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Sports a fun outlet for Nick and Laura Rogers

Say hello to the Rogers in the neighborhood of Erwin.
Nick and Laura Rogers are both product of the Blue Devil Nation that have given the community something to enjoy while watching sports during the 2011 season at the high school and middle school level.
Older sibling Nick, who recently graduated from Unicoi County High School, spoke about what drove him into the sports world.
“Growing up I started playing basketball at the Y (YMCA) and played tee-ball”, Nick said. “My parents got me into sports early, and I really thank them for it.”
Between the two sports, Nick found his calling on the diamond instead of in the gym.
“I just loved baseball,” he stated. “Basketball was fun too, but I was a kind of small to continue playing it when I got older.”
Baxter Field was the area that called the older Rogers. He played for hall of fame coach Charlie Baxter during his tenure at the high school and was a part of the 2011 squad that battled back through an early rough start that eventually led to a district and regional championship.
“The biggest thing I learned during my time playing baseball at the high school was patientence, where I had been sick I had to sit out some of the season but it was a big thing to learn while playing,” Rogers explained. “ The friendships made while playing was a thing I enjoyed the most. Being able to travel together and just have fun– it was just a fun experience.”
With Nick graduating and attending Clemson University in the fall, the community will still have a Rogers in the Blue Devils ranks, with Laura continuing her sporting career going into the eighth grade at Unicoi County Middle School.
“My parents were big into getting me into playing sports,” Laura explained.
The younger Rogers followed in the footsteps of her big brother, by playing softball and basketball early. But unlike Nick, Laura’s sports journey would take her to the confines of a gym – but not with a basketball.
“I really enjoy playing volleyball,” Laura said. “It’s the one sport I’m best at, it’s fun and it’s a sport where you get to talk a lot on the court.”
With Laura taking a different turn than her older brother, Nick is still there to support his little sister.
“I’m kind of out of my element to help her with Volleyball,” Nick said, “but I go to the games and support her. I’m proud of her.”
Laura will be apart of the UCMS Volleyball squad during the 2011 season.
Despite the abundance of sibling support, there are still occasional brother/sister argument.
“We would pass the ball out in the yard, but we’d sometimes argue about what type of ball to throw,” Laura said.
Overall, even with the normal brother and sister arguments, Laura explained how Nick influenced her ways in the sporting realm.
“He worked when he was playing, and I want to do my best to be like how he was and what he did while he was at the high school,” she said.
The Blue Nation has wonderful time following the siblings within the ranks of the Blue Devils athletic programs, and the Rogers are apart of a vast group of kids in the community who continue the tradition of bringing top notch athletes to Unicoi County’s middle and high school.