Coming: Sports Star of the Year Awards

The Seattle Sports Commission has hired Red Box Pictures to be the official photographers of the 75th Annual Sports Star of the Year Banquet at Beneroya Hall on January 19, 2010! One of the annual events this time of year, when we were photographers at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, was the P-I Sports Star of the Year banquet. The first one I photographed was in 1988 as a freelancer for the P-I. Former Seahawks’ linebacker Fredd Young won the award that year. When the P-I stopped publishing, it seemed inevitable that the P-I SSY award and banquet would go away as well. Although a few changes have been made, the SSY will not miss a beat, as the Seattle Sports Commission will carry on the tradition.

We are honored to be a part of this tradition, and hope to be for years to come. As a prologue to the upcoming event, we thought we would put together a gallery of some of this years nominees and a few of the past winners. Enjoy!   – Scott Eklund

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2007 winner Danielle Lawrie is nominated this year as part of the 2009 national championship UW Softball team. (Andy Rogers/Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

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The 2005 Sports Star of the Year was Seahawks running back Shawn Alexander, photographed breaking out of the newspaper for a P-I season-opening special section in 2007. (Andy Rogers/Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

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2010 nominee, then UW freshman quarterback Jake Locker poses for the cover of the 2007 college football special section. (Photo by Dan DeLong/Seattle Post Intelligencer)

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2010 nominee the UW mens' crew team practice on Lake Washington in the early morning as commuters drive over the Evergreen Point Bridge.( Dan DeLong/Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

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2010 Nominee Seattle Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez reacts after the final out in the inning against the Boston Red Sox at Safeco Field. (Dan DeLong/Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

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2010 nominee University of Washington head basketball coach Lorenzo Romar gives his team some instuction. (Scott Eklund/Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

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1995 SSY winner Mariners' manager Lou Piniella throws first base in a fit of rage after a bad call cost him a game in the 2002 season. (Dan DeLong/Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

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2010 nominee Swin Cash (far right) along with the rest of her the Seattle Storm high profile starting five (from left to right) Sheryl Swoopes, Lauren Jackson (2003 winner), Sue Bird (2002 winner), Yolanda Griffith and Cash photographed at Key Arena in Seattle.(Scott Eklund/Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

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2002 SSY Sue Bird, star guard of the Seattle Storm (Dan DeLong/Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

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2004 SSY winner Seattle Storm Coach Anne Donovan reaches out to touch the championship trophy in 2004 as she became the first woman head coach to win the WNBA title. (Scott Eklund/Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

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2008 SSY winner Washington Huskies forward Jon Brockman, shown outside of Hec Edmundson Pavilion before his final regular-season game against Washington State. (Andy Rogers/Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

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2008 winner Jon Brockman drives over USC's Greg Gaudino on the way to the basket in the game won by the UW over USC 87-73. (Scott Eklund/Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

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Seems like a while ago as 2005 Sports Star of the Year Running back Shaun Alexander ran onto the field after time expired at the NFC Championship game won by the Seattle Seahawks over the Carolina Panthers at Qwest Field. (Scott Eklund/Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

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2001 winner Ichiro Suzuki runs down a fly ball against the Atlanta Braves' Robert Fick. (Scott Eklund/Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

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I have two favorite Ichiro pictures, so you get to see them both, here he runs onto the field as he is introduced on opening day of the 2006 season. (Scott Eklund/Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

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2008 winner Seahawks' reciever Bobby Engram is leveled by Pittsburgh safety Ryan Clark after a catch in the first quarter as the Steelers shutout Seattle Seahawks 21-0 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, PA in 2007. (Scott Eklund/Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

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2006 P-I Sports Star of the Year UW's Brandon Roy dives for a loose ball and takes it away from Utah State's David Pak as the University of Washington beat Utah State in the first round of the 2006 NCAA Men's Basketball in San Deigo. (Scott Eklund/Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

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1997 SSY winner Gary Payton swipes the ball from MJ during the 1996 season that saw Jordan's bulls top the Sonics in the NBA Finals. (Scott Eklund/Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

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2003 SSY winner quarterback Matt Hasselbeck celebrates his third quarter touchdown on a six yard run to put the Seahawks ahead 14-3 during the Seattle 20-10 over the Washington Redskins in the NFC Divisional Playoff game (Scott Eklund/Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

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One of the great things about covering Matt Hasselbeck was you could always get your game photo from him because he always wore his emotions out in the open. Here he waits in the tunnel before the start on the game as his prayers went unanswered as the Seattle Seahawks lost to the New York Giants 44-6 at Giants' Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ in 2008(Scott Eklund/Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

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2003 P-I Sports Star of the Year Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck is shown with the team mission statement at the Virginia Mason Athletics Center. (Andy Rogers/Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

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2000 SSY and Olympic gold medalist Megan Quann. (Dan DeLong/Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

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1992 & 1996 P-I SSY Edgar Martinez and Alex Rodriguez chat in the dugout during the 2000 season (Dan DeLong/Seattle Post-Intelligencer

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1999 P-I SSY Marques Tuiasosopo rushing for a first down during the second quarter of UW's victory over Stanford. (Dan DeLong/Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

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2008 SSY Washington Huskies goalkeeper and forward Hope Solo wipes back tears after her team's loss to Portland in the third round of the NCAA Women's College Cup soccer tournament. (Dan DeLong/Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

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