Logan is at a crossroad

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Re: Logan is at a crossroad

Post by The Fan » Mon Oct 09, 2017 5:45 pm

There are several underclassman primarily sophmores who had success in the junior high ranks and played as freshman who didnt return to the program this year. My son who is a sophmore and doesn't play sports says there will be more walking away from the program at seasons end. Skill players and some good lineman who can wreak havoc on the field. At what point does the administration ask themselves, why aren't kids buying into this program?



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Re: Logan is at a crossroad

Post by Raider6309 » Mon Oct 09, 2017 6:23 pm

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Mon Oct 09, 2017 5:45 pm
There are several underclassman primarily sophmores who had success in the junior high ranks and played as freshman who didnt return to the program this year. My son who is a sophmore and doesn't play sports says there will be more walking away from the program at seasons end. Skill players and some good lineman who can wreak havoc on the field. At what point does the administration ask themselves, why aren't kids buying into this program?
Hopefully they can keep those kids playing. Only a matter of time before Logan has a few good classes in a row

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Re: Logan is at a crossroad

Post by moonshine » Tue Oct 10, 2017 6:59 am

Truth&fiction wrote:
Mon Oct 09, 2017 4:15 pm
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Mon Oct 09, 2017 12:54 pm
Logan's AD is awful. Schedule winnable games
Now you're throwing the AD under the bus . Why don't you go after the custodians and the cooks while you at it ?
How about the school bus drivers, they are on the bus1 :mrgreen:

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Re: Logan is at a crossroad

Post by loganlocos » Tue Oct 10, 2017 8:26 am

dazed&confused wrote:
Mon Oct 09, 2017 5:25 pm
Let's be serious for a minute. Logan isn't going to compete with the Dublins of the world. They should be more than competitive with Sheridan and Athens. They should blow out teams like Meigs and Minford. 6-4 is not unrealistic every year.
I agree with this 100%.

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Re: Logan is at a crossroad

Post by loganlocos » Tue Oct 10, 2017 8:31 am

The Fan wrote:
Mon Oct 09, 2017 5:45 pm
There are several underclassman primarily sophmores who had success in the junior high ranks and played as freshman who didnt return to the program this year. My son who is a sophmore and doesn't play sports says there will be more walking away from the program at seasons end. Skill players and some good lineman who can wreak havoc on the field. At what point does the administration ask themselves, why aren't kids buying into this program?
TheFan -

I know of one sophomore who would have really helped this team that isn't playing. Other than that - there aren't really any stand out freshmen from last year who are not playing IMO.

In fact - the sophomores who I expected to contribute from last year's freshman team - Spatar, Horner, the Ruffs, Wyckoff, Kisor, Miller - are all doing so this year (or have been injured). Only Kline from that group isn't contributing.

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Re: Logan is at a crossroad

Post by loganlocos » Tue Oct 10, 2017 8:43 am

Alright - first some facts:

This is - without a doubt - the worst decade in the history of the program. And by some distance.

Since 2010, the post Dale Amyx era, Logan is 32-48 overall for a .389 win percentage. There have been only two winning seasons and five losing seasons (plus this season which will at best be .500)

For context, the best and worst decades:

2000-2009: 86-24, .781 (9 winning seasons, 0 losing seasons)
1960-1969: 65-28-1, .696 (9 winning seasons, 0 losing seasons)

1920-1929: 38-38-8, .500 (4 winning seasons, 4 losing seasons)
1950-1959: 42-42-6, .500 (5 winning seasons, 4 losing seasons)
1990-1999: 54-57, .534 (6 winning seasons, 4 losing seasons)



The post Amyx era started with Coach Wolfe, whose teams with 6-24 over three seasons, the best being a 3-7 record in 2010.

The current staff is 24-23 over nearly five seasons with two winning seasons, 1 (likely two) losing seasons.


Only five (of 21) coaches in school history finished with a below .500 record in the SEOAL-era (1925 to present). Eleven of those coaches were .600 or better in their tenure.

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Post by loganlocos » Tue Oct 10, 2017 8:50 am

Now - it's also important to recognize a couple of points:

1) I don't think the talent has been overwhelming over the last decade - even if EVERY kid we're talking about leaving stayed in the program. The 2015 team was extremely talented - and went 8-2. One loss was to a dominating DeSales team. This is the team that was MOST hurt by defections, as they had zero depth at the LB/RB spots and it might have cost them the Jackson game (and a playoff spot) when Bryce McBride got hurt on the first play.

