March Newsletter

Final results for 2010 APSE contest March 31, 2011

Here are the final results for the 2010 APSE national sports journalism writing contest. Top 10 finalists were announced previously; these are the final placings. (Sections are not ranked). Winners will be honored at APSE's annual awards banquet, taking place this year on June 25 in Boston. To register for the banquet (there is no cost for winners), or to submit any name or style corrections to this list, please contact Executive Director Jack Berninger at jackapse@aol.com.



(Open circulation class)

Top 5

1. Blair Kerkhoff, Michael Mansur, J. Brady McCollough, Mike McGraw, Mark Morris, Tony Rizzo, Judy Thomas and Marå Rose Williams, Kansas City Star

2. Charles Robinson, Dan Wetzel and Bryan Fischer, Yahoo! Sports

3. Mark Alesia, Tim Evans and Heather Gillers, The Indianapolis Star

4. Andy Curliss, Robbi Pickeral and Ken Tysiac, The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.)

5. Bob Hohler and Shira Springer, Boston Globe

Honorable Mention

Jon Solomon and Marie Leech, Birmingham (Ala.) News

Jared Hopkins, Chicago Tribune

Gerald Witt, News & Record (Greensboro, N.C.)

Izzy Gould, St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times

Steve Berkowitz, Jodi Upton, Jack Gillum and Michael McCarthy, USA Today




Top 5

1. Matthew Stanmyre and Jackie Friedman, The Star-Ledger (Newark, N.J.)

2. Mike Wise, Michael Lee, Michael Wilbon, Howard Kurtz, Washington Post

3. (tie) Moises Mendoza and Sam Khan Jr., Houston Chronicle

3. (tie) Adam H. Beasley, James H. Burnett III and Siobhan Morrissey, Miami Herald

5. Joey Knight, St. Petersburg Times

Honorable Mention

Candus Thomson, The Baltimore Sun

Brian Hamilton, Stacy St. Clair and Serena Maria Daniels, Chicago Tribune

Bill Dwyre and Gary Klein, Los Angeles Times

Bill Madden, New York Daily News

Erik Brady, USA Today


Top 5

1. Sally Jenkins, Washington Post

2. Gregg Doyel, CBSSports.com

3. Mitch Albom, Detroit Free Press

4. Mike Wise, Washington Post

5. Ken Berger, CBSSports.com

Honorable Mention

Paola Boivin, The Arizona Republic

Dan Shaughnessy, Boston Globe

Bob Kravitz, The Indianapolis Star

Sam Mellinger, Kansas City Star

Steve Politi, The Star-Ledger (Newark, N.J.)


Top 5

1. Mark Kram, Philadelphia Daily News

2. (tie) Peter Abraham, Amalie Benjamin, Sean Smith, Chad Finn, Diago Fujiwara and Javier Zarracina, Boston Globe

2. (tie) Kent Babb and Blair Kerkhoff, Kansas City Star

4. (tie) Candus Thomson, Baltimore Sun

4. (tie) Geoff Baker, Seattle Times

Honorable Mention

Mark Dent and Brandon George, The Dallas Morning News

Ryan Casey, Denver Post

Shawn Windsor, Mark Snyder, Jo-Ann Barnas and John Lowe, Detroit Free Press

J. Brady McCollough, Kansas City Star

Steve Wieberg, USA Today


Top 5

1. Kent Babb, Kansas City Star

2. Wayne Coffey, New York Daily News

3. (tie) Dan Wetzel, Yahoo! Sports

3. (tie) Linda Robertson, Miami Herald

5. Steve Politi, The Star-Ledger (Newark, N.J.)

Honorable Mention

Childs Walker, Baltimore Sun

Kevin Paul Dupont, Boston Globe

Gene Collier, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Hayley Mick, Toronto Globe and Mail

Adrian Wojnarowski, Yahoo! Sports


Top 5

1. Yahoo! Sports, Dan Wetzel

2. (tie) Joe Drape, New York Times

2. (tie) Jeff Passan, Yahoo! Sports

4. Mark Herrmann, Newsday

5. Andy McCullough, Star-Ledger (Newark, N.J.)

Honorable Mention

Dale Robertson, Houston Chronicle

Phil Miller, Minneapolis Star Tribune

Greg Bishop, New York Times

Larry Stone, Seattle Times

Steve Henson, Yahoo! Sports


Top 5

1. Alan Schwarz, New York Times

2. Ashley Fox and Mike Jensen, Philadelphia Inquirer

3. (tie) Brandon George, Mark Dent, Rainer Sabin and Matt Wixon, The Dallas Morning News

