Rogers, Bovell make mark in classroom

Milford, Western girls maintain 3.8 averages

High Schools


March 23, 2001|By Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield | Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Milford Mill's Tamika Rogers and Western's Kristian Bovell have a lot in common - not so much as basketball players but as student athletes.

The two seniors, who helped their teams reach the state Final Four, were recognized at the state tournament for excelling in the classroom.

Rogers, whose Millers team was runner-up in Class 3A, and Bovell, whose Doves were Class 4A semifinalists, were the only girls from Baltimore City or Baltimore County playing in the state Final Four to maintain grade-point averages of at least 3.5 throughout high school.

Rogers and Bovell did even better than that. Each carries a 3.8 grade-point average. Both girls, who remain undecided on colleges, plan to major in mathematics in preparation for careers in medicine.

Rogers, a 5-foot-10 forward who averaged 7.9 points and 12 rebounds, is enrolled in Milford's demanding International Baccalaureate program, where she takes all college-level courses. She plans to become an obstetrician.

"I've been wanting to do that since middle school," said Rogers, who has a cousin who is an obstetrician. "As I grew older, I thought about how much money they make and about how great it must be to bring another life into the world."

Bovell plans a different career path, aiming to become a surgeon. She began to focus on orthopedics after tearing an anterior cruciate ligament last season and undergoing surgery.

"I wanted them to keep me awake, so I could see it, but they were like I don't think you want to do that," said Bovell, a reserve 5-6 guard known for her three-point shooting.

Bovell, who transferred last fall from Newport Prep, is enrolled in Western's accelerated honors college preparatory program.

For Bovell and Rogers, academics have always been a priority, an outlook instilled early on by their parents. They both said they have learned to manage their time, so they can play basketball and soccer and still post high grades.

"I just had to prioritize," said Rogers. "I had to look at what's important in life. I love basketball but I have to concentrate on my classes. If something happened or I had an injury, I need something to fall back on."

Bovell has a similar philosophy.

"It's hard work, but it comes easy for me," she said, "But if I know I need to work, I will do that first. I'm focused, I know what I need to do and I do it."

Gaylin's great day

Rosedale resident Tom Gaylin, a high school and collegiate wrestling official, was shown on ESPN while officiating the 133-pound title bout of last weekend's NCAA wrestling championships.

Gaylin, 50, who will be inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame during the weekend of June 1-2, in Stillwater, Okla., has received a No. 2 national ranking after this, his 10th NCAA tournament assignment.

"It was a great weekend for me," said Gaylin, who marched with the tournament champions and handed out awards for the 174-pound class.

A wrestler at Perry Hall High from 1965-68, Gaylin has been officiating since 1978.

"The fact that I'm there, and being inducted into the wrestling Hall of Fame, that's a feather in the cap of the guys who showed me the way," said Gaylin, crediting Bill Hastings, Ed Kelly and George McKelvey, past and former members of the Maryland Wrestling Officials Association. "They opened a lot of doors for me."

Spalding's Gunther out

Missy Gunther, the starting catcher for the No. 1 Archbishop Spalding softball team, is expected to miss two weeks after dislocating her left thumb and tearing some ligaments in her left hand, according to coach Linda Taylor. Gunther suffered the injury while mishandling a fastball from junior pitcher Jessica Saunders during a scrimmage with Severna Park last Friday.

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