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Congratulations to GCNKWSA High School Sportswoman of the Year: Rose Lavelle

Congratulations to GCNKWSA College Sportswoman of the Year:  Katherine Klump

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Area Olympians and Paralympians from the 2012 Olympic games were among those honored at the 20th anniversary of the Greater Cincinnati Northern Kentucky Women’s Sports Association awards dinner held Tuesday, April 23.  Three-time Olympic gold medal winner and Cincinnati native Heather Mitts Feeley was the keynote speaker.  Mitts Feeley talked about her career and challenges she overcame to get where she is today.  Her overriding theme was to keep belieiving in yourself and nobody can stop you.  

At the awards dinner 26 athletes, sponsors, administrators, and coaches were recognized for their participation and contributions to women’s sports in the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area.  One of the most inspiring athletes awarded was 8 year old Elizabeth Smith.  Elizabeth was diagnosed with a rare form of Cancer when she was just 6 years old.  She is a champion member of the Northern Kentucky Clippers swim team, placing first in all five heats she swam at the Mary Lou Mini Meet in February.  Elizabeth was one of many wonderful athletes honored at the event.


Thank you to the emcees for the evening, Local 12 news anchor Cammy Dierking, the co-founder of the GCNKWSA, and Fox19 Sports Anchor Betsy Ross, co-founder of Game Day Communications.

2013 GCNKWSA Award Recipients                                   

Special Recognition Award- Cammy DierkingSycamore HS, Miami U., WKRC-TV

Legacy Award- Mel Thomas, Mt. Notre Dame and UCONN

Inspiration Award- Elizabeth Smith

Physically Challenged Sportswoman of the Year Award- Riley Krull

Wilma Rudolf Courage Award- Morgan Verst                                                     

Lifetime Service Award- Julie Perry, St. Ursula

Mary Jo Huismann Administrator of the Year- Melvin Webster, Bishop Brossart

Women's Sports Business- Gary E. Jerow, Modern Ice                                   

High School Coach of the Year- Dr. Ron Quinn, Seton High School, Soccer

College Coach of the Year- Bobby Kramig, Miami University, Soccer

Jean Dowell Scholarship for Leadership- Mackenzie M. Laumann, Oak Hills

College Sportswomen of the Year - 6 - one per sport

Allison LongTMCBasketball

Courtney OsbornMiami Basketball

Jess KodiakMiamiSoccer

Emily SchwaebleNKUSoftball

Kathy KlumpUCTrack & Field

Stephanie VorherrXUVolleyball

High School Sportswomen of the Year Finalist - 10 - one per sport 

Kelsey MitchellPrincetonBasketball

Jacquelyn CrowLebanonCross Country and Track

Mackenzie LaumannOak HillsGolf

Libby LeedomSt. HenrySoccer

Rose LavelleMt. Notre DameSoccer

Lauren SlattenOak HillsSoftball

Bridget BloodUrsulineSwimming

Madison True CookNotre DameTennis

Sandy NiehausMt. Notre DameTennis

Michelle StrizakMt. Notre DameVolleyball                  



Inspiration Award

Elizabeth Smith

 

Eight-year-old Elizabeth Smith is a champion member of the Northern Kentucky Clippers swim team, placing first in all five heats she swam at the Mary Lou Mini Meet in February. But five first-place finishes were more than just victories in the pool: Elizabeth was not able to swim in any meet last season. She also missed every day of school for all of first grade. 

Elizabeth was diagnosed at age 6 with a rare form of cancer (Lymphoma of the bone), and she requires chemotherapy every day, through a port in her chest, by mouth and directly into her spine. Nauseous daily and having lost her hair five times in the last two years, Elizabeth remains bubbly and strong, and is an inspiration to her teammates, her classmates and her sister, Alex, 16, and her brothers, Nick, 14, and Logan, 11. Logan has even shaved his own head in support of his little sister.

Elizabeth enjoys swimming. Once, when she was in the hospital, she had the “best dream”: Elizabeth was in the hospital, but they had a swimming pool with a swirly slide and she and her friends were sliding down it. Swimming helps Elizabeth “feel normal” and, “It makes me feel strong,” she says.

