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Thursday, Sept. 3, 2009 11:42 pm

SUPERHERO STATUS

They don’t wear capes, see through walls or fight crime, but Bill and Kevin Rogers should probably be classified as Springfield supermen.

The kilted father-son duo recently took Scotland by storm, competing in the Masters World Championships at the Inverness Highland Games and winning top titles in their divisions. The international heavyweight contest pitted 82 athletes from 10 countries against each other in eight traditional Scottish events like the stone throw, hammer throw and the signature caber toss — the chucking of a large wooden pole, similar to a telephone pole.

¬†Bill Rogers won the 70-plus division, winning first place in five events, including three perfect scores for tossing a 16-foot caber. Kevin Rogers, for the second consecutive year, won the 50-plus, under 200 lb., division. He won first place in four events, including the caber toss for turning a 18’6” caber.

Gerry Reynolds, secretary of the Inverness Highland Games, said watching the Rogers win simultaneous world titles was “certainly something unique in the 187-year history of our Games.”
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