The Shawnee News-Star and members of its newsroom were honored Saturday with 12 awards from The Associated Press, including two first place honors.

The Shawnee News-Star and members of its newsroom were honored Saturday with 12 awards from The Associated Press, including two first place honors.

Sports Editor Billy Brown won first place in Sports Photography for his “Wolf pile!” photo of the Shawnee Wolves celebrating their 2016 win at the Class 5A state baseball championship.

In the same category, Reporter/Photographer Adam Ewing won third place with “Saddlebronc throw,” an action photo from the 2016 International Finals Youth Rodeo.

Managing Editor Kim Morava won first place in Spot News Reporting for “Hiding in Plain Sight: Deputies arrest man sought since 1980s,” a story about a Shawnee man who was living a normal life here while being a fugitive from another state for nearly 30 years.

In the features category, Publisher Kent Bush won second place for “Heartwarming Win: Mother's appearance inspires Delsigne's performance in game,” a story about Bethel basketball player Paige Delsigne and her mother, who was undergoing cancer treatments but surprised her daughter by attending a game.

Bush also won second place in the headlines category for a group of headlines, including one about a prank at the Shawnee Burger King — “Employees told a real 'Whopper'; Prank call leads to damage.”

Bush also took second place honors in personal columns for an entry with three columns.

In General News reporting, Reporter Vicky O. Misa took second place honors for a heartwarming story about a dog's survival after being shot — “Dog survives bullet to the head.”

Misa also won a third place award in personal columns for a column about a squirrel rescue.

In addition to his first place award, Brown also took second place honors in the sports column category for “Not all fan actions are welcome,” as well as third place in the photo package category for a group of photos of MMA fighters.

The News-Star also won second place honors for its website, www.news-star.com.

The News-Star took third place overall in the general excellence category.