Elizabeth’s mom, Tina, describes Elizabeth as a warrior. When Elizabeth was first diagnosed with cancer, she drew a picture of a princess in a castle. A dragon was outside the castle. Elizabeth told her mom, “I’m going to slay this dragon.” 

Elizabeth Smith: A regular kid who is busy living her life, slaying dragons, inspiring us all.

For more about Elizabeth’s battle, see Terry DeMio’s article February 21st article in The Enquirer: Daily chemo for cancer does not defeat 8-year-old swim champ. 

Visit Elizabeth's CarePages: https://www.carepages.com/login?client_code=cincinnatichildrens

 

Physically Challenged Sportsgirl Of The Year

Riley Krull

 

Riley Krull is seven years old and has been playing soccer for the past year. She decided instead of dance lessons that she wanted to play sports. Most recently, she asked to play softball. Riley was born missing her left hand, so when she first learned how the game was played she decided she did not want to participate after all. When she walked through the doors at a softball clinic that changed, she wanted to play. In two clinics, she learned how to properly swing a metal bat and worked on her hand-eye coordination. She also learned how to quickly catch the ball, take her glove off, throw the ball, and put the glove back on and be ready for the next play. Riley is currently signed up to play softball for the Delhi Athletic Association. She says, “I LOVE SOFTBALL NOW!!!”

Riley may only have one hand but she does not use that as an excuse for “I can’t.” She hopes other kids see her as someone they can look up to and appreciate what has been given to them. Staying positive and continuing to improve are very important to her.

 

 

Wilma Rudolph Courage Award
Morgan Verst

Bishop Brossart High School

 

Morgan Verst led Bishop Brossart High School women’s soccer to a Regional championship a few days after her mom was diagnosed with a dangerous form of cancer. Her mom fought the cancer with surgery, while Morgan fought on the field. She scored a hat trick in the Regional semi-final. In the Regional final, the same day her mom was undergoing surgery, the game went to penalty kicks.

The first five kickers still left it tied. As the seventh kicker, Morgan made the game-winning kick in the Regional finals.  She was named offensive player of the year, most improved for the varsity team, and was selected to the 10th Region All- Tournament Team.

Morgan works with young girls to improve their skills at the annual Youth Soccer Camp at Bishop Brossart.

 

Legacy Award

Mel Thomas

 

Melanie Eileen Thomas is the current Director of Basketball Operations at Florida Gulf Coast University, but she has basketball roots in Cincinnati. Mel is a 2004 graduate of Mt. Notre Dame, where she was team captain of the 28-0 2004 state champions. In her senior year, she was named Ms. Ohio Basketball and Associated Press Ohio Co-Player of the Year. She was selected to both McDonald’s and WBCA All-American Teams. Mel scored 2036 points in her high school career.

Mel continued her excellence on the court at the University of Connecticut, where she was named the WNIT Preseason Tournament MVP in 2005 and the Big East’s Most Improved Player in 2005-2006. All four years, Mel earned selection to the Big East Academic All-Star Team. In 2007, Mel was a member of the USA’s Pan American Games Gold Medal team.  In 2008, she served as team captain and led the Huskies to the Final Four.   Scoring 1098 points, Mel is in the top five in UCONN history in both 3-point percentage and 3-pointers made.

A humble athlete, Mel wrote Heart of a Husky, a memoir which chronicles her senior year at UCONN. She describes how her grit, determination, and love of the game led to her accomplishments, and make her “the perfect example of an ordinary athlete with an extraordinary will to succeed.”

As the Director of Basketball Operations at FGCU, Mel has an opportunity to interact daily with student athletes, monitor their academic progress, and serve as a positive role model in their lives.

 

The Lifetime Service Award

Julie Perry

St. Ursula Academy

 

Coach Julie Perry began her exceptional career with Saint Ursula Academy in 1981. Currently a Physical Education Teacher and Chairperson, Julie was also the Varsity Swimming and Diving Coach from 1981-1984 and the Athletic Director from 1984-1991. Coach Perry is most-widely recognized for her outstanding leadership as the Varsity Volleyball Coach, a position she held through 2009.

To Coach Perry, the honor of coaching and working with student athletes and their families is her most important achievement. She inspires a sense of humility in her athletes, reminding them to play for the honor and glory of God, and every player has a role as a team member—it takes the entire team to be successful. She encourages each student to be the best that they can be and to make a difference everyday of their lives.

