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18 in ’18: Who were the biggest names in Seattle sports this year?

Washington infielder Sis Bates (22) cheers after Washington starting pitcher Taran Alvelo (14) gets a strike against Arizona during a game at Husky Softball Stadium in 2018. (Courtney Pedroza/The Seattle Times)

2018 in evaluate:

Washington infielder Sis Bates (22) cheers after Washington starting pitcher Taran Alvelo (14) gets a strike against Arizona during a game at Husky Softball Stadium in 2018. (Courtney Pedroza/The Seattle Times)

Washington infielder Sis Bates (22) cheers after Washington beginning pitcher Taran Alvelo (14) will get a strike towards Arizona throughout a recreation at Husky Softball Stadium in 2018. (Courtney Pedroza/The Seattle Occasions)

Sis Bates

UW softball shortstop

9 years after falling in love with the UW softball group whereas watching the Huskies win the nationwide title from her residence in Ceres, Calif., Bates led Washington to the championship collection within the School World Collection, which the Huskies misplaced in two video games to Florida State. Nevertheless it was nonetheless an ideal run for the Huskies and for Bates, their sophomore shortstop. She led the Huskies in hitting (.389) and on-base proportion (.389) and was a catalyst for the offense, batting No. 2 within the order. She was an All-American and the Pac-12 Defensive Participant of the Yr.

— Scott Hanson

Storm guard Sue Bird hugs forward Breanna Stewart tight after the Seattle Storm sweep the Washington Mystics in three games for the WNBA title. (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)Storm guard Sue Bird hugs forward Breanna Stewart tight after the Seattle Storm sweep the Washington Mystics in three games for the WNBA title. (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

Storm guard Sue Fowl hugs ahead Breanna Stewart tight after the Seattle Storm sweep the Washington Mystics in three video games for the WNBA title. (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Occasions)

Sue Fowl

Storm guard

Final season, Hen and the Storm gained their third WNBA title. In her 16th season (she sat out 2013 on account of damage), Fowl was higher than ever in some ways. She tallied profession highs in assists (7.1 per recreation), field-goal proportion (46.6 %) and three-point proportion (44.Eight). She additionally averaged 10.1 factors and 1.9 turnovers. Not solely that, Chook delivered the efficiency of the 2018 WNBA playoffs in a win-or-go-home Recreation 5 semifinal matchup towards rival Phoenix. Forty-eight hours after breaking her nostril, Hen donned a face masks and scored 14 of her 22 factors within the fourth quarter to erase a four-point deficit within the 94-84 win. Chook, 38, additionally has grow to be part of a trailblazing group of girls within the NBA and is working as a basketball operations affiliate for the Denver Nuggets.

— Percy Allen

Washington’s Ben Burr-Kirven, right, celebrates his game-sealing interception with teammate Keith Taylor during the Huskies’ victory over Colorado. (Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times)Washington’s Ben Burr-Kirven, right, celebrates his game-sealing interception with teammate Keith Taylor during the Huskies’ victory over Colorado. (Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times)

Washington’s Ben Burr-Kirven, proper, celebrates his game-sealing interception with teammate Keith Taylor through the Huskies’ victory over Colorado. (Dean Rutz / The Seattle Occasions)

Ben Burr-Kirven

UW linebacker

He’s not the most important linebacker the Huskies have had, however Burr-Kirven’s mixture of velocity, instincts and intelligence has made him some of the productive linebackers in program historical past. “BBK” completed the common season with 165 tackles, probably the most in main school soccer and probably the most by a Husky since 1989. In early December, the 6-foot, 221-pound senior from Menlo Park, Calif., was named the Pac-12’s Pat Tillman Defensive Participant of the Yr and the Pac-12’s Scholar-Athlete of the Yr, the primary soccer participant within the 12-year historical past of the tutorial award to win each honors. Burr-Kirven carries the Pac-12’s No. 1 protection on his again and a Three.69 grade-point common in comparative literature (cinema research).

