Pittsburg’s Hayden, O’Doherty sign letters of intent

Cooper Hayden (Neosho County CC baseball) and Andrew O'Doherty (Washburn football) sign to play at the college level

PITTSBURG, Ks. – Two Pittsburg High School seniors sign letters of intent today to continue their athletic careers at the college level.

Cooper Hayden signs to play baseball at Neosho County Community College. He will play in the infield and pitch for the Panthers.

“I’m incredibly excited to play at the next level,” Hayden says. “I really liked the community at Washburn. My coach went there and I’ve heard a lot of good things.”

This has been a lifelong dream.

“I’ve wanted to play baseball in college for basically the whole time I’ve been playing baseball,” Hayden says. “It’s good to see my hard work pay off, but I’m excited to put more hard work in and maybe go farther. Pittsburg schools and the community have instilled the Dragon pride in me in the sense that you have to work to get where you want to go.”

Andrew O’Doherty also signs today. He is headed to an MIAA school, joining the football program at Washburn University.

“I get to continue the game that I love,” O’Doherty says. “One of my former teammates LJ Butcher is also up there and he was someone I looked to for advice. He had great things to say about them. They are a very good football program in one of the better conferences: the MIAA.”

O’Doherty is ready to get to work.

“I’m not on scholarship. I’m a preferred walk on, but hopefully I can earn my stripes and move up the depth chart and make the coaches know who I am,” O’Doherty says. “We’ve got some amazing coaches [at Pittsburg]. They work us really hard and I love them for it.”