Richland Bombers: A Tradition of Success - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

Richland Bombers: A Tradition of Success

Posted: Updated:

RICHLAND, Wash. -- Richland High School has a history of excellence in athletics. Their teams have combined to win 26 state titles. By the time this fall sports season ends, you may see a few more trophies to be added to the Bombers trophy case.

The girls soccer team ranks 10th in state and won districts this past Saturday against Chiawana.

The volleyball team ranks tops in the state in 4A and also took home the district crown Saturday. Both teams advanced to regionals.

The football team sits at 8-1 and hosts Gonzaga Prep in a playoff game Friday night. And the swim team finished 2nd in districts and will compete in state not this weekend but next.

"Richland kids compete, and it's kind of expected when you come to Richland," said Richland Football Coach Mike Neidhold.

"Like this is it," said Senior Volleyball Player Chelsey Bettinson. "This is our chance, so we want it bad."

"I think it's just the tradition that we have," said Richland Linebacker Joel Teats. "It started a long time ago."

"We're the Bombers and we like to win," said Senior Volleyball Player Melanie Williamson. "I guess it is the motto of the school."

"I feel really blessed that it happens," said Richland Athletic Director Mike Edwards. "It shows the hard work done by kids and coaches. And I told you before, all I do is make sure the chairs are set up and the ticket takers are there."

The school opened its doors in 1944 and in a couple week's, we will find out if Richland can add to an already stacked trophy case.