Cats’ College Corner
Many Ladycats and Wildcats have finished their PCHS athletic career but continued their athletic success at the collegiate level. Many of the present and future PC Athletes will have that option too.
This page is designed to provide information for PC Athletes who want to continue in college while also honoring the past athletes who played collegiately.
If there is someone that you know of that has played or coached in college and is not listed below, please email Keith.Smith@pendleton.kyschools.us with the information.
At these links is information that athletes will want to familiarize themselves with concerning continuing at the next level. It takes hard work in the classroom, on the playing field and finding a college that FITS YOU!!! Get started TODAY!!!!
Familiarize yourself with college recruiting: http://www.freerecruitingwebinar.org/
NCAA Clearinghouse https://web3.ncaa.org/ECWR2/NCAA_EMS/NCAA.jsp
NAIA Clearinghouse http://www.playnaia.org/
Pendleton County High School pays membership for each of its’ athletes to have an account at http://www.clearinghousecalculator.org/login.php This will provide athletes with academic eligibility information, the recruiting process, scholarship limits, college links, financial aid and other important information. Each player will be given a membership card at the beginning of their season with school ID and code. Contact Keith.Smith@pendleton.kyschools.us if you did not receive that information or any other questions.
Make sure you are preparing yourself both in the classroom and on the playing surface to join the Pendleton County Ladycats and Wildcats, below, who played collegiate athletics.
Clint Moore was tremendously successful in the PC Archery's first season. He moved on from the Wildcats to University of Cumberlands.
Clint is in the top row, second from the left.
Heather is playing at University of Cumberlands
Nancy played at Georgetown College after her played days at PCHS. She played for Georgetown both basketball and softball from 1983-86.
Nancy returned to PCHS and served as an assistant coach for the Ladycats.
Megan Wood went to Pendleton County High School. She then attended Thomas More College where she played basketball.
Megan and Jenna in front row....PAC Champs 3 years in a row and 4 NCAA tourney appearances
Kathy Stewart, Stacey Meyer, Tara Cox
This picture has Kathy Stewart (#30), Stacey Meyer (#10) and Tara (Cox) Stroup (#52).
Jeff Jones went to Pendleton County High School.
At PCHS he was All district in soccer and baseball and all regional in baseball.
All conference 3 years in college for baseball at Lee's Jr College and Upike (former Pikeville College). Coached 1 year at Upike.
Black and white photo at Pikeville. Color photo at Lee’s Jr College. Also got invited to the Reds pre draft workout at Riverfront.
2001-2004 – On team which won the District Tournament and the Clark County Invitational, named to All District Team twice, in three games struck out 15 batters in each game, played on baseball team seven years, was the first sixth grader to make junior varsity team and the 2004 Wendy’s High School Heisman Award winner for PHS
2004 stats – 109 strikeouts, .483 batting average, 16 extra base hits, 30 RBI’s, 25 runs and 10 stolen bases his senior year.
2005-2007 – played for Northern Kentucky University. His record was 6-5 with 2 saves, pitched 56.1 innings, had 93 strikeouts and was a member of the 2006 Great Lakes Valley Conference Championship Team.
2007- Nate was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 5th round, 179 overall in the 2007 MLB Draft
2007-2009 – Nate was assigned to the Bristol White Sox, Kannapolis Intimidators and the Winston-Salem Dash.
2010 -- Nate played with the Winston-Salem Dash going 11-6 with a 4.08 ERA and led the league in starts (28), innings pitched (152.1) and winning percentage (6.47)
2011 – He was with the Double-A, Birmingham Barons, where he had a 3.27 ERA and 12 saves and also named Pitcher of the Year for the Barons.
2012 -- He finished the year 8—0, with a 2.39 ERA in 65 games with the Chicago White Sox
2013 -- Jones went 4—5, recording a 4.15 ERA in 70 appearances with the Sox
2014 – Nate was named the White Sox of the Year at Comcast Sports Net Sports Awards Banquet.
2015 Wall of Fame Recipient
Haley is finishing up her collegiate golf career for the Georgetown Tigers.
Jenna Kelsch O'Hara graduated from Pendleton County High School in 2004. She played high school basketball, soccer, and fast-pitch softball starting in the 7th grade. While in high school, Jenna traveled to Hawaii to play in the USA Junior Nationals as a selected player to represent Kentucky. She also played on several traveling AAU teams. Receiving many awards for all three sports during her high school years, Jenna recently received one of the ultimate awards by being inducted into the 10th Region Girls Basketball Hall of Fame.
Jenna followed her long-time teammate, Megan Wood to play together at Thomas More College, where the two continued to dominate the court with their team work. Jenna came in to a starting role as point guard and helped to break in a new coach, Brian Neal (now the head women's coach at Xavier University). Jenna helped lead the Thomas More Saints to 4 NCAA tournament appearances, 3 President's Athletic Conference Championships, 1 President's Athletic Conference Runner-Up, and 1 undefeated season her senior year.
During Jenna's sophomore year of college, she was asked to join the Thomas More Saints Fast-Pitch softball team. Jenna played 2nd base and left field for the Saints, and recorded 12 home runs. She helped lead her team to 1 President's Athletic Conference Championship, 2 President's Athletic Conference Runner-ups, and 1 NCAA tournament appearance.
