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RANGER RODEO VERY SUCCESSFUL IN FIRST EVENT OF SEASON;
WOMEN CAPTURE TEAM WIN

Colby Community College held the first rodeo of the season for the Central Plains region. The second weekend of September was filled with rain and mud, but most of all determination and talent.

The Northwestern Oklahoma State rodeo team hit the ground running and persevered through the rain, showing what they were made of in their first rodeo.

Northwestern’s contestants were towards the top of the charts in nearly every event, especially where it counted the most; the short go performance.

The women’s team captured the win and dominated by forty points.

On the men’s side, Bubba Scully and Chris Conely swept the win for team roping, while in break away Northwestern took the top three positions.


INLOW RECEIVES ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICAN RODEO HONORS

Jade Inlow

The National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association has announced Jade Inlow of Northwestern Oklahoma State University as an Academic All-American.

Inlow, a sophomore from Oakley, Kan., was one of over 30 contestants to receive the honor. The honor is bestowed on NIRA members that have a 3.5 cumulative grade point average and qualified for the 2008 College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyoming this past June.

Inlow represented the women’s team in breakaway roping. She placed third in the event in the region. Her CNFR scores were: first round, no score; second round, 12.3 seconds for 26th; and third round, 4.0 seconds, tie for 26th. She finished in 32nd place among 52 ropers.


NORTHWESTERN MAKES GOOD SHOWING AT COLLEGE FINALS RODEO

Kody Woodward

Kody Woodward of the Northwestern Oklahoma State University rodeo team came within .1 of a second of capturing a championship in steer wrestling at the 60th College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyo., last week.

The Dupree, S.D., cowboy was leading the steer wrestling competition at the end of the three preliminary go-rounds by .2 seconds, but drew a tough steer for the championship round.

“He drew a terrible steer,” said Tim Kolb, head coach of the team. “When the steer was used in an earlier round, it took 7 seconds to throw him. Kody did a good job.”

Woodward scored 4.2 seconds (sixth place) in the championship round to go with 4.4 seconds (tie for 15th) in the first round, 3.5 seconds (tie for first) in the second round and 4.2 seconds (tie for ninth) in the third round, for an aggregate time of 16.3 seconds.

Fifty cowboys from across the nation competed in the steer wrestling event.

College students qualify for the national finals by finishing in the top three in the individual events in regional competition. Northwestern competes in the Central Plains Region, comprised of two- and four-year schools in Oklahoma and Kansas and a few from Missouri.

Wade Kunze, Moorhead, Iowa, senior, also qualified in steer wrestling. He received a “no score” in the first round, 5.9 seconds for 28th in the second round and 4.6 seconds, a tie for 18th in the third round. He ended up in 40th place overall.

Lamont senior Luke Blanton received a no score in the first round of tie-down roping, but came back strong to capture second place in the second round with a time of 9.3 seconds. He also received a no score in the third round and ended the competition in 28th place among 37 ropers.

Coleman Proctor, Miami senior, won the regional team roping heeling title for the second straight year and roped in the CNFR with Kyle Linaweaver from Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

The team tied for seventh in the opening round with a time of 6.6 seconds. Subsequent rounds were 10.9 seconds for 17th in the second round and 19.7 seconds (no placing shown) in the third round after an initial missed throw. They did make it to the championship round, but received a no score. Proctor and Linaweaver ended tied for 12th place in the average among 51 teams.

The Northwestern men’s team ended the finals in 16th place overall.

“Sixty-one schools were represented in the team competition at the CNFR,” Kolb said, “but in the nation there are more than 200 schools with rodeo teams, so I think we did darn well.”

Jade Inlow, Oakley, Kan., sophomore, represented the women’s team in breakaway roping. She placed third in the event in the region. Her scores were: first round, no score; second round, 12.3 seconds for 26th; and third round, 4.0 seconds, tie for 26th. She finished in 32nd place among 52 ropers.

I’m very proud of these student athletes,” Kolb said.They practiced hard to get to this point and represented Northwestern very well. I think it just shows that the team is improving all the time and we have a lot to look forward to. Fourteen seniors graduated this year, but we have more than 30 newcomers for the fall.”

The team will begin competition in the 2008-2009 season Sept. 14-16 at Colby Community College in Kansas.


FIVE RANGERS QUALIFY FOR COLLEGE NATIONAL FINALS RODEO

Visit cnfr.comFive members of the Northwestern Oklahoma State University rodeo team are deep in their final preparations for the 60th College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) Competition in the annual event starts Sunday, June 15, at the Casper Events Center in Casper, Wyo.

