The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

High School Sports

January 23, 2014

Pomeroy quietly having big year for Meadow Bridge

It’s said that for a lump of coal to be transformed into a diamond, it takes millions of years and pressure on the precious rock — and even then it’s nearly impossible.

But deep in the coalfields of southern West Virginia, it appears Meadow Bridge coach Mark Gladwell has managed to produce a diamond in just four years.

Logan Pomeroy, a 5-11, 164-pound shooting guard and fourth-year starter, has made waves this season by leading the Wildcats to a game over .500, after staring the season 0-3.

But maybe even more impressive is Pomeroy’s 22.8 points per game, which ranks him second in The Register-Herald coverage area behind Greenbrier East’s Rondale Watson, and ahead of names like Elisha Kidd (Greater Beckley Christian), Justin Cogar (Westside) and Terry Smith (Summers County).

Despite scoring at such a high percentage, Gladwell said Pomeroy’s one of the more unselfish players he’s ever had.

“He’s actually an unselfish player,” he said. “If you look at his stat line, he’s usually our leading scorer, but he’s also our leading assist man. And on most nights he has more rebounds than what you would anticipate as a shooting guard.”

Pomeroy proves his unselfishness when asked to describe his own accolades.

“It’s pretty good seeing your name up there with that high of a level of talent on the scoring list,” he said. “But you’ve got to look around you and what gets you there — coaching and teammates.”

Looking at Pomeroy’s teammates makes his achievement even more impressive. The Wildcats had to replace a number of starters from a year ago, leaving Pomeroy to serve as a leader on the court.

“They look to Logan for leadership,” Gladwell said. “If there’s any uncertainty, they look to him to get them in the right set or the right matchup defensively.

One player in particular that Pomeroy has taken under his wing is The Register-Herald’s Football Offensive Player of the Year, Jake Parker.

“Jake didn’t play in our first two games,” Gladwell said. “This is his first year playing basketball for us. We felt like we needed to bring him along slowly. Here in the last few games, Jake’s been in the starting lineup and he’s helped us.”

For Pomeroy, he’s just continuing the tradition of helping other players, just like he learned from Tyler Bennett years ago.

“I’m just taking what I learned from him,” he said. “Like with Jake coming in and wanting to learn. It’s awesome to learn. I’ve told him for years he should come out. You’ve just got to search yourself and make everyone around you better.”

Gladwell feels it’s the work Pomeroy puts in during the offseason that has made him the player he is today. Last year, he averaged 15 points per game and knocked down 50 3-pointers. This year, he’s well over that average, as well as shooting better than 75 percent from the free throw line.

“I would say that Logan shoots the ball just as well as anybody in the area,” Gladwell said. “Especially from 3-point range. He’s also a very sound free throw shooter. We don’t get to practice on snow days, so if he misses a free throw it’s due to lack of conditioning, not because of talent. He puts in the work during spring time and summer time. He’s always got the ball in his hand.”

It’s during the summer that Pomeroy feels he puts in his most work, often times shooting sets of 50 3-pointers, and putting up as many as 1,000 shots in a day. It’s with that hard work and dedication that Pomeroy sees his name near the top of the leaderboard.

But don’t ask Pomeroy to compare himself to players like Watson, a Wake Forest signee.

“He’s definitely on a whole ‘nother level,” Pomeroy said. “Just to be up there in scoring with them each and every game and doing your best to win is what matters — going in and giving it my all.”

And as for those streaking Wildcats?

“I’ve always liked being an underdog,” he said. “People don’t sleep on Meadow Bridge. I like to think you always want to watch out for us.”

Meadow Bridge will return to action Tuesday against Midland Trail (5-4) in Hico.

 — E-mail: jrollins and follow on Twitter at @JDanielRollins.

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