Late start leads to strong finish
Angie (Roush) Bogart started organized sports late, but had stellar high school, collegiate careers
June 25, 2014
Unlike many kids today, Angie (Roush) Bogart didn’t play a lot of sports when she was young. There were basketball games in the driveway with her father and brother, a year when she was 5 and was the only girl on a Knothole boys baseball team, and a good bit of hunting.
Besides that though, there were no organized sports until she reached junior high and started playing softball at Shaffer Park in Hillsboro and basketball in the Bright Local School District.
She’s not sure why she didn’t stick with it when she was young, but once she started she was off and running toward a career that saw her win 11 varsity letters at Whiteoak High School, score 1,178 points in basketball, and go on to play on basketball, softball and a shooting team in college. She also coached four years at the high school level before she decided to raise a family.
“I have to give a lot of credit to Robin Luck,” the daughter of Tim and Linda Roush said. “She was my high school coach all four years of basketball and softball. She believed in me and started me as a freshman at point guard. She was very demanding, but all that did was make us better. She was a good coach.”
It was quite a four years for Bogart at Whiteoak. In addition to scoring more than 1,000 points in basketball, she was a three-time All-Southern Hills League selection and two-time All-Ohioan.
In softball, she was a four-year starter, a three-time All-SHL pick and in her senior year batted .611 with 37 RBIs, seven home runs, five doubles, three triples and 19 stolen bases – in just 54 at-bats.
She was a three-starter in volleyball and an All-SHL selection her senior year.
Bogart was recruited by several schools to play collegiate basketball, and after graduating from Whiteoak in 1992 she settled on playing at Ohio Northern University. She played at ONU for one year before deciding to try something else.
“I just wasn’t happy up there,” she said. “It didn’t feel like a good fit for me.”
So she decided to follow in her father’s footsteps and head to Morehead State University in Kentucky. She also switched from basketball and tried out as a walk-on for the softball team.
“Because of the switch in divisions I would have been red-shirted for a year (if she stayed with basketball) and I just didn’t want to sit and watch for a year,” Bogart said. “Things just kind of fell into place. I think there’s no question that I made the right decision to switch to Morehead and play softball there.”
She had never played catcher before, but that was the only position that wasn’t occupied by an upperclassman or someone MSU had recruited, so she told the coach she’d play anywhere. She was a catcher for one year, earned a scholarship, moved to second base her second year, and then went back to shortstop, her favorite position, the last two years.
Bogart was named to the Ohio Valley Conference All-Tournament team in 1995, was a second-team All-OVC selection in 1996, a second-team GTE Academic All-American in ‘95 and ‘96, a National Softball Coaches Association Scholar-Athlete in ‘95 and ‘96 and on the OVC Commissioners Honor Roll all four years at MSU. When she left Morehead, she was in the school’s top five all-time for at-bats, hits and total bases for a career, and hits, doubles, total bases and at-bats for a season.
To this day she ranks third on MSU’s all-time list with 15 doubles in a season and fifth with 60 hits in a season.
She said she had a very supportive family that attended most of her home games and that her mother and grandmother, Caryl Eyre, often followed the team on road trips to Florida, Missouri, Tennessee and elsewhere.
But softball was not all Bogart did at Morehead. When she was a sophomore, the MSU rifle team was short a female member. Bogart said someone knew she was a farm girl and had hunted, so she was asked if she’d join the team.
“I said sure, and did it for one year,” Bogart said. “I really enjoyed it and I think I held my own. I grew up coon hunting with my dad and brother Brian and I was a tom boy growing up, for sure. But (the rifle team) took up a lot of time and the following year they had enough girls, and I decided to focus solely on softball.”
After earning her college degree with honors in physical education and health, Bogart landed a teaching job at Eastern Brown High School. She coached varsity softball for four years, varsity volleyball for one year and jayvee girls basketball for a year. But she got caught in a cycle of budget cuts, decided to raise a family, and is now a licensed message therapist. She also buys, remodels and sells homes.
She said that when her husband, Travis, told her she’d been selected for induction into the Highland County Athletic Hall of Fame, her jaw almost hit the ground.
“It’s a huge honor,” Bogart said. “I know the list of athletes and coaches who are already in there is outstanding, and it’s hard to even put into words how much of an honor it is.”