- - Sunday, May 15, 2016

The Washington Times was again recognized for excellence in sports journalism, taking home top honors in the annual Associated Press Sports Editors writing contest earlier this month.

Tom Schad’s story, “Up through the ranks: Minor-league umpires face slim odds, long road to the majors,” which ran on July 10, 2015, tied for first place in feature writing in the 30,000 to 75,000 circulation category. It chronicled the experiences of two Minor League Baseball umpires, Erich Bacchus and Chase Eade, as they traveled from North Carolina to Delaware over the course of a week.

Balloting was undertaken by sports editors from newspapers of all circulation levels across the country. Schad will be recognized for his work at a dinner in Charlotte, North Carolina on June 25.

Todd Dybas finished eighth in the same feature writing category for his story, “Two tone: Max Scherzer’s playfulness, intensity may be final piece for Nationals,” from April 6, 2015, which profiled the Washington Nationals’ starter and prized offseason acquisition.

Zac Boyer was recognized for his beat writing for the second consecutive year. He tied for ninth in his coverage of the Washington Capitals, a year after earning accolades for his coverage of the Washington Redskins.

The Times has now been honored for its beat writing in each of the last four years. Schad, who now covers Memphis football for The Commercial Appeal, was also recognized in the category for his coverage of that team as he finished second.

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