4 media win “Grand Slam” honors at APSE competition

The Los Angeles Times, USA Today Sports, IndyStar and News & Observer won Grand Slam honors and Montgomery’s announcer received a triple crown in the annual Associated Press Sports Editors competition.

The Los Angeles Times and USA Today Sports competed in Division A, which included the nation’s largest publications (daily print circulation/monthly digital unique visitors), while the IndyStar (Indianapolis) and News & Observer (Raleigh , North Carolina) competed in Division B and Montgomery (Alabama) competed in Division D.

The APSE competition, voted on by sportswriters and writers across the country, recognized the best work in 2021.

This year, in an effort to better represent the digital orientation of today’s athletic departments, APSE has changed the requirements for winning a Triple Crown and Grand Slam. To win the Triple Crown, the top 10 places were needed in three categories: 1) Print (for daily or Sunday sections); 2) digital; and 3) Writing feature films. To win the Grand Slam, a Triple Crown winner also had to make it into the Top 10 projects.

Athletic (Division A) won 10 Top 10 awards and News & Observer (Division B) received eight Top 10s for setting the tone in their divisions in the writing contest. The Dispatch (Columbus, Miss.) led Division C with seven, and The Fayetteville (NC) Observer led Division D with 10.

Results were released Friday in the Action and Feature Photo categories, and The New York Times led the A Division with three Top 10s. In the B Division, the IndyStar, Lexington Herald-Leader, Louisville Courier Journal, Orlando Sentinel, San Antonio Express-News and Syracuse.com’ The Post-Standard each had two Top 10s. The Desert Sun (Palm Springs, Calif.) led the C Division with three. The Montgomery announcer had the maximum four Top 10s (two in each category) in Division D.

Winners will receive their prizes at the APSE Summer Conference in Indianapolis (June 15-18).

Here are the results in the Triple Crown and Grand Slam categories, with the articles listed in alphabetical order:

SECTION A

DAILY SECTION

Houston Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Southern California News Group (Anaheim, California), Star Tribune (Minneapolis), The Advocate/The Times-Picayune (Baton Rouge/New Orleans), The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer , The Seattle Times, USA Today Sports.

HONORABLE MENTION

Detroit News, Tampa Bay Times, Washington Post

SUNDAY SECTION

Houston Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, Newsday, Star Tribune (Minneapolis), The Advocate/The Times-Picayune (Baton Rouge/New Orleans), The Boston Globe, The Dallas Morning News, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Seattle Times, The Washington Post

LONG FEATURE

Jeff Eisenberg, Yahoo Sports; Henry Bushnell and Jeff Eisenberg, Yahoo Sports; Kansas City star Sam McDowell; Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times; Stephen J. Nesbitt, The Athletic; Jeff Passan, ESPN.com; Steve Politi, N.J. Advance Media; Tom Schad, USA Today Sports; Jeff Seidel, Detroit Free Press; Matt Stanmyre, NJ Advance Media

PROJECTS

Detroit Free Press — Evan Petzold, Ryan Ford and Jeff Seidel; ESPN.com — Baxter Holmes; Los Angeles Times — Erik Himmelsbach-Weinstein, Mark Potts, Gustavo Arellano, Jessica C. Chen, Steve Saldivar; Miami Herald — Michelle Kaufman, David Ovalle, Greg Côté, Jordan McPherson, André Fernandez; Milwaukee Journal Sentinel — Jim Owczarski, Lori Nickel, Ben Steele, JR Radcliffe, Olivia Reiner; Athletics – College Football Staff; The New York Times — Bedel Saget, Larry Buchanan, Emily Rhyne, Joe Ward, Paula Ceballos Delgado; The San Francisco Chronicle — John Shea, Bruce Jenkins, Scott Ostler, Ron Kroichick; The Washington Post — Staff; USA Today Sports — Alyssa Hertel, Paul Myerberg, Tom Schad, Brent Schrotenboer, Jim Sergeant.

SECTION B

DAILY SECTION

IndyStar (Indianapolis); Las Vegas Review-Journal; Omaha World-Herald; Philadelphia Daily News; San Antonio Express News; The Buffalo News; The Gazette (Colorado Springs); Oklahoma (Oklahoma City); The Folder (Bergen, NJ); The Blade (Toledo. Ohio)

SUNDAY SECTION

The Champagne News-Gazette; IndyStar (Indianapolis); Las Vegas Review-Journal; The Buffalo News; Oklahoma (Oklahoma City); The Scranton Times-Tribune; The Village Daily Sun; Omaha World-Herald; The News & Observer (Raleigh, North Carolina); The Salt Lake Grandstand.

