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Logan Barnett wasn’t sure he was going to make the Grant County Braves soccer team when he was 12, but flash forward six years and Barnett has signed an athletic scholarship to play collegiate soccer at Asbury University.
“It feels great. I am excited,” he said.
Barnett, who was the senior captain for the Braves soccer team last season, led the Braves to a school record 13 wins in one season, but there is one game Barnett would like to forget, the 1-0 loss against Pendleton County in the district tournament last year and get prepared for the Eagles soccer season.
“I am really anxious,” he said. “I want to shrug the Pendleton County game off and start off fresh, it will be something new and exciting.”
Barnett will be joining Brave teammate Roman Jaconette, who signed in the spring for Asbury.
“That is going to be real interesting and it will be worth it,” Barnett said.
Barnett thanks his parents, Tom and Tracy for keeping faith in him at a young age.
“I was nervous and I didn’t know anyone when I was trying out,” he said.
Tom said he left work one night to take Logan to practice and Logan said he wasn’t sure he was going to make the team. Tom said he would be fine and when Logan came home, he was excited to play for coach Bill Simpkins.
Current Braves coach Dave Schmitt was the junior varsity coach for the past four seasons. He watched Logan mature through his senior year.
“I am really excited for Logan and this is tremendous for the program,” Schmitt said. “It shows the younger players that even though we haven’t been known for a strong powerhouse, that they can achieve this goal.”
“I wish I had a team full of Logan Barnett,” he added. “He was our captain last year and was great on the field.”
With Jaconette and Barnett at Asbury and Dustin Mills at Union College, Schmitt hopes this is the beginning of something special for the Grant County soccer program.
“I certainly hope so and think it will” he said. “I hope we can nurture this program to become a feeder program for Asbury and Union College.”