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Monday, August 16, 2021

Highlands Senior Football Player Making Most of Situation

Henry Helps Team Prepare for Games

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands senior Logan Henry (38) walks on the sidelines of the Blue and White scrimmage on Friday. Henry is not able to play this year. But he's still helping the team.

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Senior linebacker Logan Henry may not see the field this year. But the coaching staff is still making him feel like he's a part of the team.

"I think that's what we're here for as high school coaches,"
said Bob Sphire, Highlands Head Coach. "It's disappointing for the young man he's not able to play his senior season because of an injury just playing sports. You hate that for him. He's still a valuable part of this football team. He's helping the staff as much as he can. He's going through rehab. He's coming and whether it's helping us video practice or record calls during practice so when we come in and watch video, we can read the call sheet - whatever he can do to help the team and assist the coaches. I'm tickled to death we can do that with him and he has the opportunity to do that."

Henry had Tommy John Surgery on his right elbow in the spring to repair his Ulnar Collateral Tendon. There is a scar on his elbow from where medical professionals performed the surgery.

"I'm trying to get through it," Henry said. "Every day, I'm getting better. It's a long process. But I enjoy being here and helping out as I can. If I'm needed, I'll be there."

Henry said he hurt the UCL his freshman year in high school. But as time progressed, the conditioned worsened. But Henry said a blessing happened along the way.

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"My ligament was replaced with a donor so it was a shock to us,"
Henry said. "They didn't tell us until after the surgery they were doing that. That's pretty cool."

Henry came to the Blue and White scrimmage on Friday. He walked up and down the sidelines talking to teammates and joining them in huddles with coaches.

Henry goes to Physical Therapy twice a week. But he expects the elbow to heal over time.

Henry does not have any plans for after high school. But he will start looking into things soon.

Blue/White Scrimmage Cut Short:

Sphire said the Bluebirds needed as many snaps as possible at this point in the season. But lightning in the area cut things short.

Highlands could not have practices in full pads Wednesday and Thursday because of the heat index. Since the first game is Saturday and not Friday, the Bluebirds have an extra day to practice.

The Bluebirds face the defending Class 5A state champion Bowling Green Purples on Aug. 21 in the Rafferty's Bowl at Western Kentucky University. Game time is 6 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

Both teams have a common scrimmage opponent in Kentucky's largest Class 6A favorite Louisville Male. Bowing Green scrimmaged Male on Friday.

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