2) The schedule, largely thanks to the ever shrinking SEOAL, has gotten more and more challenging. In the 50s, 60s, and 70s games with Middleport, Nelsonville/Nelsonville-York, Waverly, and Wellston provided annual cannon fodder while the '80s and '90s added Marietta and River Valley to replace Middleport and Waverly/Wellston.


The early '80s, the last time Logan played so few games against SEOAL competition, saw records of 7-3 (80), 1-8-1 (81), 5-4-1 (82), 3-7 (83), and 3-7 (84).

Marietta and Warren joined the SEOAL in 85 and 86 respectively.

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Post by loganlocos » Tue Oct 10, 2017 8:59 am

With all that said, Logan hasn't been WITHOUT talent, and I don't believe all of a sudden there has been a decade's worth of "worst talent" in school history.

In fact, guys like Paul Wesselhoeft (ODU), Isaiah Smith (ODU), and Kory Henthorne (Findlay) all were recruited to play at the next level. There haven't been a lot of guys in the last 15-20 years who can say the same - at least when it comes to being recruited to scholarship schools like the three I mentioned.

From '00-'09 the number of guys on recruited for scholarships are Joey Conrad (Glenville State, D2) Justin Pack (ODU), and Patrick Angle (YSU). A few other guys walked on and earned a scholarship, but weren't recruited to scholarship awarding schools.

And although the schedules have been more challenging, blowout losses to Nelsonville-York (6-42 in 2011, 0-50 in 2012, 0-35 in 2016), losses to Warren (2011, 2012), Portsmouth (2011), Northland (2012), Newark (2012) and Meigs (2016) haven't been great looks.
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Re: Logan is at a crossroad

Post by loganlocos » Tue Oct 10, 2017 9:07 am

Now - narrowing in on THIS staff. I will say this:

2013: 6-4 record, 4-0 SEOAL Champs - Overachieved. The program was truly a dumpster fire. 2012 ended with a near brawl between parents/coaches/players. Perhaps the lowest point. Logan lost their starting QB in the first quarter of a blowout loss to Lancaster. They put in a fullback to play quarterback and won six of nine games with losses coming to playoff teams in Loudonville and Zanesville (who reached the final 4).

2014: 5-5 record, 3-1 SEOAL - About right. Defense really struggled to stop anyone. Lost in 2OT to Lancaster and followed it up with a loss to Teays Valley where Logan scored 40 points. TV made the playoffs. Lost at Loudonville (another playoff team). One of Jackson's best team ever IMO.

2015: 8-2 record, 2-1 SEOAL - Overachieved again. Talented team with Little, Smith, McBride. Again struggled on defense. Losses were to Jackson and DeSales who both lost to a really good Zanesville team in the playoffs. Jackson made the regional final.

2016: 3-7 record, 1-1 SEOAL - Again overachieved. One of the worst rosters in school history, four freshmen lettered along with a number of sophomores. I truly expected a pair of 0-9 teams in week 10 against Warren. Beat Athens. Shut out a bad Hamilton Ross team.

2017: 2-5 record - First real underachievement. I thought the floor for this team was 4 wins and the ceiling about 7. The floor is still achievable, but blowout losses to Teays, Sheridan, and Chilli combine with close wins over Meigs and Minford haven't been great signs. If this group can with 2 of the last three I think there is a foundation to build on.

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Re: Logan is at a crossroad

Post by loganlocos » Tue Oct 10, 2017 9:24 am

I will also say this -

Logan has ALWAYS had great football players walking the hallways.

The 2007 team had a potential All-Ohio G/DE not play.

The 2005-2006 team - deep at every position - had a once in a generation running back not play.


So this is not a new phenomenon. It WAS really bad when Burke and company took over, but I think its one problem that has been fixed by in large. You also don't see kids quitting before the season is over - I was looking down the sidelines on Friday night and guys are either playing or on the sidelines in khakis and jerseys - they aren't in the stands.

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Re: Logan is at a crossroad

Post by Paladin » Tue Oct 10, 2017 9:32 am

Some of the complaints I'm hearing centers around not getting athletes out for the team and chasing off players who have been on the team. In football, numbers add up quick and it only takes a couple of players to dramatically improve a team.

More recently, a story was shared to me about a player leaving the team over an outburst by the coach. Centered around a Saturday team meeting in which the player brought donuts there and the coach blew up and kicked over a table. The player supposedly quit the team on the spot.

Logan is a town with a lot of youth programs and not just football. Youth baseball and basketball are very active, among other sports. Athletes are IDed early. Yet for all the athletes that could play a part in football, many are opting to shy away from the biggest sport in town. Why ?

