Logan readies for Round 3 with Central

Rangers rebound from 5-18 season in style

It’s a city battle with a berth in the WIAA Div. 2 Sectional Semifinals on the line. Central (20-4) certainly expected to be here. Outside of the Logan (16-8) locker room, few can say the same of the Rangers.

“Last season already seems like so long ago,” Logan head coach Andy Fernholz said. “These guys really bought in and had a great summer in the weight room and on the court.”

If the first two meetings were an opening act, round three Thursday between Logan and Central has blockbuster written all over it.

“I am thinking about it nearly every moment of each day,” Logan junior forward Cody Hoeth said.

The Rangers jumped into the MVC title chase this year in big part thanks to a sophomore point guard. CJ Siegel stormed into the varsity starting lineup this season, averaging 18 points a game. In the regional final, Siegel sent home favored Onalaska with a 30-point performance and now he gets to see his good pal, Central point guard Bailey Kale, in Logan’s first sectional semifinal appearance since 2001.

“We have been competing for awhile, but it just pumps me up even more to battle against friends,” Siegel said. “We just want to get round 3 in the end.”  

The Ranger run this season is an interesting one. From the end of December through early February, Logan was nearly unbeatable, winning ten of eleven games. The end of the year was a struggle, including four losses in five games over the span of 14 days in February.

“Basketball is a long season, you go through peaks and valleys,” Fernholz said. “We went through a valley at the end of the season, but our leadership of late has been great.”

Logan and Central tip off at 7 p.m. Thursday at Onalaska High School.