Publisher Ben Love receives LSWA awards

TSD publisher Ben Love's work in 2014 was recognized among the best in the state. Relive Louisiana's top website feature and column, all original content to TSD and

Some of the best sports writing in Louisiana during the 2014 calendar year appeared right here on

Publisher Ben Love received two first-place awards and one second-place nod for his work, announced Sunday in Natchitoches at the annual Louisiana Sports Writers Association convention.

Love's in-depth story on LSU basketball guard Tim Quarterman overcoming the death of his cousin Rashaad Spann was selected as the state's top website feature in 2014.

Among the judge's comments on this piece: "I felt I was there with Quarterman throughout his struggles. It was heart-wrenching and uplifting to see his emotional downs and his courage. One of the better features I've read this year (including APSE judging)."

His other first-place work came in column form, specifically as a response to another column written by Scott Rabalais of the Baton Rouge Advocate.

While the title centers around Rabalais, this top website column in the state focuses on Les Miles and why Love believes, contrary to what Rabalais wrote, the LSU coach had no reason to entertain Michigan when the Wolverine's head coaching post became vacant last winter.

The third and final story by Love to earn LSWA honors was penned in the hours after LSU basketball toppled Kentucky in January 2014 during the famed "Ice Dome" game.

Dedicated to Johnny O'Bryant's huge performance on a surreal night, both inside and out of the Pete Maravich Assembly Center given the weather, Love's effort was voted the second-best website game story in 2014.

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