It's often said in coaching circles that being liked by athletes will attract a number of them to come out. But failing that, you will get kids who may not like you, but do RESPECT you to come out. When they neither like you nor respect you, the program fails and often big time.

What I'm hearing now raises big questions.
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Re: Logan is at a crossroad

Post by Truth&fiction » Tue Oct 10, 2017 10:04 am

Paladin wrote:
Tue Oct 10, 2017 9:32 am
Some of the complaints I'm hearing centers around not getting athletes out for the team and chasing off players who have been on the team. In football, numbers add up quick and it only takes a couple of players to dramatically improve a team.

More recently, a story was shared to me about a player leaving the team over an outburst by the coach. Centered around a Saturday team meeting in which the player brought donuts there and the coach blew up and kicked over a table. The player supposedly quit the team on the spot.

Logan is a town with a lot of youth programs and not just football. Youth baseball and basketball are very active, among other sports. Athletes are IDed early. Yet for all the athletes that could play a part in football, many are opting to shy away from the biggest sport in town. Why ?

It's often said in coaching circles that being liked by athletes will attract a number of them to come out. But failing that, you will get kids who may not like you, but do RESPECT you to come out. When they neither like you nor respect you, the program fails and often big time.

What I'm hearing now raises big questions.
Coaches kicking over tables is a poor example . That shows lack of respect and that carries over to the players . Agree that you do need a coach that can reach out to the players . Lots of talented kids are not playing . I still think they will win 2 of the last 3. 4-6

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Re: Logan is at a crossroad

Post by formerfcfan » Tue Oct 10, 2017 10:21 am

What role, if any, does socioeconomics play in terms of football numbers and consequent talent?

Also wonder if we'll see any Logan kids defect to Berne for football.

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Re: Logan is at a crossroad

Post by Thanos » Tue Oct 10, 2017 10:30 am

formerfcfan wrote:
Tue Oct 10, 2017 10:21 am
What role, if any, does socioeconomics play in terms of football numbers and consequent talent?

Also wonder if we'll see any Logan kids defect to Berne for football.
You will never see Logan kids defect to Berne Union for football. Now they will defect for baseball or basketball. Very sad to hear about the donuts.

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Re: Logan is at a crossroad

Post by moonshine » Tue Oct 10, 2017 10:37 am

Paladin wrote:
Tue Oct 10, 2017 9:32 am
Some of the complaints I'm hearing centers around not getting athletes out for the team and chasing off players who have been on the team. In football, numbers add up quick and it only takes a couple of players to dramatically improve a team.

More recently, a story was shared to me about a player leaving the team over an outburst by the coach. Centered around a Saturday team meeting in which the player brought donuts there and the coach blew up and kicked over a table. The player supposedly quit the team on the spot.

Logan is a town with a lot of youth programs and not just football. Youth baseball and basketball are very active, among other sports. Athletes are IDed early. Yet for all the athletes that could play a part in football, many are opting to shy away from the biggest sport in town. Why ?

It's often said in coaching circles that being liked by athletes will attract a number of them to come out. But failing that, you will get kids who may not like you, but do RESPECT you to come out. When they neither like you nor respect you, the program fails and often big time.

What I'm hearing now raises big questions.

There is a time and a place to blow up like that and DONUTS is a poor reason! We had coaches that liked Donuts from Walsh's. especially Coach Nardo! :mrgreen:

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Re: Logan is at a crossroad

Post by farmer » Tue Oct 10, 2017 11:02 am

Say what you want about Logan. Even when some have talked to a few students. Get the AD to form a questionaire and to be filled out in homeroom. Sure you will get some not being truthful but you may get some responses you are not thinking of. Since it is from their viewpoint. Also do it for the Coaches and Teachers. As well as maybe the parents of players and non players. Just an idea because Logan will have to still play games. Dropping some off the schedule sure makes it hard to pick up later.

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Post by Paladin » Tue Oct 10, 2017 11:08 am

Coach Nardo. Now there is a name from the past. I coached with Bill Nardo at Logan. Great guy. Saw Bill often after I left at coaches clinics and when he left Logan, he was the HC at Lucas, near Mansfield. When I was a HC, Bill often would show up scouting at some of my games looking at the team we were playing.

After coaching, I continued to run into him at college games, often for MAC games at Kent St.

The man loved his donuts, lol.
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Re: Logan is at a crossroad

Post by hawkeyepierce » Tue Oct 10, 2017 11:35 am

Vinton County has been going through this since 2000. To me, it is cultural.

With technology today, especially, right at their finger tips, kids are not obligated or have a sense of community to play football on Friday nights. When I was in school, football games were community events. Win or lose, we would have 2,000 to 4,000 people attend games. Communities hated each other, there was a rivalry feel to almost every game. And at the end of the season, fall banquet tickets were highly sought after.