— Adam Jude

Pete Carroll heads back into the locker room before a game earlier this season with Minnesota. (Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times)Pete Carroll heads back into the locker room before a game earlier this season with Minnesota. (Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times)

Pete Carroll heads again into the locker room earlier than a recreation earlier this season with Minnesota. (Dean Rutz / The Seattle Occasions)

Pete Carroll

Seahawks coach

The now 67-year-old coach started his ninth season with the Seahawks dealing with extra questions than ever. It was Carroll who orchestrated an offseason overhaul of the teaching employees in addition to delivery out a few of the group’s biggest-name gamers, akin to cornerback Richard Sherman and defensive deal with Michael Bennett. Carroll noticed the modifications as a strategy to create schemes extra in his most popular picture — particularly, getting again to operating the ball properly on offense — and rejuvenating the staff and training employees with “newness,” a phrase Carroll used many occasions, and starvation. After a stumble out of the gates and an Zero-2 begin led to extra debate about his future, the plan appears to be working with Seattle again within the playoffs for the seventh time in 9 years beneath Carroll, with at the very least one other three years left.

— Bob Condotta

Mariners relief pitcher Edwin Diaz. (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)Mariners relief pitcher Edwin Diaz. (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

Mariners aid pitcher Edwin Diaz. (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Occasions)

Edwin Diaz

Former Mariners nearer

With a fastball that touches 100 mph, a nasty, biting slider and a whip-like arm motion and supply that’s becoming for his Gumby-like body, Diaz put collectively the most effective season by reliever in staff historical past. The 24-year-old transformed 57 of 61 save alternatives whereas posting a 1.96 ERA with 124 strikeouts and 17 walks in 73 appearances. The 57 saves tied White Sox nearer Bobby Thigpen’s complete in 1990 for the second-most in MLB historical past. Francisco Rodriguez, with 62 saves in 2008 with the Angels, holds the MLB report. Diaz turned the second pitcher with least 50 saves and 100 strikeouts in a season, becoming a member of the Dodgers’ Eric Gagne. Sadly for followers, the magical season was Diaz’s final in a Mariners uniform. He was traded in December to the Mets with second baseman Robinson Cano.

— Ryan Divish

UW’s Noah Dickerson. (Courtney Pedroza/The Seattle Times)UW’s Noah Dickerson. (Courtney Pedroza/The Seattle Times)

UW’s Noah Dickerson. (Courtney Pedroza/The Seattle Occasions)

Noah Dickerson

UW males’s basketball ahead

The undersized 6-foot-Eight Dickerson put all of his offensive brilliance on show within the Huskies’ 78-75 win towards No. 9 Arizona. In entrance of a sold-out Alaska Airways Area, Dickerson carried out a pirouette within the paint towards 7-foot-1 defensive menace Dendre Ayton, who later was the No. 1 general decide within the NBA draft, for a game-high 25 factors on 10-for-16 capturing and 7 rebounds in 33 minutes. The sport was symbolic of Dickerson’s breakout junior yr when he was the catalyst for UW’s shocking 21-13 season that ended within the second spherical of the NIT. He averaged 15.5 factors and eight.Four rebounds – each profession highs – and was a first-team All-Pac-12 choice.

— Percy Allen

Seattle Seahawks punter Michael Dickson (4) launches a first quarter punt as the Seattle Seahawks play the San Francisco 49ers at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA on December 16, 2018. (Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times)Seattle Seahawks punter Michael Dickson (4) launches a first quarter punt as the Seattle Seahawks play the San Francisco 49ers at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA on December 16, 2018. (Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times)

Seattle Seahawks punter Michael Dickson (Four) launches a primary quarter punt because the Seattle Seahawks play the San Francisco 49ers at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA on December 16, 2018. (Mike Siegel / The Seattle Occasions)

Michael Dickson

Seahawks punter

It was going to take quite a bit for Seahawks followers to heat as much as the person who changed veteran punter and fan favourite Jon Ryan. However Dickson was as much as the problem, delivering top-of-the-line seasons for any Seattle punter. It was evident from the second Dickson was drafted within the fifth spherical final April that he would virtually definitely get the job. Electrical performances within the preseason adopted, and Ryan was gone in mid-August. Dickson set a franchise report for internet punting in his first recreation and some weeks later pulled off one of many performs of the season in Detroit when he eschewed orders to expire of the top zone and take a security late within the recreation, as an alternative turning upfield and barely getting a primary down.

