By Robert Gagliardi

APSE Third Vice President

Frank Bodani of the York (Pa.) Daily Record/Sunday News won first place in the Associated Press Sports Editors 2016 contest in the Projects category for the 30,000-75,000 circulation division.

Bodani won for his project on the 1954 Penn State football team. He will be presented a first-place plaque at the 2017 APSE banquet. The banquet and awards dinner will conclude the APSE Summer Conference, which takes place June 26-29 at The Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans.

Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette was second. The duo of Mike Dougherty and Josh Thompson of The Journal News in White Plains, N.Y. finished third.

Sports editors in the 30,000-75,000 category submitted 15 Projects entries. The contest is open to APSE members. Click here to join.

Contest chair Jeff Rosen and fellow APSE officers Tommy Deas, John Bednarowski and Robert Gagliardi 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 Lake Buena Vista, Fla., and off-site around the country, selected a top five, with each judge ranking the entries in order from 1 to 5 separately on a secret ballot. Entries were given five points for a first-­place vote, four points for second and so on down to one point for a fifth-place vote. The final five were given to a second judging group, which ranked the entries 1-­5 in the same fashion. The winner and final rankings are determined by tallying the ballots.

The Projects category judges a  Collection of articles that sheds new light on personalities and issues in the news, including trends and original ideas.

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

  1. Frank Bodani,York (Pa.) Daily Record/Sunday News, 25 points (2 first-place votes)

           Penn State’s football grand pedigree was born in 1954

  1.    Ryan Wood,Green Bay Press-Gazette, 19 points (1 first-place vote)

            Ted Thompson dominates NFL Draft’s 2nd round

            Packers dodges disaster with 2012 draft

            Patience pivotal to Thompson’s draft success

            Data reveals Thompson’s best, worst drafts

  1.    Mike Dougherty and Josh Thompson,The Journal News in White Plains, N.Y., 18 points (2 first-place votes)

            Pay to play: The high cost of youth sports

            Cost of youth sports creates bigger divide

            Are parents of young athletes behind the frenzy?

            Does youth sports specialization lead to more injuries?

            The top high school athletes are in a different class

            Story No. 6

            Story No. 7

            Story No. 8

            Story No. 9

            Story No. 10

   4t. Tom Housenick, The Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.), 14 points (1 first-place vote)

        This IronPig has been waiting two decades for his call-up

        If you’re scoring at home, Dick Shute has been in the right place at the right time

        A Day in the Life: IronPigs employees love view from their office

       A Day in the Life: Ryan Hill rooted in field preparation, recovery

       Story No. 5

       Story No. 6

       Story No. 7


  4t. Brady Vardeman, Ian Maule and Katie McInerney, Tulsa World, 14 points

       State of golf in Tulsa: As demand for golf shifts and courses close, industry adapts

       GolfBoards, Flying Tee, other innovations look to boost golf’s participation

       Sportsextra: Golf

       Photo/video gallery & slideshow