Seahawks’ Tyler Lockett, UW Softball’s Gabbie Plain, Seattle Kraken honored at 2022 Sports Star of the Year Awards | Seattle Times

If Seattle Sounders’ Cristian Roldan had to lose the Sports Star of the Year award, it would at least have to be given to someone who helped him win it.

Roldan, a rookie fantasy football GM, traded for Tyler Lockett for NFL Week 3 in the league of his US men’s national soccer team. He said he won the regular-season fantasy title and failed in the final game of the playoffs.

“Tyler came through at the right moment,” Roldan said, adding that he would thank Lockett if he met him Thursday night at the Westin Seattle.

“He contributed quite a bit, so I’m happy.”

Both were nominated in the men’s category at the 87th Annual Sports Star of the Year Awards, celebrating achievement in Washington sports. Lockett took home the hardware after receiving 1,000+ yards for the third straight season, joining Hall of Famer Steve Largent as the only Seahawks player to do so.

The other nominees were East Washington quarterback Eric Barrier, Mariners outfielder Mitch Haniger, Corey Kispert, senior forward Gonzaga, University of Washington senior midfielder Dylan Teves, and the UW national championship-winning rowing team .

Lockett noted that he had lost the award before.

“Sometimes we’re in that generation where we want it all now. We want to be successful now,” Lockett said. “We forget the grind.

“The biggest thing I began to realize was that because of God’s timing, I can appreciate everything even more.”

Gabbie Plain, a two-time first-team All-American softballer and UW’s 2021 Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year, won the Women’s Sports Star of the Year award.

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Plain thanked UW trainer Heather Tarr “for taking a chance on an Aussie nobody knew”.

Seattle Pacific soccer forward Sophia Chilczuk, OL Reign midfielder Jess Fishlock, Olympic canoeist Nevin Harrison, Paralympic volleyball gold medalist Katie Holloway, storm shooting guard Jewell Loyd and UW volleyball setter Ella May Powell were also nominated.

The nominees are selected by the Sports Star Committee, which is made up of local historians and members of the media and sports industries. Then there is a public vote.

The Seattle Kraken’s inaugural season was the sports story of the year. The Kraken were doubly represented in the category as the opening of the Climate Pledge Arena was also on the list.

“There is so much that we are proud of, even though it is one of the most difficult years of my career,” said CEO Tod Leiweke, referring to the pandemic.

“It was time to build this beautiful arena… and now we can dream of more.”

Alisha Valavanis, CEO and Team President of Storm, received the award for Leader of the Year. Former Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and his wife Ciara remotely joined the proceedings and accepted the Paul G. Allen Humanitarian Award, named for the late Seahawks owner and Sounders co-owner.

“Paul Allen meant the world to me. We won a Super Bowl together,” Wilson said.

“I am always forever grateful to Seattle.”

OL Reign players Sofia Huerta and Rose Lavelle introduced Maealie Glanzer, winner of the Wayne Gittinger Inspirational Youth Award. Glanzer, who was born in Uganda, learned to skate at Bellingham Sportsplex. There she saw ice hockey players in their element and wanted to try it.

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Glanzer hopes to play in the Olympics and later become a scout. She was the first state recipient of a Black Girl Hockey Club scholarship.

“That was the building block for me,” said Glanzer. “It’s a great organization and the people are just amazing.”

Glanzer plays for SnoKing Girls Select and Whatcom County co-ed teams under 14. She had just returned from hockey practice when she heard she was being honored by the Seattle Sports Commission. She had to validate herself to make sure it was true.

“It’s crazy how many people are here,” she said. “It’s just great to be here.”

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