By Pete Mollica
The 2007-08 basketball season didn’t end the way Sheldon Brogdan and the Warren Harding High Raiders would have liked it to, but the 6-foot-2 guard has a lot of incentive for his senior year.
Brogdan and the Raiders lost to Lakewood St. Edward in the Division I regional championship game in March at Cleveland State University.
The Raiders lost 77-75 in overtime after a controversial call on the final shot of regulation was allowed, sending the contest to overtime.
“It wasn’t the ending that we would have wanted, but it was still a great season and now we have the incentive to come back next year and make things right,” Brogdan said.
The Raiders had a great season posting a 23-2 record with only one loss, to Mansfield, during the regular season.
Brogdan was something to watch on the court as he averaged 21 points a game, three assists and three rebounds, and was rewarded by being named to the All-Ohio Division I third team. He was also first-team All-Northeastern Ohio and also earned top honors on the All-Steel Valley Conference team.
Brogdan knows his role will be changing next season as he’s the main returning player.
“Last year it was mainly my shooting and getting the offense and defense together on the floor, but next year I’ll have to take over the leadership role on the team,” he said.
“We should be pretty good again next year, we might be lacking one big man, but we still should be OK,” Brogdan said.
Next season the Raiders will be playing in a new gymnasium as they move to the new Warren Harding High School and Brodgan is excited about the move.
“It’s going to be really great, but we’ll probably still miss the old gym.
Harding coach Steve Arnold said the Raiders had a definite home court advantage on the old floor.
“The small gym was always to our advantage, but the new one will be beautiful,” he said. “Right now we’ve working out at the Reserve Middle School gym and we probably won’t get into the new gym before August.
Arnold said that he’ll be counting on Brogdan to be the leader next season.
“I’m not at all concerned about him on the floor, but we need him to become a team leader both on an off the court and I’m sure that he’ll take to that role easily,” Arnold said.