Center Duggins has a long sporting heritage – Reuters Sports News


Center Duggins has a long sporting heritage

Posted 8:31 a.m. on Friday, November 4, 2022


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AAlmost everyone in Center College junior basketball player Nell Duggins’ family plays sports.

His uncle, Keith Tarter, is in the Center College Hall of Fame after his brilliant football career. His mother, Nell, was also an outstanding basketball player at Center College. Her cousins ​​are athletes. Her aunt, Jenny, also a Center grad who ran the track for the Colonels, competed in Ironman.

So who is the best athlete in her family?

“I would probably say that among my parents and uncles, it would probably be my mother. Of the younger guys, I’d probably say (cousin) Jakei (Tarter, a Boyle County high school football/basketball player),” said Duggins, who started 24 games and averaged 9.0 points. and 8.7 rebounds per game last season.

“We all love sports. We like to be with other people who play sports. No matter the sport. We’re just athletic and like to have fun playing.

However, it was a non-sporting experience that seems to have had the biggest impact on Duggins’ life. She’s a math student who plans to become a doctor (her aunt Jenny is a doctor and she loves her stories of helping others).

But that’s not what prompted Duggins to soon pursue a medical career.

When she was in kindergarten in Casey County, she wrecked an all-terrain utility vehicle in a stone pit and was in the hospital for about a month after lacerating her pancreas and liver.

“My dad said I was probably the happiest he’d ever seen in a hospital,” said Duggins, a math major and an art minor. “I don’t know why I was so happy. I look at pictures of all my stuffed animals, doing art stuff when I was there. Everyone came to see me. I even celebrated my sixth birthday in the hospital.

“I would like to do this to help other children and their parents feel this and not be so sad and upset to be in the hospital.”

Now she is focused on helping the Colonels have a successful season. She played in all 11 games of her freshman year — the COVID season — and led the Center in field goal percentage (50) and free throw percentage (85). She started all 24 games as a sophomore and shot 50.6% from the field and 80.1% from the foul line.

“I heard I should shoot a lot more. I probably should. I can hit a 3. I think you might see more of that this year,” said Duggins, who helped Casey County win the championship of the 12th region 2020.

Duggins admits she’s gotten tougher mentally and physically at the Center, learning to handle longer workouts that also often start later than high school workouts.

“The time you spend in basketball can be tough with the time you spend in school, but I’ve always become more social,” Duggins said. “In high school, we were pretty successful, but here it’s a different pace. I grew more as a position (player) and not as a 4 (power forward).

After his career at the Center is over, Duggins would like to go to medical school. Classes, homework, and extra credit calls combined with basketball practice and strength training forced her to learn to say no to a lot of things.

“You can’t always say yes because you’re going to be tired and you need to know that you can say no and it’s okay. Having a social life is good and you need one to survive, but it’s hard. I do study groups, go to lunch and dinner together, and hang out when homework is done to make sure I have some sort of social life. But you know that’s all part of what it takes to be an athlete here.

The center opens the season with two games in Ferrum, Va. on Nov. 12-13 against Ferrum and Bridgewater before its home opener on Nov. 18 against Spalding.


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