Under Coach Perry’s tutelage, St. Ursula’s volleyball teams were the first volleyball team in the state of Ohio to win 8 state championships. In 2003, the state champion Bulldogs were ranked #1 in the country every week of the season and were named National Champions by Prepvolleyball.com. Julie’s Varsity Volleyball Coaching Record from 1981-2009 is a remarkable 502-181.

As a result of these team achievements, Julie has been recognized with numerable coaching awards. During her coaching tenure, she was named Coach of the Year by the Cincinnati Enquirer (10 times), the Cincinnati Post (9 times), the Southwest Ohio Volleyball Coaches Association SWOVBCA (10 times), GCNKWSA (1997) and the National Federation High School Coaches Association Ohio (2002). She has been inducted into the following Halls of Fame: LaRosa’s, Saint Ursula Academy, Northern Kentucky University, Southwest Ohio Volleyball Coaches Association, and the National High School Athletic Coaches.

Coach Perry’s teaching and service have also earned accolades. She received Purcell Marian’s Brother Bill Schroeder Award (2009) and was named the Ohio Lottery Teacher of the Month in December 2009. Julie was also honored with the Northern Kentucky University Distinguished Service Award in February of 2010.  And, in May, Julie will receive the Great Lakes Valley Conference Bertram Alumni Award given to an individual who displays academic excellence, athletic ability and achievement, character and leadership, while serving their institutions with personal distinction since their graduation, and making postgraduate public or community service and contributions to athletics at any level.

Julie is grateful for the lessons and support she received from her coaches and teammates.  Her family has offered continual support of her coaching: parents, brother Jim, husband Tim and children Jim and Catherine championed Julie in her role as coach even though it often took her away from family time.

 

 

Women's Sports Business

Gary Jerow

Modern Ice Equipment and Supply Company

 

Gary Jerow (Modern Ice Equipment & Supply Co.) chairs the Oak Hills Youth Athletic Foundation, which supports over 1,000 student-athletes in the Oak Hills School District. Gary helped raise over $1 million for the new turf at the Oak Hills stadium. He has been active in the Reds Kids Glove Game, which supports knothole baseball as well as local softball programs.

Jerow was the first person to sponsor the XU-UC Women's Basketball sell-out initiative, and he continues that sponsorship every year. In recent years, he has purchased tables for our GCNKWSA Annual Dinners to show his long-term dedication and support of youth and women’s sports. This year, GCNKWSA is showing our dedication: Thank you, Gary, for your contributions.

 

Special Recognition Award

Cammy Dierking

 

Cammy Dierking was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. She graduated from Sycamore High School and was a former collegiate swimmer and graduate of Miami University (OH) with an English/Journalism degree. Cammy was one of the first women sportscasters in the country, and the first in the states of Nevada and Ohio. Following her work in Nevada, Cammy moved back to her hometown in 1988 and became a Sports Anchor at WKRC-TV. While enjoying her pioneering role as a Sports Anchor, Cammy eventually moved into a new arena co-hosting a 3-hour show on WKRC-TV: “Good Morning Cincinnati.” The show dominated its slot in the ratings during her 13 years as co-host. In 2005, Cammy took on a new role at WKRC-TV: Evening News Anchor. She now delivers news every weeknight at 5:00, 6:00 and 11:00 PM Local 12.

She has emceed and served as honorary chairperson for many girls and women’s sports events and fundraisers around the Cincinnati area for years.  She is currently honorary chair and spokesperson for:  Ride Cincinnati (a bike ride for breast cancer which benefits Barrett Cancer Center); JDRF Ride to Cure program (bike ride to benefit Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation); Thanksgiving Day Race (benefits Ronald McDonald House and other charities). Now in her 50’s, Cammy still “competes” (although she really just does events to finish and have fun) in triathlons.  She has done three Ironman triathlons (that’s a 2.4 mile swim; 112 mile bike; 26.2 mile run…all in under 17 hours).

Cammy helped to found the Greater Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky Women's Sports Association with Jean Dowell and others 20 years ago.  She has served as co-emcee at all the Awards Banquets since the beginning. She arranges for WKRC- TV to run Public Service Announcements and run film clips on the evening news after the event.

