BY SPNW Staff 12:05AM 01/23/2012

Sports Star Of The Year Nominees (2010-11)

Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez has been a big recent winner, taking Pro Athlete of the Year in 2009 and, in 2010, Sports Story of the Year for winning the AL Cy Young Award.

1997 Male Star of the Year and former Sonic Gary Payton and broadcaster Kevin Calabro joined the 2011 festivities. / Photo courtesy of Seattle Sports Commission and Red Box Pictures

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.

Here are the nominees from the 2010 sports year as well as those in 2011 being voted upon now for the show Wednesday. Winners are in bold. The number behind a nominee’s name indicates the times he or she appeared on the ballot.

Year Pro Athlete Sport Skinny
2010 Swin Cash Basketball Helped lead Storm to WNBA title
Tim Lincecum (3) Baseball Ex-UW star helped SF win WS
Fredy Montero Soccer Led Sounders FC in scoring with 12 goals
Louis Ratcliffe Lacrosse Helped Stealth win lacrosse title
Mike Williams Football Leading receiver for Seattle Seahawks
Male Athlete Sport Skinny
J.R. Celski Short Track Medaled in Vancouver Olympic Games
Mason Foster Football All-Pac-10 linebacker for UW Huskies
Apolo Ohno (3) Skating All-time winter gold medalist for USA
Quincy Pondexter Basketball Led Huskies to NCAA’s Sweet Sixteen
Klay Thompson Basketball Pac-10’s leading scorer for WSU
Female Athlete Sport Skinny
Katie Follett Running Three-time UW All-America runner
Jenna Haglund Volleyball Star setter on UW Huskies team
Ariana Kukors Swimming Gold at FINA Short Course World meet
Jessica Pixler (2) Running Added 12th NCAA title
Karen Thatcher Hockey Silver medal at Vancouver Olympics
Sports Story Sport Skinny
Ichiro 200-hit year Baseball MLB record 10th season with 200 base hits
Washington Stealth Lacrosse Captured league championship
Storm/WNBA Title Basketball Won second WNBA title since 2004
Auburn Little League Baseball Good run to Williamsport tourney
Felix Hernandez Baseball Cy Young winner with only 13 wins
Year Pro Athlete Sport Skinny
2011 Kasey Keller (2) Soccer Finished stellar 20-year career with Sounders
Brandon League Baseball Top save man for M’s, AL All-Star
Jason Terry (2) Basketball Key role in Dallas Mavericks NBA title
Earl Thomas Football 5 interceptions as a Seahawks rookie
Dave Villwock Hydros Set career record for hydro wins
Male Athlete Sport Skinny
Nathan Adrian Swimming World Aquatics bronze
Jeshua Anderson (2) Track Captured NCAA, USA Outdoor titles
Chris Polk Football 3 straight 1,000-yard rushing seasons
Isaiah Thomas Basketball Guard led UW into Sweet Sixteen
Chris Williams Golf Qualified for U.S. Open at Congressional
Female Athlete Sport Skinny
Maddie Meyers Preps Distance runner for Northwest School
Jenn Salling Softball All-America at UW
Courtney Vandersloot Basketball All-America at Gonzaga University
Julie Woodward Soccer Coach at Seattle U.
Sports Story Sport Skinny
East. Washington Football Won first national championship
Seattle Seahawks Football Stunned Super Bowl champion Saints
Seattle Sounders FC Soccer Won third U.S. Open Cup title
U.S. Women’s Team Soccer Reached World Cup final in Germany
UW Rowing Rowing Won 3rd national title in five years


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