— Bob Condotta

Jake Browning and Myles Gaskin celebrate Washington’s Rose Bowl berth after Friday’s Conference Championship win over Utah. (Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times)Jake Browning and Myles Gaskin celebrate Washington’s Rose Bowl berth after Friday’s Conference Championship win over Utah. (Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times)

Jake Browning and Myles Gaskin rejoice Washington’s Rose Bowl berth after Friday’s Convention Championship win over Utah. (Dean Rutz / The Seattle Occasions)

Myles Gaskin

UW operating again

Gaskin ran untouched for the primary 75 yards. Washington State cornerback Marcus Robust lastly caught as much as him on the 5-yard line, however by then it was too late. Robust’s sliding deal with into the top zone — in a snowstorm — served solely as a becoming pleasure experience for Gaskin, whose iconic 80-yard TD run early within the fourth quarter was the exclamation level in No. 16 Washington’ 28-15 victory over No. 7 WSU, the Huskies’ sixth consecutive Apple Cup victory. It was on that run that Gaskin turned the primary Pac-12 operating again to hurry for 1,000 yards in 4 seasons, and the Lynnwood native will cap off probably the most completed careers in program historical past towards Ohio State within the Rose Bowl.

— Adam Jude

Linebacker Shaquem Griffin, left, and his twin brother cornerback Shaquill Griffin before the Seahawks’ preseason game against the Oakland Raiders. (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)Linebacker Shaquem Griffin, left, and his twin brother cornerback Shaquill Griffin before the Seahawks’ preseason game against the Oakland Raiders. (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

Linebacker Shaquem Griffin, left, and his twin brother cornerback Shaquill Griffin earlier than the Seahawks’ preseason recreation towards the Oakland Raiders. (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Occasions)

Shaquem Griffin

Seahawks linebacker

Merely put, there was no higher story within the NFL draft than the Seahawks’ choice of Griffin to pair together with his twin brother Shaquill, a second-year Seahawks cornerback, and write the newest chapter of his superb story of perseverance. Shaquem’s left hand was amputated when he was Four years previous on account of Amniotic Band Syndrome. If all of it appeared like a tremendous fairy story on draft day, the realities of the NFL intruded a bit as soon as the season started. The Seahawks moved Griffin to a brand new place, weak-side linebacker, and accidents meant Griffin began the opener at Denver. However in what was each his first NFL recreation and first at weak-side linebacker, he struggled early in a 27-24 loss and was changed by Austin Calitro. Since then he has been a daily on particular groups.

— Bob Condotta

Mariners center fielder Mitch Haniger makes his way to first base during his walk-off homer, finalizing a sweep of the Angels. (Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)Mariners center fielder Mitch Haniger makes his way to first base during his walk-off homer, finalizing a sweep of the Angels. (Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)

Mariners middle fielder Mitch Haniger makes his option to first base throughout his walk-off homer, finalizing a sweep of the Angels. (Ken Lambert / The Seattle Occasions)

Mitch Haniger

Mariners outfielder

There’s a cause the group is hesitant to commerce the 28-year-old outfielder as a part of their “stepback” plan to rejuvenate an getting older roster. Although Haniger has probably the most commerce worth of any participant on the roster, the Mariners consider his regular presence through the rebuilding will present extra of a return. He’s their future. Haniger had a breakout 2018, being named to the American League All-Star workforce. He was Seattle’s most efficient hitter for a lot of the season. With a mature strategy and relentless preparation, he hit .285 with a .366 on-base proportion, a .493 slugging proportion, 90 runs scored, 38 doubles, 4 triples, 26 residence runs, 93 RBI and 70 walks in 157 video games.

— Ryan Divish

Seattle Hockey Partners President and CEO Tod Leiweke speaks after the NHL Board of Governors named Seattle as the league’s 32nd franchise. (Stephen B. Morton / The Associated Press)Seattle Hockey Partners President and CEO Tod Leiweke speaks after the NHL Board of Governors named Seattle as the league’s 32nd franchise. (Stephen B. Morton / The Associated Press)

Seattle Hockey Companions President and CEO Tod Leiweke speaks after the NHL Board of Governors named Seattle because the league’s 32nd franchise. (Stephen B. Morton / The Related Press)

Tod Leiweke

NHL Seattle CEO and president

The previous Seahawks president was tabbed in April to steer a gaggle trying to deliver an NHL franchise to Seattle. Having left the NFL, the place he was the right-hand-man to commissioner Roger Goodell, Lewieke shortly met with potential minority house owners, constructed the group’s business-operations aspect and wooed the town’s company group, all whereas lining up advertising specialists to work on uniform designs and branding technique. Nothing that occurs with the staff – granted by the NHL in early December and set to start play in 2021 – takes place with out Leiweke’s enter. His subsequent duties in 2019: constructing a hockey-operations aspect, choosing a group identify and getting ready the sale of season tickets to deposit-holders.

