Five new members of the Logan High School Athletic Hall of Fame will be inducted this week.
Brent George, Alfred G. Vance, Cory Pearson, Roger Pearson and John Howerton will be honored this week during Hall of Fame Week at Logan High School.
The new Hall of Fame class will officially be enshrined this Thursday at the Logan Country Club in Chapmanville with a dinner at 6 p.m. The social hour begins at 5:30 p.m. There will also be a Hall of Fame golf outing at noon at the LCC.
The new class will also be recognized on Friday at 7:15 p.m. prior to Logan’s Hall of Fame Game against the Poca Dots at Logan Stadium.
The following are biographical sketches of the new inductees as provided by Logan High School:
Brent George attended Logan High School from 1969-71 where he played basketball for three years and golf for two years.
The 1971 team went 23-0 for the second time in school history and was ranked No. 1 all through the season before falling in the state tournament.
He was a member of the Key Club, choir and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
He was second runner-up to be state president in the Beta Club.
He received a scholarship to play basketball at King College (University) at Bristol, Tenn., where he served on the Judiciary Committee and was elected as Mr. King College.
Brent worked in the Savings and Loan business for 10 years after college and operated his own plastics product manufacturing business for 25 years before retiring to help his wife Laura with her school Compass Prep Academy, where he served as teacher and director of the work scholarship program called Work2Learn.
He is married to his wife Laura Anne Lloyd George has 11 children and 17 grandchildren and they are the crown in his life.
He currently resides in Woodstock, Ga.
John Howerton attended Logan High School from 1977-79.
He played tennis where he set the bar high going three years undefeated in regular season play.
He earned a Division I scholarship to Virginia Tech where he played the 4th/5th seed. He was the 1979 WV USTA State Champion WV Closed Junior Courts Champion.
He graduated ninth in his class at Logan High.
He assisted the high school and middle school tennis programs and continues to give lessons to players of all age groups.
He has served as President of Logan Little League from 2010-12 and is also a registered WVSSAC official in the sports of baseball and volleyball.
John is married to Carol Howerton and has two children, Tyler and Michelle. John currently resides in McConnell.
Cory Pearson, of Holden, attended Logan High School from 1989-92.
He played football and baseball while at Logan High.
In football he played wide receiver and cornerback for Coach Wayne Bennett.
In his junior year the team went 9-1 and made the playoffs and faced Martinsburg.
His athletic talent continued on the baseball field where in his junior year he made the Class AAA First Team All State squad and in his senior year he made First Team All-State and was captain of that team.
In 1992, he was drafted in the 6th round by the Texas Rangers.
Cory received his Bachelors Degree in Therapeutic Parks and Recreation from WV State University and received his M.E.d from Lindsey Wilson College in Kentucky.
He still is a part of the community and resides in Holden.
Roger Pearson of Logan, attended Logan High School from 1961-64.
He played football at Logan High and was named First Team All State Offensive and Defensive Line in 1964 and was a member of the Second Team All Southern Division in 1964.
He is married to Debbie Kay Pearson and has three children: Derrick and Cory Pearson and Nicole Stanton.
Roger served his country shortly after graduation from Logan High School when he entered the Air Force and served tours in Vietnam and Thailand.
After his time in the Air Force ended he came home and worked for the Logan City Police Department for 18 months.
In 1969, Roger began working for CSX railroad as an engineer until 2005 when he retired.
He has served as Vice Chairman CSX engineers and Captain Operation Redbook which is a Drug & Alcohol program for CSX.
He has also coached midget League Football for six years.
He is a proud member of the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 308.
Alfred G. Vance
Alfred G. Vance of Missouri City, Texas, attended Logan High School from 1968-71 where he played basketball and baseball for the Wildcats.
He was the starting guard for the 1969-70 and 1970-71 teams.
The 1970-71 team was ranked No. 1 from preseason to the end of the season. The team went 23-0, only the second time in history that occurred since the 1945 team achieved that accomplishment.
Logan was also ranked nationally in the Top 20.
He was Honorable Mention Big All State Basketball in 1970 and 1971, Honorable Mention Class AAA All State Basketball in 1971 and Honorable Mention Triple-A All State Baseball in 1971.
He is married to Margrettta (Hogue) Vance. They have two children — Kimberly C. Youngblood and Alfred (Greg) Vance II.
Alfred was inducted into the West Virginia State University Sports Hall of Fame in 2013 for basketball.
He retired from Union Carbide/The Dow Chemical Company in 2011 after 37 years as a Fire Protection and Safety Engineer.
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).