Evart junior helps team get off to 3-2 start

Wildcats resume practices on Jan. 6

Logan Staats



Pioneer photo/John Raffel

EVART — Logan Staats has established herself to be a very important player for Evart’s girls basketball team this season.

She’s a junior who played half of the season on the varsity as a sophomore last year.

“It was good,” she recalled. “It was definitely different than JV. It’s a quicker speed and you have to be more observant.”

Staats was able to play with the Evart varsity during the summer and said it helped her out immensely.

She has been a post player for the Wildcats. 

Rebounding on defense and putbacks has been a key role for Staats on the Evart varsity.

“The height is a key, she said. “You have to jump.”

But Staats feels she is an effective jumper. Her best shots are from down low, mainly on putbacks off of her aggressiveness, she indicated.

Practices to get ready for the season “went pretty good,” she said. “The first week was tough but it got better.”

It’s certainly better, Staat recalls, than a year ago when the season didn’t start until early February and players were mandated to wear masks.

Evart has started off the season 3-2 and will be home on Jan. 6 against McBain Northern Michigan Christian in Highland Conference action.

The team can be “very successful,” Staats said. “I think we can have a very strong team.”

McBain and Lake City are among the top conference teams.

Staats also runs track and is a middle distance runner.