Broken Bow’s Chloe Rogers – Athlete Spotlight Presented by McCurtain County National Bank

By Nick Hampton

Having a player like Chloe Rogers on your team sure makes life easier for a new coach. Just ask Broken Bow’s Toby Bean who took over the girls’ basketball team this year.

“She’s the kind of kid who’s all-effort, all the time whether it’s on the court or in the weight room,” said Bean. ”Since I’m new to the program I can’t speak  too much about her past performance, but from what I’ve seen she’s really stepped up in her defense this year and, while she’s always been a pretty good shooter, she’s driving to the basket more this year giving her another way to score.”

Rogers also gives the new coach high marks on some of the changes he’s brought to the program.

“I’m really enjoying coach Bean. We’re playing at a faster pace and more man-to-man defense which I like.”

On a team with just one senior, Rogers has really stepped in to help provide leadership to the young Lady Savages this year and she seems to have a pretty good focus on some of the things that make a good leader.

“I think a good leader is someone who’s not necessarily bossy but wants the job to get done,” said the junior post/forward. “A leader should be encouraging and uplifting and not playing for themselves but for the whole team. So even if I get pulled out of game, I know it’s for the best.”

A member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, student council and the National Honor Society, Rogers also decided to play slow pitch softball last spring after being away from it for a while and it really paid off as the Lady Savages powered their way to the state championship.

“That was very cool getting a state ring so I’ll probably do that again this year because I really like playing for coach (Jimmy) Wyrick.”

Back to basketball, Rogers is averaging about eight points, six rebounds and a couple of blocked shots each game. And the two-year starter is also glad to have a new team mate this year.

“My sister Molly is a freshman and is on the team this year and it’s a lot of fun having her here,” said Chloe. “We really blend well together, she’s a good team mate and it’s cool to ride with her on the bus to games and spend extra time together.”