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Izzy Carroll, Sr., Platteville High School
STEVENS POINT — Platteville senior Izzy Carroll was recently selected as a finalist for the WIAA’s prestigious 2020 WIAA Statewide Scholar Athlete Award underwritten by Marshfield Children’s Hospital.
Sixteen senior girls and 16 senior boys from Waunakee to Washburn have been selected as finalists for the award. More than 1,100 Scholar Athlete finalists have been recognized since the program began in 1984.
To determine the top 32 finalists, four boys and four girls were selected (based on both athletic and academic achievement) from each of four WIAA divisions.
“These extraordinary student athletes excel in both academics and athletics,” said Tom Shafranski, assistant director of the WIAA. “Sixteen of this year’s 32 WIAA Scholar Athlete finalists have a grade point average of 4.0 to date, while the average GPA is an amazing 3.94. All 32 scholar athlete finalists have already earned a total of 313 varsity letters during their first 31/2 years of high school. That’s an average of 10 letters per athlete.”
The 2020 WIAA Scholar Athlete Finalists will be recognized in a video to be posted May 15 on the WIAA website (www.wiaawi.org) and broadcast statewide by Fox Sports on several dates to be announced.
Each 2020 WIAA Scholar Athlete Finalist will receive a medallion, a certificate, and a special plaque for display in their school’s trophy case.
Student athletes nominated for the award by their high school athletic directors, but not selected as one of the 32 statewide finalists, will be recognized locally by the school administration.
Carroll has earned 11 varsity letters, and it would have been 12 this spring, in volleyball, basketball and track and field, has a 4.0 GPA and is currently ranked #1 in her class of 95 students.
Carroll was twice named the SWC co-Player of the Year and named first-team All-SWC three times in volleyball after leading the Hillmen to three straight SWC titles.
She averaged 6.3 point, 5.2 rebounds and 2.1 assists and was named second-team All-SWC in basketball for a second straight year while helping the top-ranked undefeated Hillmen (26–0) reach the WIAA D3 state championship game, that was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Last spring, Carroll won individual sectional track and field titles in both the discus and shot put, then went on to place second in the discus (126’2”) and eighth in the shot put (37’6.25”) at the WIAA D2 state track and field meet in La Crosse.
River Ridge’s Skylar White and Mineral Point’s Isaac Lindsey were are named finalist for the WIAA Scholar Athlete awards.