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CHAMPION—Senior Logan Uttecht in the 11AAA title game Saturday in Vermillion.
Senior overcomes personal obstacles to lead WHS to title
Wide-receiver sets multiple team records for three-time champs
By Seth Benson
Senior Logan Uttecht has had one of the most outstanding football careers WHS has ever seen.
He has rewritten the book for the many career records that define wide-receivers. He has set the mark for career receptions with 110, career receiving yards with 1,929 and career touchdown receptions with 24—not to mention playing both ways as a free safety his junior and senior year racking up seven career interceptions, including five this season.
Uttecht said he feels honored to be included in the football records for WHS.
“It is great to be recognized by a school like Washington with such a great tradition and history in the football program,” Uttecht said.
Fellow receiver Zach Heins said Uttecht is a great role model.
“Logan was a great leader not just for me, but for all the wide receivers,” Heins said. “He was always helping the younger guys along, teaching them all he knows, and pushing them each and every day to become the best they could be.”
Starting 32 games in high school, Uttecht has been an integral part of the past three state championships the Warriors have won.
Coach Chad Stadem said he has been invaluable on the field during the past few seasons.
“Logan is the most competitive person I have ever been around,” Stadem said. “That competitive spirit drives him to out-work his competition. His hard work is what separates him from his competitors. He has true grit, he’s a true Warrior.”
That hard work and competitive spirit showed this summer after Uttecht had a traumatic injury and had to have surgery to remove his spleen. He had surgery close to a month before the first football game and started recovery down nearly 50 pounds. Uttecht reached his goals and played in the first game against Brandon Valley this fall.
Monday night Uttecht committed to continue his football and academic career at Augustana University near his home in Sioux Falls.
Uttecht said he is very excited to continue playing football in college.
“It is relieving to know what the next chapter in my life holds,” he said. “I am looking forward to being a Viking, and I think it is a great fit for me.”