March 30, 2018

By Robert Gagliardi, APSE Third Vice President

Ross Dellenger of The Advocate in Baton Rouge, La., won first place in the Associated Press Sports Editors 2017 contest in beat writing for the 75,000-175,000 circulation category.

Dellenger’s winning entries were for his coverage of LSU football. He will be presented a first-place plaque at the 2018 APSE banquet. The banquet and awards dinner concludes the APSE Summer Conference June 17-20 at the Marriott Hotel Nashville/Vanderbilt University. The second- through 10th-place winners will receive frameable certificates.

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

Second place went to Zach Buchanan of The Cincinnati Enquirer for his coverage of the Cincinnati Reds. Michael Cohen of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel placed third for his coverage of the Green Bay Packers.

Contest chair John Bednarowski and fellow APSE officers Jeff Rosen, Todd Adams and Robert Gagliardi numbered each entry. Preliminary judges selected a top 10, and from there another group of judges ranked the finalists in order from 1 to 10 separately on a secret ballot. Entries were given 10 points for a first-place vote, nine for second, etc. The winner and final rankings are determined by tallying the ballots.

A beat writing entry consists of five stories: at least one breaking news story, one event or game coverage, one enterprise piece and two wild-card entries.

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

  1. Ross Dellenger, The Advocate, 57 points, 2 first-place votes

   Ole Miss and Ed Orgeron: The wild story behind the hire, and how it brought LSU to this moment

  How does SEC, LSU solve their attendance issues? Well, it’s complicated …

 How football and Greedy Williams came together to save his family, provide hope

 What a comeback! LSU storms back, overcomes huge deficit to beat Auburn in epic affair

 Sources: LSU, Matt Canada expected to split after Citrus Bowl


  1. Zach Buchanan, The Cincinnati Enquirer, 56 points, 4 first-place votes

    In the name of the father

    Scooter Gennett pitches in long, strange Reds loss

    Video appears to show Reds prospect’s drug use

    What did the Reds show Shohei Ohtani? They showed us.

    The swing tweak that may have fixed Jose Peraza


  1. Michael Cohen, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 51 points

   Packers running back Aaron Jones faces marijuana-related charge

   Packers’ running game has no answers for Ravens’ stout defense

   Packers’ Russ Ball a man of immense influence and intrigue

   Rebirth in the ring: Highsmith’s boxing bridge

   A special time for Hyde, surging Packers


  1. Brett Dawson, The Oklahoman, 41 points, 1 first-place vote

   Enes Kanter detained in Romania, blames political views

   For new Thunder players, adjustment is more than on-court

   MONSTERUSS: Westbrook erupts for 57 points, 13 rebounds, 11 assists in overtime win

   For ‘Olympic Melo,’ a golden opportunity in OKC

   The oral history of the 3-point shot


  1. Andrew Greif, The Oregonian/OregonLive, 36 points

   How the Oregon Ducks football season unraveled, and ended with coach Mark Helfrich’s firing     

   Multiple Oregon Ducks football players hospitalized after grueling workouts

   For Justin Wilcox and Justin Herbert, Cal-Oregon is about football and family

   Oregon Ducks say 69-10 Civil War win was payback for last year’s loss, and this week’s trash talk

   Willie Taggart leaves Oregon Ducks to become head coach at Florida State


  1. Brooke Pryor,  The Oklahoman, 35 points

   OU running back Rodney Anderson denies rape claim, says accuser ‘attempted to pursue a relationship’ with him

   The Kid and the Heisman: How embracing his inner-child motivates Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield

  Mayfield proves Sooners are no pretenders

  Two teams, one goal: Sooners, Cowboys unite in the fight against opioid abuse

  Real Sooner Magic: Why OU’s win against Texas was extra special for Randy Garibay


  1. Andrew Carter, The News & Observer, 34 points

   Woody Durham’s quiet fight, Part 1

   UNC national championship team not visiting White House

   UNC’s Luke Maye, often overlooked, now forever a part of the Tar Heels’ March lore

   Jason Ray, UNC mascot and organ donor, left behind a legacy of life

   How Larry Fedora saved a UNC med student’s graduation


  1. Ryan O’Halloran, The Florida Times-Union, 33 points

   How it Happened: Through the Jaguars hiring process

   Jaguars owner opposes Trump’s immigration policy

   NFLPA looking into potential Jaguars violations

   Wild Ride already: Jaguars look to sustain, build momentum

   The Art Of The Strip-Sack: Jaguars DE Yannick Ngakoue takes us through the plays


  1. Mike Harrington, The Buffalo News, 27 points

   Lehner unloads following 4-2 loss to Canucks

   Bylsma looking ahead but how time does he have left?

   Back to work for Botterill after one last celebration with Penguins

   Denials aside, Housley makes move to demote Eichel

   2008 Winter Classic at The Ralph: An oral history


  1. Jay Skurski, The Buffalo News, 23 points

     Nathan Peterman vows to learn from disastrous first start

     Team chaplain Len Vanden Bosch blends faith and football

     Adolphus Washington works his way out of doghouse and into starting role with Bills

     Lorenzo Alexander meets with fan to discuss bringing positive change to Buffalo News

     Terry Pegula says Bills ‘ran a process’ that led to Doug Whaley’s firing