Top 10 stories of 2017

LWSN wants to wish all of its followers a Happy New Years. Here’s a look at LWSN’S top 10 stories from the 2017 calendar year.

10. Sacred Heart Golf

The Valkyries won their second second straight state title and fifth in six years. Ryan Bender won the individual state title.

9. Jefferson County Tradition Middle School Basketball Team

JCTMS went 19-0 and captured its third straight undefeated season. The team saw its 52-game winning streak come to an end in November.

8. Assumption Volleyball

The Rockets went 40-3 and won the state title. It was the Rockets 25th state title overall, all coached by the legendary Ron Kordes.

7. Sacred Heart Basketball

The Valkyries were finally back on top of the Seventh Region for the first time since 2014 and finished the season with a 29-6 record.

6. Butler Basketball

The Bearettes again were one of the best teams in state, posting a 33-3 record, winning the LIT, and won the Sixth Region title for a second straight year. However, their hopes of repeating as state champions came to a stunning end with a heartbreaking loss to Murray.

5. Christian Academy Field Hockey

The Centurions won their first ever state title in field hockey by beating Assumption 2-1. It was a memorable year for the Centurions as they also won the prestigious Apple Tournament at Sacred Heart for the first time.

4. First Ever State Dance Meet

Assumption, Eastern, Manual, Male (two), and Sacred Heart were Louisville schools that won state dance championships.

3. Male Softball Dominates Again and Mercy Softball and their Incredible Turnaround

Male finished as state runner-ups losing 5-3 to Madisonville-North Hopkins in a winner takes all state final in the double elimination tournament. Mercy, a year after posting an 18-16 record and failing to make it out of the 24th District Tournament, was picked to finish seventh in the Sixth Region in 2017. The Jaguars made a stunning turn around posting a 30-12 record, winning the Sixth Region, beating the top two ranked teams at the state tournament, and finishing fifth place overall at state.

2. Male Track and Field Repeats as State Champs

The Bulldogs had individual state champions in Hadiya Williams (100 meter hurdles), Kirsten Lacy (shot put), and Kaitlyn Lacy (3,200 meter run). Male also had five second place finishes with the 4×800 relay team, the 4×100 meter relay team, the 4×200 relay team, Hadiya Williams in the 300 meter hurdles, a new school record, and Kaitlyn Lacy in the 1,600 meter run.

1. Third WISH Event is Held

For the third year, the Louisville Women’s Sports Network honored those who have contributed to female athletics this past year. Click here to see this year’s winners.