The red carpet appearances have been made and the sports stars and personalities are here at Benaroya Hall for the 79th MTR Western Sports Star of the Year.
ESPN’s Kenny Mayne is hosting the show tonight, and we’ll have live updates throughout the night as the awards are presented.
9:42 p.m.: Mayne and former Seahawks quarterback Dave Krieg wrapped up the event, with Mayne yelling “Go Seahawks!” to end it.
9:40 p.m.: No surprise — Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was named the Male Sports Star of Year. Wilson was not on hand to accept the award — “For Russell, it is time to sleep,” Mayne said — but Wilson did tape a message thanking the Seattle Sports Commission, which organizes the event.
9:29 p.m.: UW volleyball’s Krista Vansant, the first Husky to win national player of the year honors, has won the Female Sports Star of the Year. “I really didn’t think I was going to win,” she said in an interview off-stage.
9:20 p.m.: Fritz Brayton, son of former Washington State baseball coach Bobo Brayton, accepted was given for the Royal Brougham lifetime achievement award. Brayton couldn’t make the trip, so Fritz accepted in his place.
9:02 p.m.: Zack Lystedt, with his parents by his side, is accepting the Seattle Children’s Hospital’s Inspirational Award. Lystedt was 13 when he suffered a life-changing concussion while playing football in 2006, and he and his family helped create the Lystedt Law to protect young athletes who are suspected of having a concussion. Lystedt told the crowd his new sport is re-learning how to walk every day, then joked: ”Before the injury, all I thought about was sports and girls. Since the injury, nothing at all has changed.”
8:36 p.m.: Emerald Downs president Ron Crockett, a driving force in the fundraising efforts for Husky Stadium, is on stage accepting the Paul Allen Award, given to an individual who has made a significant philanthropic contribution. Former Husky basketball standout Quincy Pondexter (pictured below with Crockett0, on crutches after breaking his foot recently, presented the award to Crockett.
8:22 p.m.: Legendary skiing and snowboarding filmmaker Warren Miller is here accepting the Keith Jackson Award, given to a member of the media for excellence in communicating local sports stories.
8:01 p.m.: The Eastlake Little Leaguers, in a bit of an upset, won the Story of the Year, beating out the Seahawks, among other nominees.
7:50 p.m: Kenny Mayne opened the event and then welcomed his nephew, Troy, on stage. Together, they made this video for Funny or Die earlier this month, which was also showed tonight — drawing many laughs.
Before the presentations begin at 7:30 p.m., here are interviews with Washington State athletic director Bill Moos and his counterpart, Washington athletic director Scott Woodward: