Spotlight On Paden City’s Taylor Cosper
This week the Spotlight shines on Paden City’s Taylor Cosper. Cosper is one of the premier athletes in the area and one fine individual.
“I wouldn’t trade this girl for any other athlete in the Ohio Valley. Taylor is a quality individual that just happens to be an exceptional athlete, she gets along extremely well with the younger kids and leads by example, everything I’ve ever asked her to do she does without ever questioning why,” Paden City athletic director and head girls volleyball coach Fred King said. “She has started for me since she was a freshman and on more than one occasion, I have had to go to her when the chips were down and she always comes through, it’s just a joy to have an athlete like this one, they only come along every 10 years or so.”
King describes Cosper as quiet and humble yet very smart with a lot of talent and ability and full of compassion for others.”
Cosper has been a starter and has lettered in every sport she has participated in since her freshman year. In her first year on the high school basketball team she stepped right in and took the point guard spot away from her older sister who held it the previous year.
” It has been an advantage to me to have an older sister to always challenge me to keep up with her and try and make me better,” said Cosper.
Cosper accomplishments are almost unheard of in girls sports and she still has her senior year to build on. As a volleyball player, her team has qualified for the OVAC tournament all three years and were runnerup two years. She has started and lettered all three years and was named first team all OVAC and Mason Dixon the last two years.
Her team won the Mason Dixon Conference Championship the last two years and she was named special honorable mention All State last year.
As a basketball player she started as point guard and lettered her freshman and sophomore years and was named to the all Mason Dixon Conference both years.
In her Sophomore year her team qualified for the OVAC Tournament. Her Junior year was cut short due to health issues.
As impressive as those awards are, Cosper’s best and favorite sport is softball. Her high school team has qualified for the OVAC tournament every year since she was a freshman. She has started at shortstop and lettered all three years and has had success as a pitcher when needed. This past year she batted .500 with 43 hits in 86 at bats, knocking in 38 runs with seven doubles, six triples and four home runs. She also had 16 stolen bases.
Cosper has been named first team All OVAC, first team All Valley and second team All State. She has played travel softball since she was in seventh grade. In a double header this past season she had 14 RBI’s and nine consecutive hits.
Academically, she carries a 3.8 grade point average and is in the top three in her class. She is a member of the National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta, plus she represents Paden City High School on the OVAC board. After High School, she wants to go to college and study health science and become a physicians assistant.
“I want to thank Coach King for always driving us and pushing us to work hard and be our best. I also want to thank my parents for supporting me. They have given up weekends to drive me several hours away to compete in softball,” she said.