Polk Middle's Aaron Jackson hauls in the winning touchdown in the Wolverines' win over Apple Valley

A PolkSports photo of a game-winning touchdown at Polk County Middle School has earned national recognition by the Associated Press Sports Editors.

Andy Rhinehart’s photo of Aaron Jackson’s last-second touchdown catch was named a finalist in the Division D Action Photo category in APSE’s 2021 competition. The APSE contest is often called the Super Bowl of sports journalism, with publications around the country competing in four classifications.

Division D is the smallest of the four groups. The competition included categories for writing, newspaper sections and websites.

Judges select a Top 10 from all entries in a category, with each judge ranking the entrants in the class. A second panel of judges will review the 10 finalists and also rate each. Those ballots will be tallied and a category winner will be announced in April.


Scott Chancey, Florence Morning News
Helen Comer, The Daily News Journal (Murfreesboro, Tenn.)
Gary Cosby Jr., The Tuscaloosa News
Jake Crandall, Montgomery Advertiser
Rhianna Gelhart, Wyoming Tribune Eagle (Cheyenne)
Jeff Helsel, Mon Valley Independent (Monessen, Pa.)
Mathew Kirby, Muddy River Sports (Quincy, Ill.)
Cayla Nimmo, Casper Star-Tribune
Andy Rhinehart, PolkSports.com (Columbus, N.C.)
Mickey Welsh, Montgomery Advertiser