Daytona 500's Joey Logano, UFC's Holly Holm Athletes of the Year

Joey Logano, Holly Home Athletes of the Year / Headline Surfer®Kansas City Royals choice for team of the year

World Series champion Kansas City Royals Team of the Year / Headline Surfer® DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Joey Logano was NASCAR's winningest driver in 2015, with six victories, incuding the biggest of 'em all in stock car racing -- the Daytona 500.

And how about the "Preacher's Daughter," whose kick heard 'round the world resulted in the knockout of previously unbeaten "Rowdy" Ronda Rousey?

While it was only one fight for Holly Holm it, was the biggest of the year in the UFC, regardless of gender,

With those credentials, Joey Logano and Holly Holm are the Athletes of the Year, among professional male and female competitors, respectively. 

And with their first World Series in 30 years, the Kansas City Royals, who disposed of the New York Mets in six games, is the choice for Team of the Year.

Considering the Associated Press is the ultimate source for the largest sports outlets through its paid wire services, it's a no-brainer the AP opted for NBA nost valuable player Stephen Curry of the NBA champion Golden State Warriors and tennis star Serena Williams, as its male and female athletes of the year, respectively.

Headline Surfer®, a small daily media outlet fronted by one of Florida's most experienced reporters with dozens went against the grain of a Stephen Curry or Tom Brady in favor of a sports star closer to home here in Daytona with the stock car racing.

And among female superstars, there isn't a sport that this media outlet has any connection to orther than perhaps catching a pay-per-view UFC fight like Holm-Rousey, which would not have been too awkward of a choice, except that women's golf, tennis and the WNBA are the more traditional women's sports staples. 

As for Joey Logano, he started the NASCAR Sprint Cup season with the big win in the Daytona 500, outlasting late race surges by Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon and 2014 Sprint Cup Series Champion Kevin Harvick. 

1. Joey Logano; NASCAR driver, won 6 races, including Daytona 500, tops among drivers;

2. Steph Curry, led Golden State Warriors to NBA championship over the Cleveland Cavaliers in 6 games, though some have argued Lebron James could have been named the finals MVP ;

3. Tom Brady, quaterback, led New England Patriots to Super Bowl win over Seattle Seahawks, 28-24.

4. American Pharoah, triple crown winner

5. Bryce Harper, outfielder with the Washington Nationals;

6. Steven Stamkos, forward for the Tampa Bay Lightning; 6. Jordan Spieth, PGA

7.Juan Pablo Montoya

8 JJ Watt, Houston Texans

9. LeBron James,

10. Roman Reigns, won WWE heavyweight championship belt over Sheamus.

Top 10 Female athletes

1. Holly Holm

2.Serena Williams

3. Carli Lloyd

4. Elena Delle Donne

5. Ronda Rousey

6. Stacy Lewis, LPGA

7. Sylvia Fowles, WNBA finals MVP

8. Nikki Bella, WWE

9. Maya Moore, WNBA all-star mvp

10. Danica Patrick, NASCAR Sprint Cup driver

Danica's best finish in 2015 was 7th place in the STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway in Ridgeway, Va, otherwise, she had an abysmal season.



Editor's Note: This story is being updated. The writer was in the ER over the weekend with asthma.
Henry Frederick Picture

Short Bio

Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via since 2008. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed close to a hundred award-winning byline stories nearly evenly split in print and digital platforms. Frederick earned his Master of Arts in New Media Journalism with academic honors from Full Sail University in Winter Park in February 2019. He was a metro reporter with the Daytona Beach News-Journal for nearly a decade and then served as a city editor for the Taunton Daily Gazette in Taunton, Mass, while maintaining a residence in Central Florida. Prior to moving to Florida, Frederick was a metro reporter for the Rockland Journal-News in West Nyack, NY, for seven years. Headline Surfer was named the Sunshine State's top internet news site by the Florida Press Club in 2018.