By Jeff Rosen

APSE President

Ryan Thorburn of the Register-Guard in Eugene, Ore., placed first in the Associated Press Sports Editors 2017 contest in beat writing in the 30,000-75,000 circulation category.

Thorburn covers the Oregon Ducks for the Register-Guard.

He will be presented a first-place plaque at the 2018 APSE banquet. The banquet and awards dinner concludes the APSE Summer Conference June 17-20 at the Marriott Hotel Nashville/Vanderbilt University. The second- through 10th-place winners will receive frameable certificates.

The contest is open to APSE members. Click here to join.

Contest chair John Bednarowski and fellow APSE officers Jeff Rosen, Todd Adams and Robert Gagliardi numbered each entry. Preliminary judges selected a top 10, and from there another group of judges ranked the finalists in order from 1 to 10 separately on a secret ballot. Entries were given 10 points for a first-place vote, nine for second, etc. The winner and final rankings are determined by tallying the ballots.

APSE contest beat writing entries consist of five pieces: at least one breaking news story; one event or game coverage story; one enterprise piece and two wild-card stories from any of the aforementioned categories (or other stories or analysis related to the beat). Judges in this category are looking for excellence on the beat, with metrics showing authority and audience engagement.

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

1 . Ryan Thorburn, The Register Guard, 45 points, 2 first-place votes

Advocate delivers powerful message

UO paid assistant Reaves $63,750

Oregon coaches’ ties go back 20 years to when Taggart was a player

Oregon deals Oregon State historic Civil War beating, 69-10

After just one season with Ducks, Oregon coach Willie Taggart accepts job with Florida State

2 . Mark Emmert, Des Moines Register, 43, points, 1 first-place vote

Jane Meyer wins $1.43M in case against Iowa

Iowa’s Nile Kinnick refused to ‘stick to sports’ and delivered a Heisman speech in 1939 that still resonates

Josey Jewell is living his grandfather’s Hawkeye dream. He’ll have to defy him when he goes to the NFL.

Iowa Hawkeyes outlast Iowa State Cyclones, thanks to their New Jersey duo

Here are the kids you’re waving at during Kinnick’s new tradition

  1. Ryan Wood, Green Bay Press-Gazette, 38 points, 2 first-place votes

3 Packers sit in protest during national anthem as others lock arms

How Packers mastered art of the Hail Mary

Why Lance Kendricks sat in protest for national anthem

Bears LB Danny Trevathan defends devastating hit on Packers WR Davante Adams

Focused on football and fatherhood

4 . Aaron Kasinitz, Patriot-News/, 29 points

Lack of diversity in ownership looms as NFL moves forward from year of protests, controversy

Philadelphia Eagles’ Carson Wentz has season-ending ACL tear

Carson Wentz’s Philadelphia Eagles teammates follow ‘the general’ to win over Panthers

For Eagles’ Alshon Jeffery, tiny-town upbringing paved road from hardwood to NFL stardom

After Trump calls for boycott, experts say NFL faces marketing challenges — but not doom

5 . Cody Stavenhagen, Tulsa World, 26 points

Criminal background checks remain a rarity despite issues in college sports

OU football: Amani Bledsoe suing NCAA over one-year suspension

Bob Stoops rides away: A look behind the football facade of OU’s winningest coach

West Virginia at No. 4 Oklahoma: For Baker Mayfield, an emotional senior day ends just fine

Chasing Billy Sims: As time catches up on one of OU’s greatest backs, a quest to make sense of his mystery

6 . Will Sammon, Clarion-Ledger, 22 points

Mississippi State upsets UConn in Final Four

Mississippi State names Ron English as safeties coach

Andy Cannizaro wants MSU to be an extension of himself

Meet the Starkville barber that generations of Mississippi State football players trust

Nick Fitzgerald was a known secret to high school coaches

7 . Michael Lycklama, Idaho Statesman, 19 points

Two newly hired Nampa High coaches are out. Did the school do its homework?

‘No divide anymore.’ Two rival Idaho schools join forces, reach football final

‘Life-threatening’ turf at an Idaho high school? Lax testing raises safety concerns

White lie earns Rocky Mountain football a victory in matchup of two 5A powerhouses

Fans asked Idaho to reform its high school football playoffs for years. Is it time?

TIE Eric Hansen, South Bend Tribune, 19 points

A day in the life of Brian Kelly and his attempted Notre Dame football resurrection

Brian Kelly’s ‘someday’ team arrives as Notre Dame bullies USC, 49-14

Analysis: How will Brian Kelly co-exist with new Notre Dame OC?

Analysis: Passing judgment at Notre Dame begins with Brian Kelly

How college football’s backroads set up Notre Dame DC Mike Elko for success

9 . Tom Orsborn, San Antonio Express-News, 17 points

After making memories with his sons, Ginobili has memorable out for Spurs

Spurs’ Leonard expected to miss preseason with lingering thigh injury

Former Spurs sometimes pay high price for playing in NBA

Humble beginning in Latvia set Spurs’ Bertans on path to NBA

Reporter finds inspiration, new friends, good food on Spurs road trip

10 . Jennifer Smith, Lexington Herald-Leader, 16 points

Father of college football’s Stoops brothers an ordinary man with an extraordinary legacy

After 44 years, Commonwealth Stadium has a new name: Kroger Field

Benny Snell sets school records, carries Cats to win at Vandy

‘Mr. Kentucky’ has seen it all from Fran Curci to Mark Stoops

‘The Wildcats are with you.’ A coach, a QB and a special visit to a boy’s hospital room.