St. Francis County football star shines again in  Homecoming game following injury


Ryann Propst and his mom, HeatherIt was your typical Friday night game. The Park Hills Central Rebels were playing the Potosi Trojans.  It was a close game and the boys lined up for a field goal. “I saw Ryann go down and didn’t get back up,” says Heather Propst, Ryann’s mom. Ryann Propst is a 17-year-old defensive lineman for the Central Rebels. Heather says her heart sank — it was his senior year, homecoming was coming up, and the team was headed to district. 

Ryann was helped off the field but he refused to leave the game. He insisted on staying until the game was over. After the game, Heather took Ryann to the local Emergency Room and was told it was a possible meniscus tear, and he needed to follow up with an orthopedic doctor.   

Heather’s friend recommended that she go to the Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Orthopedic Injury Clinic in South County. “We literally walked in the next day without an appointment,” says Heather. They saw sports medicine surgeon Ljiljana Bogunovic, MD, who immediately put them at ease. “The level of care and compassion was top notch,” says Heather. An MRI was scheduled and to their relief nothing was torn. Ryann immediately started physical therapy. His new goal was to be back on the field in time for the homecoming game. 

Heather says, “I felt like Dr. Lily treated us like we were her family. She completely understood Ryann’s need to get back to the sport he loved. She worked closely with his physical therapist and when it came time for his follow-up appointment, she made an extra effort to work him into her schedule. She was leaving for vacation and made sure she saw him so he could be released for practice and be able to play in the homecoming game.” 

Four weeks after his injury, Ryann played in the homecoming game. “I am so thankful for all the treatment and being able to get me back in the game to end the season as district champs,” he says. Ryann was chosen as defensive lineman second-team all-conference and second-team region player of the year.  

Dr. “Lily” Bogunovic says, “As a sports medicine surgeon there is nothing more satisfying than getting your patients back to doing the sports and activities they love to do.”  

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