By Todd M. Adams, APSE Second Vice President

Johnny Sweet and Jon-Michael Osolnik of Bleacher Report won first place in the Associated Press Sports Editors 2017 contest in short video for the Over 175,000 circulation category.

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

They edged runner-up Brian Powers and George Schroeder from USA Today Sports. Jonah M. Kessel and Ben Laffin from The New York Times placed third.

Sports editors in the Over 175,000 category submitted 19 short video 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 short video category was judged, foremost, on the strength of storytelling. Visual and auditory quality was considered.

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

  1. Johnny Sweet and Jon-Michael OsolnikBleacher Report, 45 points, 2 first-place votes

J. Cole x Dennis Smith: Small-Town Bond from Fayetteville to the NBA

2. Brian Powers and George Schroeder, USA Today Sports, 44 points, 1 first-place vote

The Iowa Wave through a child’s eyes

3.  Jonah M. Kessel and Ben LaffinThe New York Times, 43 points

He Hits a Golf Ball 400 Yards. Here’s How.

4.  Whitney Leaming and Roman StubbsThe Washington Post, 40 points

Love at the Keystone State Gay Rodeo

5.  Jeffrey Basinger and Barbara BarkerNewsday, 34 points, 1 first-place vote

The work/life balance of WNBA guard and new mom Bria Hartley

6.  Emily Zendt and Stan Grossfeld, The Boston Globe, 31 points

Remembering the impossible dream

7.  Lindsay PierceThe Denver Post, 30 points

Josh Adams nearly died in a car crash. Now, the ex-Wyoming basketball star is back

8.  Alan Springer, Charles RobinsonYahoo!Sports, 26 points

Tom Brady’s stolen jersey: more details and timeline 

9.  Michael HogueThe Dallas Morning News, 22 points

The continuing importance of Jackie Robinson

10.  Hunter AtkinsHouston Chronicle, 20 points

Wrestling with Marcus Dupre