— Geoff Baker

Washington Huskies guard Amber Melgoza (4) eyes the hoop during a game against the Idaho State Bengals at Alaska Airlines Arena. (Courtney Pedroza / The Seattle Times)Washington Huskies guard Amber Melgoza (4) eyes the hoop during a game against the Idaho State Bengals at Alaska Airlines Arena. (Courtney Pedroza / The Seattle Times)

Washington Huskies guard Amber Melgoza (Four) eyes the ring throughout a recreation towards the Idaho State Bengals at Alaska Airways Area. (Courtney Pedroza / The Seattle Occasions)

Amber Melgoza

UW ladies’s basketball guard

It’s no straightforward feat following within the footsteps of Kelsey Plum, the NCAA’s all-time main scorer. And but, Melgoza lit up the scoreboard with frequency and aptitude that made her predecessor proud. “Amber simply wanted an opportunity,” Plum stated. After averaging simply 2.1 factors in restricted minutes as a freshman, Melgoza exploded throughout a breakout sophomore season for 19 factors per recreation. The 5-foot-10 guard from Santa Barbara, Calif., completed second within the Pac-12 in scoring in what was in any other case a forgettable season for Washington, which completed 7-23. She set a faculty report whereas scoring 23 factors in 1 / 4 throughout a wonderful fourth-quarter efficiency towards Oregon. And Melgoza tallied 40 factors vs. Stanford to hitch Giuliana Mendiola and Plum as the one Huskies to attain a minimum of 40.

— Percy Allen

Washington State quarterback Gardner Minshew. (Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times)Washington State quarterback Gardner Minshew. (Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times)

Washington State quarterback Gardner Minshew. (Dean Rutz / The Seattle Occasions)

Gardner Minshew

WSU quarterback

The quarterback was all set to switch to Alabama for his remaining season after deciding to go away East Carolina. However that each one modified early this yr when Washington State coach Mike Leach referred to as Minshew and requested if he want to lead the nation in passing. So Minshew turned a Cougar and led the nation in passing yards per recreation (373) whereas main WSU to a shocking 10-2 document and a berth within the Alamo Bowl. Minshew shortly turned a fan favourite in Pullman, with individuals throughout city sporting mustaches (pretend and actual) in honor of Minshew, who completed fifth in Heisman Trophy voting.

— Scott Hanson

Seattle University’s Alexis Montgomery drives on CSU Bakersfield’s Kate Tokuhara during the first half of the Western Athletic Conference tournament championship. (Isaac Brekken/AP)Seattle University’s Alexis Montgomery drives on CSU Bakersfield’s Kate Tokuhara during the first half of the Western Athletic Conference tournament championship. (Isaac Brekken/AP)

Seattle College’s Alexis Montgomery drives on CSU Bakersfield’s Kate Tokuhara through the first half of the Western Athletic Convention event championship. (Isaac Brekken/AP)

Alexis Montgomery

Seattle U ladies’s basketball wing

The 5-foot-10 senior wing capped a stellar profession by main Seattle College into the NCAA event for the primary time in class historical past. She was one among three gamers nationally to steer her workforce in factors (19.6 per recreation), rebounds (10.1), assists (Three.Zero), and blocks (24). She led the Western Athletic Convention in factors (618) and rebounds (326) and is the primary participant in WAC historical past to report two triple-doubles. Montgomery completed her profession because the seventh-leading scorer in program historical past with 1,423 factors.

— Scott Hanson

Frannie Ronan, of Kirkland, trains with coach Elaine Walker at Seattle Gymnastics Academy. Special Olympics “is a thread that will go through her entire life, and that type of consistency is important for her, and it’s comforting to us,” said Frannie’s father, Michael Ronan. (Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times)Frannie Ronan, of Kirkland, trains with coach Elaine Walker at Seattle Gymnastics Academy. Special Olympics “is a thread that will go through her entire life, and that type of consistency is important for her, and it’s comforting to us,” said Frannie’s father, Michael Ronan. (Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times)

Frannie Ronan, of Kirkland, trains with coach Elaine Walker at Seattle Gymnastics Academy. Particular Olympics “is a thread that may undergo her whole life, and that sort of consistency is necessary for her, and it’s comforting to us,” stated Frannie’s father, Michael Ronan. (Dean Rutz/The Seattle Occasions)

Frannie Ronan

Particular Olympics gymnast

At Eight years previous, the gymnast from Kirkland was the youngest participant in 2018 Particular Olympics USA Video games held in Seattle in July, and she or he turned an on the spot superstar. Ronan was a terrific ambassador for the Video games, which have been deemed a rousing success. There have been greater than Four,000 athletes and coaches from 50 states and the District of Columbia, and greater than 15,000 volunteers lent their help. “I really like Particular Olympics as a result of it has been part of all my life,” stated Ronan, who has Down syndrome. “It makes me really feel robust, and I make loads of associates and study totally different sports activities.”

