Keeping score: Ontario stat keeper closes the door on long career

Ontario football coach Erik Johnson shakes hands with Bill Ragsdale at an awards ceremony honoring Ragsdale's dedication to the Tiger sports programs. Ragsdale kept stats for the boys and girls basketball teams and the football squad for more than three decades. (Enterprise photo/Lauri Babcock).

ONTARIO – For more than three decades, Bill Ragsdale chronicled the ups and downs of the Ontario High School football and basketball teams.

With a basketball or football stat book in hand, he watched from the sidelines or press box as one crop of young athletes after another stepped onto the field and the hardwood.

Since 1977, he endured long bus rides across the state to watch a thousand young men and women chase prep glory in small gyms and brightly lit grid fields.

During his time as the Tigers’ statistician, Ragsdale . . .