The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal and LubbockOnline.com won two first-place awards in the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors and Headliners Foundation of Texas journalism excellence awards, announced Saturday and Sunday in Corpus Christi at the 2018 TAPME convention.

The A-J received nine other awards, for second and third place and honorable mention, for a total of 11 awards.

"It's outstanding to have the work of our talented journalists recognized," said Regional Executive Editor Jill Nevels-Haun. "I appreciate our team's unwavering commitment to providing quality journalism to our readers. Our team rocks."

A first-place award in deadline writing was awarded to reporters Lucinda Holt and Sarah Self-Walbrick for the newspaper's coverage of the shooting of a Texas Tech police officer that left the university campus on lockdown.

Copy editor Kristina Wood won first place for her headlines from news and feature pages.

Second-place awards went to LubbockOnline.com.  Photographer/videographer Brad Tollefson won second place for his video shorter than two minutes of the Ironman 70.3 competition at Buffalo Springs Lake. A-J Sports Editor Nicholas Talbot won second place in sports features for his article on how the Estacado High School Matadors football coaches go above and beyond their duties to help their players.

A third-place award for a video shorter than two minutes went to Mark Rogers for his coverage of the 66th Annual Regional Spelling Bee. Sports reporter Don Williams also won third place in sports column writing for his columns about Texas Tech's head football Coach Kliff Kingsbury, the impact of former Coach Spike Dykes and how Dykes laid the groundwork for Tech football. William Kerns, entertainment editor, won third place for his reviews on "A Raisin in the Sun," "Over the River" and "The Addams Family."

Honorable mention went to Talbot for his sports feature on a deaf football player, Devin Morrison of Coronado High School, and to   Tollefson, for his news photo of a soldier surprising his children at Wheelock Elementary School.

Williams columns and stories received an honorable mention in the Celeste Williams Star Sportswriter of the Year category.