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Tuesday was another typical day for Collins senior Logan Bailey.
It began with a drive to Frankfort in the morning for the first part of his school day, then it was back to Shelbyville in the afternoon for classes at Collins.
After school it was football practice. Then after that it was back in the car (as his mother, Leigh, drove) so he could do his best Clark Kent impersonation – changing into his soccer uniform – and eat a drive-thru dinner before arriving in Taylorsville for a soccer match.
After the Titans’ 7-1 victory over Spencer County, it was back home, his opportunity to do any homework he might have, then off to bed for some much-needed sleep.
“It never ends,” Bailey said. “But I’ve done it my whole life, I don’t know anything else. It’s good though. If I wasn’t eating, sleeping or playing sports I don’t know what I’d do.”
Playing three sports (soccer, football and baseball) makes for a near non-stop schedule that has Bailey on the run so much that sometimes he doesn’t know where he’s going.
“My mom has to tell me every morning what I have that day,” Bailey said. “She packs my bag for me.”
It’s a pretty full bag these days for Bailey, and it even was more full in early August, when he was practicing with the Collins football and soccer teams in the mornings, then playing, or practicing, with the state-championship winning Shelbyville American Legion baseball team in the afternoons or evenings.
“We do it one day at a time,” said Leigh Bailey, an assistant coach for the boys’ soccer team, whose husband (Roy) coaches Collins’ baseball team.
And although many athletes who do the 2-sport double up in one season generally stick to one aspect (i.e. a soccer player who joins the football team as a kicker), Bailey, a 5-foot-11, 170-pound athlete, is different. He is equal parts football player – a running back/linebacker/punter– and equal parts soccer player – a forward – for Collins.
“It just shows his athletic ability,” Collins soccer coach Scott Cress said. “And he’s just one of those kids who can compartmentalize each sport for each game.
“He just comes out and has fun, but he’s also a competitor. He does not want to lose, he wants to do what it takes to win the game.”
And win he has so far this fall. Through Wednesday the Titans’ teams for which Bailey plays were a combined 9-1-1 – the sixth-ranked soccer team was 7-0-1 and the football team, which was just outside of The Associated Press Top 10 in Class 4A, was 2-1.
Through eight soccer matches Bailey had one assist, and through three football games he has rushed for 40 yards, recorded 14 tackles and averaged about 30 yards per punt.
“Obviously it worries us a little bit with Logan playing soccer, because he means so much to our football team,” Collins football coach Jerry Lucas said. “He starts on both sides of the ball and is our punter. However, Logan is a fantastic athlete who also excels in baseball and soccer as well as football, and I know how much he means to our soccer team as well.
“We have one of the top soccer programs in the state, and we want our Titans to be great in everything they do, both on and off the field of competition. I've watched him play soccer a few times this season also, and he does a super job for our soccer team also.
“He is a great student in the classroom as well....He is just a great athlete, a terrific person and exactly the type of person we want representing our school in our community and throughout the state.”
Off the field Bailey has a 4.1 weighted grade-point average (“Somehow he keeps up with his studies; I can’t figure it out,” Leigh Bailey said), he teaches an abstinence class once a week at West Middle School and spends his mornings Monday-Saturday in Frankfort learning how to fly airplanes.
“I tried it one day and loved it,” Bailey said of flying.
His goal is to earn a baseball scholarship to a school with a flight program, then one day become an airline pilot.
“It takes a while to get there, but it’ll be worth it,” he said.
Bailey had his first solo flight this summer – “It was awesome,” he said. “You go up, and it hits you, ‘Oh, I’m up here by myself” – and could have his pilot’s license by the time he graduates high school.
There’s still plenty of time left before then, though, and plenty of sports to be played.
“He’s tired sometimes,” Leigh Bailey said. “Sunday he slept most of the day. He was kind of worn out, but you are only a senior once.”