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Sydnee Roby is Gatorade Wisconsin Girls’ Basketball Player of the Year

Sydnee RobyOne of the most prestigious awards in high school sports has been bestowed upon Sydnee Roby, a junior at Rufus King High School. Sydnee was selected from hundreds of student athletes based on her athletic excellence, academic achievement, and exemplary character. The winners were announced to the public on Facebook Live.

Sydnee maintains a 3.09 grade point average and volunteers at a local homeless shelter. A 6-foot-4 center, she averages 17 points, 11 rebounds, 2.7 blocks, and 2 assists per game. She has been a two-time Conference player of the year, was a unanimous First Team All-State selection as a sophomore, and was named to the Associated Press All-State First Team and the USA TODAY ALL-USA Wisconsin First Team.

Sydnee’s coach, Craig Machut, nominated her for the award. “For Sydnee to get this award as a junior is a testament to her drive, desire and character,” he said. “She fights through adversity as well as any player I've coached and I'm incredibly proud of her."

Sydnee will receive a prize package with exciting items for herself and her school.

  • A trophy for the school to keep and another for herself
  • A banner for the school to display recognizing the award
  • A Gatorade Sideline Kit containing products and premiums for her team

Sydnee will also select a local charity or sport association to receive a $1,000 donation from Gatorade, and has the opportunity to nominate her school for a $10,000 grant from Gatorade.

On behalf of the entire MPS family — congratulations, Sydnee!

Photo: Scott Ash/Now News Group

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