BY SPNW Staff 12:04AM 01/23/2012

P-I Star Of The Year Nominees (1990-99)

The Mariners, who failed to produce a Star of the Year winner until 1989 (Ken Griffey Jr.), dominated the awards in the 1990s, winning in 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996 and 1998.

Washington defensive tackle Steve Emtman, winner of the Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award, easily won the 1991 Star of the Year. / Photo courtesy of the Seattle Sports Commission

Seattle Post-Intelligencer columnist/editor Royal Brougham created the Man of the Year sports award in early 1936. The Man of the Year became the Sports Star of the Year in 1977, and currently honors the Professional Athlete of the Year, Male Athlete of the Year, Female Athlete of the Year and Sports Story of the Year.

In the beginning, men and women were lumped together on one ballot. Starting in 1977, the “Sports Star of the Year” replaced the “Man of the Year.”

These were the nominees from the 1990s, when a format changed called for election of male and female winners beginning in 1994.¬† The winner is in bold face. The number behind a nominee’s name indicates the times he or she appeared on the ballot.

Year Nominees Sport Skinny
1990 Vann Belvoir Racing Leading rider at Longacres race track
Derrike Cope Auto Racing Scored major upset at Daytona 500
Karen Deden Basketball Top player for UW women’s team
Nesby Glasgow Football Starting safety for Seattle Seahawks
Chip Hanauer (3) Hydroplanes National Driving Champ, Seafair winner
Erik Hanson Baseball Went 18-9, 3.24 for Seattle Mariners
Shawn Kemp Basketball 20-year-old SuperSonics rookie
Greg Lewis Football UW RB won Doak Walker award
Sandy Schneider Basketball Successful coach at Lakeside High
Bob Walsh Administrator Oversaw planning for Goodwill Games
1991 Michelle Akers Soccer Led U.S. women to World Cup win
Mario Bailey Football Leading receiver for UW Huskies
Gary Boulanger (2) Racing Leading rider at Longacres race track
Steve Emtman Football Won Outland and Lombardi awards
Al Hairston Basketball Coaching legend from Garfield High
Cortez Kennedy Football Seahawks’ Pro Bowl defensive tackle
Edgar Martinez Baseball Hit 307 with 35 doubles for Mariners
Ellen McGrath Diving National champion from Bellevue
Ricky Pierce Basketball Averaged 17.5 points for Sonics
LaShanna White Basketball Seattle U. star, NAIA All-America
1992 Greg Barton Kayaking Bronze medalist at Barcelona Olympics
Fred Couples Golf Won Masters at Augusta National
Shawn Kemp (2) Basketball 15.5 ppg, 10.4 rpg for SuperSonics
Cortez Kennedy (2) Football Seahawk AP Defensive Player of Year
Edgar Martinez (2) Baseball Won AL  batting title with .343 avg.
Ellen McGrath (2) Diving 7th in platform diving in Barcelona
Rebecca Twigg Cycling Bronze medal in pursuit in Barcelona
Tony Volpentest Amputee 2 gold medals (sprints) in Paralympics
LaShanna White (2) Basketball Seattle U. star, NAIA All-America
1993 Yueh-Chun Chang Weightlifting Natonal champion in powerlifting
Jason Dunn Soccer All-American led SPU to NCAA title
Karin Grelsson Track SPU star won heptathlon at NCAAs
Randy Johnson Baseball Led AL with 308 strikeouts
Napoleon Kaufman Football UW star ran for 1,357 yards, 14 TDs
Shawn Kemp (3) Basketball Sonics star earned 1st All-Star bid
Eugene Robinson Football Seahawks safety earned Pro Bowl bid
Rhonda Smith Basketball Leading UW scorer, All-Pac-10 pick
Marc Weekly Football PLU QB led Lutes to NAIA title
LaShanna White (3) Basketball Seattle U. star, NAIA All-America
Year Male Nominees Sport Skinny
1994 Dick Armstrong Football Snohomish coach retired with 279 wins
Jay Buhner Baseball 21 homers, 68 runs scored for Mariners
N. Kaufman (2) Football Broke UW career rushing record
