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Tyler Star News Names Athletes of Year

By Staff | Jun 8, 2016

Photo by Ed Parson Jordan Baker, second from left, of Tyler Consolidated; Luke Cooper, Paden City; Taylor Cosper, Paden City; and Ariel Fish, Tyler Consolidated hold their certificates for being named athletes of the year.

The Tyler Star News selected two athletes from Tyler Consolidated and two from Paden City recently as the top senior athletes for their accomplishments during their high school careers. This award was started this year to provide encouragement to all the local athletes to perform at their highest level and to strive for the recognition that may add to their resumes as they apply for higher education.

Luke Cooper, Paden City

The Top Male Athlete at Paden City High School chosen by the staff at the Tyler Star News is Luke Cooper. The four-year starter has won numerous awards in every sport he has participated in. He has received All-State, All-OVAC, All-Valley and All-Mason Dixon in all three sports.

He is a four-year letterman in basketball for the Wildcats and scored more than 1,000 points in his career. While on the basketball team, he played the center position but on many occasions would bring the ball up floor and pull up and knock down the three. As a four-year starter on the football team, he developed into one of the best tight ends in the valley with many believing him to have the best hands. Baseball, however, is his favorite sport, and he has performed at a high level. His greatest moment came in sectional play against Magnolia when he hit the game-winning home run with two out and two strikes in the bottom of the seventh. Cooper is a clutch player and will be missed by all as he moves on to the next level, where he has signed to continue his baseball career at WLU.

During his days at Paden City, he has been active in the community as a volunteer and also with his church. In school he has regularly been a member of the honor roll and belongs to many school clubs. He most recently played in the OVAC All-Star baseball game where he was honored as the OVAC Class A Player of the Year. We are proud to recognize Luke as the 2016 Tyler Star News Senior top Athlete from Paden City High School. We congratulate him and wish him the best in his future endeavors.

Taylor Cosper, Paden City

The Top Female Athlete at Paden City High School as chosen by the staff at the Tyler Star News goes to Taylor Cosper. Cosper has been highly active in sports since she started playing softball at a young age. She is well known on the club softball circuit for her ability as a shortstop and for her pitching. As a four-year starter and letterman in softball at Paden City, she has won numerous awards and honors and led her team to the OVAC tournament three straight years. For her efforts, she was named first-team All-OVAC and first team All-Valley, plus second team All-State.

She also was a four-year letterman and starter for the girls’ volleyball team where she was named first-team OVAC and first-team Mason Dixon. As a basketball player, Cosper played and started three years as point guard before electing to set out her senior year due to injuries. Taylor carries a 3.8 GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society. Her plans are to attend WLU and become a physcian’s assistant. The Tyler Star News staff congratulates Taylor on her many accomplishments and wish her the best as she continues her career at West Liberty University.

Jordan Baker, Tyler Consolidated

From Tyler Consolidated, the Top Male Athlete award as chosen by the Tyler Star News Staff goes to Jordan Baker. Baker has been a multi-sports star and has led the Knights’ football team as a quarterback where he received many honors and awards. He has been a team leader and has been honored by the OVAC, the LKC and All-State from his freshman year up to his senior season which was cut short by injury. While being a member of the Silver Knights’ baseball team, Baker led the team in most categories and was known to play nearly every position but was most effective as a shortstop and pitching.

He was honored as a first-team OVAC and LKC member his senior year and was a regular honoree in both conferences since his freshman season.

As a pitcher, Baker led the Knights all four years in wins, ERA and strikeouts. He was selected to play in the OVAC All-Star game this year along with senior teammate Colby Lash. Baker has been a model student at Tyler Consolidated and a regular member of the honor roll. As a four-year letterman in both sports, he plans on attending West Liberty University and will be playing baseball. He is majoring in exercise physiology. Baker has raised the bar at Tyler Consolidated in all he has done, for this we are proud to congratulate him and we wish him the best as he moves on to the next chapter in his life.

Ariel Fish, Tyler Consolidated

The Top Female Athlete at Tyler Consolidated as chosen by the Tyler Star News Staff is Ariel Fish. Fish is a highly competitive athlete who has provided some exciting moments for Silver Knights fans the past four years. As a four-year starter and letterman in volleyball, she made it to the state tournament all four years and played in the championship game three times. This past year, she was named a member of the state All-Tournament team. She has also been named to the first team volleyball All-State team and has received many other awards and honors from the OVAC and LKC conferrences.

Ariel played four years of basketball for the Knights and was a four-year letterman and starter while also earning several honors as a basketball player. As a member of the Silver Knights track team, she earned four letters and participated all four years at the state track event. She was a member of the regional track championships and won several medals as a sprinter. During her junior year at the state track meet, she was a member of the 4×200 relay team that captured the gold metal. Her coachs called her a team leader and role model for the younger kids. Fish was a regular on the school honor roll and participated in many other school activities.

She plans on attending college and becoming a physical therapist assistant. We here at the Tyler Star News want to congratulate Ariel on a job well done and to wish her the best in her college career and what lies beyond.