2021 Michigan APME-Newspaper Contest

Best Sports Feature Story ( Division II)Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: The Ann Arbor News
    Entry Title: Did Bo know? A fight for the legendary Michigan football coach’s legacy
    Entry Credit: Aaron McMann
    Judge Comment: Balanced, well-written story that doesn't take sides. Bo Schembechler's legacy is complicated, and it was refreshing to see the author resist the temptation to play judge and jury. Great interviews. Aaron obviously spent a lot of time on this story.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: The Muskegon Chronicle
    Entry Title: Michigan family mourns death of son they say was pushed to the breaking point by stop in high school sports
    Entry Credit: Scott DeCamp
    Judge Comment: Strong story examining one of the hidden issues of the pandemic. Scott obviously gained the trust of the family, vital to telling this story. Impressive that the story was published two weeks after the teen's death. Nice job exploring the state's stance and the "Let Them Play" movement.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: The Bay City Times
    Entry Title: Forget the ceremonial at-bat, injured senior dashes to first for final moment of glory
    Entry Credit: Lee Thompson
    Judge Comment: Good story with enough twists to set it apart from the cliche injury comeback tale. As the story went on, Taylor became someone to cheer for.