Michael Lycklama of the Idaho Statesman won first place in the Associated Press Sports Editors 2020 contest in Category C Breaking news.
Lycklama will be presented a first-place plaque at the 2021 APSE Summer Conference Banquet at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas on Aug. 18.
Theo Lawson of The Spokesman-Review finished second and Sean Hammond of the Northwest Herald and Matt Connolly of The State tied for third.
A Breaking News entry is a single story that covers a sports news development that occurred in the most recent news cycle.
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 11th-place finishers will receive frameable certificates.
The top 11 is listed below with links to the winning entries, and voting results.
1. Michael Lycklama, Idaho Statesman, 51 points, 1 first-place vote
2. Theo Lawson, The Spokesman-Review, 47 points, 2 first-place votes
T3. Sean Hammond, Northwest Herald, 42 points, 1 first-place vote
T3. Matt Connolly, The State, 42 points
5. Conor Foley, The Scranton Times-Tribune, 40 points
T6. Tyler Horka, Clarion Ledger, 34 points
T6. Adam Regan, The News-Press, 34 points, 1 first-place vote
8. Mike Niziolek, The Roanoke Times, 29 points
9. Jeff Mills, News & Record, 28 points
10. Jason Munz, The Commercial Appeal, 25 points, 1 first-place vote
11. Rashad Milligan, Clarion Ledger, 24 points