Sports & Recreation

Kishan gets ready to run to home base in a game.

A Freshman on a Varsity Softball Team

By Richie Corrales

Au-Authm Action News

Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community member and Dobson High School freshman Kishan Cooper had an outstanding school year, striving to compete at a high level by achieving goals in academics and sports in her school. Cooper earned a 3.8 grade point average (GPA) and was placed in advanced English, and she was also named MVP of the school's varsity softball team.
Cooper is the daughter of Scott and Callie Cooper and the granddaughter of Malcolm and Holly Frederick and Steve and Carol Cooper.
She was one of the few freshmen who made it past the softball tryouts to make the Dobson High varsity team. Dobson High is a 5A Division 1 school located in the city of Mesa. Cooper did have a fun season, she said, although she was a bit nervous at first playing with junior and senior girls in softball. But when Cooper stepped up to bat, she was always hailed with a freshman chant by her teammates who were made up of juniors and seniors of the school.
At the Dobson High Sports Banquet, Cooper received a varsity sports letter and was awarded her MVP plaque. In addition, she made the Second Team All-Region. Since she is a freshman and had a high GPA, Dobson allowed her to play with their school while she was still in junior high.
Cooper has also been involved in other sports, such as basketball. She played first-string point guard for the Rhodes Junior High varsity basketball team, which was named league co-champions. She also plays basketball with several Community teams in leagues through the Recreation Department.
Prior to Rhodes, Cooper attended Salt River Elementary and Salt River Junior High, where she also participated in softball and basketball. She is looking forward to new challenges in her sophomore year. The 16-year-old also has been sponsored to play Valley club ball with the Nemesis girls softball team in the City of Chandler.

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