COLUMBUS, Ohio -- WCPO Sports Reporter Mike Dyer, who has been covering high school sports in Cincinnati since 2004, just took home a trio of awards from the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association.
The organization held its annual state meeting Tuesday at the Ohio High School Athletic Association's office, during which it announced the 2017 writing and photography contest award winners.
Dyer won first place from 22 entries in the "Division I Game Story" category with his story on the final game played in Middletown's Wade E. Miller Gymnasium in December.
He also nabbed third place among nine entrants in the "Division I Investigative/Enterprise" category with an investigation into the implementation of the competitive balance measure passed in May 2014 for the 821 OHSAA member schools statewide.
Dyer also tied for third place as "Division I Writer of the Year" with John Kampf of the Willoughby News Herald.
The contest received a total of 522 entries of articles and photos from the 2017 calendar year from 58 contestants. Thirty-eight members of the association served as judges in the contest. Founded in 1972, the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association works to support and enhance the coverage of high school sports in Ohio and to recognize superior writing among sports journalists.
An Akron native, Dyer got his first taste of big-time high school sports when he covered LeBron James and his St. Vincent-St. Mary basketball (and football) teams while in college.
Locally, he has served in a number of roles covering high school sports, including preps reporter, various high school sports editor positions and recruiting reporter. He boasts almost 29,000 Twitter followers, proof of the reach and authority he has established as a high school sports expert. You can follow him @MikeDyer.
He has also covered other sports in Cincinnati, including the 2015 Major League All-Star Game, the Bengals as well as history pieces on Crosley Field and the Cincinnati Gardens. Dyer lives in Bridgetown with his wife, Trisha, and their three children.