John Dell, Andrew Dye, Ed Hardin, Ethan Joyce and Joe Sirera of the Winston-Salem Journal won first place in the 2021 Associated Press Sports Editors contest in the Division C Event Coverage category for their comprehensive reporting on North Carolina men’s basketball coach Roy Williams’ retirement. Event Coverage is a new category in the APSE contest.
John Reid, Garry Smits and Mark Woods for The Florida Times-Union finished second, and Alex Martin, Dustin Levy, Greg Hardwig and Izubee Charles of The News-Press took third.
Sports editors in Division C submitted 24 entries in Event Coverage.
Contest chair Jorge Rojas and fellow APSE officers Gary Potosky, Naila-Jean Meyers and Ed Reed prepared the entries. The contest is open to APSE members.
In February, judges at the APSE Winter Conference in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., 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 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 voting results and links to the winning entries.
1. Winston-Salem Journal – John Dell, Andrew Dye, Ed Hardin, Ethan Joyce and Joe Sirera 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 52 points (2 first-place votes)
2. The Florida Times-Union (Jacksonville) – John Reid, Garry Smits and Mark Woods 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 42 points (1 first-place vote)
3. The News-Press (Fort Myers, Fla.) – Alex Martin, Dustin Levy, Greg Hardwig, Izubee Charles 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 39 points (1 first-place vote)
7. The Beaver County Times (Aliquippa, Pa.) – Parth Upadhyaya 1, 2, 3, 4, 27 points
8. BamaCentral – Christopher Walsh, Joey Blackwell, Tyler Martin 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 25 points
10. The Daily Memphian – Geoff Calkins, Steven Johnson, John Varlas 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 19 points (1 first-place vote)