But today, kids' community is broader, it includes the kid from a rival school. Dying mom and pop shops, have been replaced by corporate giants, that in our case we have to commute to, as opposed to shopping and staying home, building that communal pride.

Furthermore, with technology, there is more for the kid to do. There is the internet, Xbox, cable, Netflix, and so on. No one has to leave the house to be fully entertain today. We are lucky to get 1,000 to 1,500 people to a game on a Friday night. Our basketball gates, have been bigger than some our football gates.

And then there is a case for the specialized athlete. Little Johnny is a basketball player, and that is it.

One more thing, kids do not want to be a part of losing program, they can be instantly satisfied, be a winner, with the device in their hand. However, in order to win, schools need those kids. So it is kind of a Catch-22.

Just my opinion.

Good luck to Logan.

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Re: Logan is at a crossroad

Post by dazed&confused » Tue Oct 10, 2017 11:37 am

This thread is beginning to sound like the general store scene in Hoosiers. As Locos said, it's been a down decade. I'm sure there will be questions raised at the end of the year as there should be. If the administrators and AD feel the program is on the right track, the current coach will remain. Maybe changes are needed, maybe the whole program but I'm not qualified or close enough to the situation to have an educated opinion. Just like everyone else, I'd like to see a return to prominence by the program.
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Re: Logan is at a crossroad

Post by final4 » Tue Oct 10, 2017 12:58 pm

Maybe Dale Amyx looked down the road and saw the talent level was not exactly loaded with PLAYERS.

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Re: Logan is at a crossroad

Post by The Fan » Tue Oct 10, 2017 12:59 pm

In the next couple of years Logan will have some really good athletes coming thru the system. The O and D lines will be very physical. There are some young kids who will make an impact that may not have gotten an opportunity this year as much. Kisor started 3 or 4 games but is now injured, the Wyckoff kid missed entire season from a knee injury and the Miller kid has been dealing with concussion and arm issues I am hearing from week 1. Chapin has also stepped up in a big way defensively and will be a good one. Lets also not count out the Vincent kid who is huge along with Risch and Edwards who will be seniors. This program is not in dire straits. Thing is, can we keep these kids interested in off season and what will be done in the off season to make them better?

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Re: Logan is at a crossroad

Post by loganlocos » Tue Oct 10, 2017 1:36 pm

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Maybe Dale Amyx looked down the road and saw the talent level was not exactly loaded with PLAYERS.
I don't buy this at all.

First - if Amyx wanted to coach he could have coached a number of places. And many of them close enough to still live in Logan.

He also had opportunities to work as an assistant for other coaches.


I think the first year Dale missed being on the sidelines. After that I think he's enjoyed a post-coach life. Maybe once his daughter graduates he could decide to get back into the game as an assistant or head coach at Logan or elsewhere.

But I think he was ready to hang it up. No more, no less.

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Post by loganlocos » Tue Oct 10, 2017 1:38 pm

The Fan wrote:
Tue Oct 10, 2017 12:59 pm
In the next couple of years Logan will have some really good athletes coming thru the system. The O and D lines will be very physical. There are some young kids who will make an impact that may not have gotten an opportunity this year as much. Kisor started 3 or 4 games but is now injured, the Wyckoff kid missed entire season from a knee injury and the Miller kid has been dealing with concussion and arm issues I am hearing from week 1. Chapin has also stepped up in a big way defensively and will be a good one. Lets also not count out the Vincent kid who is huge along with Risch and Edwards who will be seniors. This program is not in dire straits. Thing is, can we keep these kids interested in off season and what will be done in the off season to make them better?
There has been potential for a number of years now. You are not wrong about this sophomore/junior group. And the freshman team has some nice bodies as well. No "overwhelming" single class, but enough in each to be competitive.


At the same time, it's time to stop having "potential" and "future" talent - it's time to WIN and WIN soon for the program, school, and community.

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Post by TRENCHFOOT » Tue Oct 10, 2017 2:22 pm

loganlocos wrote:
Tue Oct 10, 2017 1:36 pm
final4 wrote:
Tue Oct 10, 2017 12:58 pm
Maybe Dale Amyx looked down the road and saw the talent level was not exactly loaded with PLAYERS.
I don't buy this at all.

First - if Amyx wanted to coach he could have coached a number of places. And many of them close enough to still live in Logan.

He also had opportunities to work as an assistant for other coaches.


I think the first year Dale missed being on the sidelines. After that I think he's enjoyed a post-coach life. Maybe once his daughter graduates he could decide to get back into the game as an assistant or head coach at Logan or elsewhere.

