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2016 GCNKWSA Sportswomen of the Year

Morgan Hentz - High School Sportswoman of the Year

Morgan Hentz senior outside hitter and libero led the Pandas to a 33 – 6 record and to the KHSAA State semi-finals, where she was named to the 2015 KHSAA State Championship All-Tournament team. She received the LaRosa’s MVP award, was named Player of the Year by Cincinnati Enquirer NKY and Gatorade KY, was selected 1st team all-state and received the crown of 2015 Miss KY volleyball by the Kentucky Volleyball Coaches Association. In addition, Morgan has been named a PrepVolleyball High School All-American, a MaxPreps High School All-American and an Under Armour All American. She was one of 12 selected to USA Youth National team and representing the USA in the Youth World Championship in Peru. 

Morgan is a very good student and has maintained a 4.26 GPA in the classroom. Morgan believes that encouraging young girls to play sports not only helps them to lead healthy lifestyles, but it also teaches them important life lessons. She promotes a good work ethic and is a dependable example for the quality of determination.She loves to volunteer at clinics for girl's youth volleyball and can regularly be found assisting at Northern Kentucky Youth Volleyball Club. She also helps annually with the Notre Dame Academy children's volleyball camps as well as making the occasional return to her grade school, Blessed Sacrament. She especially likes the opportunity to help kids learn about volleyball with the hope they might develop the same passion for the sport she has found.

Morgan will attend Stanford University in the fall and join the Cardinals on their volleyball team.

Sydney Moss - College Sportswoman of the Year

Senior Sydney Moss has previously been recognized by the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Women’s Sports Association for her excellence in basketball, and there’s a reason for that. She finished her college career with a fourth-straight selection as National Player of the Year from the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association and D3hoops.com. 

Sydney has earned recognition as the Division 3 News Player of the Year, PAC Player of the Year (multiple years), Great Lakes Region Player of the Year, All-PAC, All-Region, and D3hoops.com 1st-Team All-America.

Sydney is very active in community service as well. She has worked with Special Olympics in basketball, bowling, and flag football. She has been involved with Catholic Charities Christmas and the Brighton Center Canned Food Drive.




2016 GCNKWSA Award Recipients

Lauren Hill Courage AwardAdrian EllMcNicholas H.S.

Alyssa StellerUrsuline Academy
Special Recognition AwardNell FookesBoone County H.S.
Donna de Varona Spirit of SportTeresa Cain 
Lifetime Service AwardCarolyn J. ConditMiami University


Senior Sportswoman of the YearPat Fettig 
Women's Sports Business AwardDavid KlineCampus Book & Supply
Mary Jo Huismann Administrator of the YearGegory G. DennisSummit Country Day H.S.


High School Coach of the YearJoe BurkeMount Notre Dame H.S.
College Coach of the YearInako Puzo Miami University, Field Hockey


College Sportswomen - 8 - one per sport and Sportswoman of the Year

 Sydney Moss BasketballThomas More College
 Pei Lin DivingMiami University
 Bea Dechant Field HockeyMiami University
 Olivia Huber SoccerThomas More College
 Erika Leonard SoftballOhio State University
 Jacqueline Keire SwimmingUniversity of Cincinnati
 Erika Hurd Track & FieldUniversity of Cincinnati
 Abbey Bessler VolleyballXavier University


High School Sportswomen - 9 - one per sport and Sportswoman of the Year

Nia Staples Basketball Lakota West High School
Maddie Walker Cross-Country Amelia High School
Kellen Alsip Golf Sycamore High School
Malia Berkely Soccer Stephen T. Badin High School
Tara Trainer Softball Lebanon High School
Ashley Volpenhein Swimming Mason High School
Emily Thomas Tennis Princeton High School
Ayanna O'Neal Track & Field Withrow High School
Morgan Hentz Volleyball Notre Dame Academy