Whitworth basketball coach returns to hometown for special game

Whitworth University's mens basketball coach Matt Logie will be making a stop in his hometown this week for a game at Mercer Island High School.

Logie, a Mercer Island native, will coach the Pirates against Calvin College in a special game on Thursday, Dec. 28 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at MIHS. The Mercer Island boys basketball team will follow at 7:30 p.m. with their game against a traveling Australian team.

Logie graduated from MIHS in 1999 and helped lead the team, then coached by his grandfather Ed Pepple, to two state titles.

Thursday's game is the first time Logie will be involved in a competitive game at the gym since he helped the Islanders beat Bellevue in February of 1999.

“Being able to coach my own team in the gym at Mercer Island, where my basketball roots began, is a special opportunity,” Logie said in a press release from the university.  “There are so many memories there, not just for me but also for my whole family, and the many people that helped shaped me as a coach and person.”

The game is Whitworth's last non-conference game of the season. The Pirates are currently 8-2, and ranked No. 8 in the top 25 poll. Calvin comes to Mercer Island from Grand Rapids, Mich. with a 5-4 record this season.


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