Jake Adams, Jeffrey Kauffman and Mick Reinhard of The Carlisle Sentinel won first place in the Associated Press Sports Editors 2018 contest in Projects for the D Division.

Their project, celebrating the 30th anniversary of Carlisle High School’s fourth consecutive state basketball championship behind star player Billy Owens, finished ahead of Brad Elliott Schlossman of the Grand Forks Herald.

Sports editors in the D Division submitted 13 project entries. The contest is open to APSE members. Click here to join.

Contest chair Todd M. Adams and fellow APSE officers John Bednarowski, Lisa Wilson and Dan Spears prepared entries, which included online links to stories for the first time this year.

In February, preliminary judges at the APSE Winter Conference in Orlando, Fla., and off-site around the country, selected a top five, with each judge ranking the entries in order from 1 to 5 separately on a secret ballot. Entries were given five points for a first-place vote, four points for second and so on down to one point for a fifth-place vote. The final five were given to a second judging group, which ranked the entries 1-5 in the same fashion.

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

The Sentinel will be presented a first-place plaque at the 2019 APSE Summer Conference Banquet at the Omni CNN Center in Atlanta on June 19. The second- through 10th-place writers will receive frameable certificates.

In this category, projects are described as content that sheds new light on personalities and issues in the news, including trends and original ideas. To be eligible, these stories must be pre-planned and executed as a larger body of work, not as ongoing coverage of a news event or over a period of time. Projects were limited to 10 stories for each entry, with supplemental material or other stories explained in a cover letter.

The top five is listed below with links to the winning entries..
1. Jake Adams, Jeffrey Kauffman and Mick Reinhard, The Carlisle Sentinel, 29 points (5 first-place votes)

Link to all stories, photos and multimedia

2. Brad Elliott Schlossman, Grand Forks Herald, 22 points (1)

Story 1  | Story 2  | Story 3

3. Matt Schuckman, Quincy Herald-Whig, 17 points

Story 1  | Story 2  | Story 3

4 (tie). Brett Vito, Denton Record-Chronicle, 11 points

Story 1  | Story 2

4 (tie). Ryan Herrera, Matt Antonic and Langston Newsome, Columbia Missourian, 11 pointsStory 1  | Story 2  | Story 3  | Story 4  | Story 5

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