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Triple Threat of the Week: Gabby Ritchie, Prairie du Chien

02/28/2019, 2:30pm CST
By Norbert Durst

Name: Gabby Ritchie
School: Prairie du Chien
Year: Senior 

Golf Honors: Three-year letterwinner... SWC all-conference as a junior and senior... sectional qualifier as a sophomore, junior and senior... team MVP as a junior and senior... 

Basketball Honors: Four-year letterwinner for coach Paula Shedivy and the Blackhawks... second-team all-conference as a sophomore... first-team all-conference as a junior... part of Division 3 regional championship team in 2016 and 2019... helped lead Prairie du Chien to SWC title as a senior... committed to NCAA Division II Minnesota State University Moorhead... averaging 10.7 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game for the Blackhawks... Prairie du Chien (20-1, D3 No. 6) plays Platteville in a Division 3 sectional semifinal tonight at Madison Edgewood... 

Track & Field Honors: Enters senior year as a three-year letterwinner for coach Mike Liddell and the Blackhawks... competes in the shot put... all-conference performer each of first three years... has qualified for sectionals in every year... state qualifier as a junior... 

Favorite Sport (and why): "Basketball is my favorite sport because I have always loved the game and it was the first sport that really came easy to me. I also love that you have a chance to get better every day you step on to that court." 

Best Part of High School Sports (and why): "The best part of high school sports for me is that you get the chance to play with some of your best friends while also playing against some very good competition. High school sports have such a great atmosphere to compete in and there’s nothing like it." 

Best Advice from a High School Coach: “Our goal is to be 1-0 each game, and just have some fun” – Basketball Head Coach Paula Shedivy 

Most Memorable Moment in High School Sports: "The most memorable moment in high school sports for me was winning the Regional Championship this year in basketball, because we were able to continue on in the State tournament run when a lot of people didn’t believe that we could. I have always loved that our team is able to work hard and prove others wrong." 

Best Part of Playing Three Sports: "The best part of playing three sports is that you always have something to focus on, and you never get too caught up in one sport. I have enjoyed being able to play and excel in more than one sport."   

Toughest Part of Playing Three Sports: "The toughest part of playing three sports is that you really need to utilize your work time wisely in school to ensure that you’re able to stay caught up. Practices and games are usually pretty late and it’s not always a smart idea to leave all of your homework for afterwards." 

Favorite Opponent (and why): "My favorite opponent would have to be either Richland Center or Platteville because there is a big rivalry between our schools. We know that each team is going to bring their best fight to the game and that’s what makes it so great." 

Favorite Professional Team: "My favorite professional team is the Milwaukee Bucks." 

Favorite Professional Athlete: "My favorite professional athlete is Elena Delle Donne."  

Favorite College Team: "My favorite college team is the Michigan Wolverines."  

Cumulative GPA: 3.62

Toughest Individual You’ve Competed Against (and why): "The toughest individual I’ve completed against would be Sharon Goodman from Cresco, IA. She is an Iowa Hawkeye commit and a great post player, which made it a very tough defensive game that I played against her." 

Most Admired High School Teammate: "My most admired high school teammate would be Hope Meyer." 

College Plans: "I plan to attend Minnesota State University Moorhead to play D2 Basketball and major in Biology on the Pre-Med track." 

I Find it Relaxing to: "Spend time with my family."

Favorite TV Show: Greys Anatomy/Chicago Med 

Favorite Movie: When the Game Stands Tall 

Favorite Musical Artist: Queen 

Favorite Subject: Science classes 

Favorite Restaurant: Olive Garden 

Favorite Website: 

Other Family Members: Dana O’Brien (mother), Gabe Ritchie (father), Jordan (brother), Brooklyn and Harper (sisters)

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