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2009-07-02 / Sports

A Current Small School Legend

by Mike Organ

This is Bonnie Richardson winning the 1A High Jump at the State Meet. It was 10 of her 38 points that captured team title also. It was her 2nd year to win the title for Rochelle. PHOTO BY MIKE ORGAN. This is Bonnie Richardson winning the 1A High Jump at the State Meet. It was 10 of her 38 points that captured team title also. It was her 2nd year to win the title for Rochelle. PHOTO BY MIKE ORGAN. Bonnie Richardson, a junior, made news last year when she won the state meet for Rochelle High School all by herself. In 2008 Richardson won the High Jump, the 200 Meters and placed second in the Long Jump and 100 Meters. She placed third in the Discus event to total 42 points which was enough to win the team title for Rochelle.

Richardson had set some lofty goals for the 2009 season. The Rochelle website called the 2009 track season, "Bonnie time." Richardson was equal to the task. She won the Long Jump and High Jump events. She was second in the Discus and third in the 200 Meters. A fourth place finish left her one medal short of the maximum 10. The 38 points she scored was enough to win the second consecutive state title for Rochelle High School.

In winning the two state championships for her school by herself, Richardson joins the list of storied small school athletes who have performed amazing feats. She also set a record in solely winning the two team state championships that probably never will be broken. Richardson has signed to perform as a pentathlete at Texas A&M. Time will only tell if her star will continue to rise or has it already shone its brightest? Richardson was also the president of her class at Rochelle.

Frank Pollard of Merdian scored 44-points years ago running on a relay team plus winning four individual events. He went on to a professional football career with the Pittsburgh Steelers after four years at Baylor. Pollard was a stud at Meridian, an exceptional athlete at Baylor, and just average in the NFL. These are just two of many small school players that have succeeded in high school.

Richardson may go to A&M and become a star on that campus also. There was another small school athlete that went to College Station. He was not good enough to be on one of the athletic teams, so he chose to be a cheerleader. He is now the governor of the State of Texas.

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