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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.


Ludlow defeated Pendleton County 61-12 on Friday night. Photo provided | Sarah Kay Sports

The Panthers snapped a three-game losing streak in a big way with a 61-12 victory over Pendleton County. Ludlow ran for 344 yards on nearly 10 yards per carry in the win. Leading the rushing charge was Dameyn Anness with 117 yards and two touchdowns. Breckin Ralston, Keedon Moore, Miles Garrett, Kaden Morrison and Aiden Smith Baxley also rushed for scores.

Ludlow’s defense forced two turnovers, one of them a fumble recovery for a touchdown by Anness, who also had eight tackles, three of them for a loss. The Panther defense allowed less than 100 yards on the day and made eight tackles for loss.

They’ll look to make it two in a row this week when they play at Bellevue.


Highlands won their fourth consecutive 8th Region golf tournament on Sept. 18 at AJ Jolly Golf Course. Evan Dennison | LINK nky

The Bluebirds may have been down their No. 2 golfer, but they still found a way to win No. 4, their fourth straight 8th Region title.

Highlands shot a 315 at AJ Jolly Golf Course, defeating Harrison County by eight strokes to extend their season and advance to the substate tournament. The Bluebirds were led by Hank Shick, who won his second consecutive individual 8th Region tournament, defeating Newport Central Catholic’s Caleb Eaglin and Harrison County’s David Korona in a playoff after carding a three-over-par 74. Shick birdied the first playoff hole to win the playoff.

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Shick was followed by his teammates Oliver Golden with a 76, Nathan Kirst 81, and Ryan Toole an 84 to post the Bluebirds top four scores. Alex Race posted a 89.


From left, Ryle’s Andrew Roach, Tanner Lorms, Paxton McKelvey, Jake Roscoe, Palmer McKelvey, head coach Austin Zapp and assistant coach Davis McNichol. Photo provided | Ray Schaefer

After watching Covington Catholic and St. Henry advance ahead of them last season, Ryle got the title back in the 7th Region tournament at Boone Links Golf Course on Sept. 18.

The Raiders topped CovCath by five strokes, shooting a 311. The Raiders team of Tanner Lorms, Paxton McKelvey, Jake Roscoe, Palmer McKelvey and Andrew Roach took home the title.

Paxton McKelvey led the way with a 74, Jake Roscoe and Tanner Lorms finished with 77’s, Palmer McKelvey (83) and Roach (85) rounded out the Raiders scoring. Paxton McKelvey saved his best golf for last – he was two-under par over the final three holes. Roscoe’s 77 was impressive considering he’s only played golf for about a year.

The Raiders competed in Tuesday’s substate round to try and qualify for the state tournament in Bowling Green next week.


The Cooper girls golf team won their fourth consecutive 7th Region title on Sept. 19 at the Pioneer Course at Kenton County. Photo provided

Cooper continued to leave no doubt in the 7th Region, winning the tournament on Sept. 19 by 53 strokes over second place Ryle and earning their fourth straight region crown.

The Jaguars were led by Reagan Ramage with her fourth straight individual region title with an even-par 71. Kendall Brissey and Eva Maley followed with top four finishes for the fourth consecutive year. Brissey tied for second with a 75, Maley in fourth with a 76. Ava Finke carded a 91, Sydney Koenig a 94 as all five placed in the top 10.

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Cooper advanced to the state tournament with a runner-up finish at the substate tournament on Monday, Maley tying for medalist honors. They’ll play at Bowling Green County Club Oct. 3-4, looking to build off their third place finish last season.


From left, Lucy Phirman, Bailey Ritter, Emma Laker, Amrey Kuehne and Olivia Schuetz. Photo provided | Ray Schaefer

A first for the Bishop Brossart girls golf program as they advanced past the region tournament for the first time in program history with a runner-up finish at the 8th Region tournament on Sept. 18.

The Mustangs shot a 411 to extend their season led by Emma Laker’s 80, finishing third in the tournament. Olivia Schuetz (100), Amery Kuehne (108) Bailey Ritter (123) and Lucy Phirman (144) rounded out the scoring for Brossart.

Laker advanced to the state tournament in Bowling Green after advancing out of the substate round on Monday at The Willows at Kenton County Golf Courses. The junior shot an 82.


Notre Dame’s Riley McCloskey (13) and Audrey Dyas (12) go up for a block on St. Henry hitter Alivia Skidmore (left). Dyas had five blocks and McCloskey two in the 3-1 Notre Dame win. Photo provided | Rob Lux

The Pandas continue to roll in the 2023 season. A 3-0 week puts them at 18-1 on the season including a victory over St. Henry on Friday in the playing for a purpose game.

In front of a packed crowd at Boone County High School, Notre Dame defeated St. Henry, 3-1 (26-28, 27-25, 25-21, 25-15). The Pandas rallied from a 22-16 second set deficit and fought off two set points to eventually take the last three sets of the match.

Notre Dame also defeated Holy Cross on Sept. 19, 3-0 (25-12, 25-17, 25-8) and Dixie Heights, 3-0 (25-8, 25-15, 25-10).

Standouts in the three games were Grace Portwood with 35 kills and 10 digs, Ava Tilden with 33 kills and nine digs, Audrey Dyas with 16 kills and 12 blocks, Lizzy Larkins with 22 assists and six digs, Lauren Ott with 76 assists and 14 digs, Lacey Hostetler with 23 digs and four aces, Julia Grace with 41 digs, seven assists and two aces, Hannah Dannenberg with six aces and Ella Goetz with eight blocks.

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The Pandas play at Cooper on Tuesday before they head to Chicago for the Asics Challenge that runs Sept. 28-30.

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