APSE honors Times' Topkin and Shelton

By Times Staff Writer
Published March 12, 2006

Times baseball writer Marc Topkin and columnist Gary Shelton were honored in the Associated Press Sports Editors contest last week.

The Times competes in the largest circulation category for papers over 250,000.

Topkin was selected among the top 10 game stories for a May piece on the Devil Rays' victory over the White Sox in which Jorge Cantu hit a winning home run and called his mother on Mexican Mother's Day. Topkin also was among the top 10 in Breaking News for an August story that detailed the pending replacement of Rays managing general partner Vince Naimoli by Stuart Sternberg. Topkin also led a team that produced What Went Wrong?, a five-part series in March that detailed the Rays problems. It was honored among the top 10 in Project reporting. The team included Shelton and staff writers Damian Cristodero and Louis Hau.

Shelton was selected among the top 10 columnists. His five submissions included a piece on Tony Dungy's strength at his son's memorial service and Venus Williams' return to form at Wimbledon.

Further judging to rank the top five in each category will be announced next month.

The Times also received honorable mention for its special section on Wade Boggs entering the baseball Hall of Fame.