Jenna attended Thomas More College from 2004-2008, where she graduated with a Bachelor's degree in elementary education. She went on to continue her education and graduated with a Master's Degree from Georgetown College in Learning & Behavior Disorders.
Timothy Cooper Graduated from Pendleton County High School in 2010. Timothy played Golf for 4 years and Basketball for 4 years here at PCHS. He was on the two time Regional Golf team at PCHS. Timothy was on the Basketball Team when they won Districts his Sophomore and Senior Year at PCHS. He was All Regional Team for basketball his Senior year at PCHS. Timothy then went on to play Golf at Union College from 2010 through 2014. His low round in college was a 69. He was second team all conference his Sophomore and Junior year at Union College.
Katie Gaskins Graduated from Pendleton County High School in 2014. Katie played soccer for 5 years and Varsity Soccer for 4 years. Katie was asked to try the goalie position by her coach her freshman year and she tried that position. Katie was the starting Varsity goalie her Junior and Senior year at PCHS. Katie holds the record for shut out games which is 8 games. Katie then went on to Murray State to play soccer as a goalie. She was #36 at PCHS and is also #36 at Murray State. Go Racers!
Keaton Belcher Graduated from Pendleton County High School where he was a key member of the 2005 Wildcat Sweet 16 Basketball Team.
He played Basketball and Baseball here at PCHS. Keaton went to Belmont and played Basketball. Keaton attended Belmont University 2005-2010.
Keaton returned to PCHS as the Wildcat Freshmen Coach and took the helm of the Wildcat Basketball Varsity Program in 2013-14 when he led the Wildcats to a 38th District Basketball Championship.
Kristen Smith Graduated from Pendleton County High School in 2012. She played Golf 9 years and Basketball 5 years here at PCHS. Kristen won regionals her Junior year at PCHS and qualified for State Tournament for 5 years in a row. Kristen Noelle Smith, NKU golf as they made the move to the NCAA Division I, 2012-2016. They played in the Atlantic Sun conference freshmen through junior year and moved to the Horizon League her senior season. Low was a 1 under, 71 at Kearney Hills in Lexington during the Kentucky Collegiate match.
In 2012 Kristen won the Northern Kentucky Woman's Amateur in the same season she won he NKY Jr Amateur. Believed to be the only golfer to win both trophies in the same year. Kristen recently won her second NKY Woman's Amateur in 2015.
Phoenix Ramsey Graduated Pendleton County High School in 2011. He played golf here at PCHS. Phoenix then went on to Golf at NKU.
Scott Ritter ran Cross Country and Track at PCHS and went on to run Cross Country and Track from fall of 2007 through spring 2011 for Georgetown College.
Corey Hatfield began his running career in the third grade on the Southern Elementary Cross-Country team. He quickly found success at the sport and repeatedly won nearly all of his races in the fourth and fifth grade. He competed in his first Varsity race when he was only in the fourth grade, and was ultimately given a spot on the Varsity Team in his fifth grade year. He would continue to be a valid member of the Varsity Team throughout his career. This was done while also competing within his own age group, winning countless races and persistently being ranked in the top ten runners in the State of Kentucky for his age group. In seventh grade, Corey qualified for the State Cross-Country race as an individual.
It was also during this time that he began participating in the PCHS Track team where he also found success in high jump and the 4x400 relay team. In 2007, Corey’s junior year, he jumped a meet record high of 6’6” at the Ryle High School Invitational (Friday Night Frenzy). The record height still stands to this day. In 2008, the 4x400 relay team qualified for the State Meet. Nevertheless, Corey’s greatest successes were in Cross-Country.
In both his sophomore and junior year, Corey finished in the top 10 at the State Meet. He was ranked 3rd overall in the state his senior year, but his performance was notably hindered due to injury. However, the team as a whole thrived and was state runner-ups, with Corey finishing in the top 20. He also participated in the AAU cross-country league, and was a member of the Team Kentucky team that finished third in the national meet.
Corey utilized his skills in Cross-Country and Track at Georgetown College, where he received scholarships for both sports. His knowledge and skills where greatly developed by the higher level of competition and training. He applied this knowledge in 2014, when he began his coaching career as the Assistant Cross-Country for PCHS. He remains the Assistant Coach today.
Austin Wolfe ran Cross Country at PCHS and went on to run Cross Country for NKU from Fall 2009 to Spring 2010.
Kyle Pettit played Football at PCHS and went on to play Football at Georgetown College.
Jacob Hanser ran Cross County and Track at PCHS and then ran Cross Country and Track for Georgetown College from Fall 2012- present.
Tayler Black Graduated from Pendleton County High School in 2011. She played Soccer and Basketball here at PCHS. Tayler played varsity for 5 yrs. Holds the record for most 3 pointers in a game with 7 back in 2009. Also, tied Kathy Yelton for most points in a half with 26 back in 2009. Tayler then went on to play Basketball for Saint Catharine in 2011-2012.
Lauren Jones cheered for Pendleton County High School in 2005-2006, 2006-2007, 2007-2008 and 2008-2009. The PCHS cheerleaders placed in multiple competitions during this time. Lauren went on to Morehead State University and was a member of the All-Girl squad for the 2010 – 2011 season.