Jon Blau of the Herald-Times won first place in the Associated Press Sports Editors 2020 contest in Category C Game Story.

Blau will be presented a first-place plaque at the 2021 APSE Summer Conference Banquet at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas on Aug. 18.

Taylor Eldridge of the Wichita Eagle finished second and Jim Seimas of the Santa Cruz Sentinel was third.

A Game Story entry is judged based on reader interest, and quality of writing and thoroughness of reporting.

Sports editors in Category C submitted 56 stories. The contest is open to APSE members. 

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Contest chair and First Vice President Gary Potosky and fellow APSE officers President Lisa Wilson, Second Vice President Jorge Rojas and Third Vice President Steve Hemphill prepared the entries.

Because this year’s in-person APSE Winter Conference was canceled due to the pandemic, all judging was remote during three weeks in February. Each category had a set of judges examine all entries, choose a Top 10 as a group (in some cases, the ranking includes fewer or more than 10 entries), and each of those judges ranked the finalists individually. A second set of judges in each category then also ranked those finalists.

The winner and final rankings are determined by tallying the ballots.

The winner in each category will receive a plaque at the summer conference. The second- through 10th-place finishers will receive frameable certificates.

The top 10 is listed below with links to the winning entries, and voting results.

1. Jon Blau, The Herald-Times, 53 points, 3 first-place votes

2. Taylor Eldridge, The Wichita Eagle, 51 points, 2 first-place votes

3. Jim Seimas, Santa Cruz Sentinel, 43 points, 1 first-place vote

4. Mike Waters, Syracuse.com/The Post-Standard, 36 points

5. Matt Daniels, The Champaign News-Gazette, 35 points

6. Tom Noie, South Bend Tribune, 27 points

7. Ben Portnoy, The Commercial Dispatch, 25 points

8. Chris Harlan, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 21 points

9. Larry Bohannan, The Desert Sun, 20 points

10. Joey LoMonaco, The Free Lance-Star, 19 points

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