Rick May

83rd Annual MTRWestern Sports Star of the Year Winners

Female Sports Star of the Year

Courtesy UW Athletics

Ali Aguilar – University of Washington Softball

Senior shortstop Ali Aguilar earned All-America and All-Pac-12 honors after leading the Huskies to the semifinals of the Women’s College World Series and a 50-14 record. She topped the team in home runs and runs scored, and finished her career with the most runs scored in school history.

Male Sports Star of the Year

Dante Pettis – University of Washington Football

Senior Dante Pettis was the Huskies’ leading receiver and a consensus All-American after setting an NCAA career record with his ninth touchdown-scoring punt return. That was his fourth punt-return TD of the season, tying the Pac-12 record, and made him the conference’s all-time leading punt returner.

Sports Story of the Year

 

Courtesy GU Athletics

Gonzaga soars to its first Final Four

The Gonzaga Bulldogs had their best men’s basketball season in a long run of great ones. The Zags won their first 29 games and made it to the national championship game. It was their first Final Four appearance and the first by any of the state’s men’s teams since 1958.

82nd Annual MTRWestern Sports Star of the Year Winners

 

Female Sports Star of the Year

Courtesy UW Athletics

Courtesy UW Athletics

Kelsey Plum – UW Basketball

Senior guard Kelsey Plum became the Pac-12’s all-time top scorer and led the Huskies to 26 wins and their best finish ever – a spot in the Final Four. Washington’s first All-American, she won the past two conference scoring championships and broke the school career record as a junior.

Male Sports Star of the Year

Courtesy Seattle Seahawks

Courtesy Seattle Seahawks

Bobby Wagner – Seattle Seahawks

Middle linebacker Bobby Wagner led the NFL in tackles and shattered the Seahawks single-season record in the process. He was named first-team All-Pro and made the Pro Bowl for the third consecutive time. He is the only Seahawk ever to top 100 tackles for five straight seasons.

Sports Story of the Year

 

Courtesy Seattle Sounders FC

Courtesy Seattle Sounders FC

Sounders FC wins the MLS Cup

In the biggest comeback in Major League Soccer history, the Sounders roared from second-to-last in the conference to capture their first league championship. The historic surge included a coaching change, the loss of Clint Dempsey, the arrival of Nicolas Lodeiro and the emergence of Jordan Morris.

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