Michael Lycklama of the Idaho Statesman won first place in the Associated Press Sports Editors 2020 contest in Category C Short Feature.
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.
Ethan Joyce of the Winston-Salem Journal finished second and Drew Hill of the Daily Memphian and Dave Nichols of the Spokeman-Review tied for third.
A Short Feature entry is a feature story that rewards the many shorter stories that are outstanding but don’t command the length that more deeply reported pieces demand. A Short Feature entry in Category C cannot exceed 1,000 words.
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. Michael Lycklama, Idaho Statesman, 48 points, 1 first-place vote
2. Ethan Joyce, Winston-Salem Journal, 43 points, 1 first-place vote
T3. Drew Hill, The Daily Memphian, 40 points
T3. Dave Nichols, The Spokesman-Review, 40 points, 1 first-place vote
5. Chris Carlson, Syracuse.com/The Post-Standard, 37 points, 1 first-place vote
6. John Blanchette, The Spokesman-Review, 33 points, 1 first-place vote
T7. Joe Stevenson, Northwest Herald, 25 points
T7. Theo DeRosa, The Commercial Dispatch, 25 points, 1 first-place vote
9. Dave Reynolds, Peoria Journal Star, 22 points
10. Tim Trower, Mail Tribune, 17 points