Lakeview High School (LHS) will be sending Logan Price to the Oregon East-West All-Star Football game in Baker City.
The annual all-star game is now in its 67th year and features the best high school football players from across Oregon in the 1A through 4A divisions. The event is a major fundraiser for the Shriners Children’s Hospital in Portland, and being named to the team is considered a great honor. Last year while a team was named, there was no game due to COVID restrictions.
Price began playing football when he was in the second grade for the Klamath Pop Warner team in Lakeview. Before that he played soccer briefly before the Pop Warner team came back to Lakeview. When it did he immediately switched to football as that was the sport he most wanted to play. He said his father played football when he was young, and when Pop Warner came back to Lakeview his friends switched to football as well and he joined them.
“My first year of playing football I was a running back, but I was not fast enough. So I was switched to the offensive/defensive line,” said Price.
After playing football in the Pop Warner teams through middle school, Price decided to continue his playing career for the LHS football team.
In his freshman year Price was part of the junior varsity team where he played the center and defensive line positions. In his sophomore year he was part of the varsity team where played the right guard position on the offensive line. In his junior and senior years he played the center and defensive line positions for the Honkers. Even though the offensive and defensive line positions are not the most glamorous or attention-getting, Price did not mind that and said he enjoyed playing on the offensive line.
“What I enjoyed the most was lining up against players on other teams. Being on the line is a battle of wills, a give and take,” said Price.
Being a center on the offensive line Price was calling out who to block, making sure his teammates were in their positions and identifying blitzes. The center position is one of the most important positions on the offense to make sure plays go off without a hitch, and the quarterback is protected.
“I didn’t know what to think when I heard I was chosen. I was really excited. I didn’t think I was going to be picked,” said Price.
The game will take place on Saturday, Aug. 7, in Baker City with the game kicking off at 7 p.m. Price will head up a week before the practice with his new team and take part in the festivities which include a parade through Baker City and visiting the Shriners Children’s Hospital in Portland.
He was chosen by the coaches of the All-Star game for the offensive and defensive line position, though he does prefer being on the defensive line. Each coach can nominate one player if they did not win their league; if a team won their league they could nominate up to two players. After players are nominated, the coaches for the game watch game film of each of the nominees and then chose 30 from eastern Oregon and 30 from western Oregon.
This will be the final competitive football game Price will take part in. He said he will miss playing football because of the bond that forms between the players as they become like a family. He said the best moment was winning the league championship in the final home game of the season when he was a sophomore.
Price said he will compete on the West Texas A & M University, Canyon, Texas, rodeo team as he pursues a degree in animal science.
The game will be recorded and aired on the ROOT Sports channel on Monday, Aug. 9, at 7 p.m.