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June 16, 2007

Given to Fly: Melanie Boeglin taking pro basketball career to Spain

TERRE HAUTE — As she had hoped, Melanie Boeglin is going from Sweden to southern Europe to continue her professional basketball career.

The recently turned 23-year-old former ISU standout was hoping to play in France, where younger sister Mary Beth, an international marketing/French major at Butler, will be spending the fall semester studying abroad. But Melanie will be in western Spain.

Boeglin’s next team is located in Zamora, Spain, which is about a two-hour drive from Madrid. With Europe’s public transportation system, she could be on the beach in Montpellier, France, in no time.

“It’s going to be a little better climate for me, I might venture out of my apartment a little more,” Boeglin said.

Zamora is the capital city of the province of Zamora; the city has a population of about 67,000. Sounds like Terre Haute, right?

While Boeglin is happy to get away from the freezing temperatures in Sweden, the winter weather in western Spain isn’t exactly like being on the beach in Barcelona. According to Wikipedia.org, Zamora is a continental Mediterranean climate, but fog is frequent in winter.

David and Joyce Boeglin have already made travel plans for late October. They’ll meet Mary Beth in Paris and then go on to Madrid, but a schedule for Melanie’s team has not been posted yet.

Joyce Boeglin said she actually went to Sweden three times, once when Melanie moved and twice with her husband. She said they may take another European vacation in the spring. (No worries; the Griswolds are not coming along).

Regardless of the location, Melanie is excited about the move for basketball reasons.

She’ll be playing in Spain’s second level of professional basketball. Many players in the Women’s National Basketball Association play in Spain’s top level, so the pride of Terre Haute South and Indiana State hopes to make a name for herself in this league as she did in Sweden.

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