Roberts has done his work for St. Vincent

February 13, 2005|by TIM KOELBLE

Kenny Roberts made his 118th consecutive start Saturday for St. Vincent University's men's basketball team at Daemen College, an impressive streak in a rewarding four-year career that will come to an end when he earns his degree in communications in May.

The former Hedgesville High School star has been the gear that turns the wheels at St. Vincent, which has qualified for a fourth consecutive NAIA Division II tournament appearance.

Roberts, the son of Leslie Roberts and Lamar Butler, is averaging 16.2 points, five assists and four rebounds per game and has tallied 1,623 career points for fourth place on the St. Vincent all-time list. With at least four games remaining, he is 110 points away from third place. His collegiate career high is 32 points against Daemen Dec. 6, 2003.


"I had the confidence coming out of Hedgesville to have a good college career," said Roberts, who went to Notre Dame Prep in Massachusetts for one year to improve on his SAT scores before going on to St. Vincent.

"I looked at several Division I schools, but I knew St. Vincent really wanted me and that's the decision I made with the help of my parents," Roberts said. "It's the best decision I've made in my life. I wouldn't trade it for anything."

Roberts, a 6-foot-3 guard from Falling Waters, W.Va., is the main contributor to All-American center Tony Washam, who is the all-time leading scorer at St. Vincent. The senior class, including Roberts and Washam, have a career record of 93-23.

Roberts ended his career at Hedgesville as the school's leader in steals and assists and finished second in scoring to Brady Catlett.

Hedgesville coach Kelly Church coached Roberts in his senior year, which was Church's first season.

"The one thing that stood out about Kenny Roberts, more than being the basketball player he was, is the outstanding young man he was." Church said. "It was some kind of way to come in my first year and have Kenny."

Roberts said the biggest change from high school to college was "knowing my role. At Hedgesville I had to score, but here you have other players to score."

An NAIA Division II third-team selection last season, Roberts should improve on that recognition this season, then head overseas to continue playing basketball.

"I'm not exactly sure where yet, but I want to continue playing in Europe," he said.

Eventually, Roberts wants to get into the studio as an engineer in media productions in music.

"I wouldn't mind coaching some day, but I really love music," he said.

For St. Vincent, Roberts has been music to the ears of the Bearcats for four great years.

Men's Basketball

· Waynesboro graduate Seth Scott is averaging 25 minutes a game at Shippensburg University, racking up 10.2 points and five rebounds.

· St. Maria Goretti graduate Marcus Hudson is averaging 7.6 points and three boards per game for Shippensburg.

· Mercersburg graduate Antoine McGee is a member of the University of Colorado team and has seen action in all 21 games for the Buffaloes. The 5-foot-10 junior is not called upon to score, averaging 0.8 points per game.

· St. Maria Goretti graduate Derrick Davis has helped South Carolina State to a three-game winning streak as he returns from a shoulder injury. In his last two games, Davis has scored 26 points and is averaging 9.7 per game for the season.

· St. James graduate Phillip Scott is a sophomore at Prairie View A&M and is the leading scorer for the Panthers with a 12.1 average. He's also averaging 4.1 rebounds per game and has a season-high 26-point game Jan. 3 against Alcorn State.

Women's Basketball

· St. Maria Goretti graduate Katie Martin, of Chambersburg, is seeing considerable playing time at Mt. Aloysius College. The 5-foot-7 freshman is averaging 5.3 points and four rebounds.

· Thomas Johnson graduate Abra Like is a member of the Muhlenburg team and the 5-7 freshman has played in a reserve role. She's scored eight points in a game twice - against Susquehanna and Franklin & Marshall.

· St. John's at Prospect Hall graduate Kenan Cole, a sophomore at George Washington University, is averaging 7.9 points and three rebounds in 21 games to help GW to a 14-7 record. She has made 90 percent of her free throws.


· Mercersburg graduate Brett Gallaway, a freshman at Muhlenburg, has a record of 2-6, with both wins coming via pins. He wrestles at 174 pounds.

· Williamsport graduate Matt Allen is at Ashland University and is recovering from an injury he suffered in mid-January. Prior to that, he was 12-6 at 184 pounds.

· Thomas Johnson freshman Mark Esmont is wrestling at 197 pounds at Ashland. Allen and Esmont are the only non-Ohioans on the Ashland roster.

Track & Field

· North Hagerstown graduate Paige O'Flaherty recently finished fourth for Towson University in the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore Invitational in the high jump at 4 feet, 10 inches.

· Towson's Maggie Tierney, of Hagerstown, was on the winning distance relay and second-place 1,600 relay at the UMES Invitational.

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