In addition to volunteering at charity sports fundraising events, Cammy also speaks at many schools and for athletic teams about good sportsmanship and the benefits of girls’ sports. She has been married for 25 years and is raising three very athletic daughters. 


High School Coach of the Year

Dr. Ronald W. Quinn

Seton High School -- Head Soccer Coach

 

The Seton Saints had a 2-9-5 record during the regular Fall 2012 soccer season, but their coach, Dr. Ron Quinn continued to teach throughout the season about perseverance, integrity, holding yourself accountable, and to believe in what you are capable of doing as an individual and as a team. The team ended up 4-1 in the post-season, capturing a District Title.  For Coach Quinn, the achievements of the 2012 Seton soccer team, and the way in which they conducted themselves throughout the season, was one of his most rewarding coaching experiences in his 32-year coaching career. (29 with Xavier University and the last 3 with Seton—he has a career coaching record of 345-215-47.)

As a coach, Ron’s philosophy is to place the athlete’s/student’s needs and interest first; the team will follow. At Seton, he has worked to show that sport has an aesthetic quality and that a competition is a partnership rather than a battle. Coach Quinn embodies humility, sharing his former players’ accolades to demonstrate how he has contributed to the game, of soccer and of life: many are now coaches, and his most gratifying experiences are when former players call asking for advice on how to coach their children.

According to a current player’s parent: "Ron Quinn is so much more than a Girls Varsity Soccer Coach, he truly is man of sportsmanship, ethics, and integrity. Every day he teaches his players more than the fundamentals of the game. He teaches the fundamentals of life, how to treat one another, how to be a positive leader and how to be responsible for your actions. Seton High School has truly been blessed to have him watching over our daughters for the past 3 years.”

 

College Coach of the Year
Bobby Kramig
Miami University -- Soccer

Bobby Kramig coached the Miami Redhawk women's soccer team to 2012 Mid-American Conference regular season and tournament championships, as well as a NCAA first-round upset over Tennessee, 3-2 in overtime. The Redhawks went undefeated in conference play. Kramig led his team to a school and MAC record 20 wins. The team had a 16 game unbeaten streak (a new school record) and went undefeated in all 10 true road games.

Kramig was named MAC Coach of the Year, NSCAA Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year and OCSA Coach of the Year. He coached Jessica Kodiak to MAC Offensive Player of the Year and Haley Walter to MAC Freshman of the year. Kodiak also garnered Third-Team All-America from NSCAA.

Bobby has served the Oxford Community and Miami University as a leader specifically for women's soccer for over 30 years. He is focused on his student-athletes, teaching them soccer and life skills and leadership. Avidly involved in the soccer community, Kramig is responsible for starting the "M" League, a youth soccer program that served the Oxford community for several years and incorporated his student-athletes as coaches. Over a dozen of Kramig's former women's soccer players are still active in soccer coaching after making their coaching debuts with the "M" League.

 


The Mary Jo Huismann Administrator of the Year

Mel Webster

Bishop Brossart High School -- Athletic Director

 

Mel Webster is the Athletics Director at Bishop Brossart High School – Diocese of Covington. Mel oversees 16 sports and more than 300 participants.  He is a member of the National Interscholastic Athletic Association, the Kentucky High School Athletic Director's Association, and the 9th Region and 10th Region Athletic Directors Associations. In his 16 years as AD, the number of Brossart athletic teams has nearly doubled; they have been Title 9 compliant and 23 Brossart teams have won state championships. 

Webster was the youngest-ever inductee into the Northern Kentucky Sports Hall Of Fame in 1993, and in 2000 became a member of the Northern Kentucky Athletic Director's Hall Of Fame. He received a special contribution honor from the Northern Kentucky Girls High School Coaches Association in 1977. In 1990, he received the Citizen’s Award from the Kentucky Girls Sports Association, and in 1996 received the Leadership Award from the Citizen’s for Sports Equity. He was a top-rated official in the Ninth Region eight times.

For the last four years, Webster has been treasurer for the NKADA, which oversees the Athletic Director's Hall Of Fame. Later this year, he will be Master of Ceremonies for the AD Hall of Fame induction ceremony. In February, he was Master of Ceremonies for the Covington School's first-ever Hall of Fame induction.

