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Seahawks, Wilson among nominees for MTR Western Sports Star of the Year


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Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and the Seahawks’ Super Bowl season could bring home awards at the 79th MTR Western Sports Star of the Year on Wednesday night at Benaroya Hall.

The annual celebration of Washington sports honors athletes, coaches, media figures and stories from 2013. A silent auction is at 5:30 p.m., with the show starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the Benaroya Hall Box Office, at www.benaroyahall.org, or by calling 206-215-4747. Premium tickets are $100 and include access to the show and VIP reception. Show-only tickets are $25.

Fan voting determined the male, female and sports Story of the Year. Winners will be announced during the event.

Wilson, who led the Seahawks to the Super Bowl in only his second season, is one of six nominees and shares top billing for Male Athlete of the Year with Washington’s record-setting running back Bishop Sankey.

Krista Vansant, who led the Huskies’ volleyball team to the NCAA semifinals in Seattle last month, is one of six nominees for Female Athlete of the Year, along with WNBA and Storm legend Tina Thompson.

The Seahawks were nominated for Sports Story of the Year.

Basketball

• Gonzaga forward Sam Dower was selected as West Coast Conference men’s player of the week. Dower made his first two starts after coming off the bench for three games following a back injury and helped Gonzaga to a road sweep at Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount. Dower averaged 23 points on 19-of-29 shooting to go with 11 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 blocks.

• Seattle Pacific’s Patrick Simon, who averaged 21 points while shooting 73 percent in a pair of road victories, received the Great Northwest Athletic Conference men’s Player of the Week.

• Washington’s Kelsey Plum was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week for the fourth time this season after helping the Huskies to a weekend sweep of Utah and No. 21 Colorado.

• Montana State’s Jasmine Hommes, a sophomore from Lynden, was named the Big Sky Conference Player of the Week.

From sports-information reports.



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