Spotlight on Ohlone:
Ohlone star signs with University of Idaho

By Kevin Yin, Staff writer.

Thursday, April 29, 2010—Reprinted from Monitor.

Ganeaya and Head Coach Julia Allender. Ganaeya Rogers, left, with Ohlone Head Coach Julia Allender after signing with the University of Idaho. —Photo by Nick Zambrano.

As the Ohlone women’s basketball team bids farewell to renowned sophomore guard Ganeaya Rogers, it does so with the knowledge that their loss will be another team’s tremendous gain.

Rogers, a graduate of Milpitas High, signed a letter of intent on Tuesday to attend the University of Idaho before a gathering of her family, friends and teammates. Idaho is a Division I school, and competes out of the Western Athletic Conference.

“I want to say thank you to everybody for the support,” Rogers said to the assembly shortly before signing. Afterward, when asked to describe her time at Ohlone, Rogers answered with warm humor, “I feel like I put in a lot of time, and I’m happy to be going on.”

Clearly, the time was well spent. In 2007-‘08, Rogers’ first season at Ohlone, she averaged 11.0 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.2 steals per game en route to being named to the All-Coast Conference team as an honorable mention.

Rogers was forced to redshirt the following year after tearing a ligament in her knee, but she came back for the 2009-’10 season stronger than ever. In her final season at Ohlone, Rogers averaged 15.0 points, 5.2 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 2.4 steals her game while leading the Lady Renegades to a conference title and playoff berth. Her brilliant sophomore campaign drew a parade of honors, including being named conference Co-MVP, All Conference First Team and being named to the California Community College All-State Team.

Rogers was also responsible for perhaps the most memorable moment of the 2009-‘10 season, a slashing drive and go-ahead layup in the waning seconds of Ohlone’s first round playoff game against Contra Costa College.

Rogers was reserved at the signing, displaying the same quiet confidence she exhibited on the court all season long, but Ohlone Head Coach Julia Allender did not hesitate to sing the praises of her departing star.

“It’s not a surprise to me at all that she got a D-I full ride,” Allender said. “Every expectation I had for her she met.”

Apart from her obvious physical gifts, Allender credits Rogers’ success to her outstanding work ethic.

“She works. She’s very tough minded. She enjoys being successful,” the Ohlone coach said. “That’s the biggest attribute that I have always seen from her. She enjoys being successful, and in order to do that, you have to work.”

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