"Mel represents a lot of goodness," said legendary Northern Kentucky basketball coach Ken Shields. "He's done just about everything you can do in sports at the high school level. His passion is unbelievable. He's an incredible asset not only for Brossart but our entire area."


The Jean Dowell Scholarship for Leadership

Mackenzie M. Laumann

Oak Hill High School

 

The Team MVP of her golf team the last three years of her four-year career at Oak Hills High School, Mackenzie Laumann wrapped up her high school career in fitting style. For the fourth year in a row, she was a District Qualifier. She finished 21st out of a field of 72 golfers as a State Qualifier and was named to the First Team All-Conference – Greater Miami Conference (GMC) and First Team All Star by SWOHSGGCA.

A goal-setter and a natural leader, Mackenzie leads vocally and by example, yet with an open mind. It’s important to her to lead as much as learn from her teammates and those she mentors. She is involved in Oak Hills’ summer basketball camps and works with girls from the Oak Hills Middle School Girls Golf Team.

Mackenzie is the Senior Class President and serves on many school clubs and organizations. In the community, she is involved in InterHospitality Faith Network and Habitat for Humanity (among others). Mackenzie is a member of both the German Honor Society and the National Honor Society, and ranked in the top 5% of her class (34 out of 644). She will be attending Northern Kentucky University in the fall on a golf scholarship.

Mackenzie has also been selected to receive the High School Sportswoman of the Year in Golf.

  


High School Sports Woman of the Year Finalists
Basketball -- Kelsey Mitchell

Princeton High School

 

For the second year in a row, Princeton junior Kelsey Mitchell was named to Ohio’s first team. Kelsey led the Greater Miami Conference in points per game (23.9) and assists per game (3.3).  She also averaged 2.7 steals per contest.  Mitchell accomplished all of that despite missing 15 games with an ankle injury.  The Lady Vikings went 11-1 with Mitchell healthy, but were 8-7 without her. In addition, Mitchell has held the title of the Number 1 player in the country.

Kelsey always finds time to help kids at Woodlawn Recreation Center, tutoring and helping them develop basketball skills. Kelsey has been fortunate to work basketball camps with her dad, and especially enjoys the time when she gets to spend talking with the girls about the benefits of being active in any sport. When she gets older, she wants to join her dad in providing free camps for girls in need who love the game she loves.

 

           

Cross Country and Track & Field -- Jacquelyn Crow
Lebanon High School

 

Jacquelyn Crow of Lebanon High School is the 2012 Ohio Division I Cross Country State Champion, capping a career filled with records and awards: She was recognized as the 2012 Division I Runner of the Year. She holds a State Cross Country Course Record Holder for all Divisions at National Trails Raceway (17:39.31). She is a two-time Rae Burick Women in Sports Honoree; a three-time District Champion; a two-time Greater Western Ohio All-Conference Runner of the Meet and a three-time 1st Team All-League (GWOC South). And, she entered her final track season with five school records: 3200m (10:48.13), 1600m (5:05.44), 4x800m (9:15.24), 4x1600m (21:56.52), Distance Medley (13:03:25).

Running for Jacquelyn has inspired other aspects of her life. An important concept Jacquelyn embodies and inspires the African “Ubuntu”—putting others before oneself and doing what is best for the team. She is a “running buddy” for Girls on the Run, and volunteering at the Lebanon Track Club to be a mentor and coach for third to eighth-grade kids. Through Cross Country, Jacquelyn has also had the chance to help out with the Interfaith Hospitality Network.

A member of the National Honor Society, Jacquelyn has a 4.0 non-weighted GPA and a 4.18 weighted GPA. In 2012 and 2011, she was named an Academic All-Ohio in Cross Country.


Golf -- Mackenzie M. Laumann

Oak Hills High School

 

The Team MVP of her golf team the last three years of her four-year career at Oak Hills High School, Mackenzie Laumann wrapped up her high school career in fitting style. For the fourth year in a row, she was a District Qualifier. She finished 21st out of a field of 72 golfers as a State Qualifier and was named to the First Team All-Conference – Greater Miami Conference (GMC) and First Team All Star by SWOHSGGCA.

A goal-setter and a natural leader, Mackenzie leads vocally and by example, yet with an open mind. It’s important to her to lead as much as learn from her teammates and those she mentors. She is involved in Oak Hills’ summer basketball camps and works with girls from the Oak Hills Middle School Girls Golf Team.

