Kelley Benhase has recently signed a college letter-of-intent to continue her studies and athletic career at Northern Kentucky University.
The daughter of David and Denise Benhase of Withamsville, Kelley will major in education. She wants to become a teacher and a softball coach.
At Glen Este High School, she is a letter earner in fast pitch softball and basketball. She is a Fort Ancient Valley Conference all-star on the softball mound and has earned conference player of the year status. Her outstanding work in the classroom has earned her membership in the GE High School National Honor Society (3.61 grade point average). She is also an active member of an organization named Snap Dragons that is a volunteer athletic organization that works with disabled children.
Some of the highlights of her outstanding career she pointed out were a three-hit, 10-strikeout effort over Colerain that was number-one in Greater Cincinnati at the time, a no-hitter against Edgewood, and a win over Greenville (Division I regional finals) that lasted 18 innings and had to be extended into a second day to be completed. Some of her other victims include Milford where she fanned 20 of the 21 batters she faced and East Central, a highly-ranked team in Indiana.
"She's a great kid and a big part of me building this program. She sets a good example for our younger players. A good team leader and player," said Tim Gregory, the Trojans' head fast pitch coach.
Kelley is grateful to several people significant in the success of her career and life.
"My mom and dad have always been there and supported me. . . coach Gregory has been a good coach for school and summer ball. . . Mike Larrabee is a coach at Arkansas, he was at Wright State and helped me with fundamentals. . . Bruce Pearson was a summer manager who has been a big help at everything."
"Northern Kentucky is an excellent university known for a good coaching staff. I'm glad she's going there because of that and it will be convenient for her mother and me with her being close by and getting to watch her play," said David Benhase.
"I think she made an awesome decision. It's a great college. I feel better with her close by me. She knows I need her close," said her mother.