Cameron Logan lives the world of lacrosse, makes it his passion

By Ken Luchterhand

A 15-year-old sophomore from Baraboo has his sights set on playing lacrosse at a highly ranked college and he’s well on his way to making that dream come true.
Cameron Logan, son of Eric and Edita Logan, spent the summer playing for Team Amplify, a lacrosse team from Marquette University in Milwaukee.
From that experience, Cameron hopes he can play at a higher level that will propel his play to be noticed on a national level.
“My goal is to play lacrosse as a way to get in a great college – to be the best I can be personally,” Cameron said. “My end goal is to live a life that lacrosse helped me build,”
He first became interested in lacrosse when he was in fifth grade.
“A couple of my friends were doing it and it was something new. I was never really playing a spring sport, more into playing football and hockey, he said. “I just like playing sports, so I thought playing lacrosse would be fun for me.”
For most sports, everything came rather naturally for him, but for lacrosse, everything was new, he said.
“It was really hard to pick up on especially because I played with the Sauk County team. They were the powerhouse team. Everyone on the team was good. I didn’t want to play because I felt I would just bring the team down,” he said.
Eventually he began to understand and to pick up on it.
“I never really like just giving up on something. I didn’t want to just leave it if I wasn’t good at it. I eventually wanted to work my way up and play with my friends and be incorporated with them,” Cameron said.
It was then his father, Eric, started a lacrosse team in Baraboo, with many of the players from Sauk City.
“So, we thought, start something new, because we want to try it. It’s hard to start something from the ground up,” Cameron said.
The next summer, Cameron went to a camp in Minnesota, hosted by the Minnesota Swarm. It was a free clinic for all Native American youth.
“From there, I learned so much, Cameron said. “That was the time when I realized that lacrosse might be something for me. I can take it to the next level if I work hard enough.”
Because of that camp, his skills improved.
“I was able to teach the other kids at home what I learned from there. So, I became my dad’s assistant coach, I guess,” he said.
He was willing to play any position in the game. He played defense, offense, the midfield, and he played goalie sometimes.
“After that camp, my brother was still in high school, and lacrosse was kind of our thing. Lacrosse was something we could do together,” Cameron said. “That bond tightened when we began playing lacrosse games.”
From that point, Cameron always had a stick in his hand. During seventh grade, he didn’t play football, wanting to focus on keeping lacrosse going. Even when he didn’t have anyone to practice with, he’d find a brick wall and practice passing by bouncing the ball, passing to himself. Friends teased him because they were all playing football and he wasn’t.
“The summer of seventh grade, I was kind of a gunslinger, trying to get as many goals as possible,” he said. “Looking back on it, it wasn’t fun for the other kids.”
After that, Cameron joined the Dane County Coyotes, which was made up of youth from Madison, Verona, and Waunakee.
“It was more of a team for me just to play on, to keep my skills going during summer. We got beat every single game. I wanted to play on a new team because I was tired of losing. I noticed that lacrosse is more of a wealthy kids sport from some people’s perspective. That’s mainly what a lot of those kids are, when they play on those summer teams. I was just there because I love lacrosse and I want to play it during the summer.”
He played again in eighth grade, except he also played football.
“I realized that I can do both at the same time. From eighth grade on, I just focused on getting bigger, faster, stronger,” he said.
During the next summer, he joined the Waunakee War Eagles, which was a combined team of the Sauk City Eagles and the Waunakee Warriors.
“We were getting better. We played the Coyotes that summer and we beat them like 11-1,” Cameron said. “We racked them.”
The team’s play qualified them for the U.S. National Team. Cameron and a friend went to Indianapolis and played some of the top teams in the U16 age group. At the time, they were 14.
“When we got there, there was a U14 team, but we weren’t signed up for it, we were signed up for the U16 team. We played some top-ranked teams, like the fellowship of Christian athletes. They were from Maryland and they had the top kids from every state and every providence in Canada. Every one of those kids was committed to a Division 1 school.”
Most all the players were going to schools like Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Maryland, and Ohio State. Cameron considered it was more of a learning experience, losing the game 24-2.
“From there was another turning point for me. I realized these guys are insane. I have to do something to get as good as those guys. It also helped me realized that, if I can keep my grades up, I can make lacrosse my sport, I can get into a good college,” Cameron said.
They finished out that tournament and won one close game against a team from New York. They got destroyed by teams from 3D, a team from Denver, and a couple teams from the East Coast.
Last year, when Cameron was a freshman in High school, he began obsessed with lacrosse.
“For the last year, I don’t think I can count a day without lacrosse. Every since that tournament. It just kind of changed me. I just want to get better and better,” he said. “Every single day, I took a hundred shots at the net. Every day I would find a wall and pass as much as I can. At that point, I was completely familiar with my equipment, like it is an extension of me, basically.”
He was beginning to realize that he was playing at a higher level and he wanted to start talking to coaches, and see what he could do to advance his play.
“I was thinking about not doing hockey last year, but then a couple of my friends convinced me to do it. I was like, ‘Whatever. I’ll try it.’ It turned out really fun. I got in really good shape. I got a lot stronger.”
They competed in a rivalry hockey game. It was Reedsburg-Wisconsin Dells versus Baraboo called the “Boo-Bird Cup.”
