By Tommy Deas
APSE President
Emily Giambalvo of the University of Georgia took first place in the inaugural APSE Student Sports Journalism Contest.
A group of eight judges selected her portfolio of work on Georgia football, baseball and gymnastics as the top entry. Each contest entry consisted of a portfolio that included a feature, breaking news, enterprise, multimedia or video and a wild-card entry.
Nathan Ruiz of Oklahoma State University placed second. Penn State’s Garrett Ross and Erin McCarthy finished third and fourth, respectively. Penn State was the only school with two students to place in the top 10.
Giambalvo will receive a plaque and be recognized at the 2017 APSE Summer Conference at the Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans June 26-29. (Click here to register for the conference.) The banquet and awards dinner will conclude the APSE Summer Conference, which takes place June 26-29 at The Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans.
The top 10 is listed below, with links to the winning entries.
  1. Emily Giambalvo, University of Georgia
Former Georgia baseball players Chance Veazey and Johnathan Taylor navigate life after paralyzing injuries
1971: How one year and five men changed the course of Georgia football
Sources: 3 gymnasts dismissed from Georgia’s team
The state of recruiting: Mapping the 25 highest rated players from Georgia and where they signed
Frix family takes overlooked position from backyard to Sanford Stadium
  1. Nathan Ruiz, Oklahoma State University
Underwood’s sudden departure leaves OSU community ‘stunned’
OSU background check system involves third-party service, coaches’ evaluations
The Stamford Star: James Washington, the brightest son of a slowly dying Texas town
VIDEO: What will it take for OSU baseball to make the postseason?
‘That orange jacket’: Blazer a symbol of Ford’s admiration
  1. Garrett Ross, Penn State University
Double Edged Sword
Chinese dominate medal count at Paralympics
Race driver Alex Zanardi, a double amputee, wins gold at Rio
Gabby Cantorna, in a league of her own, with the injuries to show
PHOTOS AND UPDATES: Penn State wins 2016 Big Ten Championship Game
  1. Erin McCarthy, Penn State University
Brother’s death inspired Penn State’s Shareef Miller to escape violent North Philly streets
Post-Paterno Players
Penn State hires women’s gymnastics coach in regime change after allegations of mistreatment
College coaches are using Twitter, other tools more in recruiting
  1. Alec Lewis, University of Missouri
Charles Harris remains focused during difficult Missouri season
Chiefs running back Darrin Reaves relishes return of UAB football program
Father of Kevin Knox II breaks down recruiting pitches by Mizzou, four other schools
The Lewis Lead
Mizzou athletes mourn death of barber James Carter, founder of JT’s Cutz
  1. Amie Just, University of Kansas
Darreon Jackson commits to Kansas after alleged sexual assault at Boise State
Off-the-court Kansas basketball news affects fans’ perceptions
Five years later: The final Border War
A timeline: Frank Mason III’s award-winning senior season
Josh Jackson’s suspension derails Kansas in Big 12 tournament
  1. Jordan Horrobin, Ohio University
Jimenez optioned to Triple-A Toledo
Hockey: Replacement of Bird Arena could cost about $40 million
Pucks and Pennies: Remembering a brother
The Delayed Call Episode #4
Hockey: Ohio loses 3-0 in ACHA National Championship
  1. Akshay Mirchandani, University of Texas
Texas loses at home to TCU for first time in 30 years
Harrison Barnes’ last ride as a role player in Rio
J’den Cox brings home the bronze
Mack Brown cut
Pittsburgh native Leah Smith takes bronze medal in Olympics
  1. Alex Simon, Elon University
Hurricane Matthew forces football game to move to Friday night
How Elon hosted a USA-USSR women’s basketball game during the middle of the Cold War
Swoope’s late-game heroics could lead Elon men’s basketball to Big Dance
Elon begins move to Under Armour
Young offensive line ready to step into key role
  1. Jesse Pound, University of Oklahoma
Mike Stoops searches for answers as the college football world changes around him
Post SAE, Sooners visit Jack Trice Stadium, named for college football’s racial martyr
Samaje Perine injured against Kansas State
Red River showdown game
Houston makes statement to Big 12, nation with win over Sooners