Bonar Featured In S.I.

SHADYSIDE – Shadyside senior Karli Bonar has become a common name in Ohio Valley basketball circles.

Last week, she etched her named into Ohio basketball history when she became the state’s all-time leading career 3-point shooter, regardless of gender.

This week, her name will be seen throughout the country and world.

Bonar, who has knocked down 335 3-point field goals in her illustrious prep basketball career, is pictured in this week’s ‘Faces in the Crowd’ section of Sports Illustrated, becoming just the third Ohio Valley prep athlete in recent years to appear in the magazine.

“I never would have dreamed I’d be in a magazine, let alone Sports Illustrated,” Bonar said. “It’s still really hard for me to believe that it’s even happened.”

The other Ohio Valley athletes to be featured were Buckeye Local’s Bobby Spence and All-American Soap Box Derby champion Kallie Myers, who attends Bridgeport.

The issue of Sports Illustrated that arrived at subscriber’s homes on Thursday or yesterday has the celebration of Michael Jordan’s 50th birthday on the cover.

When Bonar first learned that she was in the magazine after a week in which she connected on 10 3-point goals and helped lead the Tigers to the OVAC Class 2A title with wins over Bridgeport and Wheeling Central, she could hardly believe it.

“It seemed so far-fetched that I would get picked to be in there,” Bonar said. “I feel truly honored.”

Nominations for ‘Faces in the Crowd’ are accepted on the Sports Illustrated website and then between five and six amateur athletes are chosen each week.

Bonar has no idea who would have nominated her, but she did say how appreciative she was of that person thinking of her.

Along with SI, it was also announced Thursday that Bonar was named the JJ Huddle/Ohio High Magazine’s state player of the week.

That vote is done online.

With the record in her possession, the recognition and honors still trickling in, Bonar is getting back to business. She and the Lady Tigers begin their Division IV post-season quest on Saturday at Union Local High School against Caldwell.

“We were all really excited about winning the OVAC and it’s an unbelievable honor to be in Sports Illustrated and state player of the week, but honestly, we’re focused on our bigger goals for the rest of the season.”

Should the Lady Tigers prevail today, they’ll return to UL for the sectional co-final on Thursday against the winner of the second game, which pits Barnesville against St. John Central.