Turner held the first Logan High Tennis Alumni and Friends Fundraiser on the new tennis courts on Saturday and raised nearly $2,000 to help fund away trips for his tennis team.
Turner said past Logan County tennis teams have been at a disadvantage to squads from George Washington and other schools in bigger areas who have indoor courts where players can practice all year long.
Before the rec center, Turner said, tennis teams in Logan County had to practice outside in sunshine, rain and snow.
“Hopefully, every school in the county with a tennis team will be able to utilize the courts soon,” Turner said.
Turner said the fundraiser was “an event that brought together people who have played tennis for LHS in the past or who have and still are a big part of the tennis community.
“We had several people in attendance and most got out on the court and showed off their skills from young and old alike. We had a very good turnout. Thanks to (Chief Logan Rec Center Director) Tim McCoy and his staff for all of there help. Superintendent of Schools Wilma Zigmond and Board of Education President Phyllis Adkins were in attendance and they were impressed with the rec center.”
Zigmond said the indoor courts will help the Logan County tennis teams be more competitive.
“That was a wonderful fundraiser. It is beautiful there,” Zigmond said. “Our children compete against George Washington and those schools over there that have the tennis club and the YMCA and we had nowhere to practice indoors.
“Now, we do have somewhere.”
Zigmond said the board is looking at trying to buy time on the tennis courts to allow teams from all the county schools to practice.
“Maybe Man could go one day, Chapmanville another day and Logan another day,” Zigmond said. “I think this is going to be a real plus for us.”
Turner also announced that the first-ever county tennis tri-match will be held at the Rec Center on Friday, April 2, starting at 10 a.m. between Logan, Man, and Chapmanville.
A Logan County champion will be crowned, he said.
The rec center is set to open the first week of March. The tennis courts and walking track are already in use by members.
For more information on the Chief Logan Rec Center, call 304-855-8591.