Menomonie’s Nate Stanley was honored with the Pat Richter Award as the top senior three-sport male athlete in the state. The award is handed out by WisSports.net. The website profiles the best “Triple Threat” athletes throughout the year, then selects the top male and female from Wisconsin.
Stanley was a first-team All-Big Rivers Conference athlete in football, basketball and baseball this year.
Stanley, who will play football at the University of Iowa this fall, began the 2015-16 school year on the gridiron. The quarterback finished with 1,628 passing yards and 15 touchdowns, while completing 85-of-175 passes. He was first-team All-BRC at quarterback and punter, earned honorable mention all-state honors at quarterback and also lined up at defensive back.
Stanley helped captain the Mustangs to a 9-3 record and a trip to the state quarterfinals. A three-year starter, Stanley broke Menomonie school records with 3,674 career passing yards and 36 passing touchdowns.
Records also fell on the basketball court. Stanley entered his senior season in sixth place on Menomonie’s all-time scoring list. He climbed the ladder until breaking the 59-year-old school record with a 20-point outing against Superior on Feb. 12. The 6-foot-5 Stanley finished the year with 1,445 career points, surpassing Len Stewart’s record of 1,359 points set in 1957.
He was named honorable mention all-state and the Big Rivers Conference Player of the Year as a senior, averaging 22.9 points and 12 rebounds per game. His 526 points this year were fourth on Menomonie’s single-season scoring list. Stanley was a four-year regular on the varsity basketball team at Menomonie, earning all-conference honors each year.
Stanley also played four years of varsity baseball and capped off his high school career with another strong year on the diamond. He pitched, played first base and center field for the Mustangs, earning first-team all-conference honors in the outfield. Stanley was also named second-team all-district by the Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Association.
The award is named after Hugh V. “Pat” Richter, a three-sport athlete at Madison East High School who went on to excel in three sports at the University of Wisconsin. Richter eventually became the Athletic Director at UW.
Past winners of the Triple Play Triple Threat Male Athlete of the Year award include Alec Ingold of Bay Port (2014-15), Matt Ferris of Xavier (2013-14), Jester Weah of Madison Memorial (2012-13), Kyle Cody of McDonell Central (2011-12), Hank Kujak of Blair-Taylor (2010-11) and Donnie Hissa of Northwestern (2009-10).