Rogers To Follow WJU Cardinals
H. John Rogers, local attorney and veteran freelance writer, will be embedded with the Wheeling Jesuit University Basketball Team this year, starting with the first day of practice, Oct. 18, to the end of tournament play in 2011.
Rogers differs from general sports writing in that he employs the ” fly-on-the-wall” school popularized by George Plimpton, coupled with close physical proximity with the team.
He is also a fan, not a critic. He has covered boxing at Wheeling Island and also Mountaineer Park.
Rogers has practiced law in New Martinsville and Wetzel County since 1966 and holds degrees from WVU, the Harvard Law School, the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception and Pittsburgh Theological Seminar.
He held four school distance running records while at WVU and has continued with competitive athletics into his 70s.
He says that his two biggest sports thrills came in high school at Shadyside in 1956, where he caught a 45 yard touchdown pass and later appeared on the same gridiron with two future Hall of Fame athletes, Bridgeport, Ohio’s John Havlicek and Phil Niekro.
His low point was a year later at the now defunct Reader High School, where he co-captained an 0-18 team.