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STORM CENTER: Richardson is a special athlete

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Back in 2008 and 2009, the current Bowie News sports editor lived in Liberal, Kansas, which is roughly a six-hour drive from Montague County.
The newspaper I worked for then received the Amarillo Globe-News, and there was a fascinating story taking place in Texas involving a high school athlete named Bonnie Richardson.
Richardson singlehandedly won the University Interscholastic League Conference 1A track and field championship.
Bonnie didn’t accomplish the feat once, she did it twice as a junior in 2008 and once again as a senior in 2009.
Richardson was the lone qualifier from her school, Rochelle, which is an unincorporated community in McCulloch County. Brady is McCulloch County’s county seat.
Yes, Rochelle is a tiny blip on the map. But, the community of less than 200 people still has a functioning United States post office and the school district – off Texas Highway 190.
And that’s my point, track and field stars can come from anywhere – including here in Montague County.
We have plenty of small school districts; Gold-Burg, Prairie Valley and Forestburg come to mind. Bellevue, in neighboring Clay County, is also capable of producing a “Bonnie.”
The Bowie News coverage area is sending three to the UIL state meet next week in Jackrabbit Zeke Vaughan in the high jump, Saint Jo pole vaulter Sarah Patrick and Forestburg thrower Cheyenne Banks.
We wish all three of these juniors good luck on the biggest stage of them all – Mike A. Myers Track and Soccer Stadium in Austin. Read more of this column in the weekend Bowie News.

Editor’s Note: The Storm Center column is the expressed written views of sports editor Eric Viccaro and not The Bowie News.

Bonnie Richardson was a talented multi-event track and field athlete. Here, Bonnie prepares for the discus. Richardson won the Texas state meet all by herself not once, but twice. (Photo by Patrick Dove/San Angelo Standard-Times)

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Nocona new press box put into place

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Nocona got its new press box into place this week at Jack Crane Stadium. The old press box, which was in place for more than 60 years, was taken out in early June and moved to Indian Valley Raceway. The new press box was by the Southern Bleacher Company out of Graham. Athletic Director Black Crutsinger said they looked at a lot of press boxes and decided they liked the one at Lindsay High School and went with that model. Sean Hutson operated the crane from the Hurd Crane Service that put the press box up for Nocona.

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Richey repeats at IFYR

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Sunset native Cason Richey (right) and his team roping partner Beldon Cox from Weatherford repeated as the International Finals Youth Rodeo champions last weekend at Shawnee, OK. Richey and Cox won the previous year and were able to complete the repeat by catching three steers in a combined time of 16.6 seconds. Richey is expected to compete attend Texas Tech University this fall and compete on the rodeo team.

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Youth rodeo awards presented

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The Chisholm Trail Youth Rodeo presented awards for its summer season this week. Tess Egenbacher won the top cowgirl buckle for the 13-18 age division, which was presented to her by Kyle Bishop. (Courtesy photo)

The Chisholm Trail Youth Rodeo had its awards ceremony this week, giving out plaques and buckles to the top competitors throughout the summer season.
There were four age categories with five events to compete in for the young athletes.
Along with the best results in each event, at the end the overall best cowboy and cowgirl in each age division was awarded as well.
The lead line division, in which an adult helps the young competitors, saw Rylee Stewart win the first in poles, barrel racing and mystery event on her way to win top cowgirl.
Hattie Snow got the fastest time in the flags event and Lany Shupak got the fastest goat time. Riggin Bishop got named the top cowboy in the division.
In the eight-and-under division, Whitley Goins won the top cowgirl and Trell Carpenter won top cowboy. Goins got the fastest times in barrel racing, flags and mystery event. Carpenter got the fastest time in poles and goats.
In the 9-12 age division, Sage Keck won the top cowgirl while Chisum Carpenter won the top cowboy. Keck got the fastest times in four of the five divisions. Only Layna Taylor getting the fastest goat time prevented her from winning in a clean sweep.
In the 13-18 age division, Tess Egenbacher won the top overall cowgirl award.
Kiley McCracken won both the barrel racing and flags event. Emma Strahan won the poles and mystery event. Hadlee Bryan won the goats event.
There was no top overall cowboy in the age division.

To see the times for the winners of each event in all four age categories along with pictures of all of the top cowboys and cowgirls, pick up a copy of the weekend edition of the Bowie News.

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