Sloman prepares for final season at NK

North Kitsap’s Logan Sloman began playing football at six years old. He watched and played with his older brother Tyler after his practices at Kingston and North Kitsap. When Sloman began, he was one of the tallest and fastest players on the field. However, he was placed against the opponents’ biggest players as a center in his first year.

“It’s really funny to see a center go to a wide receiver and corner,” Sloman said. “It all seems so small back then but everything is bigger in high school.”

Sloman followed his brother’s footsteps and began playing for the Vikings as a freshman in 2020.

“We have had the Slomans in our program for many years,” coach Jeff Weible said. “It’s a cycle. It’s great looking back at him as a freshman and how far he has grown and how much of a better football player he has become.”

Sloman’s freshman campaign was cut down to five games because of the pandemic. Even though Sloman’s campaign was slimmed down, he turned heads. He was brought up to varsity as a sophomore and made an impact early.

During his sophomore year, Sloman earned 754 receiving yards, 14 touchdowns, five tackles and an interception. Sloman’s stats and status continued to rise through his junior season.

Sloman earned 1,271 all-purpose yards, 14 touchdowns, 56 tackles, 9 interceptions and 2 fumble recoveries. Since his stats piled up, Sports Illustrated placed Sloman on the Top 20 most underrated defensive backs in the country Aug. 21 and he was named to the preseason all-state team.

“I didn’t even know until coach Richardson reposted it on Twitter,” Sloman said. “For us being a small school and seeing these bigger Cali schools, I was so surprised.”

Sloman has stood out as one of the best players in the state because of his route running as a receiver and man coverage as a defensive back.

Weible added Sloman stands out on the field because “he puts in as much effort and time as he possibly can. He is a great athlete and wants to be the best at everything he does. I am always amazed at some of the catches he makes and the things he does.”

Sloman hopes all his effort will be paid off by achieving his final goal.

“The main goal is to get that ring,” Sloman said. “I’ll do whatever it takes to help my team win. If that means to be the tackle, I’ll play tackle to help us win. If I have to guard their best guy, I will do that because I love doing that.”

Sloman also pushes his teammates to be their best on and off the field so North Kitsap can win the state title this season.

“I’m in ASB and we talk about mentality and lead by example,” Sloman said. “That is what I try to do on and off the field. I try to bring energy to the practice and lead by example.”

Weible has seen him lead all the players in the program too.

”We had back-to-school day and he was giving tours to incoming freshmen and befriending many young kids. He is an approachable kid that is willing to help out any way he can,” he said.

In order to win the state title, Sloman and the coaches will monitor his status and keep him healthy for a late push in the playoffs. However, Sloman will still continue to turn heads and get interest from colleges.

Currently, Sloman has received interest from Washington State, Eastern Washington and Central Washington. He hopes to go to one of those schools and remain within the state.

Until then, Sloman will enjoy his last season as a Viking.

“I’m going to miss playing out here with my friends, the student section and the coaches,” Sloman said.

“We are excited for the season,” Weible said. “There is a lot of potential and potential is a dangerous word.”