Over the weekend, former Hope High School Bobcat standout student-athlete alum Ronnie Powell was amongst seven pure collegiate athletic performers honored to be inducted in the Class of 2017 Northwestern State University Hall of Fame.

Over the weekend, former Hope High School Bobcat standout student-athlete alum Ronnie Powell was amongst seven pure collegiate athletic performers honored to be inducted in the Class of 2017 Northwestern State University Hall of Fame.

Powell was known as one of the most historic two-sport athletes who had a very successful college athletic career for the NSU Demons football and track and field programs.

Powell with inductees' Major league pitcher Brian Lawrence, football All-American Tony Joe Maranto, basketball greats Bo Rayford, Eric Kubel and Stephanie Shaw Locke, and Lady Demon track trailblazer Marlene Garner all were honored during Homecoming festivities with the university’s highest athletic honor, in the N-Club Hall of Fame ceremony at the Magale Recital Hall in Natchitoches, Louisiana.

According to NSU athletics sports information department, Powell, was Demon from 1996-98 as one of the school’s greatest two-sport athletes. He won three All-America honors as a sprinter in track and field and running for 2,076 yards and 15 touchdowns while helping the Demons football team win back-to-back Southland championships in 1997-98. He owned the Demons’ 100 meter dash record for 16 years with a 10.13 time and was third in the 55 meter dash at the 1998 NCAA Indoor Championships.

As a three-time All-American sprinter and setingt the NSU 100-meter dash record with a 10.13 time, breaking a record set 16 years earlier by Mark Duper, he was third in 1998 NCAA Indoors 55 meter dash (6.22) after running a PR of 6.17 in preliminary round. He was voted by coaches as Southland Indoor Athlete of the Year and Indoor Track Performer of the Year in 1998 after sweeping the 55m and 200m, setting a meet record in 21.27. Powell's 20 points helped the Demons upset two-time defending champion UTA for the team title. He took same honors at 1998 Southland Outdoors. He earned the 1997 Southland Football Newcomer of the Year, voted Offensive MVP by teammate and set a school record with a 93-yard TD run vs. Jacksonville State. Powell made Southland's 1990's Team of the Decade in both football and track and went to NFL Europe, then made the Cleveland Browns roster as a receiver in 1999.

Powell was an All-State athlete in high school and graduated in 1994 from Hope.