Jan. 23, 2008
SEATTLE - University of Washington softball player Danielle Lawrie was named one of two Sports Stars of the Year by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, capping an award-filled year for the pitcher from Langley, British Columbia.
A crowd of more than 600 was in attendance at The Westin Seattle for the 73rd annual awards, including Gov. Chris Gregoire, numerous past Sports Star of the Year award winners and representatives from the area's pro and college sports teams.
Lawrie was one of four current Husky athletes among the 10 nominees for the honor, joining Jon Brockman (men's basketball), Louis Rankin (football) and Katelin Snyder (crew). The award has been given to the top athletes in the Seattle area since 1935. Seattle Pacific University soccer player Sarah Martinez, SPU runner Jessica Pixler and Snyder were the other female nominees.
"What an honor, just to be nominated for this," Lawrie told the P-I. "I've got my family here and my coaches. It's pretty special."
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Bobby Engram was given the top male honors, finishing ahead of Seattle Mariners' all-star J.J. Putz and Brockman in the voting. Jockey Ricky Frazier, ultra-marathoner Scott Jurek and Rankin were also in the running for the award.
With the victory, Lawrie is the third-straight UW female to take the top honors at the annual banquet. UW volleyball All-Americans Courtney Thompson and Christal Morrison earned the honors the last two years.
As a sophomore last season, Lawrie went 31-13 with a 1.54 earned run average and led the Pac-10 with 457 strikeouts, which shattered her own record she set as a freshman.
She led the Huskies back to the Women's College World Series for the first time since 2004 and was brilliant in her first two games in Oklahoma City. Lawrie opened the WCWS with a no-hitter in the Huskies 3-1 win over DePaul and followed that up with a one-hitter in Washington's 9-0 win over Northwestern.
Lawrie earned numerous honors following the conclusion of last season, including being named a Louisville Slugger/NFCA First Team All-American and being selected to the WCWS All-Tournament Team. She was also a First Team All-Pacific Region honoree and a First Team All-Pac-10 selection.
Lawrie will miss the upcoming 2008 season at Washington after being selected as one of 15 members to the Canadian National Team that will play in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China. She will return for the 2009 season and have two years of eligibility remaining.
"I loved what happened last year, but I'm trying to kind of put it aside, take the best things from it and focus on this being an Olympic year," Lawrie said in today's Seattle P-I. "I'm just gearing up for one of the biggest things I'll ever do. I know I'm with the Canadian team, but I'm going to be taking a little bit of Seattle with me, too."