Weekly roundup: Basketball player with East Cooper roots aiming for the pros

  • Monday, July 29, 2013

Ryan Bogdan was named one of 10 all-stars to the Eurobasket Summer League. COURTESY OF LIMESTONE COLLEGE SPORTS INFORMATION

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Former Wando and Pinewood Prep basketball player Ryan Bogdan is progressing toward playing professionally. Bogdan, a 6-foot-4-inch shooting guard, graduated from Limestone College after three years with the program. And now, he can add “all-star” to his growing resume.

Bogdan was named one of 10 all-stars to the Eurobasket Summer League in Las Vegas, Nev. held July 18-20.

“It was great to go against other players who are pursuing professional opportunities overseas, and it was a great chance to meet players from various countries,” said Bogdan in a news release on the Limestone athletics website. “I am glad I played well, and I have been approached by several agents and scouts who are interested in assisting me with opportunities at the next level.”

Sixty players are invited to the annual three-day showcase tournament, including Division I, overseas and NAIA athletes. The Eurobasket Summer League noted, “Ryan Bogdan is another guy here in ESL Vegas II that just shot the lights out. Ryan is an extremely gifted shooter who can run a team or play the two spot. If you are looking for a great combo guard, Ryan is your man. We look for Ryan to have a good mid-level job in Europe this year and be very productive.”

Bogdan finished his Limestone career sixth all-time in three-point field goals made in program history. He helped the Saints make two NCAA Division II tournament appearances and finished with a .403 shooting percentage from behind the arc.

Track & field

The Mount Pleasant Track Club left the United States of America Track and Field (USATF) Junior Olympic Nationals this past weekend with more than they came.

Eleven different members were awarded as All-Americans in Greensboro, N.C. Ginger Arnold, competing in the 7-8 age divisions for throwing events, won two All-American nods in javelin and shot put.

In order to be an All-American, athletes must place in the top eight of the event. Arnold placed second in javelin and seventh in shot put. Troy Cocco, also in the 7-8 division, placed fourth in javelin.

Javelin proved to be a strong event for the Mount Pleasant Track Club. In addition to Cocco and Arnold, Georgia Arnold (9-10 division) and Liam Christensen (15-16 division) also won All-American statuses in javelin.

Morgan Arent (9-10 division) placed fifth in high jump, Zaire Coker (9-10 long jump) placed seventh in long jump, Taylor Arent (13-14 division) placed seventh in pole vault, Worth Burnette (13-14 division) placed fifth in pole vault, Kendall Mercer (15-16 division) placed eighth in pole vault, Kristin Fairey (15-16 division) placed third in the 2k steeple and Sarah Lee (17-18 division) placed fifth in pole vault.

Golf

Ansley Vaughan, of Mount Pleasant, came in third place during the fifth Nike Cup Golf Series this past week in Newnan, Ga. It was played at Canongate on White Oak. Vaughan emerged from a pack of more than 90 players to win third in the girls 15-18 age division.

The event was put on in conjunction with the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour and Canongate Golf. There are eight events per year with the leaders of every tournament accumulating Nike Cup points. After eight events, the points leaders play in a Ryder-Cup-style match with the Southeastern Junior Tour. Top 10 player earn points.

Vaughan turned in a 16-over-par scoreboard after two rounds, shooting 81 and 79. She had four birdies to tie for the division lead.

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