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January 21, 2015 at 5:51 PM

Seattle Sports Star of the Year awards — live updates

Local firefighters and their families pose with the Seahawks' Super Bowl trophy backstage at Benaroya Hall on Wednesday night. (Adam Jude/The Seattle Times)

Local firefighters and their families pose with the Seahawks’ Super Bowl trophy backstage at Benaroya Hall on Wednesday night. (Adam Jude/The Seattle Times)

The Seahawks — who else? — were named the Sports Story of the Year after their Super Bowl rout of the Denver Broncos last year. There was still a buzz at Benaroya Hall three days after the Seahawks earned a return trip to the Super Bowl with Sunday’s comeback victory over the Packers in the NFC Championship Game.

Former Seahawks quarterback Jim Zorn and Seahawks broadcaster Steve Raible accepted the award on the team’s behalf. Raible was also on hand to accept the Keith Jackson Award for excellence in communications, and he said his voice was still “iffy” after Sunday’s victory.

Seahawks safety Earl Thomas has won the male Sports Star of the Year award. It’s the third year in a row a Seahawk has won, following Russell Wilson for 2013 and Marshawn Lynch for 2012.

Thomas’ mom, Debbie, and younger brother, Seth, accepted the award on Earl’s behalf. “Earl in home studying film and getting stronger in his body and preparing for the Patriots,” Debbie said.

Backstage, Seth Thomas said his brother’s injured shoulder would not keep the Seahawks star out of the Super Bowl. “He’ll play — for sure,” Seth said.

Debbie and Seth Thomas at Sports Star awards ceremony

Fun night for Seattle U:

Redhawks soccer standout Stephanie Verdoia, named the nation’s top soccer scholar-athlete, was named the women’s Sports Star of the Year. Verdoia, the Redhawks’ all-time leader in goals and the two-time WAC player of the year, was drafted last week by the Boston Breakers in the fourth round with the 29th overall pick.

Seattle U legend Elgin Baylor, 80, is also here to accept the Royal Brougham lifetime achievement award. Baylor, of course, led Seattle U to the 1958 NCAA championship game and went on to a hall of fame career in the NBA. He was holding his award and doing a little dance backstage.

Seattle U’s Stephanie Verdoia

Here’s Baylor:

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Gary Payton with hosts Kenny Mayne and Cindy Brunson at Benaroya Hall.

Gary Payton with hosts Kenny Mayne and Cindy Brunson at Benaroya Hall.

We’re live here at Benaroya Hall for the 80th MTR Western Sports Star of the Year show, and we’ll have updates here throughout the night.

Tonight’s show figures to be a celebration of the Seahawks’ first Super Bowl title and an early tailgate party for their next Super Bowl appearance.

The Seahawks’ Super Bowl XLVIII victory over the Denver Broncos is the favorite to take home the story of the year honor Wednesday night at Benaroya Hall. Seahawks safety Earl Thomas is one of six nominees for male sports star of the year, and Seahawks play-by-play broadcaster Steve Raible will be presented the Keith Jackson Award, given for excellence in local sports communications.

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson won the star of the year at the event last year.

Thomas is joined by the Mariners’ Kyle Seager, the Sounders’ Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins, Washington linebacker Shaq Thompson and Washington State quarterback Connor Halliday as nominees for the male star of the year.

The six nominees for the female sports star of the year are UW golfer SooBin Kim, Seattle Reign’s Kim Little, UW basketball’s Kelsey Plum, WSU basketball’s Tia Presley, UW volleyball’s Lianna Sybeldon and Seattle University soccer’s Stephanie Verdoia.

The other nominees for the story of the year: UW men’s crew team’s fourth straight varsity eight national championship; the Mariners’ resurgence; the Sounders’ winning the MLS Supporters’ Shield; the Seattle Reign’s advancing to the National Women’s Soccer League championship game; and the UW football team’s All-America trio of Danny Shelton, Hau’oli Kikaha and Thompson.

Fan voting determined the male, female and story of the year awards.

The Sports Star Committee is also honoring three other individuals: Milton Wright III, a three-time survivor of leukemia, will be presented the Wayne Gittinger inspirational award; Steve Gleason will be presented the Paul Allen Award for philanthropic contribution; and Elgin Baylor will be presented Royal Brougham Award lifetime achievement award.

The reception for red-carpet event began at 5 p.m. and the show set for 7 o’clock. General-admission tickets are $25.

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