On Saturday, February 3 the Logan Elm Athletic Department will induct 4 into the Logan Elm Athletic Hall of Fame.
Dave Smith – Class of 1957 – Pickaway Twp. High School
Dave Smith was an outstanding all-around athlete earning 10 Varsity Letters in football (3), basketball (4), baseball (2), and track (1). Mr. Smith was all-Pickaway County in 7-man football, pitched a no hitter in baseball, and was most known in the area for his basketball skills. On March 1, 1957, Paul Smallwood, Sports Editor for The Circleville Herald wrote, “Primarily it was Smith’s ability to dunk the basketball through the hoop which put him number one in the eyes of the coaches and fans. Although the Pickaway ace was a scoring wizard, he also proved to be an all-around good basketball player.” In basketball, Dave Smith was All-Pickaway County his Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, and Senior years. At the conclusion of his Senior year, Smith was awarded the Bob Bowsher Award which is awarded to Pickaway County’s outstanding senior boys basketball player. He finished his high school career with 1157 points.
Dave is a proud veteran of the United States Air Force. He is retired from E.I. DuPont. In his spare time, Dave has been very supportive of local veteran organizations and has spent many years as an AMVETS honor guard. He and his wife Debbie still reside in the Circleville area. Dave has been blessed with four children and many grandchildren.
Roger Clarke – Logan Elm Class of 1962
While at Logan Elm, Roger Clarke earned 14 Varsity Letters in football (4), basketball (4), track (4), and baseball (2). An all-around athlete, Roger earned All-League honors in football, basketball, and track. In football, Roger was honorable mention All-League his Freshman year, 1st Team his Sophomore, Junior and Senior years and was also named League MVP his Junior year. In basketball, Clarke was Honorable Mention his Sophomore year and 2nd Team All-League his Junior Year. During his Senior year, Roger was a member of Logan Elm's first basketball team to reach the Regional Finals. The team finished with a 20-4 record. In track and field, Clarke was a League Champion in the 180 yard hurdles, the broad jump, and the 220 yard dash. During his Junior year, Roger led his track team to its first League Championship season.
Roger Clarke was also active in student government, serving as Student Council Treasurer his Junior year and Student Council President his Senior year. Clarke was also a Class officer his Junior and Senior years.
Roger retired from Kenworth Truck Company in 2005 after 30 and a half years. He currently runs a lawn service. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends and watching high school sports.
Roger is married to Diana (Pontius), his wife of 54 years. Together they have three children Kevin, Kim (Kenny) Speakman, and Chris (Crystal). They also have 3 grandchildren, Kara (Chad) Ebert, Kendal (Levi) Ellerman, and Justin (Tara) Clarke, and 6 Great-Grandchildren, Kyle, Levi Jr., Lylah, Coen, Connor and Colin.