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Camden's Cooper, Trevena recognized for Chowan commitments

Duo to continue athletic careers with Hawks

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Camden’s Nick Cooper (left) and Dallas Trevena will both take their talents to Chowan University. Cooper will join the men’s lacrosse team, while Trevena is set to become a member of the baseball team. A signing day ceremony for the athletes was held at Camden County High School’s media center, Wednesday, April 18, 2018.

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By Craig Moyer
Sports Writer

Thursday, April 19, 2018

CAMDEN — Camden’s Dallas Trevena and Nick Cooper were both recognized for their commitments to continue their athletic careers at Chowan next year at a ceremony held at Camden High School on Wednesday afternoon.

Trevena will join the Hawks’ baseball team after being a standout for the Bruins for four seasons, while Cooper will play lacrosse, a sport the Bruins do not even field.

Chowan is a Division II program out of Murfreesboro, as the baseball team competes in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association and the lacrosse team is a member of Conference Carolinas.

While the two athletes took much different paths to their current sport, they both have put in the hard work on and off the field that it takes to earn a spot on a college roster.

Trevena played soccer up until the age of five and said he still remembers the day his dad asked him if he wanted to start playing tee-ball.

The utility infielder and pitcher for the Bruins said he loved baseball from the start and never looked back, as he spoke after the ceremony on what signing to play at the college level meant to him.

“It’s basically everything I have ever worked for, it’s all I’ve ever wanted to do,” Trevena said.

Camden Athletic Director and head boys basketball coach Mark Harnly spoke prior to the event on how much Trevena has grown as a player over his four years at Camden.

Harnly said the way Trevena talks about baseball is the way he talks about basketball, which shows his pure love for the game.

For Cooper, the path to his current sport of lacrosse was a much different one.

The senior has played multiple sports throughout his life and four years at Camden, but just began playing lacrosse in the three years ago.

Cooper played two seasons with the Currituck High School lacrosse team and spent one season with V3 Lacrosse, a travel league team based in Virginia Beach, Va.

He said it meant a lot to have his family at the ceremony and to have their support has he moves to the next level.

Cooper noted that he always liked to play one sport in every season and always thought lacrosse looked fun and finally got the opportunity to play a few years ago.

“When I finally did in my sophomore year with Currituck, I instantly fell in love with the sport,” Cooper said.

Both Cooper and Trevena noted their decision to sign with Chowan came down to academics and a close proximity to home.

Trevena said he wanted to give his parents and grandmother the opportunity to continue watching him play, as well as finding a university with his major choice.

He noted he plans to major in sports management and hopes to go into a career of sports marketing.

“I love Chowan, everything about the school and to be able to go there and play baseball means everything,” Trevena said.

For Cooper, Chowan offered him the financial help he was looking for, as well as offering his desired major and allowing him to stay close to home.

Cooper, who his a long-stick defender in lacrosse, plans to major in law and hopes to become a lawyer.

“It was close to home, it was practical and it was just a perfect scenario,” Cooper said.

Camden head baseball coach Hunter Lowe spoke with The Daily Advance after the ceremony about how much Trevena has meant to his team this season.

The first-year Bruins head coach noted that Trevena always works hard, while also pushing his younger teammates to do their best as well.

Trevena is one of just three seniors on a young Bruins team this season that features a total of 11 freshmen and sophomores.

“He shows up day in and day out ready for practice, drives the team to want to take extra reps and things of that nature,” Lowe said.

Lowe added that he has worked with Trevena to make him a more vocal leader, something he has seen the senior improve on this season.

The head coach also noted that Trevena has a great understanding of the game, which should help him at the next level.

“I think he is still striving to get better and still has room to grow,” Lowe said.

For Trevena, playing on a younger team helped him develop as a player while becoming a more vocal leader and teacher for the team’s younger players.

The senior said his goal has always been to play Major League Baseball and he is getting closer to attaining that goal.

“As hard as that goal seems to reach, this is just another step towards it,” Trevena said.

Trevena’s father Rick Trevena said his son puts in all the hard work it takes to be successful on the baseball diamond.

The elder Trevena noted that his son is at the batting cages almost every day working to improve his hitting.

That hard work has payed off for Trevena this season, as he is not only leading the Bruins offensively, but is near the top of the Albemarle Athletic Conference in several offensive categories.

Trevena is second in the AAC with a .529 batting average and a .705 slugging percentage, while he leads the conference in on base percentage at .652.

He leads Camden with 18 hits and 18 runs this season, as he has also driven in 12 runs.

As for Cooper, playing on the defensive and offensive line on the Bruins’ football team helped him build the aggression he needs for lacrosse.

He noted that lacrosse is not comparable to any other sport in it’s aggression and physicality levels.

“People show up to a game and are like ‘wow I did not realize it was like that,’” Cooper said. “It’s just an extremely aggressive sport.”

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