Brittany Ghiroli and Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic won first place in the Associated Press Sports Editors 2020 contest in Category A Long Feature.

Ghiroli and Zrebiec will be presented a first-place plaque at the 2021 APSE Summer Conference Banquet at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas on Aug. 18.

Michael Rosenberg of Sports Illustrated finished second and J. Brady McCollough of the Los Angeles Times was third.

A Long Feature entry is a feature story that is more than 1,500 words. This entry is what we commonly call “Enterprise” in our newsrooms.

Sports editors in Category A submitted 70 stories. The contest is open to APSE members. 

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Contest chair and First Vice President Gary Potosky and fellow APSE officers President Lisa Wilson, Second Vice President Jorge Rojas and Third Vice President Steve Hemphill prepared the entries.

Because this year’s in-person APSE Winter Conference was canceled due to the pandemic, all judging was remote during three weeks in February. Each category had a set of judges examine all entries, choose a Top 10 as a group (in some cases, the ranking includes fewer or more than 10 entries), and each of those judges ranked the finalists individually. A second set of judges in each category then also ranked those finalists.

The winner and 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 links to the winning entries, and voting results.

1. Brittany Ghiroli and Jeff Zrebiec, The Athletic, 58 points, 3 first-place votes

2. Michael Rosenberg, Sports Illustrated, 55 points, 1 first-place vote

3. J. Brady McCollough, Los Angeles Times, 46 points

4. John Branch, The New York Times, 39 points, 1 first-place vote

5. Mirin Fader, Bleacher Report, 35 points

6. Michael Russo, The Athletic, 34 points, 1 first-place vote

7. Sam McDowell, The Kansas City Star, 33 points

8. David Wharton, Los Angeles Times, 31 points

T9. David Barron, Houston Chronicle, 27 points

T9. Rus Bradburd, The Undefeated, 27 points