Thursday, October 26, 2005
Special day for special couple
Often the people behind the scenes go unnoticed.
Saturday in Fulton, a couple of very special people were in the spotlight, and very deservingly.
Dr. David Cole, president of Itawamba Community College, called Robert and Helen Logan “angels.”
Cole, vice president Mike Eaton and former ICC men’s basketball coach Wayne Newsom helped induct the Logans into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame.
They’re not former athletes at the school.
They’ve been operating the clock and keeping official score of basketball games for a combined 56 years.
They’re the first husband and wife tandem ever to be elected into ICC’s Athletic Hall of Fame.
Robert took “the job” of running the clock back in 1969, making $5 a game. He’s only missed five games in 36 years.
Helen joined Robert courtside about 20 years ago, she being the official scorer.
“We do what we do because we love Itawamba Community College and enjoy helping out the kids,” Helen said.
Robert and Helen are very good friends.
During my five-year stay in Fulton (1986-1991) they were people who I could depend on for laughs and advice. Robert and I always had a friendly rivalry, he being a Tennessee fan and myself pulling for Alabama.
Helen helped launch my youth baseball coaching career in Fulton and by doing that created another longlasting friendship. She introduced me to Tommy Chamblee and basically said, “The two of you need to be coaching together.”
We fielded some good teams those few years I was in Fulton but more importantly we had fun and so did the kids. One of those youngsters we coached was Rob Logan, the son of Robert and Helen. It was good to see Rob Saturday, too, for the first time in a very long time. He’s married, has a son, and they’re living in Starkville where Rob works for the school district.
It was the second year in a row we’ve been privileged to attend ICC’s homecoming festivities. Last year newspaper mentor Rubye Del Harden was honored as Alumnus of the Year.
It may have to become an annual event, just because we get to renew lots of friendships.
My days of covering ICC for The Itawamba County Times were great ones. I even rode the bus many times with Coach Eaton and the football team – once to a bowl game up in North Carolina. That was actually the weekend before Pam and I were married by her father at the Fulton Church of Christ.
Some of the sports stories I remember most are ones I wrote while at ICC.
Saturday’s game was against rival Northwest, now the school in my newspaper coverage area, for the north division championship.
It was an entertaining game, to say the least.
The Rangers kicked a field goal in the closing seconds to pull out a 30-27 victory.
It was good to see Will Forester of Holly Springs. The Marshall Academy graduate is attending ICC and playing tennis for the Indians.
The football rosters of both ICC and Northwest included players from Byhalia High School and Holly Springs High School.
For Northwest, from Byhalia, there’s Brandon Wilson, Terrence Echols and Fred Walton.
Echols was helped off the field due to injury in the second half. I didn’t get a report on his condition.
For Itawamba, from Holly Springs, there’s Courtney Rayford, Loren Coleman and Lecorey Jones.
Another Holly Springs athlete, listed in the all-sports program, is Charles Johnson, who is playing basketball for the Indians.
We truly enjoyed the afternoon in Fulton. Most of all it was a special day honoring two special people.
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