Gary Payton Basketball Led Sonics to team-record 63 wins
Chris Warren Football Led AFC in rushing with 1,346 yards
Female Nominees Sport Skinny
Arlys Johnson Weight Lifter Champion lifter set 6 national records
Angie Marzetta Softball Hit .364, led UW to No. 10 national rank
Betsy/Mary McCagg Rowing Kirkland twins won golds at worlds
Rhonda Smith (2) Basketball Led UW in scoring and rebounding
Cheryl Taplin Track Seattle sprinter led LSU to NCAA title
1995 Male Nominees Sport Skinny
Peter Hattrup (2) Soccer 1st midfielder to lead A-League in scoring
Lawyer Milloy Football UW’s consensus All-America safety
Gary Payton (2) Basketball 20.0 ppg, NBA’s All-Defensive team
Lou Piniella Baseball Led Mariners to first AL West title
Chris Warren (2) Football Seahawk scored AFC-high 15 TDs
Female Nominess Sport Skinny
Stephanie Armitage Sailing On all-women’s crew in America’s Cup
Robin Byrd-Goad Weightlifting Won seventh national championship
Chris Gobrecht Basketball Coached UW women to 25-9 record
McCaggs (2) Rowing Betsy, Mary won Pan Am gold
Rebecca Twigg (2) Cycling Regained world record in pursuit
1996 Male Nominees Sport Skinny
Jason Chorak Football Pac-10 Defensive Player of Year
George Karl Basketball Coached Sonics to record 64 victories
Alex Rodriguez Baseball Won AL batting title (.358)
Michael Sinclair Football Seahawk DE voted to his first Pro Bowl
Tony Volpentest (2) Amputee Won 2 gold medals at the Paralympics
Female Nominees Sport Skinny
Michelle Akers (2) Soccer Helped USA women to Olympic gold
Cindy Brown Basketball Reign star led team in scoring, rebounds
Michelle Church Softball UW’s All-America first baseman
Aretha Hill Track UW discus star competed in Olympics
Sarah Silvernail Volleyball WSU’s first-team All-American
1997 Male Nominees Sport Skinny
Jerome Pathon Football Set UW mark with 1,299 receiving yards
Gary Payton (3) Basketball All-Star averaged 21.9 ppg
Mike Price Football Led WSU to 1st Rose Bowl since ’31
Darryl Williams Football Safety led AFC with 8 interceptions
Dan Wilson Baseball Batted .270 for AL West division champs
Female Nominees Sport Skinny
Kelly Blair Track Won heptathlon at USA Outdoors
Jan Harville Rowing Coached UW eight to NCAA title
Sarah Pickering Softball 1st 2-time 1st-team All-America
Kate Starbird Basketball Stanford All-America from Lakes
Chelsea Zupan Racing Rode 122 winners, earned $708,716
1998 Male Nominees Sport Skinny
Chad Brown Football Seahawks’ All-Pro linebacker
Joe Jarzynka Football UW’s special teams phenomenon
Todd MacCulloch Basketball UW center led NCAA in FG percentage
Mike Pegram Racing Owner of Derby winner Real Quiet
David Segui Baseball Hit .305, 19 HR for Seattle Mariners
Female Nominees Sport Skinny
Shalonda Enis Basketball ABL Rookie of Year, All-Star Game MVP
Aretha Hill Track UW discus thrower won Pac-10 title
Melanie Kosoff Weightlifting National champ lifted twice body weight
Jamie Redd Basketball UW’s all-time scoring leader
Karen Thorndike Sailing 1st woman to sail solo around world
1999 Male Nominees Sport Skinny
Vin Baker Basketball An All-Star in first season with Sonics
Cortez Kennedy (3) Football All-Pro DE for Seattle Seahawks
Jamie Moyer Baseball Went 14-8, 3.87 ERA for Mariners
Jason Terry Basketball Franklin product starred at Arizona
M. Tuiasosopo Football UW QB 1st with a 300/200 game
Female Nominees Sport Skinny
Lea Foreman Weightlifting American records in snatch, clean & jerk
Barbara Hedges Administrator University of Washington athletic director
Melanie Kosoff Weightlifting 3-time national champion at 53.0 Kg
Becky Newbry Softball UW All-American and leading hitter
Megan Quann Swimming Relay gold in Pan Pacifics

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