By Robert Gagliardi

APSE Third Vice President

Anthony Zilis of The News-Gazette in Champaign, Ill., won first place in the Associated Press Sports Editors 2016 contest in Long Video for the 30,000 to 75,000 circulation category.

Zilis won for his video on a the comeback of prep athlete Tori McCoy. He will be presented a first-place plaque at the 2017 APSE banquet. The banquet and awards dinner concludes the APSE Summer Conference June 26-29 at The Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans. (Click here to register for the conference.)

Second place went to Caitie McMekin of the Knoxville (Tenn.) News Sentinel. Third place went to Jim Seip of the York (Pa.) Daily Record.

Sports editors in the 30,000-75,000 circulation category submitted 15 Long Video entries. The Long Video category is for videos longer than two minutes, with entries judged, foremost, on the strength of storytelling. Visual and auditory quality are also considered.

The contest is open to APSE members. Click here to join.

In February, preliminary judges at the APSE Winter Conference in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., and off-site around the country, selected a top five, with each judge ranking the entries in order from 1 to 5 separately on a secret ballot. Entries were given five points for a first-place vote, two points for second and so forth. The final five were given to a second judging group, which ranked the entries 1-5 in the same fashion. The winner and final rankings are determined by tallying the ballots.

The top five are listed below with links to writers’ Twitter pages, APSE member websites and winning entries.

  1. Anthony Zilis, The News-Gazette, 27 points (4 first-place votes)

            prep athlete Tori McCoy

  1.  Caitie McMekin, Knoxville (Tenn.) News Sentinel. 24 points (2 first-place votes)


          high school football player dealt with a family tragedy

  1.  Jim Seip, York (Pa.) Daily Record, 16 points

          fly fishing on Penns Creek

  1. Chris Ware, Brian Simms and Mathew Graf, Lexington (Ky.) Herlad-Leader, 14 points

         Kentucky vs. Alabama football

  1. Andrea Melendez, The News-Press (Fla.), 9 points

         Sager takes on cancer for a third time