ALI JO CRUCE and NATE COOPER were named Mrs. and Mr. Pirate as the 2022-23 Student Athletes of the Year at this year's Drew Central Senior High Sports Banquet. Cruce and Copper were standouts in their prospective sports this season for the Pirates and Lady Pirates. Cruce was a member of the Lady Pirates basketball, softball, and track teams finishing as a 3A State Runner-up in the discus throw. Cooper helped the Drew Central Pirates advance to the Regional Tournament as the second seed. Cooper also won the 3A State Tennis Championship with his partner Drew Burton in the 3A State Doubles Tournament.
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