September 15th, 2015

Three LCSN schools to be honored at WISH event

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Three LCSN schools to be honored at WISH event
Sacred Heart golf team will be honored at the WISH Awards event on Sep. 23 / photo from Sacred Heart twitter

Special to LCSN by Ashli McLean

Three Louisville Catholic high schools --- Sacred Heart, Mercy and Assumption --- will be honored at the inaugural Women in Sports Honors (WISH) on Sept. 3.

WISH will be the first of its kind to celebrate Louisville’s female athletes and contributors to women’s athletics. The event is presented by KentuckyOne Health Sports Medicine. Hosted by the Louisville Women’s Sports Network WISH is also supported in part by Bill Collins Ford, Wave 3 News, iHeart Media, Inc. and Anthem. Award winners include Spalding University President Tori Murden McClure, Seneca High volleyball player Jeanna Livingston, and University of Louisville student-athlete and American record-breaker Kelsi Worrell.

Sacred Heart, Mercy and Assumption will each receive Outstanding Team Recognition Awards during the evening, with Sacred Heart receiving three alone. The LWSN selection committee took a look at every local high school sport and team in order to choose an award recipient. Judging criteria included: athletic success during the 2014-15 season, anticipated performance during the 2015-16 season and overall strength of program.

Here are the awards the three Catholic schools will be receiving:

Cross country – Sacred Heart

Coached by Rick Heim, Sacred Heart won the 2015 Class 3-A state title with an average 5k time of 19:20.41. Then-freshman Kathleen Simms finished first overall, while the Valkyries had two other top-10 finishes in current senior Megan Buechler and current junior Abby Reburn.

At the Brooks Memphis Twilight Classic in Memphis, Tenn., on Sept. 5, Buechler placed eighth with a time of 19:19.95. Reburn rounded out the top 25 roughly 35 seconds later. Most recently, at the Brown County Eagle Classic in Nashville on Sept. 12, Sacred Heart had two top-10 finishes: Simms placed seventh in 18:43.36 while Buechler placed 10th in 18:54.07.

Field hockey – Assumption

With a 22-3-1 record last season, the Rockets won the state title with a 4-0 victory over Mercy. Head coach Debbie Judd celebrated her and the school’s eighth state title. Captain Bailey Higgins was named Kentucky Miss Field Hockey.

This season, the Rockets are currently carrying a 6-1 record. Their only loss came from Sacred Heart in the Apple Tournament championship game on Aug. 28. Two weeks later, however, Assumption visited Sacred Heart and defeated the Valkyries 1-0.

Golf – Sacred Heart

The Valkyries defeated Henry Clay 21-23 to take home its fourth-straight state title in 2014. Current Notre Dame freshman Maddie Hamilton shot a 2-over 146 to tie for fifth individually. Head coach Leslie Bender was named the National Girls’ Golf Coach of the Year.

This season, the team shot a 318 to win its opening high school tournament at Long Run Golf Course on July 31. The Valkyries won the Jefferson County Invitational on September 14, and Ryan Bender and Erin Rowland tied for 1st place.

Volleyball – Mercy Academy

In 2014, the Jaguars went 40-1, claimed their first state championship since 2009 and were named the national champions by Current Morehead State freshman Merideth Jewell was named Kentucky Miss Volleyball and the Gatorade Kentucky Player of the Year. Mercy now is coached by Matt Thomerson.

Currently, the Jaguars are 14-4, behind only Butler (15-6) as the Sixth Region’s leader. Mercy’s four losses have come from Indiana powerhouse Providence, as well as No. 1 Sacred Heart (twice) and No. 2 Assumption (rankings based on Kentucky Volleyball Coaches Association latest coaches poll).

Swimming and diving – Sacred Heart Academy

The Valkyries won eight of the 12 events at the state championships in the 2014-15 season and went on to claim their third straight overall title. Current Stanford University freshman Leah Stevens capped her high school career with two state titles last season. The Valkyries are coached by Jim Leubbe.

The Valkyries’ season will begin this winter.

Other Outstanding Team Award winners: Male (softball), South Oldham (soccer), Manual (tennis), North Oldham (track and field), Kentucky Country Day (lacrosse), Male (basketball), Bullitt East (competitive cheer) and Eastern (dance).

Tickets for WISH can be purchased up until one day before the event here. Email for more information!



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