HOLDEN — Three-sport student athletes at Wachusett Regional High School are not as rare as one might think, but one who goes beyond and embodies the characteristics for which coaches seek — intensity, strong leadership, mental toughness and team-first approach, to name a few — is rising senior Logan Baker, who projects as a standout in volleyball, basketball and lacrosse in the upcoming seasons.
What makes this talented student-athlete so coveted is her superior work ethic, coaches say. Be it practice or games, Baker espouses hard work and sacrifice for the benefit of both herself and her teammates.
Having such a demanding schedule between academics and sports can be a challenge, but it is one that she openly embraces.
“I like not having a break and going from sport to sport,” Baker explained. “It keeps me busy, and I like having something constant in my schedule. I would say that I do get tired at the end of seasons, especially basketball because it’s so constant and we practice so long. I’m always sad to leave a season. I miss what the team had, especially with seniors leaving. Transitioning from basketball to lacrosse works well because we do a lot of running in basketball.
“I just love being a part of a team, especially since I’ve met some of my best friends playing sports. Being part of a team and the culture of a team working all together towards a common goal is a great experience.
“Almost all my friends are from sports. When we’re not playing games, we’re hanging out and we spend a lot of time together. That really helps our team chemistry.”
“Logan is a rare three-sporter who transfers and applies a lot of experience to the volleyball court,” said varsity volleyball head coach Jen Burton. “She’s a smart athlete who is very motivated and mentally tough on the court. Logan works very hard at this position. She’s a good athlete who has a strong presence at the net as a middle hitter.
“Logan is a leader out there on the court and is someone who wants the ball when the game is on the line. She’s very coachable and plays to win at all costs. She’s intense but also very coachable while being an encouraging teammate and role model to all girls in the program.”
“I’ve coached Logan since youth lacrosse, and she’s very talented,” said varsity lacrosse head coach Jill Liposky of her attacker/midfielder. “She sets the bar high for herself and isn’t afraid of challenges that come along. Logan is a vocal leader and a hard worker who really takes the game seriously. She also comes from a great family.”
“Logan’s a super kid who is an extremely hard worker,” added varsity basketball head coach Jim Oxford, remarking on his power and small forward. “She has a positive outlook, and her confidence has grown since she first made the team as a freshman. She always has a team-first attitude and is really good with the younger players. She’s a super-nice person who is well-grounded and very responsible.”
Baker credits her coaches and her family’s support for the success she has demonstrated since the early days of recreation league and then on to AAU, where the competition broadened exponentially. Sports have played a significant role, with members of her family all having played in some capacity.
“My brother and my parents have impacted me playing sports,” said Baker. “My parents own a gym (GH2 Fitness and Training), and my mom was a college athlete who played volleyball. Having my parents own a gym has given me a really good outlet to train in sports. My brother, who’s a year behind me, plays football and basketball. Being around them all the time gives me the desire to be competitive. It’s a family trait, playing sports.”
Baker knows that she will be counted on by her respective coaches to provide leadership to those younger players looking to make the sometimes herculean jump from JV to varsity. She is more than ready to embrace that role.
“I really stress leading by example,” she pointed out. “If I’m telling people they should do something then I should be doing it myself, like hustling in practice and putting in extra time. I really feel that the younger kids need to have communication. I talk to them and offer advice and motivate them.
“I get nervous occasionally at games and I get pretty amped up to go and play. I get excited to be out there with my teammates to prove that all the hard work put in is paying off. Winning is a super-good outcome for that. Especially with basketball, the games are so electric and energetic so that going out on the court is always a good time.”
Baker is keenly aware of the importance of academics in her life and takes it more than seriously, as she is a straight-A student at Wachusett. She is also a member of the National Honor Society, French Honor Society and Math Honor Society.
“Academics are incredibly important to me, because by doing well in school it opens up a variety of opportunities and choices for my future,” she explained. “It’s important for me to be both a student and an athlete. As much as I love sports, I know they won’t last forever, so having a strong academic background will help carry me through life.”