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Cooper’s Baseball Skills Tapped by West Liberty

By Staff | Nov 19, 2015

Pictured is Luke Cooper and his family as he signs with West Liberty to continue to play baseball. Cooper is a senior at Paden City High School. Pictured from left are Scott Cooper, Luke Cooper, Jean Cooper and Gabby Cooper. Photo by Ed Parsons

Paden City three-sport star Luke Cooper has chosen to continue his baseball and academic careers at West Liberty University in the fall of 2016.

Cooper who had several different schools show interest in him in all three sports, decided on his dream of playing baseball at the next level after a tryout at WLU a couple weeks ago.

West Liberty liked what they saw with his pitching skills, and when the call came in Cooper immediately jumped on the opportunity.

“This has been a dream of mine since I was a youngster playing T-bALL,” said Cooper. “I have worked hard on my game to become a complete player, pitching just happens to be my choice.”

Surrounded by coaches, family and friends Cooper was quick to sign. “He is one of the most complete players we have had in a long time. There is no doubt he could have chosen basketball or football just as easily,” said PCHS athletic director and head basketball coach Fred King.

“Our loss is West Liberty’s gain, we wish him the best,” said head baseball coach Brent Croasman. Cooper can play nearly every position and is a tremendous hitter with power to spare. At 6’4″ and 210 lbs he had a 4.83 batting average for the Wildcats while his ERA was 3.1.

Cooper said the pressure is now off and he can concentrate on his senior year here at Paden City.