The Washington Stealth and All-Pro forward Lewis Ratcliff have been nominated for awards in the prestigious Seattle Sports Star of the Year Awards. The Stealth is nominated in the category of Sports Story of the Year, while Ratcliff is up for Professional Sports Star of the Year. The awards are based on the fans’ votes, with the winners being announced at the 76th Annual Sports Star of the Year Awards Banquet on January 26, 2011.
The Stealth moved to Washington from San Jose, Calif., just over a year ago. In its first season playing in its new home, the team went on make history with the first Champion’s Cup in franchise history. The Stealth finished the regular season with a league-best 11-5 record, good for the top seed in the NLL playoffs. They hosted the Champion’s Cup Final at the Comcast Arena at Everett, winning the title in front of a sold-out crowd of 8,609. The Stealth’s storybook season earned nomination as the Sports Story of the Year.
Ratcliff, who was acquired by the Stealth in an offseason blockbuster trade prior to the start of the 2010 campaign, was a major reason for the team’s success all season. He put up MVP-caliber numbers, leading the league with 46 goals and finishing second in the NLL with 97 points. His stellar play continued into the postseason, culminating with a five-goal performance in the championship game en route to the Reebok Championship Game MVP. His performance throughout the 2010 season earned nomination as the Professional Sports Star of the Year.
You can vote for the Stealth and Ratcliff in the Seattle Sports Commission Sports Star of the Year Awards by clicking here. Voting runs from now until January 21, 2011. The winners will be announced during the 76th Annual Sports Star of the Year Awards Banquet at Benaroya Hall on January 26, 2011. Tickets to the event are $75 and can be purchased at benaroyahall.com or by calling (206) 215-4747.