“Pawesome” weekend declared in Logansport
The second Pioneer High School IHSAA football championship has set off an official observance in the city of Logansport.
The Panthers defeated Eastern Greene, 42-14, Friday. That marked the second time in school history Pioneer has won the Class A football title. The Panthers captured their first title in 1997, defeating Knightstown.
Mayor Dave Kitchell, who covered the first championship game which was held at the RCA Dome, declared Friday, Saturday and Sunday as “Pawesome Weekend” in the city in tribute to the Panther paws that symbolize the unrelenting effort Coach Adam Berry’s team showed throughout the season. The Panthers were a consensus No. 1 team and replicated the 1997 team by finishing undefeated. The Panthers also snagged the mental attitude award.
Pioneer’s championships are the only football championships won by a Cass County school. Logansport area schools have won a combined seven state championships, but all but Rochester’s in 1987 has been in Class A. Logansport and Lewis Cass are the only Cass County teams to win boys basketball state championships. Rochester girls also captured one state title.
“Pioneer is a classy example of a small school in the middle of America that simply commits to excellence and won’t settle for anything less,” Kitchell said. “It’s a tribute to Coach Berry and his team, coaches and fans that they could make it back to the state finals this year and capture another championship. Championships aren’t always expected, but this certainly was anticipated because of their dedication.”
SOURCE: News release from Logansport Mayor Dave Kitchell