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Britt Pendleton earns new KHSAA award, only CCHS athlete honored

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By Quincy Burt

Sports Correspondent

The Kentucky High School Athletic Association began a new award this year to honor student athletes that play multiple sports. To earn the award, the student must play one fall sport, one winter sport and one spring sport. The KHSAA has named the award the “Triple Threat.” 465 seniors were honored out of the 260 member schools. There were just over 1800 student athletes honored with the award across Kentucky this school year.

It is fitting that the only student athlete at Casey County High School to fit that description is Britt Pendleton.

The recent Casey County graduate is known for his exploits on the football field as he led the KHSAA (3A) in receptions and receiving yards last season and also owns the single-season receiving yards school record while gaining an honorable mention on the All State team in his senior campaign. Despite the gridiron being his favorite field, Pendleton decided he wanted to get the most out of his senior season and pick back up basketball and baseball. He even competed with the bass fishing team the last two years as well.

“This last year in high school,” said Pendleton. “I realized that my time was coming to a close, so I wanted to do the most that I could. I also wanted to play for my coaches, family and friends. Getting close to them was something very special to me and something that I will never forget. Playing with these teams allowed me to play the sports that I loved one last time. I couldn’t have done this without all the support from family, friends and fans. It was a real honor to represent Casey County and wear that name on my chest. I have always loved coming out and competing for my county.”

“Football was my favorite,” Pendleton added. “There was no better feeling than running out onto a field with tons of people watching. I grew up loving football so much. I loved playing under the Friday-night lights. The mental and physical requirements that it takes to play the game also made me like the sport even more. It is really exciting knowing that each and every play counts.”

The last two years of football have been amazing for all the Rebels that put on the pads for Casey County and coach Steve Stonebraker as they set all kinds of school records and advanced in the playoffs like never before.

Pendleton and his basketball teammates had a rough season, but on the diamond the Triple Threat Award winner just finished off a District Semi final run while he and his boat mate Ethan Lee took first at several Bass Finishing contests last season.

“Each and every program was great to be around,” Pendleton pointed out. “This award means a lot to me. I am thankful to have been able to earn it, but couldn’t have done it without the support of all the people who were with me. Being able to come back to basketball and baseball after not playing for multiple years was a big accomplishment. I enjoyed becoming a four-sport athlete.”

“He was able to become a starter and solid contributor in both basketball and baseball,” athletic director and football coach Steve Stonebraker said. “He was someone those coaches were glad to have on the team because of his team-first attitude. He has been able to excel in anything he does because of his mindset. The most impressive thing about Britt is his attitude. He is always a very positive person and believes that he and his teammates can win every time he puts on a uniform. That made him a joy to coach. His attitude and presence has been very important to our football program winning 20 games over the course of the past two seasons.”

Perhaps even more impressive than all the athletic success for Britt Pendleton is his 4.2 cumulative GPA while juggling the work it takes to excel in four sports.

“Britt takes his academic work very seriously,” Stonebraker explained. “He has the GPA and test scores to show for it. He has taken multiple engineering and Advanced Placement classes during his time at CCHS. He has earned an academic scholarship to Western Kentucky University and has chosen that path even though he could have been a scholarship football player at some nearby colleges. He will continue to be successful in life because he has the grit, attitude and fortitude to achieve at a high level.”

“I decided to focus on academics (in college) instead of athletics,” Pendleton added. “I am very proud of my academic accomplishments. I take a lot of pride in hard work, being punctual and being dedicated to achieving my goals. I want to thank all of my teachers and family for their strong support in my academic achievements as well. I think one of my greatest personal achievements as a student is having perfect attendance from seventh through twelfth grades. I am excited to pursue a degree in civil engineering at Western Kentucky University.”