Peter Jackel of The Journal Times (Racine, Wisc.) won first place in The Associated Press Sports Editors 2019 contest in Columns in the C Division.

Tom Noie of South Bend Tribune finished second, while Chadd Cripe of Idaho Statesman (Boise) placed third.

Jackel will be presented a first-place plaque at the 2020 APSE Summer Conference Banquet at The Alexander Hotel in Indianapolis on June 27.

Sports editors in the C Division submitted 33 column entries. The contest is open to APSE members. Click here to join.

Contest chair Lisa Wilson and fellow APSE officers Todd M. Adams, Gary Potosky and Dan Spears prepared the entries. 

In February, preliminary judges at the APSE Winter Conference in St. Petersburg, Fla., and off-site around the country, selected a top 10, with each judge ranking the entries in order from 1 to 10 on a separate ballot. Entries were given 10 points for a first-place vote, nine points for second and so on down to one point for a 10th-place vote. The final 10 were given to a second judging group, which ranked the entries 1-10 in the same fashion.

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 certificates.

Judging in the columns category was based on style, writing quality, originality and local appeal. There was no restriction on subject matter and no requirement that they appear regularly.

The top 10 is listed below with links to the winning entries.

  1. Peter Jackel, The Journal Times (Racine, Wis.) 1 2 3 4, 51 points, three first-place votes
    2. Tom Noie, South Bend Tribune 1 2 3 4, 49 points, two first-place votes
    3. Chadd Cripe, Idaho Statesman (Boise) 1 2 3 4, 41 points, one first-place votes
    4. Cecil Hurt, The Tuscaloosa News 1 2 3 4, 40 points
    5. Donnie Collins, The Scranton Times-Tribune 1 2 3 4, 37 points
    T-6. Eric Hansen, South Bend Tribune 1 2 3 4, 35 points
    T-6. Ed Hardin, News & Record (Greensboro, N.C.) 1 2 3 4, 35 points
    8. Jeff Mills, News & Record (Greensboro, N.C.) 1 2 3 4, 16 points
    9. Scott Petrak, The Chronicle-Telegram (Elyria, Ohio) 1 2 3 4, 14 points
    10. Kalle Oakes, Sun Journal (Lewiston, Maine) 1 2 3 4, 12 points

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