LOGAN — A new class of Logan High School Athletic Hall of Famers will get one last moment recognizing their LHS careers tonight and Friday.
Coy Blair (LHS Class of 2012), Chris Tolliver (LHS 1973) and Jimmer Breining (LHS 1989) will be feted at the annual HOF recognition dinner tonight and will receive their plaques prior to Friday night’s Logan-Teays Valley football game in Logan Chieftain Stadium.
Tonight’s dinner is open to the public and begins at 6 p.m. Presenters will be Greg Jones for Blair, Kevin Dunigan for Tolliver and Brian Breining for his older brother Jimmer.
The new class brings the total of enshrines to 167. Athletes and coaches at Logan High School, as well as all of the former high schools that once existed in Hocking County, are eligible for the HOF.
Photos of the previous 164 inductees are located in the hallway of the LHS cafeteria, just outside the school’s administrative offices.
The newest honorees:
COY BLAIR: It could be said Blair was a man-child by the time he reached his teenage years.
Voted into the athletic shrine in his first year of eligibility, Blair is one of only five different LHS athletes to win a state championship.
After barely missing winning the 2011 state Division I shot put crown — he was beaten on the very last throw of the competition that year — Blair simply overwhelmed the field in taking the 2012 state DI shot put title.
His throw of 67 feet, 7 inches in the state meet stands as a Logan record that will be next to impossible to break.
Blair earned six varsity letters at LHS — four in track and field and two in football — gave up football after his junior season to fully concentrate on the shot and discus.
He also won a state indoor shot put championship his senior year.
Blair is one of only five LHS student-athletes to win any kind of OHSAA state title — no Logan team has ever won a state championship — along with track and field athletes Katie Smith (shot and discus), Brooks Burris (shot) and Kerrill Dennis (discus) and golfer Jason Gerken, all of whom are already in the LHS Athletic HOF.
Collegiately, Blair started out at Purdue but transferred to Tiffin University, where he won national championships in the shot and weight throw and was the first person in NCAA history to possess both national titles at the same time. He participated in qualifying for the 2016 Olympics and hopes to do the same in 2020.
Blair currently participates in meets on the professional circuit and is Director of Operations and Events Coordinator for the soon-to-open Chieftain Center.
CHRIS TOLLIVER: For decades, Tolliver has been regarded as Logan’s all-time greatest distance runner as well as one of the school’s all-time overall naturally-gifted athletes. Being inducted into the LHS athletic shrine is an honor that’s long overdue.
His exploits are legendary, especially considering that prep track events in his day and age were run on ovals made up of loose, crunchy (and sometimes slippery) cinders — nothing at all like the state-of-the-art tracks in use today — and that he never had a post-high school career.
Tolliver turned down numerous offers to both run in college and to train with some of the nation’s top runners.
George Dunigan was a track and cross country coach at LHS in the early 1970s.
“He was the finest high school track athlete I have ever had the privilege to be associated with,” Dunigan said in a recent email. “I can still see those long legs stride past every opponent he faced. I can still remember coach George Stump (also a member of the Athletic HOF) and I looking at our stopwatches in amazement at the times Chris was putting up.”
Nearly a half-century since Tolliver ran the narrow track that surrounded Bill Sauer Field (and other such venues) up on the Hilltop, his school records for the mile (4:16.7) and 2-mile (9:26) still more than stand as all-time LHS records even when converted to fit with the slightly-longer 1600-meter (in place of the mile) and 3200-meter (in place of the two-mile) runs of today.
Tolliver, who twice finished third in the mile in the Class AAA state meet (4:18.9 as a junior and 4:20.1 as a senior), was a multi-SEOAL champion in the half-mile (qualifying for the state as a senior) and mile runs.
And to say that some of Tolliver’s on-track shenanigans are legendary would be an understatement.
As a senior, “Chris ran in a number of events just to see how well he could do,” Dunigan recalled. “If memory serves me, he ran the 440, 880, mile and two mile. In one race Chris was so far ahead, with 20 yards or so left, he turned around and finished running backward across the finish line! Coach Stump and I went ballistic… but looking back on it, I have to laugh!”
In cross country Tolliver he was an SEOAL runner-up in the days when Athens absolutely dominated the conference (and the area) to the point it was rare for any non-Bulldog to even break a runner into the top five.
JIMMER BREINING: Breining was the quarterback on the 1987 Logan team that earned Logan’s first-ever berth in the state playoffs in an era when only the top four teams in a region (now the top eight) made the post-season.
He was named SEOAL MVP as a junior in 1987, when he was All-SE District and special mention All-Ohio, and a senior was All-SEOAL, All-SE District and special mention All-Ohio in 1988.
With Breining at QB, Logan went 9-2 overall (7-0 SEOAL) in 1987, losing to Sandusky in the opening round of the Division I playoffs. He completed 81 of 153 passes for 1,110 yards that season in an era when Logan football teams ran the ball far more than they threw it.
A three-year letterman in both football and baseball, Breining is fifth on the all-time LHS list in passing yardage (2,519), sixth in career touchdown passes (23) and eighth in all-time pass completions (162).
He coached at Logan for many years at all levels (varsity and junior high), including a long stint as eighth-grade coach.
Logan High School’s Athletic Hall of Fame was established in 1976 to recognize coaches and athletes from LHS and schools now consolidated with the Logan-Hocking School District who have distinguished themselves by virtue of their performance during high school, in college or in athletic careers.
The complete list of LHS Athletic Hall of Fame members is as follows. Members are listed by year of induction, followed by year of graduation or years of coaching:
2019: Coy Blair, 2012; Jimmer Breining, 1989; Chris Tolliver, 1973.