LONG FEATURE

Jim Ayello, IndyStar (Indianapolis); Jenni Carlson, The Oklahoman (Oklahoma City); Andrew Carter, The News & Observer (Raleigh, NC); Zach Dean, Daytona Beach News-Journal; Gentry Estes, The Tennessean (Nashville, Tenn.); Scott Fowler, The Charlotte Observer; Brian Hedger, Dispatch from Columbus, Ohio; Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune; Eric Walden, The Salt Lake Tribune; Jason Wolf, The Buffalo News

PROJECTS

Austin American Statesman – Cedric Golden, Brian Davis, Kirk Bohls; The Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch – Ray Stein, Bailey Johnson; IndyStar (Indianapolis) – Dana Hunsinger Benbow, Nathan Brown, Zach Osterman, Gregg Doyel, Shari Rudavsky; Omaha World-Herald – Evan Bland, Sam McKewon, Dirk Chatelain, Jimmy Watkins, Tom Shatel; The News & Observer (Raleigh, NC) – Steve Wiseman, Luke DeCock, Ned Barnett, Kevin Keister; San Antonio Express News – Mike Finger, Jeff McDonald, Greg Luca, David Hinojosa; The Buffalo News – Jason Wolf, Jay Skurski, Mark Gaughan, Mike Harrington, Lance Lysowski; Courier Journal (Louisville, Ky.) – Andre Toran, Jonathan Saxon, Dominique Yates, Hayes Gardner, Jason Frakes; The Oklahoman (Oklahoma City) – Jacob Unruh, Jeff Patterson; Syracuse.com/The Post-Standard – Chris Carlson.

SECTION C

DAILY SECTION

Altoona Mirror; The Desert Sun (Palm Springs, CA); Herald of Grand Forks; News & Record (Greensboro, North Carolina); The Lewiston (Idaho) Grandstand; Pittsburgh Tribune Review; The Republican Herald (Pottsville, Pennsylvania); The Roanoke Times; The Spokesperson’s Review (Spokane, Washington); Williamsport Sun Gazette

LONG FEATURE

Eric Blum, Columbia Daily Tribune; Gene Frenette, The Florida Times-Union (Jacksonville); Noah Hiles, Beaver County Times; Drew Hill, The Daily Memphian; Larry Bohannan, The Desert Sun (Palm Springs, CA); Theo DeRosa, The Dispatch (Columbus, Mississippi); Ben Portnoy, The Dispatch (Columbus, Mississippi); Tim Benz, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review; Nick Suss, Clarion Ledger (Jacksonville, Fla.); Patrick Obley, Daily Sun (Port Charlotte, Florida)

SECTION C/D

SUNDAY SECTION

Casper Star-Tribune; Florida Times Union; The Lewiston Tribune; Marietta’s Daily Diary; Montgomery Advertiser; News & Record (Greensboro, North Carolina); Pittsburgh Tribune Review; The Roanoke Times; The Spokesperson’s Review (Spokane, Washington); Winston-Salem Journal.

PROJECTS

BamaCentral — Christopher Walsh, Joey Blackwell, Tyler Martin and Edwin Stanton; The News-Press (Fort Myers, Fla.) — Alex Martin, Dustin Levy, Adam Fisher; The Beaver County Times — Noah Hiles; Naples Daily News — Adam Fisher, Greg Hardwig, Ed Reed; The Roanoke Times — Michael Niziolek; The State (Columbia, South Carolina) — Greg Hadley, Ben Portnoy; Daily Sun (Port Charlotte, Fla.) — Patrick Obley; Athens Banner-Herald — McClain Baxley; Denton Record-Chronicle — Brett Vito; The Fayetteville (NC) Observer — Chapel Fowler, Adam Smith, David Thompson.

SECTION D

DAILY SECTION

Casper Star-Tribune; Marietta’s Daily Diary; Montgomery Advertiser; Sun Journal (Lewiston, Maine); Eagle Tribune of Wyoming.

LONG FEATURE

Bennett Durando, Montgomery announcer; Mitchell Forde, PowerMizzou.com; Jane Allison Havsy, daily recording; Michael Katz, Laramie Boomerang; Chris Kwiecinski, The Spectrum & Daily News; Peter Scamardo, lawyer for Victoria; Matt Schuckman, Muddy River Sports; David Thompson, observer from Fayetteville (NC); Brett Vito, Denton Record-Chronicle; Marc Weiszer, banner-herald of Athens.

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For writing/photo division results: https://www.apsportseditors.com/running-results-2021-apse-contest-writing/

For digital section/division results: https://www.apsportseditors.com/running-results-2021-apse-sections-digital-contest/

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To learn more about APSE: https://www.apsportseditors.com/category/apse-conference/2022-winter-conference/

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