By Tommy Deas

APSE President

Chelsae Ketchum of the Fort Collins Coloradoan won first place in the Associated Press Sports Editors 2016 contest in the Long Video category for the Under 30,000 circulation category.

Ketchum won for her video on a former Colorado State University running back who grows and smokes marijuana. She will be presented a first-place plaque at the 2017 APSE banquet. The banquet and awards dinner will conclude the APSE Summer Conference, which takes place June 26-29 at The Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans.

Ketchum won over runner-up Madison McCord of the Yakima Herald-Republic, and Tyler Waldrep of The Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News, who placed third.

Sports editors in the Under 30,000 category submitted 17 Long Video entries. 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 down to one point for a fifth-place vote. 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 Long Video category is for videos longer than 2 minutes, with entries judged, foremost, on the strength of storytelling. Visual and auditory quality are also considered.

The top 10 is listed below, with links to writers’ Twitter pages, APSE member websites and winning entries.

  1. Chelsae Ketchum, Fort Collins Coloradoan, 30 points (6 first-place votes)

Playing High

  1. Madison McCord, Yakima Herald-Republic, 20 points

Evolution of Cooper Kupp from overlooked recruit to record-breaking receiver

  1. Tyler Waldrep, The Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News, 17 points

Alabama tennis team trains with ROTC

  1. John Terhune, Journal-Courier (Lafayette, Ind.), 16 points

Intercepting head injuries

  1. Jason Munz, Hattiesburg (Miss.) American, 7 points

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