— Scott Hanson

Sounders forwards Handwalla Bwana, left, and Raul Ruidiaz celebrate Ruidiaz’ second goal, which put Seattle up 2-1 over the San Jose Earthquakes in the final moments of stoppage time at CenturyLink Field in Seattle Sunday Oct. 28, 2018. The win, alongside a loss by FC Dallas, secured them the second seed in the Western Conference.  (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)Sounders forwards Handwalla Bwana, left, and Raul Ruidiaz celebrate Ruidiaz’ second goal, which put Seattle up 2-1 over the San Jose Earthquakes in the final moments of stoppage time at CenturyLink Field in Seattle Sunday Oct. 28, 2018. The win, alongside a loss by FC Dallas, secured them the second seed in the Western Conference.  (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

Sounders forwards Handwalla Bwana, left, and Raul Ruidiaz rejoice Ruidiaz’ second aim, which put Seattle up 2-1 over the San Jose Earthquakes within the remaining moments of stoppage time at CenturyLink Area in Seattle Sunday Oct. 28, 2018. The win, alongside a loss by FC Dallas, secured them the second seed within the Western Convention. (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Occasions)

Raul Ruidiaz

Sounders ahead

The Sounders have been off to the worst begin in group historical past and struggling to attain when 5-foot-7, 143-pound Peruvian striker Ruidiaz was added in the course of the summer time switch window. He went on to attain 13 objectives in 14 regular-season video games and added two extra in a pair of playoff contests. His exploits helped the Sounders publish an MLS-record second half of play that vaulted them to the No. 2 spot within the Western Convention and a first-round playoff bye. His goals-per-match common over 16 regular-season and playoff video games equate to what can be a league document 32 over a full season.

— Geoff Baker

Storm forward Breanna Stewart holds this year’s trophy at a victory parade around Seattle Center for winning the 2018 WNBA Championship. (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)Storm forward Breanna Stewart holds this year’s trophy at a victory parade around Seattle Center for winning the 2018 WNBA Championship. (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

Storm ahead Breanna Stewart holds this yr’s trophy at a victory parade round Seattle Middle for profitable the 2018 WNBA Championship. (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Occasions)

Breanna Stewart

Storm ahead

Who had a greater yr than Stewart? Simply 24 years previous, she emerged as the brand new face of the Storm, the WNBA and the game. In 2018, she gained all of it. The 6-Four ahead averaged 21.Eight factors, Eight.Four rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.Four blocks en path to profitable the league’s MVP award. Within the Finals, she averaged 25.7 factors and led the Storm to a Three-Zero sweep of the Washington Mystics for the staff’s third championship and her first Finals MVP trophy. Two weeks later, Stewart earned a gold medal with the U.S. nationwide group that was 6-Zero on the FIBA Ladies’s World Cup and, in fact, was named MVP. Off the courtroom, Stewart bared her physique for ESPN the Journal and advocated for sexual-abuse victims, equality for ladies athletes and voter registration.

— Percy Allen

UW designated hitter Joe Wainhouse is the son of former major-leaguer Dave Wainhouse. (Stephen Brashear/AP)UW designated hitter Joe Wainhouse is the son of former major-leaguer Dave Wainhouse. (Stephen Brashear/AP)

UW designated hitter Joe Wainhouse is the son of former major-leaguer Dave Wainhouse. (Stephen Brashear/AP)

Joe Wainhouse

UW baseball DH

The Huskies definitely didn’t appear headed to their first School World Collection once they have been 7-Eight getting into Pac-12 play, however they ended the season in Omaha, getting nice offensive manufacturing from Wainhouse, their 6-6, 255-pound junior designated hitter. He was an All-Pac-12 choice, main UW in residence runs (19) and RBI (61). Wainhouse, who not solely hits prodigious homers however may also pitch when wanted, batted .306 general and had 13 homers during the last 20 video games of the season. Wainhouse, whose father Dave pitched for the Mariners, is again for his senior season at UW.

— Scott Hanson