3. (tie) Bob Nightengale, USA Today

5. Louisville Courier-Journal, Jennie Rees

Honorable Mention

Stan Grossfeld, Boston Globe

Rick Telander, Chicago Sun-Times

Jo-Ann Barnas and Kevin Bull, Detroit Free Press

Greg Cote, Jeff Darlington, Susan Miller Degnan, Joseph Goodman, Israel Gutierrez, Barry Jackson and Michelle Kaufman, Miami Herald

Tom Powers, John Shipley, Brian Murphy, Kathie Jenkins, Tom Webb, Belinda Jensen, Rick Shefchik, Ross Raihala, Amy Carlson Gustafson and Joe Soucheray, St. Paul Pioneer Press


To see the Top 10 sections in the over 175,000 division, announced previously, click here.


75,001-175,000 CIRCULATION


Top 5

1. Tom Robinson, The Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk, Va.)

2. Bill Haisten and Susan Hylton, Tulsa World

3. (tie) Jay Drew and Tony Jones, Salt Lake Tribune

3. (tie) J.P. Giglio, The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.)

5. Gregg Krupa and Eric Lacy, Detroit News

Honorable Mention

Tim May and Ken Gordon, Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch

Randy Peterson, Rick Brown, Sean Keeler and Mark Emmert, Des Moines Register

Mike DiRocco and Gene Frenette, The Florida Times-Union

Michael C. Lewis and Martin Renzhofer, Salt Lake Tribune

Brent Zwerneman, San Antonio Express-News


Top 5

1. (tie) David Jones, The Patriot-News (Harrisburg, Pa.)

1. (tie) Jill Painter, Los Angeles Daily News

3. Joe Henderson, Tampa Tribune

4. Geoff Calkins, The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, Tenn.)

5. Martin Fennelly, Tampa Tribune

Honorable Mention

Michael Arace, Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch

Rob Oller, Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch

Sean Keeler, Des Moines Register

Dave George, Palm Beach Post

Bob Klapisch, The Record (Bergen, N.J.)


Top 5

1. Mike Wagner, Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch

2. Reid Forgrave, Des Moines Register

3. Henry Cordes, Omaha World-Herald

4. Dan DeLuca, The News-Press (Fort Myers, Fla.)

5. (tie) Michael A. Anastasi, Ross Siler and Todd Adams, Salt Lake Tribune

5. (tie) Ryan Ernst, Cincinnati Enquirer

Honorable Mention

Kevin Robbins, Austin American-Statesman

Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati Enquirer

Randy Peterson, Des Moines Register

David Mayo, Grand Rapids (Mich.) Press


Top 5

1. Scott Fowler, Charlotte Observer

2. Michael C. Lewis, Salt Lake Tribune

3. Sean Keeler, Des Moines Register

4. Tim Stevens, The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.)

5. Tom Reed, Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch

Honorable Mention

David Teel, Daily Press (Newport News, Va.)

John Niyo, Detroit News

Dirk Chatelain, Omaha World-Herald

Bill Oram, Salt Lake Tribune 

Tammy Nunez, The Times-Picayune (New Orleans)


Top 5

1. Kevin Robbins, Austin American-Statesman 

2. (tie) Suzanne Halliburton, Austin American-Statesman 

2. (tie) Tim Sassone, The Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, Ill.)

4. Kyle Tucker, The Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk, Va.)

5. Mike Harrington, The Buffalo (N.Y.) News 

Honorable Mention

Joseph Person, Charlotte Observer

Rick Brown, Des Moines Register

Jim Sutton, The Florida Times-Union (Jacksonville)

Josh Kendall, The State (Columbia, S.C.)

Ed Miller, The Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk, Va.)


Top 5

1. Jill Riepenhoff, Todd Jones and Mike Wagner, Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch

2. John Maher, Shonda Novak, Eric Dexheimer and Angela Shah, Austin American-Statesman

3. Donnie Webb, The Post-Standard (Syracuse, N.Y.)

4. Joe Henderson, Joey Johnston, Ira Kaufman and Mary Shedden, Tampa Tribune 

5. Matt Baker, Tulsa (Okla.) World 

Honorable Mention

Tom Groeschen, Cincinnati Enquirer

Tom Hoffarth, Los Angeles Daily News, Vincent Bonsignore 

Anne Blythe, Robbi Pickeral and Ken Tysiac, The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.)

Geoff Morrow, Stefanie Loh, Nick Horvath, Monica Von Dobeneck and John Luciew, The Patriot News (Harrisburg, Pa.)

Jimmy Smith, The Times-Picayune (New Orleans) 


To see the Top 10 sections in the over 75,001-175,000 division, announced previously, click here.