Mackenzie is the Senior Class President and serves on many school clubs and organizations. In the community, she is involved in InterHospitality Faith Network and Habitat for Humanity (among others). Mackenzie is a member of both the German Honor Society and the National Honor Society, and ranked in the top 5% of her class (34 out of 644). She will be attending Northern Kentucky University in the fall on a golf scholarship.

Mackenzie has also been selected to receive the Jean Dowell Scholarship for Leadership.

 

Soccer -- Libby Leedom
St. Henry District High School

 

According to Libby Leedom’s high school coach, Libby is “as complete a player I've coached or seen at the high school level.” A strong scorer and team captain, Libby played her senior year almost exclusively in the midfield where she could help control the game. Libby’s accomplishments resulted in her being named the team MVP the last three years, and an NSCAA Scholar All-American, a two-time Gatorade Player of the Year, the State Tournament MVP, and a two-time All-State First Team. She finished her career at St. Henry the all-time leading scorer with 108 goals and 43 assists.

Off the field, her hard work and determination have led her to be one of the top student athletes in the nation as recognized by the NSCAA Scholar All-American Award. She does many hours of volunteer work every year, and finds her work with Special Olympics Bowling and Basketball and with the children at a Kings Soccer Academy Kids Camp to be the most rewarding.

 

Soccer -- Rose Lavelle
Mount Notre Dame High School

 

Rose Lavelle has played all four years on MND’s varsity soccer team, and is a 3- time team MVP. She has been named all four years GGCL All Conference, All-City and a Cincinnati Enquirer All-Star selections. She is a two-time NSCAA High School All-Region and a three-time All-Ohio player. In 2012, she was named the Southwest Coaches Player of the Year, Cincinnati Enquirer Division 1 Player of the Year, and GGCL Conference Player of the Year. She capped her career at MND with three all-time records: 57 career goals, 28 career assists and 18 single-season goals.

 

Rose is also recognized on the national level: she is a member of the U.S. Soccer Under-20 & Under-18 Women's National Teams, and played in the 2013 La Manga U-20 Twelve Nations Tournament in Spain.  As a key player on the Youth Soccer ODP Region 2 Team, Rose was a 2012 Thanksgiving Interregional Tournament All Star selection.

 

Rose mentors and helps train 9 to 11-year-old girls at her soccer club, Cincinnati United, and has volunteered with Top Soccer (soccer for special needs kids). Rose carries a weighted 5.01 GPA taking AP, Honors and College Prep courses.  She will continue her education and soccer career at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Softball -- Lauren Michelle Slatten
Oak Hills High School

 

In her junior year of play with Oak Hills last spring, Team Captain, Lauren Slatten set two state records: strikeouts, 390; and most innings pitched in a game, 17 innings (against Lakota West). She had an ERA of 1.33, on her way to setting 5 pitching records at Oak Hills (and she’s not done yet!). Lauren was named the Team MVP, the GMC Player of the Year and First Team All-City in 2012. She is currently finishing her fourth year of varsity play.

Lauren’s summer team is the Louisville Lady Sluggers—one of the top teams in the nation. Last year, she led them to a 7-0 win over the Beverly Bandits (top 10 in nation), and gave up just one hit to the California Firecrackers, the number one team in the nation at the time.

Lauren shares her love and understanding of softball participating in the Special Olympic Softball Training program and working other summer camps. She will continue her softball career with University of Texas.


Swimming -- Bridget Blood
Ursuline Academy

A strong individual swimmer as well as an integral part of Ursuline’s relay teams, Bridget Blood is a seven-time State Champion. As an individual, Bridget has twice won the 100 breaststroke and captured the 200 Individual Medley once. Ursuline’s 400 Freestyle Relay has captured the title once, and the 200 Medley Relay has won state titles three years in a row. Bridget is the All- City and GGCL swimmer of the year. She is also a Junior National and Senior National qualifier and finalist, as well as an Olympic-Trial qualifier.

Through her hard work and accomplishments, Bridget leads by example, especially for her younger sister and teammates.  She also volunteers for the Special Olympics to teach and coach mentally-disabled kids and adults in swimming. At her summer swim club, she instructs younger swimmers in their strokes and technique.

