By Paul Adkins Sports Editor
January 22, 2014
It’s been 50 years.
Hard to believe.
Half a century has gone by since Logan High School’s 1964 basketball team won the Class AAA state championship — the first ever hoop title and first of seven so far for LHS.
The team’s championship sign hangs to the far left in the field house.
Logan went on to claim six more state titles in 1977, 1978, 1983, 1991, 2005 and 2010, winning at least one state crown every decade.
Logan coach Mark Hatcher said the time was right to honor the ‘64 team.
LHS will do just that on Saturday night at Logan’s home game with Greater Beckley Christian at Logan High School’s Willie Akers Arena as Logan will turn back the clock with 1964 Night at the field house.
Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
“It will be a 50-year celebration,” Hatcher said in an earlier interview. “We’ve already contacted some people who are working on that. We’re going to make that a big event. Those guys are older now. I told Jim Davidson and Jack Colandros and they were real excited. Coach Willie Akers is excited. That’s going to be really fun. We did Willie Akers Night back in 2003 and that was a great success too. We’re going to do this the same way. We’re going to have the game on a Saturday night and we’re going to go over afterwards to the middle school or the cafeteria. It should be a great celebration.”
Davidson was one of the stars on Logan’s ‘64 team and went on to play four years at Marshall University from 1965-69. In 2010, Davidson was elected to the Mashall Sports Hall of Fame.
Davidson would later help take the Herd to back-to-back trips to the NIT in 1967 and 1968. “Spider,” as he was known in Logan, is still No. 26 all-time in points and No. 20 in rebounds at Marshall. He was also a state champion high jumper for LHS.
Coach Akers’ ‘64 team finished with a 25-1 record, beating 23-2 Weir, 81-73, in the state finals.
The victory over Weir was payback for the 1963 state championship game which was won by Weir over Logan, 67-50.