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BOYS SOCCER PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Logan Hamilton, Pinecrest Academy
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Pinecrest Academy senior Logan Hamilton is the 2015 Forsyth County News Boys Soccer Player of the Year. - photo by Micah Green

Logan Hamilton doesn’t keep up with himself nearly enough, and it might be the most admirable thing about him.

“I’m ranked No. 4 in the state, and No. 36 in the country,” Hamilton said.

“Thirty-three, Logan,” his mother replied.

“I guess I’m moving up,” he said.

Hamilton is ranked nationally as one of the top long snappers in the country and will take his talent to Western Kentucky University in the fall to play on scholarship with the Hilltoppers football team.

For Hamilton, football will be the key to the next step in his life, but it’s the other form of “football” that he’ll cherish most when he leaves Pinecrest Academy for good.

This past season Hamilton helped lead the Paladins soccer team to their best season, finishing 10-4 and 7-1 in Region 6-A, while Hamilton led the county in both goals (18) and assists (16). The campaign didn’t end until they faced off against Atlanta International School, a juggernaut from north Atlanta, in the quarterfinals.

It’s that historic run that Hamilton gleams from ear to ear about.

“I’m very content with what I’m leaving behind,” he said. “I think I’ve left something for the players to look forward to, something they can reach and build upon. I hope they learned to look up to me as a leader, but hopefully they can see what we did, what I did to get us there, and model after that and keep the program going.”

Part of that model? Don’t count. Just play.

“It’s funny. After a game, coach (Kane) ran over and hugged me,” Hamilton said. “I had four goals and five assists in a 9-0 game. I didn’t actually know I was part of all nine goals. To me, every teammate is a part of any goal. I never look at it individually.”

Question: What are the biggest differences between football and soccer?

Hamilton: “Just preparing for a game is so much easier in soccer. There’s so much to do before a football game to get ready. All you have to do in soccer is put your shin guards on, but I think the mental state for me is more intense in soccer since I’ve been playing my entire life.”

Q: What about soccer is preferable to you?

Hamilton: “Since I was a kid I always had so much energy. You can ask my parents about that. I found out I could out-run most people. Eventually I learned to out-skill people.”

Q: Have you ever tried to long snap a soccer ball?

Hamilton: “Actually yes. I’ve done it a couple of times. It’s not that much different.”

Q: What are you looking forward to most about college?

Hamilton: “I’ve just heard so many people say how college is the most fun in your life. I’m looking forward to the relationships I can build that I can keep for the rest of my life. From high school I can keep a lot of relationships even if I’m not going to the same college, though, too. I’m looking forward to the comradery of being on the football team. Also my girlfriend will only be two hours away at Kentucky (Lexington), so that won’t be bad.”

Q: What’s the best thing about Bowling Green, Kentucky?

Hamilton: “They have a Corvette Museum.”