‘Sugar,’ a name to remember

Published 8:37 pm Saturday, February 21, 2009

Hampton Roads has been fortunate to have a number of elite athletes call the region their home. The National Basketball Association (NBA), National Football League (NFL) and Major League Baseball (MLB) all have products of Hampton Roads within the ranks of their lineups.

Suffolk hasn’t had the showing of these stars as Chesapeake, Norfolk and other cities across the region. That’s until now, as Suffolk has someone who has the potential to one day star in the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), but has already committed to one of the elite basketball programs in the country.

King’s Fork senior TaShauna “Sugar” Rodgers is a name to remember in Suffolk sports lore. She has been selected as one of 12 players to be on the East Team for the McDonald’s All-American High School Game to be held in Miami on Wednesday, Apr. 1. This is truly an honor.

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Rodgers, who’s the reigning and three-time MVP of the Southeastern District and was a first team all-state selection last season, is one of 24 girls basketball players from a search of 900-1,200 nominees to be named a McDonald’s All-American. Rodgers has signed a scholarship offer from Georgetown.

Rodgers eclipsed the 2,000-point mark for her King’s Fork career earlier this season and was ranked the No. 9 ranked Class of 2009 player in the nation by slamonline.com and in the top 30 according to ESPN and the Blue Star Report.

Whether or not Rodgers continues her career in basketball after Georgetown, Suffolk should be proud that she can call our city home.