By Mike Sherman, APSE President

Courtney Cronin of The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Miss., took first place in the Associated Press Sports Editors 2014 contest in the Multimedia C category for her exclusive series following the nation’s top high school basketball prospect.

Cronin 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.

Her winning entry in the category for newspapers with 500,000 to 2 million unique visitors annually is titled “Beyond the Game.” The exclusive series follows Callaway High School combo guard Malik Newman on the journey from his junior season through the time he declares where he will continue his basketball career at the collegiate level.

“For the No. 1 player in the Class of 2015, being the best basketball player in the country extends beyond the court,” Cronin writes. “Take a look inside Newman’s life as he strives to be the key factor that sets his team apart from others in the country and earn the Chargers their third consecutive State Championship.”

The Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, Ill.) team of Erick Ward, Les Johnson, Jason Pfrommer, John Sahly, Joe Stevenson, Bill Stockwell placed second for its multimedia series Football 101, in which area football coaches and players helped readers understand the game. Scott Butherus of the Naples (Fla.) Daily News was third for the “Dream 18” series of golf holes, as chosen by a 12-person committee of local pros, amateurs, instructors and architects.

Sports editors in Class C category submitted 12 multimedia entries. In early February in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. judges selected selected and ranked the top three.

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

1. Courtney Cronin, The Clarion-Ledger (Jackson, Miss.)

Beyond The Game: An unbreakable bond

Beyond the Game: Episode 4

Beyond The Game: Malik Newman, Ep. 6

Beyond The Game: Malik Newman, Ep. 7

Beyond The Game, Ep. 8: Looking back, looking ahead

2. Erick Ward, Les Johnson, Jason Pfrommer, John Sahly, Joe Stevenson, Bill Stockwell, The Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, Ind.)

Football 101: Area coaches, players help us break down the game

3. J. Scott Butherus, Naples (Fla.) Daily News

NDN Dream 18: Top 18 golf holes in Southwest Florida

(Mike Sherman is sports editor of The Oklahoman and president of APSE. Contact him at or 405-475-3164.)