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Skylar White, Sr., G, River Ridge girls basketball
River Ridge senior Skylar White was named the Six Rivers West Player of the Year and earned WBCA D5 All State honors after averaging 19.7 points, 5.4 rebounds and 4.5 steals per game for the SRW champion Timberwolves (24–3, 10–0). White shot 45 percent (211 of 470) from the field, including 31 percent (64 of 209) from 3-point range, and 75 percent (47 of 63) from the free throw line. She finished her career as the school's all-time leading scorer with 1,641 points in 101 games (16.3 ppg)
White led the Timberwolves to a 24–3 overall record, a third-straight Six Rivers West title and a berth in the WIAA Division 5 sectional finals, where Ridge lost to Bangor, 62–54. During her four-year varsity career, River Ridge compiled an 82–19 overall record, including 65–11 her final three years, won three straight regional titles and back-to-back undefeated conference titles in 2019 and 2020. White will go down as one of the greatest players in River Ridge girls' basketball history.
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Natalie Leuzinger, Bailey Butler and Hannah Butler, Blackhawk girls basketball
The Black Hawk trio was recently named WBCA Division 5 All-State first team, and shared the 2020 Six Rivers West Player of the Year honors. Leuzinger, a Division 1 Wisconsin preferred walk-on recruit, earned her fourth straight SRW Player of the Year honor after averaging 16.5 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.3 steals and 3 assists per game for the unbeaten #1-ranked Warriors (26–0, 12–0 SRE). She finished her career with a school record 1,803 points, 580 rebounds, 295 steals and 261 assists. Junior Bailey Butler, a 2021 UW–Green Bay recruit, averaged 15.3 points, 6.9 steals, 6.5 assists and 3.3 rebounds per game. Hannah Butler, a UW–Platteville recruit, averaged 18.7 points, 6.8 rebounds, 4.5 steals and 2 assists per game in her senior year.
Cole Crubel, Sr., G, River Ridge boys basketball
Crubel was recently named honorable mention Division 5 All-State by the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association after being named this year's Six Rivers West Player of the Year. Crubel averaged a league-high 21.1 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.2 steals and 1.5 assists per game, while shooting 44 percent (181 of 408) from the field, 37 percent (63 of 170) from 3-point range and 85 percent (99 of 116) at the free throw line. He led the Timberwolves to a 20–5 overall record, an 11–1 conference title and a berth in the WIAA Division 4 regional finals. He finished his career with a school record 1,754 points in 90 games (19.5 ppg).
Mason Kramer, Sr., G, Prairie du Chien boys basketball
Kramer was named the 2020 SWC Player of the Year after averaging a league-high 22.2 points, 5.6 rebounds, 5 assists and 1.7 steals per game, while leading the Blackhawks to an 18–7 record and a 7–3 second-place finish in the conference. He shot 43 percent (163 of 379), including 31 percent (52 of 170) from 3-point range, and 77 percent (121 of 157) at the free throw line.
Carter Lancaster, Jr., G/F, Darlington boys basketball
Lancaster was named first-team WBCA Division 4 All-State and was also this year's SWAL Player of the Year after leading the Redbirds to a 22–3 overall record, a second-place finish in the league and D4 regional title and a berth in the sectional semifinals. Lancaster averaged 20.7 points, 7.4 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.6 steals and 1 block per games for the Redbirds, who finished 12–2 in league play. The junior also reached the 1,000-point mark for his career and finished the season with 1,173 points.
Nicole Johnson, Sr., F, Mineral Point girls basketball
Johnson was recently named the 2020 SWAL Player of the Year after leading the Pointers (21–4, 13–1 to a share of the SWAL title. The 6-foot-3 senior averaged 13.3 points, 10.4 rebounds, 2.8 blocks, 2.5 steals and 2.4 assists per game, while shooting 50.9 percent (114 of 226) from the field.