BATH TOWNSHIP — A reporter was looking for one of the Rockhold twins after a recent Bath boys basketball game.
Bath coach Doug Davis knew this would entail much more than going up to one of the twins in the locker room.
“I’ll have to call his name and see who comes out,” Davis said with a smile. “Honestly, I can’t tell them apart.”
Opposing defenses have had the same problem, as Conner and Logan Rockhold have sprinted the floor together in transition in leading the Wildcats to an 11-3 record and perfect 4-0 mark in the Western Buckeye League.
Seniors Conner and Logan both come in at 6-foot, 150 pounds.
Both have quickness and athletic ability and are forces at both ends of the floor with the Wildcats’ up-tempo, press-and-run style.
Even their statistics are similar.
Logan is averaging 10.6 points, 2.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists. He’s also getting 1.2 steals and shooting 39 percent from the field (19 of 67 on 3-pointers).
Conner is averaging 10.3 points, 2.7 rebounds and 3.7 assists. He’s getting 2.4 steals and shooting 51 percent from the field (8 of 33 on 3-pointers).
Davis said he first saw the Rockholds playing ball back in the fifth grade.
“When you watched them play when they were younger, they understood the game,” Davis said. “They had an athletic mind and were real good in understanding where to get the ball. … They’ve always had a knack for the game and an ability to see what was going on when they were younger.
“Now, they’re both really competitive players. They get out there and play hard and expend all their energy. They don’t hold anything back. … They’re really good defensive pressure players.”
Both Rockholds grew up around sports.
“We played soccer, baseball and basketball until the fifth grade, then we stopped playing baseball and ran track in seventh and eighth grade,” Conner said.
Basketball was their early favorite sport. Then, once they entered high school, a shift began to occur.
“In middle school, basketball was our thing,” Logan said. “But once we got to high school, we had a little more success with soccer. It kind of took over.”
Part of the decision to put soccer No. 1 came from playing with the Columbus Crew developmental club team, starting their freshman year.
“As time grew on, we became better soccer players and our love for the game grew,” Conner said. “Playing for that club team was a good opportunity for us and exposed us to a lot of college coaches.”
Both twins played varsity soccer as freshmen. This year the Rockholds led Bath to its first regional appearance before falling to Ottawa-Glandorf 1-0 in the regional semifinals.
Conner finished with 65 career goals and had 22 this past year. Logan had 48 career goals and 21 this year.
From early in their high school career, the twins told college coaches that they were going to the same college to play soccer.
That led Logan and Conner both signing to play soccer at the University of Findlay.
This spring, the twins will play for Columbus in club soccer, but will also run high school track a few days a week, concentrating on sprints and relays.
Conner said playing soccer has helped him with basketball.
“In soccer you need a lot of foot quickness to be successful and that kind of transfers over to the basketball floor, defensively, moving your feet,” Conner said.
Another carry-over plus from soccer is the twins’ ability to know where each other is. In soccer, both are forwards and continually pass the ball back and forth in the offensive end.
The same happens in basketball.
In a game against Lima Central Catholic last week, Conner and Logan pulled off a Rockhold fastbreak, including a no-look pass.
“I passed it to Logan and he passed it back to me for the layup,” Conner said. … “(It comes from) growing up, every single day we were in the driveway playing basketball one-on-one.
“Logan and I have played soccer our whole lives, too, and we’ve developed that connection where we know where the other one’s going to be and when to pass the ball and where to pass it.”
Not only are the twins similar on the floor, both agree they are alike in many aspects off the floor.
“I’d say we’re both really competitive,” Logan said. “It starts out at a young age playing when you grow up playing against each other and it really makes you a competitor.”
Added Conner, “We both hate to lose.”
Especially when the losses come against each other.
In their younger days, the twins would keep a won-loss record against each other of their daily one-on-one battles in the driveway.
“It got heated sometimes,” Conner said.
Logan added, “Video games, we don’t like losing to each other. Everything’s competitive.”
Not only our their attitudes nearly the same, it’s hard for most to tell them apart.
The twins said their friends have grown to know which twin is which. But the coaches still have problems with it — especially in practice where the team wears Bath shirts with no numbers.
“Sometimes if Logan does something wrong (in practice), I’ll be getting yelled at for it,” Conner said. “I have to tell him it wasn’t me, or vice-versa. We usually just laugh it off.”
Davis said he usually watches how they shoot before practice starts.
“As soon as I watch one of them shoot, I know who it is and then I go by what they’re wearing,” Davis said. “But just to look at them, no (I can’t tell.).”
Asked to come up with difference between the two, Logan struggled to name one.
“We’re both competitive, we both enjoy the same things, we both have the same friends,” Logan said. “I think we’re pretty much the same in two different bodies.”
Conner said that both are right-handed. And both have a 3.5 grade-point average.
Finally pressed at coming up with a difference between the two, Logan smiled at his answer.
“I’d like to say I’m better at everything, but I’m just joking when I say that,” he said.