Stephanie Apstein and Alex Prewitt of Sports Illustrated won first place in the 2021 Associated Press Sports Editors contest in the Breaking News category for Division A for their June article on pitch doctoring in Major League Baseball.

Apstein and Prewitt will be presented a first-place plaque at the 2022 APSE Summer Conference banquet at The Alexander Hotel in Indianapolis on June 18.  Click here to register for the conference.          

Brittany Ghiroli and Katie Strang of The Athletic finished second, and Chantel Jennings and Dana O’Neil of The Athletic took third.                                                                                    

Sports editors in Division A submitted 74 Breaking News entries. 

Contest chair Jorge Rojas and fellow APSE officers Gary Potosky, Naila-Jean Meyers and Ed Reed prepared the entries. The contest is open to APSE members. 

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In February, judges at the APSE Winter Conference in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., selected a top 10, with each judge ranking the entries in order from 1 to 10 on a separate 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 final rankings are determined by tallying the ballots.

The winner in each category will receive a plaque at the summer conference. The second- through 10th-place finishers will receive frameable certificates.

The top 10 is listed below with voting results and links to the winning entries.

1. Stephanie Apstein and Alex Prewitt, Sports Illustrated, 55 points (2 first-place votes)
2. Brittany Ghiroli and Katie Strang, The Athletic, 47 points (1 first-place vote)
3. Chantel Jennings and Dana O’Neil, The Athletic, 41 points (1 first-place vote)
4. Ken Belson and Katherine Rosman, The New York Times, 38 points (1 first-place vote)
5. Brent Zwerneman, Houston Chronicle, 36 points (1 first-place vote)
6. Gus Garcia-Roberts and Molly Henley-Clancy, The Washington Post, 35 points
7. Keith Pompey, The Philadelphia Inquirer, 27 points
8. Scott M. Reid, Southern California News Group (Anaheim), 20 points
9. Rick Stroud, Tampa Bay Times, 18 points
10. Pete Thamel, Yahoo Sports, 13 points