May 28th, 2015

5th Annual LCSN Awards Night re-cap

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Paul Najjar

Senior Writer

5th Annual LCSN Awards Night re-cap
LCSN Awards Night recipients - front row (l to r): Monica Loftus and Maddie Hamilton; back row (l to r): Malerie Martin, Logan Clark, Sam Stockton, Brandon Basham, Sydney Flynn, Forde Womack (Ryan Kelly was not able to attend)

The Louisville Catholic Sports Network held its Fifth Annual Awards Night Wednesday evening at Wildwood Country Club. More than $6,000 in scholarship gifts was awarded to nine local student athletes in six categories.

Deacon Greg Gitschier gave the keynote address and Hall of Fame sports journalist Billy Reed also spoke.

The award categories and recipients are below.

Mulloy Commercial Real Estate Community Service Award: Malerie Martin - Mercy

A four-year varsity letter winner in basketball, this student-athlete was known for her unselfish play and team-first attitude. Malerie overcame many obstacles to achieve all the honors she's received as a student-athlete, including a season-ending knee injury in the Sixth Region championship game at the end of her junior year. She learned so many valuable lessons from serving over 200 hours in the community and applied them to her role as captain of the Jaguars’ basketball team.

R.G. Stallings Student Manager Award: Logan Clark - DeSales

This student manager started his managing career in grade school and helped DeSales football to back-to-back state championships. A reliable, trusted student manager, Clark maintains a 3.79 G.P.A. and is known for his selflessness and team-first attitude for head coach Harold Davis’ two-time defending state champions.

Publishers Printing Company/Billy Read Journalism Awards -

Photography: Forde Womack – Trinity; Print journalism: Ryan Kelly - Trinity

Two students from Tony Lococo's journalism program at Trinity have earned these awards. Forde Womack entered a series of photos that revealed a strong eye for the dramatic. From mastering the rings in a circus act, to celebrating fans in the rain, to cheerleaders cheering on the sideline, to the agony of a charge taken by Shamrocks basketball player Daniel Ramser, Womack's photos depict a variety of compelling compositions.

Ryan Kelly's journalism piece chronicled the rise of rugby as a sport at Trinity and how the team and sport has grown and continues to grow in the community.

Toby Tours Distinguished Character Award: Monica Loftus - Holy Cross 

A four year volleyball player at Holy Cross who had her junior year erased by a knee injury that occurred while warming up prior to the first game of the season, she was an A-student and the unquestioned leader of the Cougars volleyball program. She earned All-Region accolades all three years she played.

Fuzzy Zoeller A.C.E. Award: female - Maddie Rose Hamilton – Sacred Heart

Maddie Rose Hamilton helped lead Sacred Heart to four consecutive state golf championships. She was a four-year letter-winner and sunk a 15 foot birdie putt on the final hole of match competition to tie Elizabethtown and send the team title competition into extra holes or sudden death, where the Valkyries ultimately came away with the title. For her outstanding skill on the golf course and excellence in the classroom, Maddie Rose earned a scholarship to continue her golf career at the University of Notre Dame.

Fuzzy Zoeller A.C.E. Award: male - Brandon Basham – Holy Cross

Brandon Basham led Holy Cross to some of its best regional finishes in recent years. He led the team to several strong showings in its region as well as in All-A competition. He completed over 85 hours of community service, was a member of the National Honor Society and compiled a 3.84 G.P.A.

Academy Sports + Outdoors Female Student Athlete of the Year: Sydney Flynn – Sacred Heart

Sydney Flynn is among the most unique prep athletes Louisville has ever seen. As an athlete, Sydney excelled in every sport she played in elementary school but was also an accomplished and champion figure skater. She chose to play lacrosse in high school as it was the least likely sport to interfere with her ice-skating training. Her combination of speed, power and agility helped lead Sacred Heart to two state lacrosse titles and earned her the honor of being named Miss Lacrosse this year. As a student, she was enrolled in the rigorous International Baccalaureate program and ranked among the top members of her class. She will attend the University of Notre Dame on a lacrosse scholarship.

Academy Sports + Outdoors Male Student Athlete of the Year: Sam Stockton - Trinity

Sam Stockton was named Gatorade’s Kentucky Soccer Player of the year following both of his outstanding junior and senior seasons; a rare feat for any student-athlete. He served as a captain and led his team in word and deed. In the classroom, Sam ranked in the top five percent of his class. On the field he was a tireless, selfless teammate and worked to make his teammates better. He will continue his soccer career on a scholarship to the University of Indiana.


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