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 ninth of the 10 finalists:
Why 2014 was a very good year: The Louisville women's basketball star ended her Cardinals career as the first player in school history to go over 2,000 points (2,174) and 500 assists (600). The eighth pick in the WNBA Draft by Atlanta, Schimmel scored 29 points and was MVP in the WNBA All-Star Game.
What the voters said:
1.) "(Schimmel) brought pride to Native Americans everywhere in a career that transcended sport."
— Billy Reed, LouisvilleCatholicSports.com
2.) "(Schimmel) won, put up the numbers and did it with swagger."
— Gene Abell, Lexington Herald-Leader
3.) "She finished her Louisville career as one of the best to wear the uniform, then was a top-10 draft pick who promptly blew up with her WNBA All-Star Game performance."
— Ashley Scoby, KyForward.com, Lexington