COLUMBUS — Two Akron Beacon Journal/Ohio.com staffers and the paper's daily sports section took top honors Saturday at the annual Ohio Associated Press Media Editors newspaper competition.

Bob Dyer was named best columnist, Marla Ridenour was named best sports feature writer and the Beacon's sports pages were named best daily sports section among Ohio's largest newspapers, those with circulations of 60,000 or more.

The Beacon's high school football preview was also named best special section among its peers.

Fifty-five daily newspapers submitted 1,776 entries in the contest, which featured news and sports stories, features, editorials, columns, graphics and photos from 2018.

Entries were judged by editors from The Detroit News, Division V; Digital First Media, Troy, Michigan, Division IV; Midland Daily News and McComb Daily (Michigan), Division III; Mlive Media Group and the Cadillac (Michigan) News, Division II; the Petoskey (Michigan) News-Review and the Ludington (Michigan) Daily News, Division I.

In addition to announcing awards, the Ohio AP editors association on Saturday elected Rich Desrosiers president for 2019-20. Desrosiers is executive editor of The Canton Repository, a GateHouse Media Ohio newspaper.

The Associated Press is a not-for-profit news cooperative representing 1,300 newspapers and 5,000 broadcast stations in the United States.

Other Beacon Journal winners included:

• Phil Masturzo placed second for best photographer. Masturzo also took third for a best sports photo.

• Mark J. Price placed third for best headline writer.

• Ridenour placed third for best sport enterprise reporting for her story "1971-1972 Zips Formed a Bond that Will Never be Ripped Apart."

• Former Beacon Journal education writer Theresa Cottom-Bennett took third for best explanatory writing for "Mother-to-be Seeks New Life After Battling with Addiction."

• The Beacon Journal's online presence at Ohio.com was named third best in the state. Its sister paper, The Columbus Dispatch, placed first.