But I think he was ready to hang it up. No more, no less.
Heard this theory many times of why Dale retired. :roll: Agree Locos, I don't buy it either. :lol: No well in he(( someone could see that far into the future. Maybe a year or two but no way someone could calculate the maturity of kids either. Bunch of nonsense.

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loganlocos wrote:
Tue Oct 10, 2017 1:38 pm
The Fan wrote:
Tue Oct 10, 2017 12:59 pm
In the next couple of years Logan will have some really good athletes coming thru the system. The O and D lines will be very physical. There are some young kids who will make an impact that may not have gotten an opportunity this year as much. Kisor started 3 or 4 games but is now injured, the Wyckoff kid missed entire season from a knee injury and the Miller kid has been dealing with concussion and arm issues I am hearing from week 1. Chapin has also stepped up in a big way defensively and will be a good one. Lets also not count out the Vincent kid who is huge along with Risch and Edwards who will be seniors. This program is not in dire straits. Thing is, can we keep these kids interested in off season and what will be done in the off season to make them better?
There has been potential for a number of years now. You are not wrong about this sophomore/junior group. And the freshman team has some nice bodies as well. No "overwhelming" single class, but enough in each to be competitive.


At the same time, it's time to stop having "potential" and "future" talent - it's time to WIN and WIN soon for the program, school, and community.

Go Chiefs!
Definitely agree here as well, Locos.

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Re: Logan is at a crossroad

Post by 10kdude » Thu Oct 12, 2017 6:19 am

Why don't logan try to play schools like Amanda clearcreak or Fairfield union i think that would make a couple good games and its not a long travel time.

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Post by noreply66 » Thu Oct 12, 2017 1:17 pm

They think Logan is too big. But their eyes are bigger than their bellies.
Put Logan with the six biggest schools in the MSL and Logan would average close to a over all record in sports at .500.
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Post by loganlocos » Thu Oct 12, 2017 4:00 pm

It looks like Amanda's non-league games are weeks 1, 2, and 6.

AC might be a good fit for week one, but I wouldn't want to drop Teays or Athens to pick up the Aces.

Same for FU. I could see them fitting in week one, but I doubt FU would want to drop New Lex. I wouldn't want to swap them for Teays or Meigs.

Who knows in the future.

Let Logan in the MSL and we can all play every year :D

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Post by dazed&confused » Fri Oct 13, 2017 7:32 am

loganlocos wrote:
Thu Oct 12, 2017 4:00 pm
It looks like Amanda's non-league games are weeks 1, 2, and 6.

AC might be a good fit for week one, but I wouldn't want to drop Teays or Athens to pick up the Aces.

Same for FU. I could see them fitting in week one, but I doubt FU would want to drop New Lex. I wouldn't want to swap them for Teays or Meigs.

Who knows in the future.

Let Logan in the MSL and we can all play every year :D
And there you have it. Without a viable league for Logan to be accepted to, there are no "perfect" options for scheduling. There will be fewer good fits and more over or under games.
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Re: Logan is at a crossroad

Post by Paladin » Wed Oct 18, 2017 2:19 pm

I'm hearing the wheels are already turning in Logan. Have yet another bizarre story for you COACH IS UPSET , SO BURNS A BUNCH OF PAPER RECORDS IN FRONT OF THE KIDS. Why and for what purpose ? Anyone share more info on this ?

I'm hearing lots of grumbling.
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Re: Logan is at a crossroad

Post by cbolt » Wed Oct 18, 2017 2:49 pm

Well if that is true the nail is probably in the coffin. He is probably good and ready to leave from the sound of it anyway,might not have to fire him.

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Post by 79Tiger » Wed Oct 18, 2017 6:39 pm

I hate to hear Logan is on a downturn as are my Fighting Tigers. Two once proud programs and SEOAL rivals are having their share of problems. For the sake of the kids and the communities, I hope things will turnaround. Things may never be what they once were, but there is no reason for not trying.

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79Tiger wrote:
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I hate to hear Logan is on a downturn as are my Fighting Tigers. Two once proud programs and SEOAL rivals are having their share of problems. For the sake of the kids and the communities, I hope things will turnaround. Things may never be what they once were, but there is no reason for not trying.
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Re: Logan is at a crossroad

Post by 79Tiger » Wed Oct 18, 2017 8:05 pm

I looked forward to playing Logan in football and basketball because I always knew it would be a competitive game. Unfortunately, we were unable to play them in 1978 due to a teacher strike. Not playing that game, cost the 78 team a regional title.

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