The 13th Annual MaxPreps Tour of Champions presented by the Army National Guard rolled into Washington on Wednesday, Feb. 7 to honor Richland (Wash.)
High School and its football team for winning a state championship and earning a high national ranking.
Having upended Woodinville 28-21 in the WIAA Class 4A
state championship contest, the 14-0 Bombers wrapped up their third state football title and earned the No. 64 ranking in MaxPreps' National Rankings
MaxPreps and the Washington Army National Guard joined forces in celebrating Richland's fantastic football season in front of a large and rambunctious crowd at halftime of the boys GSL District playoff game against University. Staff Sergeant Daisy Mann and Master Sergeant Mike Stutze, both of the Washington Army National Guard, were on hand to greet students and community members as they arrived in the foyer for the game.
Earl Streufert's basketball team did its part to whip the crowd into a frenzy by taking a 37-19 lead into the halftime lockerroom. Then, when MaxPreps representative Todd Gowin was introduced to open the ceremony, the energy level from the student body grew to a fevered pitch. Gowin invited the Bombers and coaching staff to join him on the basketball court as he briefly explained the Tour of Champions and informed the crowd that their Bomber football team is ranked No. 64 out of 16,000 football teams in MaxPreps' National Rankings!
Gowin introduced SSG Mann, who spoke briefly about loyalty, honor, duty and respect, shared character traits of the Army National Guard and a state championship football team. Then, to the cheers of the packed gym, SSG Mann presented the Army National Guard national ranking trophy to head coach Mike Neidhold and the Bombers.
Neidhold, whose club is one of only 50 football programs nationwide being honored on the TOC, was thrilled and humbled to receive national attention for his football program. But he credited Bomber students, their parents, boosters and members of the community for plenty of his football program's success too. Neidhold then turned and thanked both the Army National Guard and MaxPreps for recognizing his Bomber football players for their hard work and dedication.
Following the festivities, Neidhold, his staff and Bomber football players spent nearly an hour visiting with the Army National Guard, taking pictures and being interviewed by the local television stations and newspaper. The Bombers eventually won the basketball game 79-44 over University. One of the players eyeing the trophy after the game said, "I hope to see you back here really soon!"
Congratulations to the Richland Bombers on a fantastic football season and for being a member of the 13th Annual MaxPreps Tour of Champions presented by the Army National Guard.
to view the Richland TOC photo gallery and for more information about the Football TOC, please visit the MaxPreps Tour of Champions site