By Todd M. Adams, APSE Second Vice President

A team from the Kansas City Star won first place in the Associated Press Sports Editors 2017 contest in multimedia for the Over-175,000 circulation category.

The Star’s team of Vahe Gregorian, Maria Torres, Jill Toyoshiba, Neil Nakahodo and Monty Davis will be presented a first-place plaque at the 2018 APSE Summer Conference Banquet at the Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt University on June 20.

Sports editors in the Over 175,000 category submitted 22 multimedia entries. The contest
is open to APSE members. Click here to join.

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 multimedia 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.  Vahe Gregorian, Maria Torres, Jill Toyoshiba, Neil Nakahodo and Monty DavisKansas City Star, 50 points, 3 first-place votes

Yordano Ventura’s final year filled with family turmoil, emotional distress

2.  Joe Ward, Josh Williams and Sam ManchesterThe New York Times, 49 points, 2 first-place votes

N.F.L. brains

3.  Andrew Keh, Gray Beltran, Sam Manchester, Joe Ward and Jeremy WhiteThe New York Times, 40 points

Isle of man

4.  Washington Post Staff, The Washington Post, 37 points, 1 first-place vote

How many ballparks have you visited?

(Tied) 5.  Alex Speier, Matt Pepin, Michael Workman, John Tlumacki, Emily Zendt, The Boston Globe, 31 points

What it’s like to face Chris Sale

(Tied) 5.  Globe staff, The Boston Globe, 31 points

No easy choice in the NBA Draft

7.  Reuben Fischer-Baum, Neil Greenberg and Mike HumeThe Washington Post, 29 points

The Colin Kaepernick tracker

8.  Priya Rishnakumar and Lance PugmireThe Los Angeles Times, 27 points

Does McGregor have a chance? Compare his fighting style and record with Mayweather’s

9.  Michael HogueThe Dallas Morning News, 19 points

Meet every member of the 3,000-hit club, including newest member Adrian Beltre

10.  Mark LaMonica, Ryan Gerbosi, TC McCarthyNewsday, 17 points

Yankees 2017 ALCS roster vs. Houston Astros