The Wisconsin State Journal sports staff has won a pair of national awards for its work in 2017 in judging by the Associated Press Sports Editors organization.

The State Journal, competing in the category for newspapers with a print circulation of 30,000 to 75,000, earned a Top 10 distinction for its daily sports sections in judging by editors from around the country.

The newspaper also won Top 10 honors in the special section category for its preview of the University of Wisconsin's men's basketball season.

In addition, the State Journal received honorable mention (Top 20) for its Sunday sections.

The State Journal sports department is led by sports editor Greg Sprout, and assistant sports editors Art Kabelowsky (high schools) and Reed Southmayd (copy desk). The sports staff includes columnist Tom Oates; reporters Jim Polzin, Jason Galloway, Todd Milewski, Dennis Punzel and Jon Masson; digital editor Chris Doyle; and desk editors Nick Zizzo, John Nolan, Howard Thomas, Mark Pynnonen and Quinn Cretton.