May 14th, 2014

Student-athletes honored at LCSN Awards Night

Staff Report

Student-athletes honored at LCSN Awards Night
The award winners, David Mullhall and Nick Eckert not pictured / photo by Sharron Hilbrecht

The Louisville Catholic Sports Network held its fourth annual awards night at Audubon Country Club on Tuesday, May 14.

Nine awards and scholarships were presented in seven categories. LCSN has now given out more than $24,000 in scholarships to student-athletes, managers and sports journalism students who attend the eight Catholic schools in the Louisville area.

WDRB sports director Tom Lane served as the emcee while Billy Reed spoke on character in sports. Holy Cross alum and NFL veteran Dean Wells was the guest speaker.

Mercy Academy’s Courtney Crable and DeSales’ Mike Shurfranz were named the Bonnycastle Appliance and TV Student-Athletes of the Year. Crable owns a 3.94 GPA, was the 2013 Kentucky Miss Volleyball, an Under Armour All-American and 2012 Kentucky Gatorade Player of the Year.

“I think what makes Courtney so good is her work ethic,” Mercy head coach Todd Garvey said. “She is a perfectionist. Combine that with being very athletic and it makes her a special player. She is very quick and agile for her height and has a great vertical jump.”

Schurfranz has a 4.0, is ranked No. 2 in his class and played soccer and basketball for the Colts. The soccer Colts won their first district title in 10 years and the basketball Colts finished as district runners-up.

“If you polled every teacher and coach that has worked with Mike since he has been at DeSales, no one would have a bad thing to say about him,” DeSales athletic director Sam Gilbert said. “Academically, he is ranked No. 2 in his class, and his athletic achievements are equally great if you consider that fact that he did not play basketball at all his junior year and only played a handful of soccer games that same year due to an injury. “

The Toby Tours Distinguished Character Award was presented to Sacred Heart Academy basketball standout Raven Merriweather. Merriweather tore an  ACL as junior but returned as a senior and helped lead the Valkyries to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2004.

Trinity’s Nick Eckert won the Mulloy Properties Community Service Award. Eckert is one of the top three in his class academically, ran cross country and track and has spent many hours providing community service in and outside of Louisville.

“Nick’s heart is devoted to serving,” Trinity head cross country coach Chad Waggoner said. “He has spent his past several spring breaks traveling to Latin American countries on mission trips. He gives countless hours during the school year volunteering through his church as well as being a peer tutor to his classmates in Trinity’s T-Pass program. Nick has maintained his top-three class rank while taking advanced level classes, competing as an elite student-athlete and serving his community. He is the very definition of a servant leader.”

Assumption’s Jenna Kapfhammer was presented with the R.G. Stallings Student Manager Award. She was a manager for the basketball and softball teams.

“Jenna has been completely involved in every aspect of managing, from filming games to setting up for practice,” Assumption head basketball coach Steve Small said. “She has thrown herself into every aspect of our program, giving whole-hearted effort. Jenna has always been a team player, no matter what.”

The Publishers Press Billy Reed Journalism Awards were presented to DeSales’ Joey Gardner for his story on DeSales’ first-ever football state championship. Trinity’s David Mulhall won for his photography.

Presentation's Courtney Carrico and St. Xavier’s Paxton Duff won the first Fuzzy Zoeller A.C.E. Awards for golf. Carrico and Duff both made it to the state golf tournament.



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