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Pogatchnik to Join Northlanders at BSU after Stellar Proctor Career

Alicia Tipcke
Created: May 31, 2020 11:10 PM

In first grade Sam Pogatchnik picked up basketball and hasn't stopped playing since. 

"My parents didn't really played, so I don't know how I got into it. I was just like, hey, I want to play. I just loved the game. I had great, great coaches when I was growing up, and they just taught me skills and I just really loved the game," said Sam Pogatchnik, a senior at Proctor High School.

The senior capped off her high school career by helping the Proctor girls basketball team to a 23-4 overall record during the 2019-2020 season.

Before departing the program, the graduating guard left her mark as the Rails all-time leading scorer in both boys and girls basketball with 1,909 points.

"It's great just because it was a goal since I was a little kid. Reaching that, especially my senior year, was just an amazing feeling," said Pogatchnik.

She sunk the record breaking basket on a January Friday night on her home court in front of a supporting crowd.

"Everyone had signs ready for me and my grandparents drove up. It was a lot of pressure but I'm so glad that they could witness that and be there for me for that moment."

Pogatchnik has experienced many great moments at Proctor. Some of her favorites were defeating Hermantown for the conference title in volleyball last season, and in 2019 helping the Rails to their first state basketball tournament appearance since 2002.

Training to be the best player in the gym, she hopes to continue her success with her next team, the Bemidji State women's basketball team.

"A lot of the girls have already reached out to me and I knew two of the girls beforehand. It's just a great group of people that's going to feel like family and I'm so excited for that," shared Pogatchnik.

The newest BSU Beaver will join current players and friends Tori Bott of Two Harbors and Hermantown's Taylor Vold on next year's roster.

About to achieve her dream of playing collegiate ball, Pogatchnik shared words of wisdom to youth players, "work for your goals and you can do whatever you set your mind to. Just have a goal, beat my record, go out and push yourself for anything because it's all possible."


Alicia Tipcke

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