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Drive to succeed

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Morristown's No. 1 singles player, senior Kenzie Logan, returns a shot in a match last season.
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Morristown senior Kenzie Logan recently signed with Huntington University.

By KRIS MILLS - kmills@shelbynews.com

MORRISTOWN — Morristown head coach Pat Kohne remembers a young Kenzie Logan on her first day of varsity tennis practice. Logan, simply put, was a raw rookie. She had the athleticism for the sport, Kohne said, but Logan was not exactly a well-tuned machine during the Yellow Jackets’ opening practice four years ago.

In approximately two seasons, however, Logan’s drive helped her reach the top of the lineup. Playing No. 1 singles as a junior, Logan, who is quick with natural instincts in whatever sport she plays, finished 18-3 and was named All-MHC (Mid-Hoosier Conference).

“She was a tiny little girl (as a freshman),” Kohne said. “She didn’t have a lot of power, but she was determined. She just had that tenacity to do what she needed to do and absolutely fell in love with it.”

After playing tennis for the first time as a freshman, Logan, with hardwork and dedication, will not be done anytime soon. The senior recently signed her National Letter of Intent to continue her playing career at Huntington University (Huntington, Ind.). The Foresters (NAIA) compete in the Crossroads League with Marian and Taylor, to name a few.

“Huntington is really small, it made me feel like Morristown does,” Logan said. “(My coach) is a cool guy. I got to stay the night, everyone was so nice and made me feel like I was at home and welcome.

“Their program was pretty good last year. I think I will be the only freshman. They had three freshmen last year and graduate one senior, so they are still a young team."

This season on the Morristown varsity team, Logan will be the lone senior. She said her main goal in her final campaign is to get stronger for college — both physically with her legs and swing and mentally with her decision making.

“I need to work on my top spin also,” Logan said. “Everyone in college has top spin. Maybe a few girls in high school will have it.

“We only have three returning players on varsity this season. But I think with how the girls pick up things, they will learn a lot and progress as it goes.”

So where does Logan, a three-sport standout, get her athleticism? It runs in the family.

Logan Theobald, a senior on the Morristown boys’ basketball team, is Logan’s first cousin. Theobald helped the Yellow Jackets win a state title last year and repeat as sectional champs this season. He also plays tennis.

“I like playing with him, he hits a lot harder,” Logan said. “It helps me practice. I don't know if we have ever kept score, but it is always fun.”

Logan, who took lessons in Indianapolis (Racquet Club) to improve her game, also excels in basketball and volleyball. 

Logan was named Second Team All-County in volleyball this past season. She finished with 225 digs and 58 aces. During basketball, she was also named Second Team All-County after averaging 8.5 points, 2.3 assists and 4.0 rebounds per game.

For achievements on all surfaces at Morristown, Logan will be greatly missed by her coaches and teammates. Her attitude wasn’t too bad, either.

“She’s just a great person,” Kohne said. “It is not a question on that one. She is very coachable. Kenzie found her calling and worked hard at it.”

Kris Mills is the Sports editor of The Shelbyville News. Follow Kris on Twitter @KrisMills37.