FELDY: This one was almost a no-brainer once the name was brought up in our sports department.
It's a first for us, a female is our Sports Person of the Year for 2009, which I think is pretty cool. We never set out to pick a male or a female specifically, we just bounce a bunch of names and accomplishments around and do our best to settle on the person we feel is most deserving.
If you subscribe to the P-B, you will be able to read the archived stories on those three by clicking on their names.
Now, onto 2009. We threw out a bunch of names, but the one we kept coming back to is a very deserving winner. The 2009 P-B-Sports Person of the Year is (drumroll ........................):
Maggie McNamara, the former volleyball standout at Zumbrota-Mazeppa, and the two-time NCAA Division II National Player of the Year, and two-time national champion, at Concordia-St. Paul. You can read Paul Christian's profile on McNamara by clicking on her name.