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February 22, 2012

On the Record: Hillie hoopster finds home in Haverhill

Editor's note: This is the latest in a series of profiles of local athletes.

It's been a long, winding journey for Parker Rogers. He has been transferred from foster home to foster home across Massachusetts. But after several difficult years, the Haverhill High senior has found a home.

"I've been everywhere," he said.

The difficult journey Rogers took to Haverhill High School has helped him deal with what has been a struggling season for the Hillies boys basketball team. Haverhill was 5-14 entering Friday's finale against Methuen and had lost its last six games.

"I can't really get down on a tough season," said Rogers, a forward. "There's more to life than just basketball."

Rogers is fortunate to have found a permanent family in Haverhill. He moved to the city at the age of 14, when he was taken in by a foster family here. The family adopted him last year when he was 17.

"I'm just happy to have a home," he said.

On the basketball court for Rogers, a tumultuous first half of the season has turned into a successful second half individually. He struggled during the first half, dealing with a knee injury which affected his play. Despite the injury, he played through the pain and forced himself to take to the court because other players on the team were also hurt. Although he is still bothered by the injury, Rogers has been the Hillies' leading scorer in four of the six games during the losing streak. In two of those games, he scored more than 20 points.

The Gazette sat down with Rogers to talk about his life on and off the court.

You have emerged as a bright spot during a tough season. What positives do you take out of this season?

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