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Success follows Lyle to King

When the final whistle blows in Bristol, it will be the end of another chapter for the Unicoi County High School’s Blue Devil record holder for points scored in a career.
Logan Lyle is a senior and key cog with the King University men’s basketball team. The Tornado sat at 10-2 on the year following a win on Sunday, Jan. 4, over Barton and a 91-73 over Mt. Oliver on Saturday, Jan. 3, where King made its debut on national television with the game being broadcasted on the CBS Sports Network.
“This is a year I want to enjoy,” Lyle said in a recent interview with The Erwin Record, “but, I also have a sense of urgency. A championship is something I want for this great group of guys, our outstanding coaches and school.”
The Tornado are on pace for the gold, currently with a 5-0 record in the Conference Carolina’s following their win on Sunday.
Lyle has seen his share of accolades throughout his career and he was part King head coach George Pitts’ 1,000th career win in an 88-49 romp against UtVa-Wise on Dec. 18. In the contest, the senior finished with 12 points, all from the three-point arc.
“It was a great honor,” Lyle said of the night. “… to be part of coach Pitts’ milestone as an elite head coach. As a senior and being here for all four years, I think that this year we have a special group of guys and I wouldn’t want to share that milestone with anybody else.”
The gunslinger is averaging 15 points per game in his fourth year with the program. Scoring is a trait the second-team all-Carolina Conference player picked up very well in Unicoi County, ending his senior year at the school surpassing the UCHS school scoring record during the Blue Devils’ district tournament run.
The experiences with the Blue Nation is something Lyle remembers fondly.
“I had an incredible experience in Unicoi County,” he said. “All the coaches there during my career, coach (John) English, coach (Michael) Smith and coach (Ben) Evely, influenced me in a positive way and helped me grow as a player.”
UCHS has been in the substate round for basketball season eight of the past 10 years. The moments reside with Lyle, who was a vital in some of those runs during his career.
“Those sub-state appearances with the coaches and players, it all helped me,” Lyle said. “It allowed me to mature as a player and prepared me for the types of games that I’m blessed enough to play in every week now as a college player.”
King’s success has a bit of local flare. Lyle is one of a handful of players from the Tri-Cities that has aided in this year’s campaign including: Jr. Nathanael Hughes (Hampton), redshirt-freshman Jon King (Bluff City), C.J. Good (Johnson City) and Hunter LeVeau (Johnson City).
The hard work by the locals show that a collegiate career is possible for basketball players locally, Lyle said, and he has words for up-and-coming hoopsters:
“I would tell any up-and-comer to enjoy where they are at,” he added. “High school is where some of my greatest memories came from. I would tell everybody to not take any of it for granted and play every game like it was their last.
“It is not only basketball that gets you to the next level. Excelling in the classroom is a big part of what will lead to getting to college and being able to remain a student athlete.”
King University is back in action on Wednesday, Jan. 7, against Erskine.