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Logan Eaker fulfills a dream; Roswell High student signs with Concordia University

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Roswell’s basketball player Logan Eaker signed his letter intent to play basketball at Concordia University Nebraska on Tuesday. Front row from L-R: Logan sister, Ana. Mother, Annette, Logan signing, father, Matthew. Back Row: Jessie, brother, Christian, Chris Burrola assistant basketball coach, Moses “Dude” Burrola and former coach Britt Cooper. (J.T. Keith Photo)

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For Logan Eaker, the dream of being a Roswell Coyote started when his dad, Matthew, would take Logan to Roswell’s basketball games as a kid. The two of them would sit together and watch the Coyotes run out onto the court and play. Matthew graduated from Roswell in 1987 and loved the sports teams at RHS.

Logan Eaker throws down a slam against an opponent at the Coyote Den earlier in the season. (David Rocha Photo)

The thought of Logan playing for Roswell was only a wish, because at the time, the family was living in Dexter. Eaker grew up playing basketball with Jonah Chavez, Jaime Chavira, Marco Olivas, Jacob Amaya, Joseph Cobos and David Miramontes among others. Even though the competition was something inside of Eaker made him want to challenge himself and see how well he could be. There was always that nagging question in the back of his mind if he was good enough to play at Roswell.

It wasn’t until he played AAU basketball with the New Mexico Rens. By playing AAU basketball, it gave him a renewed confidence in his abilities. Eaker played with future RHS teammate Tarren Burrola on the Bairstow Boomers. Logan and others noticed the higher the competition, the better he played. During those games, officials and opposing players would give Eaker tips on how to make a certain move or what to do to get better. People would always tell him that he should try to go to a better high school.

Eaker went to tournaments in Albuquerque and El Paso, Texas. After that, he told his mother he thought he would like to go to Roswell High School. School had already started on Thursday for Dexter in his freshman year. That following Monday his mother, Annette, withdrew him and enrolled him in RHS. For every summer since then, he has played AAU basketball. This past summer, he was home for five days.

“After that one tournament,” Eaker said, “I had gone two days at Dexter, and I wasn’t happy. I decided to try to make it at Roswell High School.”

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If not for those games on the traveling AAU basketball teams, Eaker might not be headed to Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska. The Concordia Bulldogs offered Eaker an academic and athletic scholarship earlier this month. Eaker signed his papers on Tuesday in front of family, coaches, friends and teammates. Eaker’s signing is the first player Roswell coach Moses “Dude” Burrola has coached to go on and play at the next level.

“We are very excited about Logan and his future,” Concordia coach Ben Limback said. “We believe his (best) basketball is ahead of him.”

What impressed Limback was that during the tryouts, Eaker was able to be himself and dominate. Eaker credits his ease to playing with other players he has never played with before to playing AAU basketball. Eaker felt like the tryout and scrimmage against the players at Concordia was no different than AAU basketball. Eaker just went out on the court and balled. Eaker’s game on the court impressed Coach Limback.

The next day at breakfast, the basketball coach and university were so impressed with Eaker’s basketball ability and academics that he offered Eaker a scholarship after breakfast. Concordia is an NAIA school that plays in the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC).

“Logan has great length,” Limback said. “He plays hard and comes from a great program at Roswell. Most importantly, he’s a team-first guy who knows how to win and is a tremendous young man of God.”

The Bulldog coaches believe that Eaker may still be growing. As a freshman, he was 6-foot-4. In his sophomore year, he grew to 6-foot-5. His junior year, he was 6-foot-6, and his senior year, 6-foot-7. With the conditioning program and weights they will put him on, along with a nutritionist, they feel like he can add 25 pounds to his frame by the time he is a senior, and not lose any speed, quickness or jumping ability.

“He has the ability to make an impact as a freshman,” Limback said. “Once he came on a visit, it was clear we wanted him to be a part of our program.”

Eaker has overcome several obstacles in becoming a champion. He has overcome being born with mild to severe hearing loss, which is congenital. His parents Annette and Matthew have taught him not to let his hearing loss be a hindrance to him in life or on the court.

“We feel like God has given him (Eaker) a gift,” Annette said. “We just tell him to use it to God’s glory.”

During Eaker’s sophomore season during practice before the district championship game against Goddard, he was running sprints on the way back down the court and he felt pain as he stepped down. It turned out that he had broken the second metatarsal on his foot in his sophomore year. He just regained his starting position. Instead of RHS winning the state title as the No. 1 seed, they ended up losing to Centennial 65-61 at the Pit in the quarterfinals. Without Eaker back there to protect the rim, the Centennial guards drove to the basket all night.

Eaker was slow coming back from injury his junior year. The game against Onate was his comeback party where he scored 25 points, grabbed nine rebounds and had five blocks to lead them to a 57-55 victory, as he helped lead the Coyotes to their fourth blue trophy.

Eaker’s favorite memories are when he was found out he made the Coyote basketball team as a freshman. Other memories Eaker cherishes are winning the state title and then signing his scholarship to Concordia University. Only because that’s how it happened.

Eaker counts Hobbs’ Clay Strasner and Las Cruces and RJ Brown as his toughest opponents he had played against.

He also feels like he has to work on form on his shooting, getting a quicker release on his shot. The Bulldogs coaches want him to work on his explosiveness to be successful at the next level.

“I hope I was somebody that younger kids could look up to,” Eaker said. “I believe you can do anything you set your mind to.”

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