Members of the Baseball Writers Association of America did not have to choose between David Price and R.A. Dickey.
Members of the Nashville Sports Council must. Or they can pick one of three others.
Price and Dickey, who won the American and National League Cy Young Awards in November, are two of five finalists for Sports Person of the Year at the 15th Annual Pepsi Celebration of Champions presented by Kroger, which will take place March 7 at the Grand Ole Opry House.
The other finalists for the top individual performance award are professional tennis player Brian Baker, professional golfer Brandt Snedeker and Vanderbilt football coach James Franklin.
Baker came back from years of injury issues and qualified for three of tennis’ four major tournaments. He reached the fourth round at Wimbledon. Snedeker won the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup, the season-ending four-event playoff. Franklin guided Vanderbilt to its best season since 1915.
Nominees for eight of the awards were announced Wednesday.
“The 15th Annual Pepsi Celebration of Champions presented by Kroger is a one-of-a-kind experience, that brings sports fans throughout Middle Tennessee together to celebrate our community’s accomplishments in sports,” Scott Ramsey, president and CEO of the Nashville Sports Council, said in a statement. “We are excited to recognize some of the greatest athletes and achievements and all of the positives that sports delivered to our community in 2012.”
Nominees for other awards are:
• Ed Temple Male Amateur Athletics: Ian Clark – Belmont Basketball, LaRon Dendy – Middle Tennessee State Basketball, Steven Fox – U.S. Amateur Golf – UT Chattanooga Golf, John Jenkins – Vanderbilt Basketball, Zac Stacy – Vanderbilt Football
• Ed Temple Female Amateur Athletics: Ally Carey – Vanderbilt Lacrosse, Ann Dudley – Middle Tennessee State Track, Christina Foggie – Vanderbilt Basketball, Ebony Rowe – Middle Tennessee State Basketball, Lauren Stratton – Vanderbilt Golf
• High School Male Athletics: Corn Elder – Ensworth Football and Basketball, Jalen Hurd – Beech Football, Jonathan King – Riverdale Baseball, Alex Poythress – Northeast Baseball, Jalen Ramsey – Brentwood Academy Football and Decathalon
• High School Female Athletics: Alex Banks – Beech Softball, Shacobia Barbee – Riverdale Basketball, Samantha Gotcher – Clarksville Golf, Bashaara Graves – Clarksville Basketball, Kat Hutson – Ravenwood Volleyball
• High School Male Team Athletics: Beech Football, Battle Ground Academy Baseball, Christ Presbyterian Academy Basketball, Ensworth Football, Goodpasture Baseball
• High School Female Team Athletics: Brentwood Soccer, Christ Presbyterian Academy Basketball, Christ Presbyterian Academy Soccer, Ravenwood Cross Country, Riverdale Basketball
The Fred Russell Lifetime Achievement, Community Spirit, Nashville Sports Council Volunteer of the Year, Sergeant York Trophy and the Kaia Jergenson Courage Awards also will be presented and $2,500 college scholarships, in recognition of combined athletic and academic achievement, will be awarded to Michelle Chintanaphol from The Harpeth Hall School and Brock Baker from Oakland High School.
General admission tickets are available for $15 ($10 for Kroger Plus members). Also available at $100 per person for non-Sports Council members is a package that includes a backstage reception, event parking, a Bronze level membership to the Nashville Sports Council, and a commemorative gift.
Additional information is available at nashvillesports.com or (615) 743-3120.