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2011-2012 SCCS Male Athlete of the Year: Chad Latch

Posted: July 1, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: July 1, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Chad Latch made a name for himself on the football, soccer and baseball teams. Now, he's been named SCCS' Male Athlete of the Year by the school.

Though he didn’t spend all four years of high school at Santa Clarita Christian School, Chad Latch was easily one of the most well-known and well-liked students on campus.

That, and he was a successful three-sport athlete and a standout soccer player.

After attending Canyon High as a freshman and sophomore, he transferred to SCCS and immediately joined the soccer team, where he eventually earned All-CIF honors this year on the Southern Section Division VII first team.

As a senior this season, Latch also took up football and baseball, earning starting roles on both teams.

But more than anything, his coach said he was known as a humble, reliable teammate.

“Let’s face it, there are a lot of kids who are incredibly talented and they could care less about their teammates,” said SCCS boys soccer coach Steve Cooper.

This season, Latch joined forces with fellow senior Daniel Stratton in what turned out to be a lethal scoring duo on the boys soccer team.

Between the two of them, they scored 49 goals — Latch scored 16 on his own and assisted 12 others.

Next year, Latch will play soccer for The Master’s College.

Latch was the kicker for the football team and he played outfield in baseball. He probably would have played more sports, too, if he would have had time.

He and his friends loved to play pick-up basketball games and various other sports on their own time.

Cooper described Latch as a respectful friend, brother and son.

“He has become more than just a player to me,” Cooper said. “I consider him a friend, and I just like hanging out with him.”


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