By Todd M. Adams, APSE Second Vice President

Pete Thamel of Yahoo!Sports won first place in the Associated Press Sports Editors 2017 contest in beat writing for the Over 175,000 circulation category.

Thamel will be presented a first-place plaque at the 2018 APSE Summer Conference Banquet at the Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt University on June 20.

Powers edged runner-up Adam Himmelsbach from the Boston Globe. Jeff Passan from Yahoo!Sports placed third.

Sports editors in the Over 175,000 category submitted 46 beat writing entries. The contest
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Contest chair John Bednarowski and fellow APSE officers Todd M. Adams, Robert Gagliardi and Jeff Rosen numbered each entry, assuring they had been stripped of headlines, graphics, bylines and any other element that would identify the writer or news organization.

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 separately on a secret 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 2018 APSE Summer Conference at the Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt University on June 17-20. The second- through ninth-place writers will receive frameable certificates.

The beat writing category judges a collection of articles by a single author that shows authoritative, newsy and innovative coverage of a beat. Entries were limited to 5 stories.
The top 10 is listed below with links to writers’ Twitter pages, APSE member websites and winning entries.

1. Pete ThamelYahoo!Sports, 53 points, 2 first-place vote

Meet Christian Dawkins, the ‘sloppy and reckless’ prodigy at heart of college hoops scandal:

UCLA finalizes deal with Chip Kelly

Ohio State’s J.T. Barrett changed this college football season in one quarter

The two men who could bring down college basketball

For hire: Les Miles eager to coach again … will SEC school call?


2. Adam Himmelsbach, Boston Globe, 50 points, 2 first-place votes

Ubers, gyms, and jumpers.

Celtics agree to deal Isaiah Thomas to Cavaliers for Kyrie Irving

Why was Boston Garden nearly empty when Bill Russell’s number was retired in 1972?

Gordon Hayward suffers fractured left ankle in first game with Celtics.

A night out with Gordon Hayward, discussing his recovery, his team, and his eventual return


3. Jeff Passan, Yahoo!Sports, 46 points, 1 first-place vote

How the Houston Astros won an epic, homer-happy World Series Game 2

Recent physical shows Angels’ Shohei Ohtani has a damaged elbow ligament

Inside the frenzied 12 minutes that led to the Dodgers’ deal for Yu Darvish

Lox to advance: How Israel’s WBC team engineered the greatest Jewish miracle since the oil burned for eight days
How 10 Facebook comments tell the story of Dexter Fowler, the Cardinals and America in 2017


(Tied) 4.  Karen CrouseThe New York Times, 44 points

It Takes a Small Army to Equal Arnie

Phil Mickelson Says He’ll Skip U.S. Open to Attend Daughter’s Graduation

On Trump’s Turf, U.S. Women’s Open Contenders Will Feel the Heat

Spieth Goes From Hunted to Hunter, and Back Again, in Winning British Open

An Absent Friend Casts a Shadow Over a Rookie’s Tour Milestone


(Tied) 4.  Andy McCulloughLos Angeles Times, 44 points

How Dodgers GM Farhan Zaidi became one of the most coveted minds in baseball

Reconstructing the Dodgers’ 2016 Game 5 NLDS win over Washington

Astros are one win from World Series title after outslugging Dodgers 13-12 in Game 5

Dodgers struggle to balance Corey Seager’s zeal for playing with team’s concern for rest

‘We got Darvish’: How the Dodgers’ dramatic trade played out


6.  Scott MillerBleacher Report, 36 points, 1 first-place vote

Remembering Baseball Legend Roy Halladay: Friend, Father, 5 a.m. Workout Warrior

Astros’ Huge Game 7 Win Dedicated to Houston After Hurricane Harvey’s Terror

‘The Game’s Better When They’re Hated’: MLB Reacts to Yankees’ Stanton Trade

The 107 MPH Man: Michael Kopech’s Quest to Be the Hardest Thrower of All Time

Charlie Blackmon’s Trash 2004 Jeep Just One Layer of MLB’s Quirkiest Superstar


7.  Howard BeckBleacher Report, 32 points

The Winner of the DeMarcus Cousins Trade Isn’t Who You Think It Is






(Tied) 8.  Anthony FenechDetroit Free Press, 27 points

Detroit Tigers trade Justin Verlander to Houston Astros 

Detroit Tigers LHP Daniel Norris is a man beyond the van 

Anatomy of Justin Verlander trade: Inside the deal as deadline neared

How the Detroit Tigers built a sinking ship over four years 

Justin Verlander wins World Series with Detroit close to his heart 


(Tied) 8.  Adam KilgoreThe Washington Post, 27 points

Matt Ryan shakes off past playoff failures, leads Falcons to NFC title

Aaron Hernandez’s precipitous decline ends in a Massachusetts prison cell

During an NFL season of protests and criticism, Chris Long asked, ‘Why not help?’

‘What real cold feels like’: Revisiting the Packers-Giants 2008 NFC showdown

The NFL has an offensive line crisis


10.  Chuck CulpepperThe Washington Post, 26 points, 1 first-place vote

Clemson stuns Alabama to win College Football Playoff national championship

Tennessee football was drowning in chaos before going with the Tide

‘He’s still stealing from us, that little sawed-off S.O.B.’: Nick Saban’s long shadow lingers at LSU

Before landing the big job at Texas, Tom Herman worked the little jobs in Texas

The mysteries of the college football universe sometimes alight in places like Iowa City