The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

May 1, 2013

Carl Junction's Vogt to continue career at Columbia

By Mark Schremmer
Globe Sports Writer

— Travis Vogt had no shortage of individual accolades during his basketball career at Carl Junction.

He was twice named the Big 8 Conference Player of the Year and finished fourth in school history with 1,395 career points.

Yet winning a district title his senior year — the school’s first since 1957 — still ranks among his proudest moments.

“It was special,” Vogt said. “It was a big deal to the whole community. All the older people in Carl Junction were coming up and telling us ‘good job.’ ”

Vogt is hoping for more team accomplishments in his future.

With his parents Mike and Danzel Vogt by his side on Tuesday at Carl Junction High School, Vogt signed his letter-of-intent to play basketball at Columbia College.

Columbia finished the 2012-13 season with a 35-1 record, losing in the NAIA Tournament quarterfinal round. Coach Bob Burchard has led the Cougars to more than 600 victories in 25 seasons.

“It’s a smaller school, but it’s a great college town being next to Mizzou,” Vogt said. “The players are great. The coaches are great. It’s a great program.”

A leading scorer for the Bulldogs, Vogt looks to transition to more of a distributor.

“Travis is a prototypical point guard,” said Columbia assistant coach Matt Brock, who previously was an assistant at Pittsburg State.

“He’s got really good size. He’s got really good vision. He can really pass the ball, and he can obviously score. He’s proven that at the high school level. He has the intangibles you look for at that position — a guy who has a feel for the game and has a high basketball IQ.”

Carl Junction coach Kyle Williams said Vogt showed he’s a complete player in his senior season as he helped the Bulldogs win their third consecutive conference title.

“He had more assists than he had in any previous season, as well as rebounds,” Williams said.

“He had multiple games where he had 20 points and 10 assists.

“He’s a physical player. He’s got a physical body already. His athleticism will help. He’s got a high IQ. His intangibles and skills are all very good. Put him around better players, and he plays better.”