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Northwest Region Playoffs: Like his sister, Wolverines’ Shegog driven to succeed
BY TAFT COGHILL JR.
When Chay Shegog graduated from Brooke Point High School in 2008, she left as the most accomplished male or female basketball player in the history of the Fredericksburg area.
She’s the only player from the region be named a McDonald’s All-American and the only four-time Free Lance–Star Player of the Year.
Shegog is now a standout senior center for the University of North Carolina, but she still roots for her beloved Black–Hawks in all sports—most of the time.
Tomorrow will be one of the rare occasions Shegog won’t be cheering for her alma mater.
That’s because her brother, Anthony, is a standout junior wide receiver and defensive back for Commonwealth District rival North Stafford.
The Wolverines (9–2) and Black–Hawks (9–3) will battle for the Northwest Region, Division 5 championship tomorrow at 2 p.m. at North Stafford High School.
“I care about what they do,” Chay Shegog said of the Black–Hawks, “when they’re not playing my brother.”
Anthony Shegog (6-foot-2, 195 pounds) is a first-team all-district defensive back. He also plays wide receiver, running back, linebacker and a little defensive end for the Wolverines, as well.
North Stafford head coach Joe Mangano said his versatility helped the Wolverines win their first district title since 2004 and made him an attractive college prospect.
“He’s a very complete football player,” Mangano said. “I have to be careful with him. One minute I want to put him at wide receiver, one minute I want to put him at running back. Then I think, ‘He could be a heck of a tight end going down the field.’”
Anthony learned his competitive spirit from his sister. He said Chay Shegog “picked on” him growing up, which caused him to get tougher.
“She’d hit me, I’d get all mad,” Anthony said, “and then it’ll just turn into a fight.”
Anthony said their relationship has “mellowed out” since Chay Shegog left for college, but those early battles helped shape him as an athlete.
They also constantly competed against each other on the basketball court.
However, it was a moment when Anthony was alone that may have served as the key motivational factor for him. He was in his sister’s room one day when he saw multiple bins full of letters from college recruiters.
“One day I was just looking through the envelopes and reading the letters,” Anthony said. “I said to myself, ‘I want to be successful just like her.’”
Although the siblings excel at different sports, their father, Darnell Shegog, said they can learn from each other. He said that in particular Anthony can take lessons from Chay, because she has already achieved at the college level.
“Chay is always telling Anthony, regardless of the sport, be the best you can out there, but at the same time, grades are the priority,” Darnell Shegog said. “She always lets him know sports are secondary to education.”
Anthony has played football since he was 9 years old. He and North Stafford teammate Brandon Ravenel first played together with a Stafford County Parks and Recreation team.
Tomorrow, much more will be on the line when Anthony and Ravenel suit up for the Wolverines. The winner will earn a bid to the Group AAA, Division 5 state semifinals.
Chay Shegog was home two days for Thanksgiving, but returns to Chapel Hill, N.C., today. Tomorrow she’ll check for updates on her brother’s game as the Tar Heels prepare for a home contest on Sunday against Kennesaw State.
“My little brother has always been one of my best friends and biggest supporters,” she said. “He’s pretty much my biggest fan, and I’m his biggest fan, too.”
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