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Oklahoma Christian sports information office takes 2 awards in CoSIDA contest

Murray Evans, OC's assistant athletic director for media relations, won two regional awards in CoSIDA's annual writing contest.
Murray Evans, OC's assistant athletic director for media relations, won two regional awards in CoSIDA's annual writing contest.

ORLANDO, Fla. (June 18, 2014) –Murray Evans, Oklahoma Christian’s assistant athletic director for media relations, has won two awards in the annual Fred S. Stabley Sr. Writing Contest conducted by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

The 2014 awards were announced earlier this week, just a few days after the end of CoSIDA’s annual convention, held this year in Orlando. It was the second straight year Evans received a pair of awards in the contest.

Evans won first-place District 6 honors in event coverage, for his story on OC capturing the National Christian College Athletic Association Central Region baseball title in May 2013 (http://www.oceagles.com/news/champs-eagles-win-first-postseason-title-since-72-beating-ecclesia) and in the season preview category, for a story on OC’s men’s basketball team (http://www.oceagles.com/news/guard-led-eagles-ready-to-race-into-2013-14-basketball-season).

Evans also won district honors in both those categories in 2013.

The CoSIDA contest drew 459 entries across seven categories. Sports information directors at all levels – from NCAA Division I to the NAIA and junior colleges – compete head-to-head in eight districts, with the district winners in each category then considered for national writing honors.

Earlier this year, Evans won a first-place award in press release writing from the Society of Professional Journalists-Oklahoma Pro Chapter, for a story about a visit by NFL quarterback Brandon Weeden to OC’s campus and Weeden’s efforts to aid a local children’s hospital.

Evans has worked at OC since August 2011, after spending 15 years as a sports writer at The Oklahoman and another eight years as a news and sports writer for The Associated Press.