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Dec. 7, 2011

SEATTLE - The Seattle Sports Commission announced nominees for the 77th Annual Sports Star of the Year, presented by Root Sports, Tuesday.  Huskies earned five nominations in various categories.

Current or former UW student-athletes account for a majority of the Male Sports Star of the Year category, with Chris Williams (men’s golf), Isaiah Thomas (men’s basketball) and Chris Polk (football) all receiving nominations.

Former Husky softball standout Jenn Salling was nominated in the Female Sports Star of the Year category, and UW men’s crew’s third national title in five years was featured in the Sports Story of the Year category.

Fans can vote for these Husky nominees online at through Friday,Jan. 20, at 5 p.m. PST.  Winners will be announced during the Seattle Sports Star of the Year Awards show on Jan. 25, 2012 at Benaroya Hall.  Tickets are available for purchase at

 Nominees for Professional Sports Star of the Year:

 Jason Terry (Dallas Mavericks)

 Brandon League (Seattle Mariners)

 Dave Villwock (Hydroplane Driver)

 Kasey Keller (Seattle Sounders FC)

 Earl Thomas (Seattle Seahawks)


Nominees for the Male Sports Star of the Year:

Chris Polk (University of Washington Football)

Chris Williams (University of Washington Golf)

Isaiah Thomas (University of Washington Basketball)

 Jeshua Anderson (Washington State University Track)

 Nathan Adrian (University of California Swimming)


Nominees for the Female Sports Star of the Year:

 Courtney Vandersloot (Gonzaga University Basketball)

Jenn Salling (University of Washington Softball)

 Julie Woodward (Seattle University Women’s Soccer Head Coach)

 Maddie Meyers (Northwest High School Runner)

 Queen Underwood (USA Boxing)


Nominees for the Sports Story of the Year:

 Eastern Washington Football wins NCAA FCS National Championship

 Seahawks stun the Saints in NFC Playoffs

 Sounders FC wins third straight US Open Cup

 Locals Hope Solo and Stephanie Cox lead the US Women’s Soccer team to the World Cup Final

 University of Washington Crew wins third National Title in last five years


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