by Beau Wicker
It’s been a season on the rink for the Logansport Skate World Speed Demons.
The team has been on quite a roll since it was started up six months ago.
The Speed Demons put their new roller skates to the test during their first-ever meet on Oct. 14 in Hillsdale, Mich. During a series of invigorating races, the local skaters made their charge and did quite well.
Alexus Montine won the girls 10-11 race. Jonna Farnao was second in the girls 14-15 division. Kohen Pherson (boys 6-7), John Vontobble (boys 8-9), Bryce Truax (boys 10-11) and Joe Vontobble (boys 12-13) each finished in third place in their respective divisions.
Other local skaters who put their best foot forward and left their mark at the event include Myles Franklin (boys 10-11), Alisah Truax (girls 8-9) and Alexiah Rohrabaugh (girls 10-11). Reilly Gellinger (boys 14-15) missed the event due to injury.
Logansport Skate World manager Tawnya Lucas started the team by gathering the fastest skaters at the rink, located on the east side of town. Jason Illif was the original coach before his job took him out of state, and Todd Truax is the new coach.
Lucas said her rookie racers have shown a lot of promise.
“Alexus finished first in her division, and I wouldn’t be surprised that within a year she’ll start competing at the national level,” Lucas said. “Joe Vontobble is really fast in inline skating. Maybe after another season he’ll move up to nationals. He’s fast and he’s determined and he works at it.
“We’re building toward the national level. We’re getting better and better.”
The team costs $25 a month to be a part of and has held fundraisers to help with equipment and travel costs.
“The parents have been all in,” Lucas said. “I’m so impressed.”
The Speed Demons next compete on Nov. 11 in Mishawaka. There’s a meet scheduled once a month through March, and the season will then start up again next October.
The team competes in indoor events with both individual and relay races. They use both quad (traditional 4-wheel skates) and inline roller skates.