Spotlight On Paden City’s Luke Cooper
This week our spotlight is aimed at Luke Cooper from Paden City High School. Cooper a 6′ 4″ 205 pound three sport athlete who this fall will be entering his senior year. Cooper also known as “Coop” or “Coop Da Ville” says his favorite sport is baseball, stating he hit his first home run in organized ball on his first at bat in a T-Ball game. He says he also hit a home run in his first at bat as a 9-10 year old minor league player. Oh yea, and his first home run as a high school player also came in his first at bat his freshman year.
Paden City fans however, will always remember his big blast that cleared the fence in the bottom of the seventh with two outs and lifted Paden City to a victory over Magnolia at this years sectional game. It may very well be the hardest hit ball ever at the Wildcats field. Coop was rewarded recently for his hardwork on the baseball field when he was named second team all-state.
Coop Da Ville, is definitely one of the Cadillac players of the local area. Paden City head basketball coach Fred King said he is expecting big things from Coop this year. King said so far this summer, he has put up some pretty impressive numbers in the summer shootouts. In a recent two day event in Steubenville he scored 125 points and had 65 rebounds in four games, against some tough competition.
This summer, Cooper says he has already established a regular daily routine workout, which includes lifting, running, shooting hoops, passing football and working out on the baseball diamond. Coop said Sunday is his day of rest. He is a member of the Paden Fork Chapel Christian Church and this year he will be leading his teams in prayer prior to their games.
Cooper has been a regular starter since his freshman year in football, basketball and baseball and has received many honors from OVAC to All-State. He has almost always been named to the honor roll and carries a 3.5 grade point average.
In football, he plays defensive and tight end, as a basketball player, he is listed as a center but can play anywhere on the court and is a deadly shooter around the basket. He is a skilled player who also has three point range. Coop would like to carry his baseball career to the next level after high school. He credits his parents with helping him develop as a person and an athlete, saying they have always been there to support him.
“From my freshman year until this past year, I have seen an increase in fan support that is unbelievable, from maybe 25 people in my freshman year to filling the stands. Even going around town, like to the gas station, the people are excited and want to know who is going to win,” Cooper said.
Cooper said he would like to go to Fairmont University after graduation and wants to be a nurse or a biology teacher. We here at the county sports department want to wish “COOP” the best this summer and during his senior year at Paden City High School.