Walton made the transition from Class 3A to 5A quite well

With the recent success of the Rockdale track team, it makes you wonder how much better the thinclads would be if Kiera Walton was still on the roster.

For those who don’t remember, Walton was a freshman sensation for the Lady Tigers, earning high point honors at the 2008 Rockdale Relays and then qualifying for regionals in the triple jump and high jump.

She was the district champion in the triple jump and flirted with the school record all that season.

“Kiera has a special talent,” said Rockdale track Coach Brent Hasselbach at the time. “I would not be surprised to see her break more than one school record.”

Early during her sophomore year, Walton moved to Houston to live with her uncle, former Tiger great Odis Mack.

Attending Cypress Springs, the 5-foot-9 junior has continued her success on the track and qualified in three events at the District 15-5A meet.

Former Lady Tiger Kiera Walton continues to excell in track at her new school, Cy Springs. Photo courtesy of Odia Mack Former Lady Tiger Kiera Walton continues to excell in track at her new school, Cy Springs. Photo courtesy of Odia Mack She won the 100 meter hurdles running into a crosswind at 15.8; was second in the high jump at 5-foot-2, which was not even close to her best effort of 5-foot-4; and she was third in the triple jump at 36- 5.

Walton, who turns 17 on May 4, will compete in the regional meet in Waco at Baylor next week.

Walton also continues to play volleyball for the Lady Panthers as well.

Hardball hardsell

Can’t say enough about the job that Rockdale baseball coach Jarad Richards did this season getting the Tigers within one run of slipping into a playoff spot.

Coming off a school-record 22 wins in 2009, Richards had a major reconstruction job in front of him after losing six senior starters that included three all-state performers.

Richards basically had to cut-and-paste an infield together and mold some kind of staff together out of a decimated pitching roster.

He was forced to produce some kind of offense with a lineup that included no less than five players hitting below the Mendoza line (.235).

As a team, the Tigers hit an anemic .248.

Rockdale darted out of the gate and stood 10-5 overall and 4-0 in district play.

The Tigers then lost six of its last eight, including three by one run.

Richards will be obliged to put on his construction hard hat again in 2011, with junior Dillan Schnerr, junior Hector Garcia, junior Casey Burrough and sophomore Duke Schneider coming back.

With a 55-45 mark in four years, Richards is now the third winningest coach in RHS history behind Larry Pipken and Ernie Laurence.

White fundraiser

Don’t forget the Garry White fundraiser Saturday as friends and family are planning to offset medical expenses in the Texas Star Plaza parking lot, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A donation of $5 will get you a sausage wrap, drink and brownie.

A former Tiger football and track star, White (RHS ‘77) has been diagnosed with colon cancer.

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