Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Milwaukee Public Schools congratulates Sydnee Roby of Rufus King International High School and Michael Foster Jr. of Washington High School of Information Technology, who have been nominated as Wisconsin Basketball Player of the Year. The Wisconsin Sports Awards, now in its eighth year, is an annual celebration of Wisconsin’s high school, collegiate, and professional athletic achievements. Winners will be announced on June 6, 2019 at Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee.
Sydnee Roby is a senior at Rufus King and has announced her decision to attend the University of Miami after being pursued by more than 20 schools. As a junior, she was named 2017–18 Gatorade Player of the Year for Wisconsin. She has been a three-time conference player of the year, was a unanimous First Team All-State selection as a sophomore, junior, and senior, and was named to the Associated Press All-State First Team and the USA TODAY ALL-USA Wisconsin First Team.
Craig Machut has known Sydnee since middle school and has coached her throughout high school. He said. “She's such a confident, strong young woman and it's been an awesome journey to see her develop into who she's become. This nomination is an incredible recognition of her hard work and talent.”
Michael Foster Jr. is a sophomore at Washington who stands 6’9”. He already has seven offers on the table from colleges including Marquette University and the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He has also been nominated for Gatorade Player of the Year and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Player of the Year. Along with his team, Michael has been a two-time city conference champion, regional champion, sectional champion, and two-time WIAA Division 2 state runner up.
Coach Freddi Riley spoke about the star sophomore. “Michael has been on the honor roll every semester, is a great teammate and friend, and works hard to improve. I’m so proud of him as a person and a player. I’m excited to watch his career unfold.”
On behalf of Milwaukee Public Schools, congratulations Sydnee and Michael!