"It's hard to explain," Cooper said. "It hardens you, makes your outside shell really hard, emotionally. Some kid may see something really sad, just in life, and you look over and don't see anything sad.
"It makes you reconsider everything; what you need as well as what you want," he said. "I don't know if it made me a better player. It made me tougher."
Now, no one would ever guess Cooper spent a few years outside of the game. He lines up along the teammates he credits with being there as friends, growing up in the CYSA. His family, and probably most of Chickasha, are just thankful he takes to the pitch in the purple and white.
"I'm just glad he's playing," Chris said. "It's easy to get caught up in everything going on, and then you realize it really isn't that important in the outcome."