Logan Boetz

Stryker's Logan Boetz delivers a pitch during a baseball game against Pettisville in Stryker. GLYN BUNTAIN/Staff

STRYKER — There hasn't been a lot of free time for Logan Boetz during the last four years.

During his time in high school, the recent Stryker graduate lettered in five different sports — four times in cross country and baseball and twice in basketball, golf and track.

Training and practicing for all these sports can be grueling, Boetz says, and it can make for some busy summers, but he wouldn't have it any other way.

"In the summer, it was a lot of time management and planning out what I was going to do," Boetz said. "In the morning, it was run cross country. In the evenings, it was golf and in between that time we'd have open gym for basketball and sometimes I managed to go down to the cage and get some ground balls and hit off the tee.

"I'd wake up early in the morning and come home in the evening exhausted. ... But I wouldn't take it back."

Throughout the years, many of Stryker's coaches have come to admire the work ethic Boetz brought to the table each and every day, including Stryker baseball coach Brett Grieser.

"I think in the four years Logan has been a part of our program, I don't know if he's ever missed anything," Grieser said. "And I think that's a tribute to who he is and the type of player he wanted to be. He was very committed. He was very dedicated and he worked very hard. And it didn't matter if it was practice, open cages, whatever it was, Logan was going to be there and Logan was going to work hard at it."

The hard work has paid off, too, as Boetz has won four Buckeye Border Conference Championships in three different sports at Stryker — two in baseball, one in golf and one in basketball.

Along the way, Boetz also became a leader in nearly every sport he played.

A season ago in baseball, Boetz established himself as the team's ace, compiling a 5-2 record on the mound to go along with a 2.00 earned run average to earn First Team BBC honors. During his senior basketball season, Boetz ran the show at point guard, averaging 11.8 points and 2.8 assists per game, earning First Team BBC Honors and helping the Panthers to a 17-7 overall record.

And even in golf, a sport he picked up as a junior, a sudden-death playoff hole was all that stood between Boetz and advancing to district competition.

But no matter the accolade or accomplishment, Grieser says he likes how Boetz has always been the ultimate team guy.

"We are a very team-over-self program and we talk about putting our teammates first," Grieser said. "And Logan has done that for the four years he's been here. He has put his team first and he has encouraged his teammates and I think that speaks volumes. ... It really says a lot about who he is."

As of now, Boetz says he plans on entering the workforce after graduation, with the possibility of attending college down the line.

But as he looks back on his high school career, he can't believe how fast it flew by.

"It felt like yesterday I was a freshman playing on the baseball team and playing all these sports," said Boetz, who found a way in his busy schedule to graduate with a 3.85 grade point average. "Time really does fly. All the coaches say, 'Don't take anything for granted. Your senior year is coming.' I don't think people really understand that until it's your senior year and it really hits you."

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