Anthony Zilis of The Champaign News-Gazette won first place in The Associated Press Sports Editors 2019 contest in Video in the C Division.

Brent Axe, Dennis Nett, N. Scott Trimble, Christa Lemczak and Lauren Long of Post-Standard finished second, while Russ Dillingham of The Sun Journal (Lewiston, Maine) and Annie Rice of Corpus Christi Caller Times tied for third.

Sports editors in the C Division submitted 21 videos. 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.

Zilis will be presented a first-place plaque at the 2020 APSE Summer Conference Banquet at The Alexander Hotel in Indianapolis on June 27. The second- through 10th-place finishers will receive certificates.

Video entries were judged, foremost, on the strength of storytelling. Visual and auditory quality were considered.

The top 10 is listed below with links to the winning entries.
1. Anthony Zilis, The Champaign News-Gazette, 53 points, three first-place votes
2. Brent Axe, Dennis Nett, N. Scott Trimble, Christa Lemczak, Lauren Long, Post-Standard, 46 points
T-3. Russ Dillingham, Sun Journal (Lewiston, Maine), 41 points, one first-place vote
T-3. Annie Rice, Corpus Christi Caller-Times, 41 points, two first place-votes
5. Matt Bufano, Wilkes-Barre Citizens’ Voice, 32 points
6. Nick Alvarez and Amanda Inscore, The News-Press (Fort Myers, Fla.)
, 30 points
7. Travis L. Brown, The Bryan-College Station Eagle
, 26 points
8. Tim Dominick, The State (Columbia S.C.), 25 points
9. Mike Waters, Dennis Nett and Lauren Long, Post-Standard, 21 points
10. Brian Achatz, Pensacola News Journal, 15 points


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