By Terry Böhmker
NKyTribune sports reporter
Footballers from six high schools in northern Kentucky are members of the Kings Hammer Academy selection team, which won the boys under 16 tournament at the US Youth Soccer National Championships in Sarasota and Bradenton, Florida.
In the tournament final last Sunday, Kings defeated the Las Vegas Sports Academy 5-0 and took the championship trophy. The team clinched a spot in the round of 16 with four teams by finishing second in the pool game with a 1-0-2 record and beating the All Nations Sports Academy of Texas 2-0 to advance to the final.
The Kings roster consists of 18 players from Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana. Northern Kentucky High Schools players are Landon Barth and Aidan Byrd (Ryle), Gavin Green and Mason Pemberton (Cooper), Chad Gesenhues (Highlands), Gray Jordan (Covington Catholic), Ryder Kennedy (Dixie Heights) and Ethan Dyer (Conner .). ).
Barth and Pemberton received Golden Glove Awards as goalkeepers for the championship team. The other awards went to Timmy Griffin as the team’s top scorer and Charlie Isphording as the tournament’s best player. They both live in Cincinnati.
The other Kings players on coach James Thomas’ roster are Landon Nates, Lucas de Alarcon, Jackson Hollander, Kasen Johnston, Jason Cosby, Jair Leal-Gutierrez, Landon Wagner and Jacob Tan.
Kings earned a spot in the USYS National Tournament by winning the boy’s 16-under title at the Midwest Regional Championships held in St. Louis the last week of June.
Kentucky High School’s 2021 football season for boys and girls begins August 9.