Wilstein, Schuyler Win APSE Awards
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) _ Steve Wilstein won his third Grimsley Award for overall body of work, and Ed Schuyler Jr. won story of the year for coverage of the Tyson-Holyfield bite fight in Associated Press Sports Editors awards for AP staffers.
Golf writer Ron Sirak won in the enterprise category for a story that calculated Tiger Woods’ financial impact on the golf world at more than $650 million since turning pro; Mike Nadel of Chicago won best feature story; and Jimmy Golen of Boston was chosen sports writer of the year.
Photographer Thomas Kienzle of Frankfurt, Germany, was honored for his body of work, while other photo winners were Jack Smith of Portland, Ore., Hans Deryk of Miami and Eric Gay of Dallas.
Wilstein, a national sports writer based in San Francisco, won the Grimsley Award previously in 1994 and 1995. He was honored this year for a body of work that included stories about Jermaine O’Neal and Kobe Bryant, the two youngest rookies in the NBA, concussions in the NFL and Kevin Garnett’s big contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The judges said Wilstein’s copy was a ``well-written, in-depth treatment of subject matter and personality.″
Honorable mentions went to Chicago-based national columnist Jim Litke and Boston sports writer Howard Ulman.
Schuyler’s account of Mike Tyson biting Evander Holyfield during their heavyweight bout impressed the judges for capturing on deadline ``all that mattered, with details that really told the story.″
Honorable mention went to baseball writer Ben Walker for the Florida Marlins’ extra-inning victory in Game 7 of the World Series.
In the enterprise category, the judges praised Sirak’s reporting, saying he used a wide variety of tournament, television and golf industry sources to determine Woods’ financial impact on the sport.
``The thoroughness of it all was a hallmark of this piece,″ they said.
Nadel’s account of Detroit Red Wings star Vladimir Konstantinov’s slow recovery from head injuries sustained in a limousine accident after winning the Stanley Cup was judged the best feature story. ``The writer’s tenor and tone captured the mood of the story,″ the judges said.
Paul Newberry of Atlanta received an honorable mention for his story on Jackie Robinson’s birthplace, and Tim Dahlberg of Las Vegas took third place for his account of auto racer Chris Trickle’s life after being shot in the head.
In winning the sports writer of the year award, Golen was cited by the judges for stories that included a profile of Michael Gimbel, a Red Sox statistical consultant who may or may not influence the team’s hiring decisions.
``Golen writes with flair, his stories are enterprising and have depth,″ the judges said.
The 30-year-old Golen has worked in the Boston bureau for three years.
Honorable mentions went to Harry Atkins of Detroit and Dahlberg.
In photography, Kienzle won the Thomas V. diLustro Award for body of work that included soccer, Grand Prix auto racing, gymnastics, tennis and golf.
Honorable mentions went to John Bazemore of Atlanta, Al Behrman of Cincinnati, Deryk and Charles Krupa of Boston.
In the action category, Smith won for his photo of Tyson biting Holyfield’s ear. Honorable mentions went to Gay, Jim Mone of Minneapolis, Charles Niebergall of Des Moines and Doug Mills of Washington.
Best feature photo went to Deryk for a closeup of Florida general manager Dave Dombrowski hugging manager Jim Leyland after the Marlins won the World Series. Deryk also got an honorable mention for his photo of Edgar Renteria of the Marlins watching his hit drop in to win the World Series.
Other honorable mentions for feature went to Elise Amendola of Boston, Eric Draper of Albuquerque and Niebergall. Making it to the final round of the judging were Charles Arbogast of Trenton, N.J., Behrman, Ron Frehm of New York, Gay, Krupa and Cliff Schiappa of Kansas City.
Gay won the new category of picture story with a four-photo set on the emotional last game of Grambling football coach Eddie Robinson.
Honorable mentions went to Dave Martin of Montgomery, Ala., and Mone.
The judges for the writing contest were Julia Ward, deputy managing editor of USA Today; Jack Genung, sports editor of the East Brunswick (N.J.) Home News Tribune; Scott Monserud, sports editor of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram; Tracy Dodds, sports editor of the Austin American-Statesman; Cindy Boren, assistant managing editor of The Sporting News; Glenn Schwarz, executive sports editor of the San Francisco Examiner; Tracee Hamilton, Sunday sports editor of The Washington Post; and Barb Reichert of the Colorado Springs (Colo.) Gazette.
Judging the photo contest were Paul Bowker, deputy sports editor of the Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Gazette; Cathy Henkel, sports editor of the Seattle Times; and Kim Pendery, executive sports editor of the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times.
The awards will be presented at APSE’s annual convention June 24-27 in Richmond, Va.