By Mary Byrne, APSE Second Vice President

Nicholas Dettman of the West Bend (Wis.) Daily News took first place in the Associated Press Sports Editors 2014 contest for Game Story in the under 30,000 circulation category.

Dettman will be presented a first-place plaque at the 2015 APSE banquet on June 27 at The  Westgate Hotel in San Diego, Calif.

Balloting by six APSE judges ranked Dettman ahead of runner-up Jeff McIntyre of the TimesDaily (Florence, Ala.) and third-place finisher Adam Shinder of The Recorder (Amsterdam, N.Y.) The top 10 is listed below with links to writers’ Twitter pages and entries.

Sports editors in the under 30,000 circulation category submitted 106 game story entries written or directed by APSE member sports departments in 2014. All entries were stripped of their headlines, bylines and any other elements that would identify the writer or news organization.

In early February, preliminary 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 separately on a secret ballot. Entries were given 10 points for a first-place vote, nine points for second and so on. 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 Game Story category is judged on reader interest, and quality of writing and thoroughness of reporting. Each news organization is permitted three entries in this category.

The contest is open to all APSE members. Go to this link to join.

2014 APSE Contest: Game Story, under 30,000 circulation

(First-place votes in parentheses)

1. Nicholas Dettmann, West Bend (Wis.) Daily News, 40 points

Warm welcome

2. Jeff McIntyre, TimesDaily (Florence, Ala.), 38 points (1)

Redemption: Last-second field goal sends Lions past Blazers

T3. Adam Shinder, The Recorder (Amsterdam, N.Y.), 37 points

Fonda-Fultonville wins 1st title since 1982

 T3. Joey Chandler, The Tuscaloosa News, 37 points

Hale County girls basketball team remember No. 22

5. Jonathan Bombulie, The Citizens’ Voice (Wilkes-Barre, Pa.), 36 points (3)

WBS Penguins run at Calder Cup ends with Game 6 loss to IceCaps

T6. Whitelaw Reid, The Daily Progress (Charlottesville, Va.), 32 points

Virginia picks up big road win at Pittsburgh

T6. Jon Blau, The Herald-Times (Bloomington, Ind.), 32 points (1)

Panthers rally to regional title, 36-22

T8. Evan Crawley, Kennebec Journal (Augusta, Maine), 29 points (1)

Rain washes out first day of Maine Open

T8. David Morrison, Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune, 29 points

Missouri win was in the cards

10. Dave Shelles, Wyoming Tribune Eagle (Cheyenne), 20 points

Track title dreams fulfilled for two Central seniors