Mike Sielski of The Philadelphia Inquirer took first place in the Associated Press Sports Editors 2014 contest in Column Writing category in the Over 175,000 circulation category.

Sielski will be presented a first-­place plaque at the 2015 APSE banquet. The banquet and awards dinner concludes the APSE Conference June 24-­27 at The Westgate Hotel in San Diego, Calif.

He edged runner-up Sally Jenkins of The Washington Post, with George Diaz of the Orlando Sentinel taking third place. Sports editors in the Over 175,000 category submitted 72 Column Writing entries.The contest is open to APSE members.

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Contest chair Mary Byrne of USA TODAY Sports 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 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 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 Column Writing category is judged based on style, writing quality, originality and local appeal. There is no restriction on subject matter and no requirement that the column appears regularly. Each news organization is permitted two entries in this category.

The top 10 is listed below with links to writers’ Twitter pages, APSE member websites and winning entries.

  1. Mike Sielski, The Philadelphia Inquirer, 48 points, 1 first-­place vote

A son’s perfect swing

The church of Charlie Hustle

In new media world, Ray Rice video bound to wind up on TMZ

In big win over Cowboys, Sanchez exorcises his ‘butt’ off

Retirement ceremony was Iverson through and through

     2. Sally Jenkins, The Washington Post, 47 points, 3 first-place votes

In Sochi, hotel complaints fall into chasm between global spectacle and under-served population

Michael Sam’s courageous decision to come out resonates from the NFL to Sochi

Sochi Games offered a window into the many paradoxes of the ‘new Russia’

Mo’ne Davis is out of Little League World Series, and women’s sports are shoved from spotlight

Mother’s Day: Kevin Durant did more than thank Wanda Pratt; he showed what she had done

  1. George Diaz, Orlando Sentinel, 35 points

Dale Earnhardt Jr. enjoys the ride with father’s memories

Shameful swimming legacy involving sexual abuse deserves no honor

Reggie Williams changes game plan after death scare

Ian Supra remains resolute in cancer fight, relies on friends

Driver’s death should be sobering wake-up call for Tony Stewart

  1. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, 33 points, 2 first-place votes

Ukrainian biathletes are a unifying force of hope at Sochi Olympics

They built it for a movie, and people keep coming to Field of Dreams

Kings Coach Darryl Sutter is never down on the farm

Ed Orgeron left USC but stayed in spirit, and he’d love to return now

Ukrainian biathletes are a unifying force of hope at Sochi Olympics

(tie) 5. Tim Cowlishaw, Dallas Morning News, 32 points

20 years after Jerry & Jimmy split, new spin on why Johnson left ‘Boys

Cowlishaw: Mark Cuban has right to his opinion and remarks were honest; were they the best policy?

Cowlishaw: Why Troy Aikman, who suffered 7 or 8 concussions, hasn’t joined ex-players’ lawsuit

Cowlishaw: Ron Washington’s exit from Rangers is morbid, puzzling

Cowlishaw: Why I see Adrian Peterson and NFL woman-beaters differently

(t) 5. Benjamin Hochman, The Denver Post, 32 points

Hochman: Nuggets president Kroenke proud that Rams drafted Michael Sam

Hochman: Where the buffalo roams is Hochman

Meet Izaac Kinnison, AFA’s new tailback and inspiration

Hochman: It’s sad to say, Ray Rices in our community, too

Hochman: A love story endures through pain and glory

7.  Ian O’Connor, ESPN New York, 31 points

Ray Rice ruling disparages Goodell

Shame on Stern for Sterling silence

Collins keeps spirit of Shepard alive

Jeter scripts perfect end to Bronx tale

Richard Sherman did us all a favor

8. Mark Kiszla, The Denver Post, 29 points

Kiszla: Broncos embarrass themselves in Super Bowl rout

Kiszla: Mikaela Shiffrin’s goal: Strike gold five times at the 2018 Olympics

Kiszla: Russia maintains archaic, low view of women

Kiszla: Antics of Wild’s Matt Cooke difficult to stomach

Kiszla: Time for John Fox to demand more from Broncos

9. Mike Bianchi, Orlando Sentinel, 22 points

Pat Tillman died 10 years ago; why isn’t he in the Hall of Fame?

Even Muschamp knows Georgia game could be his last as UF’s coach

Knights choke at Croke but find their quarterback in Holman

With all NASCAR nepotism, Petty’s comments on Danica are hypocritical

Perry Moss coached UCF, FSU, Miami, Predators — and everywhere in between

10. Gene Collier, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 20 points

Gene Collier: Penguins’ decision baffling

Gene Collier: Noll left superbly, quietly into night

Gene Collier: Everything ‘Redskins’ must go

Gene Collier: Postseason tossed aside as quickly as it arrived

Gene Collier: Hiring right coach is what Pederson never got right