Lauren Hill Inspired a NationThank you, Lauren Hill, for inspiring us all to be strong, courages in our struggles, to be loving, and to never give up.
2015 Players of the Year
College - Sydney Moss
Sydney Moss, a junior, led her Thomas More Saints to a perfect 33-0 season and the NCAA Division III National Championship defeating George Fox University in the final game 83-63. Moss had a triple double in that final game. Just recently at the Division I Final Four in Tampa, Moss was honored as the NCAA Division III Player of the Year. D3hoops and Women’s DIII News also selected Moss as the National Player of the Year. She led the nation in scoring at 24.2 points per game. In addition to Moss’s national honors she is the Presidents Athletic Conference and Great Lakes Region Player of the Year. For the 2nd year she is a First Team All-American.
High School - Malia Berkely
Malia Berkely is a senior at Badin HS where she has amassed an impressive array of awards in soccer. She led her Badin team to this year’s Division III state championship and was named the Division III Player of the Year. She is Ms. Soccer Ohio, a NSCAA All American and Gatorade’s Ohio Player of the Year. Berkely is first team All State, All District and All GGCL, honors she also earned as a sophomore and as a junior. A standout in the league, Berkely was GGCL Athlete of the Year as a sophomore and as a junior. She traveled with the 2013 Olympic development team in Costa Rica and played on the US Soccer team for the past 4 years. She will attend Florida State University in the Fall.
2015 Award Winners
2015 GCNKWSA Award Recipients
| Wilma Rudolf Courage Award||Lauren Hill|| Mt. St. Joseph University|
| Special Recognition Award||Brad Johansen|| Xavier, Mt. St. Joseph |
| Donna de Varona Spirit of Sport||Christina Switzer|| Lakota West High School|
| Donna de Varona Spirit of Sport||Victoria Stoltz|| Lakota West High School|
| Lifetime Service Award||Kim Gunning|| Notre Dame Academy|
|Master Sportswoman|| Olivia (Liv) Birkenhauer |
|Mary Jo Huismann Administrator of the Year|| Jan Wilking|
|Media Award|| Betsy Ross|
|High School Coach of the Year||Emily Knoll|| Swimming|| Notre Dame Academy |
|College Coach of the Year||Jeff Cummings|| Soccer|| Thomas More College|
College Sportswomen - 9 - one per sport and
Sportswoman of the Year
|Sydney Moss|| Basketball|| Thomas More College|
|Jessica Hoover|| Cross-Country|| Miami University|
|Olivia Huber|| Soccer/Basketball|| Thomas More college|
|Kelsey L. Dinges|| Soccer|| Miami University|
|Danielle Monnier|| Softball|| Wilmington College|
|Jacqueline Keire|| Swimming|| University of Cincinnati|
|Nimisha Mohan|| Tennis|| Miami University|
|Victoria Melane Paterra|| Track & Field|| Miami University|
|Kelsey Castiglioni|| Volleyball|| Thomas More College|
High School Sportswomen - 10 - one per sport and
Sportswoman of the Year
|Naomi Davenport|| Basketball|| Mount Notre Dame High School|
|Annie Heffernan|| Cross-Country|| St. Ursula Academy|
|Carly C. Hill|| Diving|| Highland High School|
|Carolyn Markley|| Golf|| St. Ursula Academy|
|Malia Berkely|| Soccer|| Stephen T. Badin High School|
|Hayley Sophia Curtis|| Softball|| Colerain High School|
|Sydney Lofquist|| Swimming|| Ursuline Academy|
|Cassidy Hicks|| Tennis|| Hamilton High School|
|Autumn Heath|| Track & Field|| Lakota East High School|
|Margo Wolf|| Volleyball|| Mount Notre Dame High School|
We are extremely happy to announce this year's keynote speaker is Cammy Dierking. Cammy is the WKRC-TV News Anchor, motivational speaker and a prominent female sport figure in our community. In Cammy's own words, "I am so happy and so lucky. A mother of three wonderful daughters, triathlete, TV personality for more than 30 years, and motivational speaker… I have a wild enthusiasm for everything I do! I am passionate about sharing that positive energy with others… inspiring them to be their best every day!"
The Greater Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky Women’s Sports Association, a non-profit organization affiliated as a Women’s Sports Foundation community action program, will sponsor an awards dinner to recognize and honor the best female athletes and coaches at the club, high school and college, and masters levels. There are over 50,000 girls and women participating in competitive sports in our region and we recognize and honor more than 50 of the top athletes, including the College Sportswoman of the Year, the High School Sportswoman and the High School and College Coaches of the Year.
The awards dinner is a festive evening with more than 400 people in attendance, emceed by local female TV personality, Betsy Ross, WXIX-TV Sports Reporter and President and founder of Game Day Communications.
Lauren Hill, Mount St. Joseph College Basketball Player, Recipient of 2015 GCNKWSA Wilma Rudolph Courage Award
Lauren Hill, a basketball player for Mount St. Joseph College, was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer and played in her first college basketball game on November 2 at the Cintas Center. She was presented the 2015 GCNKWSA Wilma Rudolph Courage Award at the game. Lauren's battle with brain cancer ended on April 10, 2015 at the age of 19. We thank her for her inspiration. To watch a video on Lauren's journey, click here.
The Wilma Rudolph Courage Award goes to a local female or female playing locally, who demonstrates the most courageous performance or “comeback” in sports. The athlete shows the ability to overcome adversity through persistence and determination. As a result of her courage and performance in sports, she serves as a positive role model for all.
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