A Stucky was awarded the Gatorade Wyoming Volleyball Player of the Year for the third straight year, as Laramie junior Maddy Stucky earned the honor on Friday.

Maddy has already verbally committed to the University of Wyoming volleyball program. She follows in the footsteps of her older sister Alexis, who won this award each of the last two years.

Maddy Stucky is the fourth winner from Laramie High School. She joins Alexis in 2020-21 and 2021-22, Caitlin McInerney in 2011-12, and Shelby Heggie in 2003-04, who also received this accolade.

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In its 38th year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company announced the honor on Friday morning via a press release to the media.

The 5-11 junior setter led Laramie to a third-place finish at the Class 4A state volleyball championship last fall. The Lady Plainsmen finished the season with a record of 27-8.

Stucky finished the 2022 season with 892 assists, 261 digs, 143 kills, 61 blocks, and 37 service aces. She posted a .344 hitting percentage. Stucky is ranked as the No. 130 prospect in the Class of 2024 by PrepVolleyball.com. She was selected all-state and all-conference for the third time in her high school career.

In the release from The Gatorade Company, Sheridan High School head coach Kaitlyn Zarpentine provided Stucky plenty of compliments about her play.

“She gave my team fits this season. She’s a smart, aggressive player and extremely impressive when it comes to her tenacity. She carried her team further than people expected them to go this season through her teamwork and leadership. She shut down some of the best outside hitters in the area as that right side blocker, and caused a lot of frustration to defenses by the way she ran their offense as a setter.”

Stucky maintained a 3.51 GPA in the classroom. She is also an avid equestrian competitor and has volunteered locally as president of the Wyoming Quarter Horse Youth Association.

The award recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. It distinguishes Stucky as Wyoming’s best high school volleyball player. She is now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Volleyball Player of the Year award to be announced later this month.

Stucky joins recent winners Alexis Stuck of Laramie (2020-21 & 21-22), Danilynn Schell (19-20 & 18-19) of Kelly Walsh, and Madison Vinich (17-18) from Kelly Walsh, among the state’s list of former Gatorade Award winners.

Being a Gatorade Player of the Year means paying it forward for the next generation. Through Gatorade’s Play It Forward initiative, every Player of the Year receives a grant to give to one of Gatorade’s social impact partners, supporting Gatorade’s ambition to fuel the future of sport. To date, Gatorade Player of the Year winners’ grants has totaled more than $3.5 million across more than 1,300 organizations.

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Courtesy: The Gatorade Company

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