By Daylin Davis, Student Reporter
Deveja Cooper has been named the November Athlete of the Month. Cooper, who goes by Dee in the campus community, is originally from North Carolina. After her family moved here, she attended Cedar Cliff High School in New Cumberland, Pa.
Cooper is a true freshman playing for the Central Penn Knights women’s basketball team. In her last game against Penn State Mont Alto, she recorded 20 points and 9 rebounds. Prior to that game, Cooper added a double-double against Penn State Worthington Scranton, finishing with 19 points and 10 rebounds.
“Honestly, I feel great about being named Athlete of the Month, because during high school I worked hard to get to where I am today,” says Cooper. “I feel like the hard work is starting to pay off.”
Cooper is a full-time student athlete at Central Penn. Outside of school and basketball, she likes spending time with family. She works at Dunkin Donuts and in her free time travels back to North Carolina to visit friends and family.
“She has been a valuable member of the team,” says head coach Kasey Hicks. “She's a great athlete and even better young woman. I'm blessed to call her a part of my Central Penn family!"
Cooper is hoping to make a positive impact both on and off the court by inspiring others. She leads the Lady Knights basketball team in rebounds and scoring.
“My long term goal is to become an OBGYN and also start a family in Virginia. My short-term goal is to finish the basketball season strong and make it to the trophy case,” says Cooper. “I’m happy I am playing with a team like this group of ladies.”
Nominated by men’s basketball coach David Archer, sophomore Noah Baylor has been named the male Athlete of the Month. Baylor has been a part of the men's basketball program for two years with the Knights. Baylor plays as both a forward and center. In a recent game against Penn State Mont Alto, he recorded a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
When asked how he felt about being nominated for Athlete of the Month, Baylor responded, “I’m thankful to be a one of many other student athletes who have been recognized.”
“Noah Baylor is one of our team captains," says Coach Archer. "He is a great example of a student athlete with excellent character on and off the court.”
Baylor is from Frederick, Maryland, where he attended and played basketball for Hagerstown High School. He has always loved sports and is family-oriented.
“My goal is to make my teammates better every day,” says Baylor. “We are constantly preparing ourselves to be ready for the championship month of March.”