Andrew Carter, Julia Wall and Kevin Keister of The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C., won first place in the 2022 Associated Press Sports Editors contest in the Division B Projects category for “Dreams and Nightmares,” their collection of stories, photos and videos about high school basketball in one of the poorest parts of North Carolina.

APSE contest winners and top-10 finishers will be honored at the 2023 APSE Summer Conference banquet at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas on July 12. Click here to register for the conference, which begins on July 9 and will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of APSE.           

Scott Fowler, Jeff Siner and Kata Stevens of The Charlotte Observer were second for their “Sports Legends of the Carolinas” interview series, and Henry J. Cordes, Marjie Ducey, Dirk Chatelain, Nancy Gaarder, Emily Nitcher of the Omaha World-Herald took third for their series on the 50th years of Title IX in Nebraska.

The News & Observer will receive a plaque. The second- through 10th-place finishers will receive frameable certificates.                                                                                            

Sports editors from B Division submitted 23 Projects entries, which could include up to 10 articles each. 

Contest chair Naila-Jean Meyers and fellow APSE officers Jorge Rojas, Dan Spears and Ed Reed prepared the entries. The contest is open to APSE members. Click here to join.

Contest results: Sections, digital, video | Writing and photography

In February, judges at the APSE Winter Conference in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., and remote judges around the country selected a top 10, with each judge ranking the entries in order from 1 to 10. 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 top 10 is listed below with voting results and links to the winning entries.

  1. The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.), Andrew Carter, Julia Wall, Kevin Keister: “Dreams and Nightmares,” 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10, 50 points (1 first-place vote) 
  2. The Charlotte Observer, Scott Fowler, Jeff Siner, Kata Stevens: “Sports Legends of the Carolinas,”  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 (42 points, 3 first-place votes)
  3. Omaha World-Herald, Henry J. Cordes, Marjie Ducey, Dirk Chatelain, Nancy Gaarder, Emily Nitcher: Title IX at 50 in Nebraska 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10, 39 points (1 first-place vote) 
  4. Palm Beach Post, Tom D’Angelo, Nick Pugliese, Eric Wallace: 50 Historic Moments in Palm Beach County sports, 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9, 38 points 
  5. The Columbus Dispatch, Lori Schmidt, Joey Kaufman, Colin Gay, Rob Oller, Adam Jardy: 100th anniversary of Ohio Stadium, 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10, 35 points (1 first-place vote)
  6. The Buffalo News, Sean Kirst, Harry Scull Jr: Dennis Crawley lives with ALS, 1 2 3 4 5 6 7, 27 points 

7. (tie) Las Vegas Review-Journal, Briana Erickson, Mick Akers, Jeff German: Raiders lawsuits and harassment claims, 1 2, 26 points

7. (tie) Wisconsin State Journal (Madison), Jim Polzin, Colten Bartholomew, Chris Doyle, Todd MIlewski: “Badgers Legends,” 1 2 3 4 5, 26 points

9. The Tennessean (Nashville), Emily Adams, Jacob Shames, Koki Riley, Joe Dandron, Chapel Fowler: NIL in high school sports, 1 2 3 4 5, 25 points 

10. The Post-Standard (Syracuse, N.Y.), Donna Ditota, Christa Lemczak: Larry Costello’s Hall of Fame career, 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8, 22 points