“We lost the game, but the next day I had to pack right away. I took my friend Parker Clary with me and we went over to Chicago for a showcase,” he said. A showcase is a series of games for college recruiters to watch and make contact with potential recruits.
“About 200 kids sign up, from freshman to senior, and they mix you up, put you on a team. There were about 50 college coaches and recruiters there to watch us, see how we were playing, and get our contact numbers,” he said.
“My team was phenomenal. We were destroying every team. I think I had one or two goals, which is like a career low for me. I was just shy at that point. I was just passing to those guys to watch them do it,” Cameron said. “I was happy because my team was the best team, but my parents were concerned that I wasn’t playing to my full potential.”
His parents told him that the scouts were watching and he should give it his everything. His play at the showcase could affect his future a lot, they told him. After that showcase, that’s when the emails started coming in from coaches.
“I was amazed at how much going to one place can get you noticed,” he said. “I think the first month I had five or six colleges, all D3, contact me. It was a great start for me.”
He realized that he had to get a lot better and show everyone what he could do, he said.
“This spring, I started on the varsity team. The previous year, there were enough players for two teams, but this year the numbers of players was way down. You need 10 guys to play and we had maybe 11 or 12 every game,” Cameron said.
“I was basically on the field the whole game, every game. We were having one or two games every week and we were always a man down, so I got really familiar with playing defense and midfield and I even played goalie for some games, he said. “That, overall, made me have a drive for bettering our team. At the end of the day, I was the one who tried to keep everyone going, keep everyone coming to practices.”
Playing every position, he didn’t make a lot of goals. Since they didn’t have a scorekeeper, the statistics were not recorded, which is what colleges often look at during recruitment.
Near the end of the season, Cameron was looking for a summer team to play on, trying to find the best team. After some searching, he found Team Amplify, a team run by Marquette University in Milwaukee. He knew of a couple youth on the team who also went to the Minnesota Swarm Camp.
The only thing is, financially, it was a lot of money. It was $3,000 to play for the summer, which was a lot of commitment from his parents.
“If you want to make it to the college level, I think this is the way to go,” he was told.
They didn’t know there were tryouts for Team Amplify and one of the staff emailed his father asking, “Was this a mistake? You didn’t come to tryouts.”
To rectify the problem, they sent some video that showed Cameron making some great plays during his freshman year.  As a result of those highlights, Cameron was accepted on the team. His parents drove him to Milwaukee three times a week.
“It was a great thing to see - the coaching differences, going from where your parents are coaches to college level coaches,” Cameron said. “Joe Amplo, assistant coach for Team USA, was the coach for Team Amplify and coach at Marquette University, plus there were players and other coaches from Marquette.”
During the first week, Cameron was overwhelmed. Training camp was morning until sunset.
“They worked us until we dropped. We would have practice for three hours, then walk about a mile and a half to eat lunch at the Marquette campus, then walk back for more practice,” he said.
Team Amplify attended its first tournament in Denver, Colorado.
“It was incredible going there,” he said. “I didn’t know anyone, but over time, we built a lot of chemistry.”
They played teams he only watched on social media. They played national powerhouses like those from Utah, Santa Monica, and Denver.
“Denver 3D destroyed us when I played with War Eagles, and now I was playing them with Team Amplify. I saw how far I had come and got a boost from it. We took third place that tournament, which is pretty good,” Cameron said. “The tournament wore me out.”
His father, Eric, talked to the coach of Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the coach was interested in Cameron playing with them. He was awestruck.
“They wanted me on their team. They wanted me to go to Tampa Bay, but because of my schedule, it wouldn’t have worked out for me. Unfortunately, I had to pass on it,” he said.
The tournament experience gave Cameron the experience he needed. After that, he made it onto the starting lineup for Team Amplify.
“After that, I got to know everyone on the team. We were awesome, everyone was afraid to play us. We were the team,” Cameron said. “It was crazy to be saying that I was playing with them and I was starting and producing goals. I was having fun with it. That was my confidence booster.”
From there, the team went to the Pipe City Lacrosse Festival in Vernon Hills, Illinois, two weeks after the Denver tournament.
“That was my shining moment. I scored many goals and helped them win a lot of games. One of the coaches said, ‘I’ve seen guys like you play at the college level,’” Cameron said. “All these things were building up for me and it was great.”
The last tournament was one Team Amplify hosted in Milwaukee. The high-scoring player on the team injured his knee, so Cameron was the player who had to run the starting attack line.
“At that point, it felt natural to me. Everything was going good. I was scoring the most goals. I was running the offense. I was in the position I’ve never really been before,” he said.
The season ended and he still keeps in touch with the players. Most of all, it was a learning experience in a positive environment, he said.
This fall, Oneida Team reached out to him, wanting him to play for them. He is playing at U18 level, when he is 15.
“Going into our first tournament, I did great. I scored decent amount of goals,” Cameron said. “I saw the coaches from Team Amplify at a game and they said I’m looking great and that I’ve progressed so much. I’m not a person who takes compliments well, but that praise has helped me out.”
At that tournament, he made two or three goals each game and made the leader board.
Going forward, Cameron wants to continue to improve his abilities and continue lacrosse play at a great national university.
“Ask any athlete and he or she will say they want to be the best,” Cameron said.  “My passion is lacrosse. I want to have and continue the sport I love.”