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To be the winning team, fan votes play a heavy role, along with consideration from our sports team here at LINK.

Nominations are reader-submitted or recommended by our sports team. Our Team of the Week program honors all local sports at all levels, whether it’s youth or adult-oriented recreation, high school or college, professional or amateur.

This week’s nominated teams are listed below with some information provided by the submitter or LINK nky staff. The poll where you can vote follows at the end of the article.

Voting is open until Sunday at 11:59 p.m.


The Newport Central Catholic boys soccer team captured its second straight All “A” 9th Region championship Saturday at Morscher Field. Photo provided | Tessy Krebs

The Thoroughbreds are off to a 7-1 start to the season and won their second straight 9th Region All “A” Classic with wins over Beechwood and Holy Cross.

They knocked off both opponents with 3-1 scores, tournament MVP Ryan Desmond scoring three goals in the two games, two of them coming in the championship tilt against Holy Cross. Brady Diedenhofer added a goal and an assist, Owen Roeder with a goal and three assists, Jonathan Green notching a goal and Chase Fields adding an assist. Mason McCloskey had five saves in the two games.

Along with Desmond’s MVP honor, Green and Sam Krebs made the all-tournament team.

The Thoroughbreds advance to the All “A” state tournament and will take on the 10th Region All “A” winner on a date to be determined. If they win that, they’ll head to Louisville and play at Collegiate High School on Sept. 23 at 3 p.m. to take on the 1st/2nd Region winner in the quarterfinals.

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St. Henry’s girls soccer team didn’t allow a goal in three 9th Region All “A” tournament games. Photo provided | Robert Lux

Clean sheets.

That was the name of the game for the St. Henry girls soccer team last week at the 9th Region All “A” Tournament. The Crusaders won the region title for the second straight year by outscoring the opponent 8-0 in the three games.

They opened up the tournament with a 6-0 triumph over Villa Madonna and followed that with a pair of 1-0 victories over Holy Cross and Beechwood.

Bri Farwick had the game-winner in the championship with about 25 minutes remaining. Liv Schmitt scored the lone goal in the semifinal matchup with Holy Cross.

The six goals in the quarterfinals against Villa came from Josie Knollman with two, Farwick, Annalee Ernst, Schmitt and Jayne Knollman with one apiece. Avery Collins and Savannah Eder were in net for the shutouts.

Ernst was named Tournament MVP with Gabrielle Pitsic and Josie Knollman named to the All-Tournament team.

The Crusaders improved to 4-4 on the season and will play the 10th Region All “A” winner at a date to be determined. If they win that contest, they head to the quarterfinals at Assumption in Louisville, taking on the 13th/14th Region winner on Sept. 23 in the quarterfinals.


Simon Kenton went 3-0 last week to earn their Team of the Week nomination. Photo provided | Simon Kenton Volleyball

A 3-0 week for the Pioneers has them off to a 4-1 start to the season.

The three wins included their first over Ryle since 2009, snapping a 14-game losing streak to the Raiders. They also earned victories over Highlands and Oldham County.

Standout players in the wins were Jenna Kitchens, Keira Hans, Alisha Hawkins, Tori Chasteen, Sadie Rehkamp, Tiffanie Alo, Sophie Spanier and Ceanna Scalf.

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Simon Kenton looks to make it four in a row on Wednesday when they take on district foe Williamstown before they head to Scott High to play in the September Slam over the weekend.


Conner won their division championship at the Smoky Mountain Cup in Gatlinburg, TN. Photo provided | Conner soccer

A 5-0 week that included venturing down to Tennessee and winning the Smoky Mountain Cup in Gatlinburg has the Cougars off to a 9-1-1 start.

Conner opened the week with a district victory over Ryle (3-0) and moved to 2-0 in 33rd District play with a 9-0 win over Boone County. They then defeated St. George’s, Bartlett and Franklin County, all out of Tennessee to take home the Cup.

They allowed just two goals in the five games, Ally Welch tallying 16 saves in net in the five games.

Multiple goal scorers in the week were Cayley Eilers with seven goals, Izelee Kerns with four goals and one assist, Milana Arevalo with four goals and Maya Owen with two goals. Distributors were Caitlyn Kenny with five assists and Ashley Sweetay with three assists.

Conner will look to make it eight wins in a row when they play at Simon Kenton on Wednesday.


Dayton huddles up after their victory over Pendleton County on Friday night. Photo provided | Dayton football

The Greendevils moved to 1-1 on the season with a 48-17 victory over Pendleton County.

They racked up 380 rushing yards in the win, Mason Johnson with 159 rushing yards and a touchdown. Chad Nickell, Matte Hinkle-Bonham and Eric Simpson also ran for touchdowns. Nickell also threw for two touchdowns, Johnson and Caleb Crutchfield on the receiving end of them.

D’Angelo Jimenez intercepted a pass for a touchdown while Enrique Soard tallied 11 tackles defensively. Jimenez added nine tackles and two of them for loss. Nickell also had nine tackles and one of them for a loss while hitting 2-of-3 PATs.

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