5th annual Wisconsin Sports Award nominees announced on WISC-TV3

PHOTOS: Wisconsin Sports Award nominees

WISC-TV3 is teaming up with Good Karma Broadcasting this year to present the Wisconsin Sports Awards.

The awards, in their fifth year, celebrate the best in high school, collegiate and professional sports in the state.

All this week on Live at Four, we will be introducing nominees for some of the categories.

The awards will be presented in mid-April after voting by Wisconsin sports writers and broadcasters.


Kohler High School Football Player of the Year

Ben Bredeson, Arrowhead Union High School
Blair Mulholland, Kimberly High School Mason Stokke, Menomonie High School

American Family Insurance Dream Team of the Year

Green Bay Packers
Kimberly High School Football University of Wisconsin Men’s Basketball University of Wisconsin Football University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Men’s Basketball


Homegrown Player of the Year, presented by Cousins Subs

Jimmy Butler, Chicago Bulls
Jae Crowder, Boston Celtics Joe Thomas, Cleveland Browns JJ Watt, Houston Texans Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks


Small College Player of the Year

Logan Andryk, Milwaukee School of Engineering Men’s Soccer
Ian LaMere, University of Wisconsin-Platteville Men’s Track and Cross Country
Kate Fiorilli, University of Wisconsin Women’s Gymnastics – in Madison

Breakthrough Performer of the Year

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks
Mike Daniels, Green Bay Packers Ethan Happ, University of Wisconsin Men’s Basketball – in Madison Jeff Janis, Green Bay Packers Jeremy Jeffress, Milwaukee Brewers


Professional Athlete of the Year, presented by Wisconsin Distributors

Mike Daniels, Green Bay Packers
Clay Matthews, Green Bay Packers Khris Middleton, Milwaukee Bucks
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers Josh Sitton, Green Bay Packers


Badger Liquor Moment of the Year

Hail Mary – On the final play of a game at Ford Field, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers finds tight end Richard Rodgers in the end zone with miraculous 61-yard touchdown pass to stun the Lions and a national television audience.
Bayless Beats the Buzzer – With the Bucks facing elimination in the closing seconds of Game 4 of their playoff series with Chicago, Jerryd Bayless cut along the baseline and dropped in a layup to give Milwaukee a victory. Thanksgiving Reunion – Brett Favre returned to Lambeau Field for his jersey retirement ceremony at halftime of a meeting with Chicago. Packers icon Bart Starr joins Favre in an emotional reunion. Historic Day – Australian golfer Jason Day wins the 97th PGA Championship at Whistling Straits by shooting 20-under par 268, the lowest score in relation to par ever recorded in a major championship. Day beat Jordan Spieth by three shots. Badger Breakthrough – A year after a heartbreaking loss to Kentucky in the Final Four, Wisconsin takes a 71-64 victory to dash the Wildcats’ dreams of a perfect season and earn a berth in the championship against Duke.