSWA, LPA and APME awards over the years in 10 different categories.

Watson also won top prizes for Prep Feature and Prep Event in Class I. Gannett Louisiana writer Koki Riley finished third in Prep Event and received an honorable mention Prep Writer.

Portrait of Jimmy Watson

JT Keith is the HBCU/High School Editor of the USA TODAY Network for the Southern Region. contact him at [email protected]or follow him on [email protected]

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