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Seattle Sounders Named ‘Sports Story of the Year’

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The Seattle Sports Commission held their 82nd annual awards ceremony Wednesday evening and the Seattle Sounders Football Club were named the “Sports Story of the Year”.

The Sounders dramatic turnaround – surging from nearly the bottom of the table in September to claiming its first MLS Cup trophy two months later – beat out five other northwest-area stories, as nominated by the Sports Star Committee. Sounders forward Jordan Morris was also honored as a nominee for the Male Sports Star of the Year Award, which was won by Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner.

WINNER: Sounders FC wins MLS Cup
• University of Washington Women’s Basketball reaches Final Four
• University of Washington Women’s Golf wins NCAA title
• University of Washington Football makes College Football Playoffs
• Former Mariners outfielder Ken Griffey Jr. enters Baseball Hall of Fame
• Seattle Seahawks win the NFC West title for third time in four years

WINNER: Bobby Wagner – Seattle Seahawks
• Jordan Morris – Seattle Sounders FC
• Jake Browning – University of Washington Football
• Nelson Cruz – Seattle Mariners
• Gabe Marks – Washington State Football

Additionally, Kelsey Plum was named the Female Sports Star of the Year after leading the University of Washington basketball team to the Final Four and earning All-American honors last season. The Pac-12’s all-time leading scorer currently leads the nation with 30.9 points per game for the eight-ranked Huskies in the 2016-2017 campaign.

Gary Payton, a nine-time NBA All-Star and member of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, was honored with the Royal Brougham Award for lifetime achievement for his prolific career with Seattle SuperSonics from 1990-2003.

Rick Rizzs, the longtime Seattle Mariners broadcaster, was the honoree for the Keith Jackson Award, which is given to a member of the media who demonstrated excellence. The Paul Allen Award, which is given to an individual who has made a compelling philanthropic contribution, honored former Seahawks standout Jacob Green, who has been a steadfast leader in the fight against cancer.

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