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Two inducted into Thunderbird Hall of Fame
10 December 2010


Standout student-athletes Jason Logg, left, and Tanner Albers were inducted December 3 into the United Tribes “Thunderbird Hall of Fame.”

BISMARCK (UTN) - In a program on the floor where they torched opposing teams, two standout basketball players were honored December 3 by United Tribes Technical College. Former Thunderbird athletes Tanner Albers and the late Jason Logg were inducted into the “Thunderbird Hall of Fame.”

      Albers and Logg were team scoring leaders during the two successful seasons between 1996 and 1998. The two were co-captains when the Thunderbirds won conference, region and district honors, and a berth in the “Elite Eight” of the 1998 NJCAA Division 2 National Tournament.

      “Both of these gentlemen were outstanding student-athletes who earned honors for both their basketball talents and their academics,” said Daryl Bearstail, United Tribes Athletic Director, who coordinated the induction ceremony during the John Thunderhawk Classic Tournament.

      Albers (Turtle Mountain) was raised at Eagle Butte, SD, and attended UTTC from 1996 to 1998 in the Health Information Technology Program. As a Thunderbird, the 6’2” guard averaged 26 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals per game. He later attended Delaware State University and University of Mary.


The late Jason Logg’s two children, Brooklyn (10) and Jaxson (5), received star quilts during the ceremony; his mother Robyn, Eagle Butte, SD, accepted a plaque. Also pictured, from left: Kevin Finley, former Thunderbird head coach; Russell Swagger and Harriett Skye, United Tribes vice presidents; and David M. Gipp, United Tribes president.

      Logg (Cheyenne River) earned an AAS Degree in Early Childhood Education. As a player, the 6’5” forward averaged 22 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals per game. He continued his education at Huron University, where he earned NAIA honors, and became a special education teacher in his hometown, Eagle Butte, SD. He passed away in July 2010.

      Family members of both athletes applauded two Thunderbird Hall of Fame banners as they were unveiled hanging from the rafters in the James Henry Community Gymnasium.

      “These two guys we are honoring here accounted for over 50 points together in each game,” said Kevin Finley, who coached Albers and Logg. “Not only that, they were solid citizens of United Tribes. Every one of the guys [on the team] had over a 3.0 GPA. That was better than any victory. Now their academics are carrying them. We always said that basketball will end but your academics are going to carry you through in life.”

      Finley explained that Albers was too sick to travel from his battle with cancer and, in an emotional moment, urged everyone to keep Tanner in their prayers.


Teammate Travis Albers recalled the joy of playing basketball on the same team with two great players: his younger brother Tanner and Jason Logg. United Tribes News photos Dennis J. Neumann

      Tanner’s older brother Travis, another member of the 1998 team, shared the memory of having two top quality players on the same team. “It’s amazing how comfortable it was,” he said. “They complimented each other very well. If one had an off-shooting night, which was rare, the other one would step it up and carry the load. When both were shooting well, forget it. It was all over. They were unstoppable.”

      Tanner sent his thanks for the honoring and condolences to the Logg family in a statement read by his sister. “He [Jason] was a wonderful teammate and it was an honor to play beside him. There are more Hall of Famers on that 1998 Thunderbird squad.”

      The addition of Albers and Logg brings to three the number of athletes in the Thunderbird Hall of Fame. The first inductee was Alan Spoonhunter (Blackfeet/Northern Arapaho), Browning, MT, who earned First-Team All American honors in 2000.

JASON LOGG (Cheyenne River Tribe)

  • Attended United Tribes Technical College 1996-1998
  • Graduated 1998: Associate of Applied Science Degree, Early Childhood Education
  • As a Thunderbird, the 6’5” forward averaged 22 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals per game.

ACHIEVEMENTS/RECOGNITIONS

  • Two time Mon-Dak All-Conference Player
  • Mon-Dak Conference All-Academic Team Member
  • 1997 AIHEC Tournament “Most Valuable Player”
  • 1998 Providence, Canada All-Tournament Team and “Most Valuable Player”
  • 1st Team All-Region 13 Player

TANNER ALBERS (Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa)

  • Raised in Eagle Butte, SD
  • Attended United Tribes Technical College 1996-1998
  • Studied Health Information Technology
  • As a Thunderbird, the 6’2” guard averaged 26 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals per game.

ACHIEVEMENTS/RECOGNITIONS

  • Two time Mon-Dak All-Conference Player
  • Mon-Dak Conference All-Academic Team Member
  • 1st Team All-Region 13 Player
  • AIHEC All-Tournament Team
  • NJCAA National Finals All-Tournament Team
  • 1st Team All-American
  • Quarterback Club Male Athlete of the year Nominee

 

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