Gaston's Bogle reaches milestone in win
Fri. December 21, 2012 at 5:15 p.m. | By J.J. Hicks Staff Writer
Gaston's Tonya Bogle picked up her 500th career victory Friday. (Photo by Dave Hyatt | Gadsden Times | File)
Gaston girls basketball coach Tonya Bogle reached a career milestone Friday — her 500th career victory.
Bogle picked up the win in the Gulf Shores Christmas Classic over Robertsdale, 42-39, in overtime.
“I knew I was getting close and I just wanted to get it over with,” Bogle said. “Once you get close, you want to achieve it, but everybody’s making a bigger deal out of it than I am. I’ve had good coaches and good kids around me. That’s the only way you can get something like that done.”
Bogle has been at the helm for the Bulldogs since 1985. She has had plenty of success during that time, and a few moments stand out over her illustrious career in her mind.
“The state championship, of course,” she said. “We won the 2A state championship in 1988. The year before that, we were state runners-up. We’ve been to the state finals six times, we’ve got one state championship and two runners-up. Coaching the boys and girls last year was something I really enjoyed.”
Win number 500 didn’t come easy, according to Bogle.
“It should have never went into overtime,” she said. “We had a good lead on them and in the third quarter we came out cold. We let them ease back into it and their girl hit a shot to send it to overtime. Once it got into overtime, we picked it back up and played well.”
Kierra Porter and Abby Elrod scored 14 points apiece in the win, which sets up the Bulldogs in today’s championship game against either Baker or Pensacola.
The win improved Gaston’s record to just 6-6 on the young season. However, given Bogle’s numerous past successes, the Bulldogs will not be an easy win for anyone, and it would not be the least bit surprising to see them turn things around now that the team is slowly becoming reaccustomed to 2A play.
As for the future, Bogle laughed when asked if she had 500 more wins in her.
“Oh, I don’t think so,” she said. “I don’t know that I can get another 500.”