 

  

Tennis – Madison Cook
Notre Dame Academy

 

Notre Dame Academy’s Madison Cook finished her stellar tennis career a four-time recipient of the Panda’s Impact Player Award. She was the Kentucky High School Athletic Association 2012 Girls Tennis State Singles Champion as well as the Kentucky High School Athletic Association 2012 Girls Tennis Region Singles Champion (all four years). In 2012, Madison received the National Guard KHSAA State Championship Best & Brightest Award, and was named the Northern Kentucky Athletic Conference’s “Most Outstanding” Division I-Girls Tennis and the Enquirer Northern Kentucky Player of the Year.

Madison demonstrates her commitment to a sport she has enjoyed most of her life through her hard work and passion, inspiring younger players to pursue their interest in tennis.  She has assisted at tennis programs for children and teenagers. Madison also volunteers at the Madonna House, a house for unwed mothers, the Boys and Girls Club and the James E. Biggs School. In the fall, Madison will attend St. Louis University on a full tennis scholarship.

 

Tennis -- Sandy Niehaus
Mount Notre Dame High School

 

A top-25 player in the USTA Midwest District, Sandy Niehaus of Mt. Notre Dame is a state qualifier on her doubles team and finished second in the state in singles. She was named the Cincinnati Enquirer Player of the Year and the 2012 GGCL Player of the Year for tennis.

Sandy is a driven, highly-competitive player but she is also extremely polite and friendly, never arguing a call or showing negative emotion on the court. Her skill and etiquette earned her the Tennis Coaches Sportsmanship Award in 2011.

For Sandy’s senior-year Capstone Project, she worked with the Cincinnati Recreation Commission to provide programs for inner-city children to learn and play the game Sandy loves: tennis. 

 

Volleyball – Michelle Strizak
Mount Notre Dame High School

 

A four-year starter for Mt. Notre Dame, Michelle Strizak has accumulated a host of accolades and awards for her accomplishments on the court. In, 2012, Michelle led the Cougars in their undefeated regular season and to a repeat of their GGCL League championship. She was named the Ohio Gatorade Player of the Year and selected to the Under-Armour High School All-American 1st Team and MaxPrep’s 1st Team All-American. She was recognized 1st Team All-State, District Player of the Year, GGCL Player of the Year and Cincinnati Enquirer Player of the Year. She is a member of USA Junior National Training Team and a finalist for PrepVolleyball.com’s National Senior of the Year 

Michelle coaches and is a refereed for CYO volleyball, and also has a number of accomplishments off the court. An AP Scholar with Distinction, she is currently 6th in her senior class with a weighted GPA of 5.73. She encourages other athletes in her role as the Tutoring chair for National Honor Society.  She serves on the Steering Committee for A Night for the Fight, a new cancer fundraising event for high school students with a focus on pediatric cancer; volunteers at Jewish Hospital and Matthew 25 Ministries; and a coordinated a “capstone event” for Safe Haven Farms, an adult autism center. Michelle will be attending the University of Illinois to play volleyball next year.


College Sportswomen of the Year Finalists
Basketball – Allison Long
Thomas More College

 

Allison Long is a DIII All-American, D3hoops.com All-American 2nd team, Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) All-America Honorable Mention and a top 10 finalist for the Jostens Trophy. Long was also named the PAC Player of the Year. In her career, she led Thomas More to four PAC Championships and four NCAA appearances.

Allison is a Capitol One Academic All-American 2nd team with a 3.948 GPA. Long is the Vice President for the Student Athletic Advisory Committee and a math tutor on campus. She has volunteered with the Special Olympics Bowling and Flag Football, as well as with the Catholic Charities. She enjoys working with young girls to help them reach their goals in basketball.  

Allison is from Hebron, KY and attended Connor High School and holds the school record for career points with 1,484.

 

Basketball – Courtney Osborn
Miami University

 

Courtney Osborn was a four-year starter, and two-year captain for the Miami RedHawks. Osborn finished her career as Miami's all-time leading scorer, all-time leader in free throws and 3pt field goals made, as well as 2nd all-time in assists. She was named First Team All- MAC, the first player in program history to earn All-MAC honors each of her four years and nominated for WBCA All-American Region 4.

