Chiefland's Ogden does it all

Published: Tuesday, January 21, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 21, 2003 at 3:37 a.m.

At 5-10, Chiefland's Kadie Ogden looks like an athlete. But that's not what she's entirely about and she'll let you know it.

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Chiefland's Kadie Ogden is averaging 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Indians this season.

DARON DEAN/Special to The Sun

"There is a lot more to me than just sports," Ogden said.

Odgen, the lone senior on the 11-3 Indians' basketball team, is involved in a multitude of activities that have helped mold her into the well-rounded leader she is today. A two-year starter for head coach Holly Bennett, Ogden had an awkward beginning to her success on the basketball court.

However, her hard work and perseverance made the transition from junior varsity to varsity a smooth one.

Ogden's role on the team is not so much to be the star, but as the only senior and team leader, to help develop her supporting cast into stars.

"She is definitely the leader and she is the absolutely the best kid you could ask for from every standpoint," said coach Holly Bennett, who is in her eight year of coaching. "She may not be the best athlete on the team, but she more than makes up for it with attitude, work ethic and dedication."

It may come as a surprise to some that a student would put so much time and effort into a sport that ranks third on her list of favorites. Bennett, who also shines in softball and volleyball, loves to compete and help her team to be the best it can be.

"I hope that my team looks up to me," said Ogden, who earned a scholarship to play softball at Palm Beach Atlantic University. "I'm not loud, I just try to motivate and encourage everyone and keep the team going."

The bond Ogden and her teammates share is special. The seven-player squad spends time together away from the court, whether it's grabbing a bite to eat, having a slumber party over the holidays at Bennett's house, or trading gifts over Christmas by having Secret Santas.

While admittedly not the team's most talented player, Ogden's stats speak for themselves.

The 5-10 center leads the team in scoring and rebounding with 15 points and 10 rebounds per game to go along with three steals per contest. But what sets her apart from the rest is her efforts and contributions off the court. She has a 3.8 grade point average, and is in the Key Club, Beta Club and a member of the Fellowship of Christian athletes. In her free time, she volunteers at places like Manatee Springs, where she serves refreshments during special events.

If that isn't enough, she has coached a 10-and-under softball team for the past two seasons and is a certified umpire.

Ogden always follows the team first, individual second attitude.

"You don't have to be the most talented team to beat the most talented team, you just have to be the best team - Ohio State proved that against Miami," said Ogden, who lives by the Bible scripture Philippians 4:13: "I can do all things by Christ who strengthens me."

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