HIGH SCHOOL FIELD HOCKEY

Oct. 28, 2007

Kuhn named first Miss Field Hockey

By NATHAN CHAMBERS
BeyondTheDerby.com

Sacred Heart's Devanny Kuhn

Enthusiastic cheers burst from a section of the Trager Stadium bleachers when Devanny Kuhn was introduced with the other Miss Field Hockey nominees during the Senior All-Star Game on Sunday, as if those Sacred Heart fans already knew what was coming next.

But the reaction was even louder when Kuhn was named Kentucky’s first Miss Field Hockey a few moments later.

“When my name was called, it was kind of a shock,” she admitted. “There are so many other girls who are really good players.”

Kuhn (pictured), a midfielder for the two-time defending state champion Valkyries, was one of 16 seniors nominated for the award. She received the most votes from members of the Kentucky High School Field Hockey Coaches Association.

“It means a lot,” she said. “People have been watching me and think I’m a good player. I’m really excited about that.”

The other nominees were Assumption’s Lauren Schmeing, Atherton’s Lasue Karneh, Ballard’s Amanda Seeley, Christian Academy’s Ellen West, Collegiate’s Sara Sanders, Fern Creek’s Hannah Fife, Holy Cross’ Mary Lanham, Kentucky Country Day’s Christena Burell, Male’s Jill Green, Manual’s Evan Fowler, Mercy’s Amy Wimsatt, Presentation’s Caitlin Maguire, Sacred Heart’s Devanny Kuhn, St. Francis’ Anna Furr, Seneca’s Emily Milby and South Oldham’s Kaitlynn Bramer.

“Undoubtedly, Devanny deserves the award, as she was instrumental in the success of the team,” Sacred Heart coach Liz Lewis said. “She was one player that we consistently felt that we could not sub. Rarely was she given a break, and didn't need one. Also, we could use her at any position: mid, forward, even back if we needed to. Any player who is that versatile and vital to our team deserves this recognition.”

This reporter sponsored the Miss Field Hockey award.

Ballard’s Williams wins Bunny Daugherty award

Ballard coach Kelly Logsdon was left with no choice but to laud Lara Williams after certain games this season, knowing that her goalie was the only person who stood between the Bruins and embarrassment.

But Logsdon figured that most of her peers, who did have other choices when voting for the Bunny Daugherty Defensive Player award, would look elsewhere. She was wrong.

Williams beat out 16 other nominees to win the award, which she received at the All-Star Game.

“I was a little surprised because she is only a junior, and I thought most of the points would go to a senior,” Logsdon said. “We are just lucky to have her for another year.”

Williams, who also is a Kentucky Select First Team pick (see complete list below), has emerged as one of the very best players at her position after two seasons in Ballard’s cage.

“It’s nice to be recognized for something after working so hard,” she said.

The other nominees were Assumption’s Leah Oberst, Atherton’s Lasue Karneh, Christian Academy’s Madison Petit, Collegiate’s Ellen Bruenderman, Eastern’s Emerald Kern, Fern Creek’s Lynsey Bradshaw, Holy Cross’ Kayla Schum, Kentucky Country Day’s Christy Chapman, Male’s Julie Kraemer, Manual’s Alex Gerrish, Mercy’s Mary Alice Pierce, Presentation’s Addie White, Sacred Heart’s Jennifer Bohnert, St. Francis’ Lauren Wallace, Seneca’s Lindsey Wilhelmi and South Oldham’s Rachel Moosbrugger.

That award was the second for Ballard in less than a week. Senior Katie Rothberg, a seldom-used defender for the Bruins, received the Rachel Caroline Baker award after the state final last Wednesday.

“It felt good to be recognized as part of the team, even if it’s not always physically,” she said. “I wasn’t worried about playing time. I just loved supporting the team.”

Rothberg did make one significant contribution on the field when she scored the flick-off goal that beat Assumption on Aug. 28. More often than not, however, the only Rothberg that people noticed was Kelsey Rothberg, Katie’s twin sister and a University of Louisville recruit.

“Katie is constantly living in Kelsey’s shadow,” Logsdon said. “I was just happy that the spotlight was on her for a brief moment. She brings a lot of spirit to our team and can rise to the occasion when we need her.”

Kentuck Select teams

The Kentucky Select teams, formerly known as All-County, also were announced during the game.

Both the First Team and the Second Team included three players from each district’s first-place team, two players from each district’s second-place team and one player from each of the other teams (based on regular season standings).

KENTUCKY SELECT FIRST TEAM: District 1 - Ballard’s Amanda Seeley, Hannah Walter and Lara Williams; Kentucky Country Day’s Christena Burell and Gray Robinson; South Oldham’s Rachel Moosbrugger; District 2 - Sacred Heart’s Kristen Henn, Devanny Kuhn and Jessica Lindner; Christian Academy’s Lacey Jurich and Ellen West; Eastern’s Jessica Stringer; Seneca’s Emily Milby; Fern Creek’s Hannah Fife; District 3 - Assumption’s Lauren Noe, Lauren Raque and Lauren Schmeing; Collegiate’s Ellen Bruenderman and Taylor Hodge; Male’s Joanna Foresman; Atherton’s Lasue Karneh; District 4 - Mercy’s Katie Norris, Mary Alice Pierce and Amy Wimsatt; Manual’s Moriah Facktor and Alex Gerrish; Presentation’s Caitlin Maguire; St. Francis’ Laura Wallace; Holy Cross’ Gina Perronie.


Kentucky Select First Team

KENTUCKY SELECT SECOND TEAM: District 1 - Ballard’s Anna Miller, Abigail Mulloy and Kelsey Rothberg; Kentucky Country Day’s Maggie Flowers and Christy Chapman; South Oldham’s Kaitlynn Bramer; District 2 - Sacred Heart’s Taylor Collins, Hannah English and Olivia Miller; Christian Academy’s Ashley Bowman and Madison Petit; Eastern’s Emerald Kern; Seneca’s Allie Alford; Fern Creek’s Lynsey Bradshaw; District 3 - Assumption’s Amy Clark, Marissa Higgins and Leah Oberst; Collegiate’s Sarah Jessee and Sara Sanders; Male’s Jill Green; District 4 - Mercy’s Alli Flood, CJ Hermes and Erin Scheidtmiller; Manual’s Lynn Coryell and Kaitlin Schumate; Presentation’s Addie White; St. Francis’ Claire Johnson; Holy Cross’ Mary Lanham.


Kentucky Select Second Team