2016 Award Winners

2016 cincinnati women's sports 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.


2016 Cincinnati Women's sports Sportswomen of the Year
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 Award
Adrian Ell, McNicholas H.S.
Alyssa Steller, Ursuline Academy

Special Recognition Award
Nell Fookes, Boone County H.S.

Donna de Varona Spirit of Sport
Teresa Cain 

Lifetime Service Award
Carolyn J. Condit, Miami University

Senior Sportswoman of the Year
Pat Fettig 

Women's Sports Business Award
David Kline, Campus Book & Supply

Mary Jo Huismann Administrator of the Year
Gegory G. Dennis, Summit Country Day H.S.

High School Coach of the Year
Joe Burke, Mount Notre Dame H.S.

College Coach of the Year
Inako Puzo, Miami University, Field Hockey


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

Sydney Moss, Basketball, Thomas More College

 Pei Lin, Diving, Miami University

 Bea Dechant, Field Hockey, Miami University

 Olivia Huber, Soccer, Thomas More College

 Erika Leonard, Softball, Ohio State University

 Jacqueline Keire, Swimming, University of Cincinnati

 Erika Hurd, Track & Field, University of Cincinnati

 Abbey Bessler, Volleyball, Xavier 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