||Josh was the consummate backcourt player as a four year starter for the Panther hoops squad. His ballhandling, passing and outside shooting were exceptional as he set WHS career records for assists (510), 3-point shots made (190) and free throw percentage (79%) while finishing as the Panthers all-time leading scorer with 1,286 points. Cooprider was recognized twice as an "All-Big 9" first team selection and once as a second team member. After his senior season, Josh was named "State 4A Player of the Year," "All-State," and "Big 9 Player of the Year."
Beginning as a sophomore starting quarterback for the football team, he set school career records for passes completed (204) and passing yards (2,503). Josh also booted a 46-yard field goal as place kicker and handled punting duties.
A team captain for both the basketball and football teams, "Coop" earned seven letters. He received the "Panther Best" award as a senior.
At Northwest Nazarene University, Josh was an "All-NCAA II West Regional" basketball selection after finishing third in school career assists and seventh in all-time scoring. He went on to play pro basketball in England.
- Caricatures of inductees as they appeared while involved in WHS athletics and the synopsis of accomplishments are drawn and written by Jeff Mertes.