Brad Elliott Schlossman of the Grand Forks (N.D.) Herald won first place in the Associated Press Sports Editors 2015 contest in Beat Writing for the 30,000 and under circulation category.

Schlossman won for his portfolio of five stories demonstrating his coverage of college hockey. He will be presented a first-place plaque at the 2016 APSE banquet. The banquet and awards dinner concludes the APSE Conference June 22-25 at the Omni-Charlotte in Charlotte, N.C.

Balloting by seven APSE judges ranked Schlossman ahead of runner-up Ryan Holmgren of the Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune and third-place finisher Whitelaw Reid of The Daily Progress of Charlottesville, Va. The contest is open to APSE members. Click here to join.

Sports editors in the Under 30,000 circulation category submitted a total of 52 beat writing entries written or directed by APSE member sports departments in 2015. Contest chair and APSE first vice president Tommy Deas 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 late February-early March at Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla., preliminary judges selected a top 10 ranked, with each judge listing the stories in order from 1 to 10 separately on a secret ballot. The final 10 were given to a second judging group, which also ranked the entries 1-10 in the same fashion. The winner and final rankings are determined by tallying the ballots, giving a team 10 points for a first-place vote, nine points for second and so on down to 1 point for a 10th-place vote.

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


  1. Brad Elliott Schlossman, Grand Forks (N.D.) Herald, 67 points, 4 first-place votes

College hockey’s large-budget and small-budget schools continue to butt heads

UND’s Hakstol resigns, accepts job in Philadelphia; Brad Berry to become next head coach

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: UND men’s hockey beats Miami 2-1, celebrates winning NCHC title outright

After life-changing accident, UND hockey’s Lisa Marvin takes her days one step at a time

UND HOCKEY: Name change has deep meaning for Zane

  1. Ryan Holmgren, Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, 58 points, 3 first-place votes

Brian Hill shares record-breaking moment with his mother

Gov. Mead considers using rainy day fund to support UW athletics

Gov. Mead recommends $8 million in matching funds for UW athletics in budget proposal

Wyoming punter Ethan Wood finds escape, meaning in football after parents’ tragic deaths

Nonconference scheduling no small feat at Wyoming

  1. Whitelaw Reid, The Daily Progess (Charlottesville, Va.), 49 points

The humility of Tony Bennett, Mr. Charlottesville

McKay leaves Bennett for Liberty

Virginia basketball set to sign top 10 recruiting class

For decades, ‘Mrs. B’ has been a Virginia basketball fixture

Virginia bests Belmont to set up showdown with Spartans


  1. Will Sammon, Opelika-Auburn News, 41 points

Beulah track team overcomes obstacles on way to state meet

With support and drive from family, QB Jake Bentley shines for Opelika

Due to injury, Auburn High’s Tyus Flakes’ senior year has gone down different path

UPDATED: Former Auburn University coach Tina Deese excited about new venture at Opelika

Opelika holds off Auburn, wins 90th meeting


  1. Aaron Reiss, Columbia Missourian, 32 points

UPDATED: Missouri Director of Athletics Mike Alden to step down

Twenty five years later, the ‘Fifth Down Game’ is a source of humor

A wild day on campus ends with some silence from Missouri football

COMMENTARY: What my mom and Gary Pinkel have in common

Barry Odom, perhaps sooner than expected, has his dream job


  1. Kelly Lyell, Fort Collins Coloradoan, 31 points

Analysis: CSU football team as green as its jerseys

CSU board approves finance plan for new stadium

CSU coach Mike Bobo as steady as his message

Rashard Higgins not likely to return to CSU after bowl

Oden perseveres, chases dream at CSU


  1. Marc Weiszer, Athens Banner-Herald, 28 points

Emails follow losses: Frustrated fans let UGA decision-makers know how they feel

Gators chomp UGA again as QB change can’t help offense

UGA’s Fox agrees to contract extension

Georgia proposes SEC ban transfers already booted for assault/domestic violence

Five years later, former UGA athletic director Damon Evans ‘in a good place’ back in college athletics

  1. Tom Green, Opelika-Auburn News, 27 points

Surveillance footage shows Duke Williams’ bar incident ‘not a rampage’

Davis’ early success at Auburn has been years in the making

ONE SECOND TO HISTORY: An oral history of the famous Kick-6

Auburn drops 4 overtime heartbreaker to Arkansas

Jeremy Johnson not in uncharted territory for Auburn quarterbacks


  1. Don Williams, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, 26 points

Texas Tech works to manage $111 million in long-term athletic department debt

Williams: Red Raiders get worse before they get better

Mike Smith says Texas Tech coaches were told of dismissal before season started

Mirror image: Tech defensive back Johnson ‘identical’ to his father

Williams: Texas Tech’s imperfect season could still have a perfect ending


  1. Nathan Baird, Lafayette Journal & Courier, 26 points

Sweet sweep for Purdue over IU

Purdue’s Edwards thankful for mother’s lessons

Purdue guard Bryson Scott will transfer

Boilermakers aid bodies, minds with yoga

Purdue men opt for “secret scrimmage”