Courtney has spent time coaching at multiple free basketball clinics throughout local area. She was a member of the Redhawk Student Council. Osborn organized "Bring Joy to a Childhood” for the team, to provide Christmas gifts to those in need and the teams involvement in "Giving Tree" to provide gifts to local community members.

Courtney is from Fishers, Indiana and attended Hamilton Southeastern High School and was a four-year letter winner and is the career scoring leader.

 

Soccer – Jess Kodiak
Miami University

 

Jessica Kodiak is the MAC Offensive Player of the Year and a Third-Team All-American. She led her team to both the MAC regular season and tournament championships. As team captain, Kodiak was an integral part of a team that transformed in just one season from 10-12-1 to 20-3-1 and a NCAA first round upset over Tennessee. Coach Bobby Kramig has said, “In 30 years at Miami, I've never had a better team captain.”

Jess is an activist for the Pam Porter Fund. The fund benefits the oncology unit of McCullough-Hyde Hospital. She also enjoys working with younger girls to encourage them to continue to play sports and give them a first-hand account of the college recruiting process.

Jess is from Naperville, Illinois and she attended Naperville North High School.  She was a four-year letter winner and served as captain her senior year.

 

Softball – Emily Schwaeble
Northern Kentucky University

 

Emily Schwaeble led the Northern Kentucky University softball team to the super regional round of the NCAA tournament in 2012. She was ranked 11th in the nation for strikeouts among NCAA division 2 pitchers, named First-Team GLVC and NFCA 2nd team all region as a pitcher. In addition, Emily was named Daktronics Midwest 2nd Team All-Region as a utility player. She set the Northern Kentucky University record for most starts as a pitcher in a season with 34. At the start of the 2013 season, Emily is ranked second at NKU in career home runs and RBIs.

Off the field, Emily is the softball representative for the Student Athlete Advisory Committee and is on the NKU Athletic Council. During the summer, she works at a summer camp as the team sports specialist. She spends some of her time giving young girls private hitting and pitching sessions and enjoys seeing their development in both athletics and life. 

Emily is from Cincinnati, Ohio and attended Colerain High School.  She was twice named the Cincinnati Enquirer Division I Player of the Year. 


Track & Field – Katherine Klump
University of Cincinnati

 

Katherine Klump had a standout year for the University of Cincinnati Track and Field. She garnered honors as a three-time NCAA All-American, Big East Track Athlete of the Year 2012 Indoors, UC Most Valuable Track 2012 and Gettler Spirit of Track & Field Award 2012. Klump is now the Big East Record Holder 500-meter 2012 Indoors and Big East Record Holder 800-meter 2012 Indoors. She also holds eight records for the University of Cincinnati. Kathy was the highest finishing UC Track & Field athlete in history in the NCAA Championships, 4th in the NCAA 800-meter run.

Kathy volunteers with the women’s South Dearborn High School Track and Field team. She also lives on a farm and frequently has to help with the birth of animals, mainly goats.

Kathy is from Aurora, Indiana and attended South Dearborn High School.  She was a four-year letter winner in both soccer and track and was a state champion in the 800 meters in 2006 and 2008.

 

Volleyball – Stephanie Vorherr
Xavier University

 

 

Stephanie Vorherr is an AVCA All-America Honorable mention and three-time Atlantic-10 Libero of the Year. She finished her career as the all-time digs leader in the A-10 with 2,152 digs. Vorherr holds four of the top five single-season dig totals in Xavier’s history. In 2012, Stephanie was named to the A-10 All-Conference Second Team and the Big Orange Bash All-Tournament Team.

 

Voherr has twice been named to the Atlantic-10’s Commissioner’s Honor Roll and is a two-time recipient of Xavier’s Athletic Director Award. Outside the classroom, Stephanie enjoys coaching young girls in volleyball and volunteering with the Academy of World Languages, Relay for Life, Make a Wish Foundation and Xavier’s Dance Marathon. During the summer of 2012, Stephanie spent a week and a half in Guatemala with fellow students and teachers from her occupational therapy master’s program.

 

Stephanie is from Cincinnati, OH and attended Mother of Mercy High School.  She was a four-year letter winner and helped lead Mother of Mercy to a 2007 state championship and a 2006 state runner-up finish.  She set a Mercy school record for digs (307) in a season and attacks in a season (1005).