8 papers win Grand Slam honors in APSE contest

Friday - 2/15/2013, 9:30pm EST

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) -- Eight newspapers won "Grand Slam" honors in the annual Associated Press Sports Editors' writing and sections contest that ended Wednesday.

The Kansas City Star, The New York Times and The Washington Post, competing in the over-175,000 circulation division, earned top-10 recognition for their daily, Sunday and special sections to augment a top-10 website award previously announced in Class A website division (over 2 million monthly unique visitors).

The Buffalo News and Omaha (Neb.) World Herald won top-10 section awards in the 75,001-175,000 circulation division as well as top-10 in the Class B website division (500,000 to 1.9 million monthly unique visitors).

The Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World and Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News won top-10 section awards in the under 30,000 circulation division as well as top-10 in the Class C website division (under 500,000 monthly unique visitors).

The Opelika-Auburn (Ala.) News won top-10 section awards in the under 15,000 circulation division as well as top-10 in the Class C website division.

The APSE awards, voted on by sports editors from across the nation during four days of judging, honor work published in 2012.

Eleven newspapers won Triple Crowns, signifying top 10 honors in three of the four section/website categories. Those include:

-- Class A (over 175,000 circulation): The Boston Globe; Dallas Morning News; and Star Tribune of Minneapolis.

-- Class B (75,001-175,000): The Indianapolis Star; The Oklahoman of Oklahoma City; and the Tulsa (Okla.) World.

-- Class C (30,000-75,000): The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Miss.; The State in Columbia, S.C.; The National of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

-- Class D (under 30,000): The Wyoming Eagle in Cheyenne.

-- Class E: (under 15,000): Columbia Missourian.

The New York Times led all news organizations with nine writing awards. The Knoxville News Sentinel won seven.

Dan DeLuca, of The (Fort Myers, Fla.) News-Press, led the individual writing awards, capturing five honors including beat writing, breaking news, projects and two in multimedia in the 30,000-75,000 circulation category.

Jason Wolf won four writing awards -- two in the 75,000-175,000 category for The News Journal of Wilmington, Del. (projects and explanatory), and two for his former paper, the Greensboro (N.C.) News & Record, in features and explanatory.

Ryan Wood won four awards in the 30,000-and-under category, including three for the Opelika-Auburn (Ala.) News and one for his former paper, the DeKalb (Ill.) Daily Chronicle. He won features writing twice, explanatory and beat writing.

The top five finalists in the writing categories will be announced in April. Winners will receive their awards in June at the APSE summer convention in Chicago.

Results announced Friday:

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DAILY SECTIONS

DAILY SECTIONS Over 175,000

Boston Globe, The Dallas Morning News, Detroit Free Press, The Star Tribune (Minneapolis), Kansas City Star, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, USA TODAY, The Washington Post.

Honorable mention

Arizona Republic, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Chicago Sun Times, Chicago Tribune, Denver Post, Houston Chronicle, New York Daily News, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, The Seattle Times, The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

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DAILY SECTIONS 75,000-175,000

The Buffalo News, Detroit News, Indianapolis Star, The Times-Picayune (New Orleans), The Oklahoman (Oklahoma City)

Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald, The Patriot-News (Mechanicsburg, Pa.), Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch, Tulsa (Okla.) World, Washington Times

Honorable mention

Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch, Hartford (Conn.) Courant, Knoxville (Tenn.) News-Sentinel, Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader, Lincoln (Neb.) Journal Star

Louisville (Ky.) Courier Journal, The Tennessean (Nashville), The Salt Lake Tribune, Tacoma (Wash.) News Tribune, The Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk)

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DAILY SECTIONS 30,000-75,000

The Clarion-Ledger (Jackson, Miss.), Colorado Springs Gazette, Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer, The National (Abu Dahbi, United Arab Emirates), North County Times, (Escondido, Calif.), Peoria (Ill.) Journal Star, Quad-City Times (Davenport, Iowa), The Register-Guard (Eugene, Ore.), The State (Columbia, S.C.), Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal

Honorable mention

Florida Today (Melbourne, Fla.), Gainesville (Fla.) Sun, Green Bay (Wis.) Press-Gazette, Montgomery (Ala.) Advertiser, Pensacola (Fla.) News Journal, The Post-Standard (Syracuse, N.Y.), Reno (Nev.) Gazette-Journal, The Repository (Canton, Ohio), The Times-Tribune (Scranton, Pa.), The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle

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DAILY SECTIONS Under 30,000

Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, The Chronicle-Telegram (Elyria, Ohio), Columbia Missourian, Kitsap Sun (Bremerton, Wash.), Lawrence (Kan.) Journal World, Santa Cruz (Calif.) Sentinel, Sauk Valley (Ill.) Media, The Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News, Williamsport (Pa.) Sun-Gazette, Wyoming Tribune Eagle

Honorable mention

Athens (Ga.) Banner-Herald, Beaumont (Texas) Enterprise, Daily Chronicle (DeKalb, Ill.), The Herald-Times (Bloomington, Ind.), Killeen (Texas) Daily Herald, Marietta (Ga.) Daily Journal, Post-Star, Glens Falls NY, Opelika-Auburn (Ala.) News, Yakima (Wash.) Herald-Republic, York (Pa.) Dispatch.

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DAILY SECTIONS UNDER 15,000

Opelika-Auburn (Ala.) News, Daily Chronicle (DeKalb, Ill.), Killeen (Texas) Daily Herald, Kennebec Journal (Augusta, Maine), Winona (Minn.) Daily News

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