30,000-75,000 CIRCULATION


Top 5

1. Dan Wiederer, Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer

2. Wes Rucker, Jay Greeson and David Paschall, Chattanooga (Tenn.) Times Free Press

3. (tie) James Allen, Times Union (Albany, N.Y.)

3. (tie) Tommy Deas and Chase Goodbread, The Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News

5. Jason Wolf, News & Record (Greensboro, N.C.)

Honorable Mention

Drew Bruno, Evansville (Ind.) Courier & Press

Taft Coghill Jr, The Free Lance-Star (Fredericksburg, Va.)

Jeff Nahill, North County (Escondido, Calif.) Times

Jenn Menendez, Portland (Maine) Press Herald

Kellis Robinett, The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle


Top 5

1. Jerry Reimenschneider, The Intelligencer (Doylestown, Pa.)

2. Adam Himmelsbach, The Free Lance-Star (Fredericksburg, Va.)

3. (tie) Jay Paris, North County (Calif.) Times 

3. (tie) Steve Solloway, Portland (Maine) Press Herald 

5. Brian T. Smith, The Columbian (Vancouver, Wash.) 

Honorable Mention

Dan Wiederer, Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer

Jim Ingraham, The News-Herald (Willoughby, Ohio)

Todd Porter, The Repository (Canton, Ohio)

John Blanchette, The Spokesman-Review (Wash.) 

Bob Lutz, The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle 


Top 5

1. Tyler Dunne, Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer

2. Tommy Deas, The Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News

3. Brian Christopherson, Lincoln (Neb.) Journal Star

4. Joe Scalzo, The Vindicator (Youngstown, Ohio)

5. Cory Giger, Altoona (Pa.) Mirror

Honorable Mention

Glenn Guilbeau, The Advertiser (Lafayette, La.)

Adam Himmelsbach, The Free Lance-Star (Fredericksburg, Va.)

Paul Klee, The News-Gazette (Champaign, Ill.)

Eric Hansen, South Bend (Ind.) Tribune 

Donnie Collins and Charles Schillinger, The Times-Tribune (Scranton, Pa.) 


Top 5

1. Rachel George, StarNews (Wilmington, N.C.)

2. Tyler Dunne, Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer

3. Pete Dougherty, Green Bay (Wis.) Press-Gazette

4. David Henry, Beaumont (Texas) Enterprise

5. (tie) Jon Styf, Beaumont (Texas) Enterprise 

5. (tie) Eric Boynton, Herald-Journal (Spartanburg, S.C.) 

Honorable Mention

Scott Michaux, The Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle

Glenn Jordan, Portland (Maine) Press Herald

Rob Moseley, The Register-Guard (Eugene, Ore.)

Scott Sandsberry, Yakima (Wash.) Herald Republic 


Top 5

1. Kellis Robinett, The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle

2. Wes Rucker, Chattanooga (Tenn.) Times Free Press

3. Tim McManus,The Post-Star (Glens Falls, N.Y.)

4. Alan Blondin, The Sun News (Myrtle Beach, S.C.)

5. Pete Iorizzo, Times Union (Albany, N.Y.)

Honorable Mention

David Henry, Beaumont (Texas) Enterprise

Adam Himmelsbach, The Free Lance-Star (Fredericksburg, Va.)

Todd Shanesy, Herald-Journal (Spartanburg, S.C.)

Jeff Mills, News & Record (Greensboro, N.C.)

Tony Adame, Wichita (Kan.) Eagle


Top 5

1. Chase Goodbread, Cecil Hurt and Tommy Deas, Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News

2. D.C. Reeves, Bob Heist, Jason Blakeney, Bill Vilona, Pensacola (Fla.) News Journal

3. Dan Wiederer, Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer

4. Ahmed Rizvi, Paul Radley The National (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates)

5. Mark Lazerus, Post-Tribune of Northwest Indiana (Merrillville)

Honorable Mention

Terry Vandrovec, Matt Zimmer and Stu Whitney, Sioux Falls (S.D.) Argus Leader

Brian T. Smith, The Columbian (Vancouver, Wash.)

Chadd Cripe, Brian Murphy and Nick Jezierny, Idaho Statesman

Times Herald-Record staff, Times Herald-Record, (Middletown, N.Y.)

Gary Corsair and Michael E. Orton, The Villages (Fla.) Daily Sun


To see the Top 10 sections in the over 30,000-75,000 division, announced previously, click here.


Under 30,000 CATEGORY


Top 5

1. Joan Niesen, Dieter Kurtenbach, Len Goldman, Will Guldin and Patrick Sweet, Columbia Missourian

2. Jim Owczarski, Aurora (Ill.) Beacon-News

3. (tie) Dustin Dopirak, The Herald-Times (Bloomington, Ind.)