2018: Mason Mays, 2010; Tara Rutherford, 1996; Jim Waid, 1986.
2017: Patrick Angle, 2010; Abbey Jennings, 2000; Katie McBroom, 2000.
2016: Matt Cassady, 1985; Bill Shaw, 1970; Jeff Angle, 1968.
2015: Jessica Harris, 2008; Brian Hawk, 1977; Mitch Wright, 1975; Kathy Kornmiller, 1974.
2014: Colt Thompson, 2002; Kelly Helber, 1979; Craig Dunn, 1977; Greg Smith, 1972.
2013: Matt Mong, 2002; Tami Hampshire, 1994; Jim Redd, 1990; Sue McBroom, 1973.
2012: Austin Rohr, 2004; Erin Carter, 1999; Tim Moore, 1989; Gary Dalton, 1963.
2011: Nikki Tucker, 2001; Scott Whalen, 1984; Jeff Smith, 1971; coach Gary Swinehart, 1989-2003.
2010: Chad Zimmerman, 1995; Mitch Trucco, 1983; Dick Stevens, 1964; coach Dale Amyx, 1980-2009.
2009: Jason Gerken, 2002; Derek Harden, 2002; Johnny Conrad, 2001; Chuck Conrad, 1969.
2008: Joey Conrad, 2001; Coy Lindsey, 1997; Jim Robinson, 1974; James Hummel, 1944.
2007: Wayne Bateman, 2000; Josh Lawrence, 1999; Kandy Columber, 1989; Vaughn Hansel, 1936.
2006: Josh Jackson, 1992; Becki Kuhn, 1979; Dave Emerson, 1978; Ron Soliday, 1949.
2005: John Cosgrove, 1995; Mark Armstrong, 1978; Bob Burton, 1960; coach Debbie Angle, 1979-1999.
2004: Kim Cottrill, 1983; Mike McBroom, 1977; Bob Risch, 1959; coach Ralph Taylor, 1985-1997.
2003: Twana Pittman, 1988; Kerry York, 1986; Mike Mercer, 1962.
2002: Melissa Cooper, 1994; Tom Smith, 1993; Fred Walter, 1969.
2001: Brooks Burris, 1994; Tez Kraft, 1994; Keith Geiger, 1983.
2000: Lori Vorhees, 1988; Jim Angle, 1982; coach Greg Fraunfelter, 1979-2011.
1999: Bryan Lambert, 1992; Katie Smith, 1992; Curtis Rose, 1988.
1998: Eric Veidt, 1987; Kerrill Dennis, 1976; Tom Justice, 1958; Don Dupler, 1953; Mark Lohr, 1941.
1997: Lori Brown, 1990; Doug Stiverson, 1989; John Nelson, 1960; Gladys “Mutt” Schorr, 1928.
1996: Julie Bell, 1976; Bill Delong, 1960; Larry Buckles, 1954; James Frey, 1928.
1995: D.J. Conrad, 1986; Jan Myers, 1977; Bob Schmitter, 1946; coach Ron Janey, 1980-2004.
1994: Kelly Wolfe, 1987; Lisa McCort, 1985; John McBroom, 1947; Clarence Krumlauf, 1934.
1993: Keith Myers, 1986; Jim Kemper, 1975; Larry Wells, 1960; Joe Karshner, 1939.
1992: Jeff Morgan, 1983; Pam “Yock” Emerson, 1982; Dave Poling, 1971; Bill “Jocko” Hutchison, 1929.
1991: Bob Patton, 1955; Bob Mathias, 1945; Bill “Mutt” Bryan, 1941; Ned Gabriel, 1935.
1990: Chuck Helber, 1972; Mark Shaw, 1971; Jim Brandt, 1965; Waldo Terrell, 1935.
1989: John Kemper, 1978; Bill Voris, 1951; Tracy Conrad, 1942; Pearl Derr, 1935.
1988: Bill Westfall, 1967; Larry Bainter, 1961; Mickey Frazier, 1960; Leon Eichel, 1926.
1987: Chuck Daubenmier, 1963; Jim St. Clair, 1957; Joe Thomas, 1939; Francis “Scrappy” Myers, 1926.
1986: Brad Tucker, 1978; George Stump, 1960; Jack Rauch, 1944; Richard Brandt, 1935.
1985: Greg Poston, 1968; Kelley Stilwell, 1964; Bob Thomas, 1953; coach John “Red” Longley, 1929-34.
1984: Scott Gasser, 1978; John Corby, 1974; Gene Sheline, 1951; Ralph Leadbetter, 1928.
1983: Ken Culbertson, 1973; Chuck Kemper, 1968; Jim Myers, 1950; Claude Hammon, 1916.
1982: Marty Gasser, 1972; Rob Johnson, 1964; Abe Leonard, 1938; Harry Newman, 1916.
1981: George Hummel, 1965; Lynn Strait, 1958; Roy Magle, 1946; Harold Smith, 1935.
1980: John Gasser, 1966; Jim Richardson, 1938; coach Harley Meyer, 1925-28.
1979: Mike Brown, 1959; Ed Grandy, 1953; Delmar Mowery, 1946; Fred Jacoby, 1945.
1977: Gene Morgan, 1958; Harry Whitcraft, 1951; Dave Bell, 1947; Bill Johnston, 1942; coach Dwight Diller, 1945-54.
1976: Mark Wylie, 1943; Bob McBride, 1940; Marion Allen, 1932; Bill Sauer, 1932; Kermit Blosser, 1928; coach Mel Adams, 1957-65; coach Tom Bender, 1936-41.