By Jeff Rosen

APSE President


Michael Zamora of the Des Moines Register won first place in the Associated Press Sports Editors 2017 contest in short video for the 30,000-75,000 circulation category.

Zamora’s video relates the story of a baseball coach’s battle with vision loss and how the game remains a light in his life in spite of that adversity.

Finishing a close second was the Outsports team of Alex Hawley, Adam Scigliano, Spencer Wardwell and Cyd Zeigler.

Zamora 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 fifth-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 five, and from there another group of judges ranked the finalists in order from 1 to 5 separately on a secret ballot. Entries were given 5 points for a first-place vote, 4 for second, etc. The winner and final rankings are determined by tallying the ballots.

The short video category recognizes top work in sports video that’s shorter than five minutes.

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

  1. Michael Zamora, Des Moines Register, 23 points, 2 first-place votes

Robbed of his sight, Iowa coach remains focused on baseball

  1. Alex Hawley, Adam Scigliano, Spencer Wardwell and Cyd Zeigler, OutSports, 21 points, 2 first-place votes

Gay former NFL player Ryan O’Callaghan on coming out

  1. Chris Pietsch, The Register Guard, 19 points, 1 first-place vote

Eight seconds on a load of TNT

  1. Salim Makhlouf and Brian Linder, Patriot News/, 15 points, 1 first-place vote

Micah Parsons Signing Day Commitment Video

  1. Anthony Zilis, The News-Gazette, 12 points

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