3. (tie) Jim Seimas and Alia Wilson, Santa Cruz Sentinel (Scotts Valley, Calif.)

5. Jim Seimas, Santa Cruz Sentinel (Scotts Valley, Calif.)

Honorable Mention

Merisa Jensen, Antelope Valley Press (Palmdale, Calif.)

Jennifer Santos, Antelope Valley Press (Palmdale, Calif.)

Justin Jarrett, The Island Packet (Hilton Head, S.C.)

Aaron Gray, Virgin Islands Daily News

Robert Gagliardi, Wyoming Tribune Eagle (Cheyenne)


Top 5

1. Kalle Oakes, The Sun Journal (Lewiston, Maine)

2. Joe Sunnen, The Bellingham (Wash.) Herald

3. Dave DeLand, St. Cloud (Minn.) Times

4. Hugh Kellenberger, The Herald-Times (Bloomington, Ind.)

5. Bob Blubaugh, Carroll County Times (Westminster, Md.)

Honorable Mention

Tim O'Sullivan, Concord (N.H.) Monitor

Peter Jackel, The Journal Times (Racine, Wis.)

Nick Talbot, Killeen (Texas) Daily Herald

Ian St. Clair, Wyoming Tribune Eagle (Cheyenne)

Robert Gagliardi, Wyoming Tribune Eagle (Cheyenne)


Top 5

1. David Ching, Lee Shearer and Allison Floyd, Athens (Ga.) Banner Herald

2. Alex Ruppenthal, Columbia Missourian

3. Joan Niesen, Columbia Missourian

4. Jeff Graham, Kitsap Sun (Bremerton, Wash.)

5. Mike Cummings, Decatur (Ala.) Daily

Honorable Mention

Thomas St. Myer and Doug Zaleski, The Star-Press (Muncie, Ind.)

Ryan Moses, Santa Cruz Sentinel (Scotts Valley, Calif.)

Evan Mohl, The Daily News (Galveston, Texas)

Sam McDowell and Justin Jarrett, The Island Packet (Hilton Head, S.C.)

Jeremy Price, The Herald-Times (Bloomington, Ind.)


Top 5

1. (tie) Geoff Grammer, The Santa Fe (N.M.) New Mexican

1. (tie) Evan Mohl, The Daily News (Galveston, Texas

3. Len Goldman, Columbia Missourian

4. Matt Vautour, Daily Hampshire Gazette (Northampton, Mass.)

5. Alex Byington, Killeen (Texas) Daily Herald

Honorable Mention

Jason Gonzalez , Antelope Valley Press (Palmdale, Calif.)

Robert Mays, Columbia Missourian

Jeremy Werner, DeKalb (Ill.) Daily Chronicle

Andy Hamilton, Iowa City Press-Citizen

Tim Trower, The Mail Tribune (Medford, Ore.)


Top 5

1. Will Larkin, Sauk Valley Newspapers (Sterling, Ill.)

2. Gavin Faretra, Concord (N.H.) Monitor

3. Tim Trower, Mail Tribune (Medford, Ore.)

4. Chris Carlson, The Berkshire Eagle (Pittsfield, Mass.)

5. Lew Freedman, The Republic (Columbus, Ind.)

Honorable Mention

Tom Brolley, The Citizens’ Voice (Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

Evan Mohl, The Daily News (Galveston, Texas)

Justin Jarrett, The Island Packet (Hilton Head, S.C)

Mitch Rupert, Williamsport (Pa.) Sun-Gazette 

Jeff Brown, Winona (Minn.) Daily News


Top 5

1. Jerry Ratcliffe and Whitelaw Reid, The Daily Progress (Charlottesville, Va.)

2. Gregg Dewalt, Jeff McIntyre and Calvin Cooley, TimesDaily (Florence, Ala.)

3. Dave D'Onofrio, Concord (N.H.) Monitor

4. Jim Seimas, Santa Cruz Sentinel (Scotts Valley, Calif.)

5. Lew Freedman, The Republic (Columbus, Ind.)

Honorable Mention

Jason Gonzalez, Antelope Valley Press (Palmdale, Calif.)

Jon Styf, John Sahly, Steve Nitz, James Nokes and Jake Dugger, DeKalb (Ill.) Daily Chronicle

Brett Vito, Denton (Texas) Record-Chronicle

Jon Dustin Brooks, The Marshall (Texas) News Messenger

Rachel Crader, Jeff Breer, Marty Mishow, Kevin Winters Morriss, Logan Jackson and Dustin Ward, Southeast Missourian (Cape Girardeau, Mo.)


To see the Top 10 sections in the under 30,000 division, announced previously, click here.


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