Over the coming days, we are revealing, in alphabetical order, the 10 finalists for the 2014 Lexington Herald-Leader Kentucky Sportsman of the Year award.
The winner will be announced simultaneously the night of Feb. 4 on Kentucky.com and at the fourth annual Bluegrass Sports Awards banquet.
Complete results from Sportsman voting will be in the Feb. 5 Herald-Leader along with a story on the winner and summaries on each of the top 10 finishers in the voting.
Here is the sixth of the 10 finalists:
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Why 2014 was a very good year: The University of Kentucky softball coach led the Wildcats (50-19) to the Women's College World Series for the first time in school history.
What the voters said:
1.) "Program was absolutely nothing when (Lawson) arrived. Got it to the WCWS on the arm of one pitcher. Development year over year has been inspiring."
— Jared Peck, Lexington Herald-Leader
2.) "Rachel Lawson has turned UK into a softball powerhouse."
— Mike Cameron, WLXG-AM, Lexington
3.) "... in 2014, Lawson capped years of block-by-block building to lead Kentucky to a College World Series berth that is oh-so-elusive."
— Brian Rickerd, The State Journal, Frankfort