Barry Kaye’s story titled “Corben Brooks can’t wait for the future” beat out five other finalists for weekly newspapers in its subscription category. Brooks is a Mount Shasta High School football player who broke his neck making a tackle in 2008.

The Mt. Shasta Area Newspapers took home first place honors for sports feature writing at the 2018 journalism awards sponsored by the California News Publishers Association on Saturday in Long Beach.

Barry Kaye’s story titled “Corben Brooks can’t wait for the future” beat out five other finalists for weekly newspapers in its subscription category. Brooks is a Mount Shasta High School football player who broke his neck making a tackle in 2008.

“We are so proud of Barry and the recognition he brought to our newspapers,” said Mt. Shasta Area Newspapers editor Skye Kinkade. She called attention to Kaye’s natural ability to weave local stories into compulsively readable narratives with accuracy and ease.

The annual CNPA awards celebrate the best writing in the state from newspapers large and small. The Mt. Shasta Area Newspapers previously won a similar award in 2016 for Paul Boerger’s enterprise series titled “Living on the streets in Mount Shasta.”

In 2010, the Mount Shasta Area Newspaper staff received a CNPA first place award for their local news coverage of that winter’s destructive snowstorm.

Kaye was the Controller at the Ski Park for many years before joining the Mt. Shasta Area Newspapers staff last year.

“I would love to take credit for this but Corben is the real story,” he said. “He continues to be an inspiration to all who are lucky enough to meet him. My only job was not to make a mess of things.”

Brooks recently returned to Mount Shasta after graduating with a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Southern California. He shattered his C-5 vertebrae and his inspirational story would never have happened without the generous support of the local community and complete strangers, he previously stated.

“People are still coming up to me and mentioning that article,” he said in an email. “Hopefully I can keep up the hard work and give you something to write about again in the future!”