Cowboys and cowgirls qualify for the national finals by finishing in the top three in the individual events in regional competition. Northwestern competes in the Central Plains Region, comprised of two and four year schools in Oklahoma and Kansas and a few from Missouri.

Jade Inlow

Jade Inlow, Oakley, Kan., sophomore, will represent the women’s team in breakaway roping. She placed third in the event in the region. While Inlow is the only Ranger woman competing, any points she earns will count toward women’s team honors.

Coleman Proctor

Coleman Proctor, Miami senior, won the regional team roping heeling title for the second straight year. He will rope in the CNFR with Kyle Linaweaver from Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Luke Blanton, Lamont senior, finished third in the tie-down roping event.

Luke Blanton

Northwestern will send two to the steer wrestling event. Kody

Woodward, Dupree, S.D. sophomore, placed second in regional competition, and Wade Kunze, Moorhead, Iowa, senior, placed third.

“I’m very proud of the five student athletes,” said coach Tim Kolb, “and I know they will represent Northwestern very well. Two of the five are just completing their freshman year and that speaks volumes about the future of our rodeo team.”

Kody Woodward

The random draw for position took place June 4. All CNFR contestants will check-in Saturday, June 14, and attend an orientation meeting.

Wade Kunze

Competition gets underway on Sunday, with special “Bulls, Broncs & Breakaway” performances at 1 and 4 p.m. “Slack” competition in all events will be held beginning at 7 a.m. on Monday and Tuesday. The slack is for contestants who cannot be accommodated in the evening “performance” section of each go-round. There are 45-50 contestants in each event and 10-12 of those appear in evening performances. The others register their scores or times in the slack.

Evening performances will be at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, June 17-20. The top performers from the first three go-rounds will compete for national titles in each event in the championship round at 7 p.m., Saturday, June 21.

Complete information about the CNFR and daily results will be available on the CNFR’s web site: http://www.cnfr.com/.

Appearances by Northwestern team members are scheduled as follows:

Sunday, June 15—Inlow: performance.
Monday, June 16—Inlow, Blanton, Woodward, Kunze, Proctor: slack.
Tuesday, June 17—Blanton, Woodward, Kunze, Proctor: slack.
Wednesday, June 18—Inlow: performance.
Thursday, June 19—Blanton, Woodward: performance.
Friday, June 20—Kunze, Proctor: performance.


Perry Dietz, a senior at Aline-Cleo High School, signs a letter of intent to attend Northwestern Oklahoma State University and participate with the Ranger rodeo team. Observing the ceremony are his parents Cari and Rick and Northwestern rodeo coach Tim Kolb (right). Dietz competes in the team roping and calf roping events.

 

Stephanie Williams of Fairland signs a letter of intent to attend Northwestern Oklahoma State University and participate with the Ranger rodeo team. Observing the signing are her mother Michelle, father Gordon and brother Blake (standing), who also signed a letter of intent to attend Northwestern. Stephanie, who competes in breakaway roping, goat tying and barrel racing, is a senior at Fairland High School. Blake will transfer from Northeastern Oklahoma College and competes in team roping, calf roping and steer wrestling.


Jordan Sanders of Odessa signs a letter of intent to attend Northwestern Oklahoma State University and participate with the Ranger rodeo team. Observing the signing are his sister Kelsey Schweikert, mother Debbie Schweikert, father Jim Sanders of Higginsville (standing left) and Tim Kolb, head rodeo coach at Northwestern. Sanders, who competes in team roping and calf roping, will transfer from Northwest Missouri State University for the fall semester.

 


Meagan Peavy, a senior at Lakeland (Fla.) High School, signs a letter of intent to attend Northwestern Oklahoma State University next fall and participate on the rodeo team. Observing the signing are her mother Tina and Tim Kolb, coach of the Ranger rodeo team. Her events are breakaway roping and barrel racing.

 


NORTHWESTERN RODEO TEAM STARTS SEASON WITH A WIN

The Northwestern Oklahoma State University women’s rodeo started the spring season with a win at Kansas State University last weekend and the men’s team placed third.

“Our freshman girls really stepped up this past weekend,” said coach Tim Kolb. “That speaks volumes about our future in the collegiate rodeo arena. I promised a win at the “All Sports” pep assembly and that’s exactly what happened—our women’s team won the rodeo and our men’s team finished third. We’re all really excited, and we’re looking for more wins from both teams as the spring season progresses.

Results for the women are as follows:

Breakaway Roping

  • Robbie Lynn Wilson, LeMoyne, Neb., junior—Long round, 3.4 seconds, 10th; short round, 2.6 seconds, 1st; average, 1st.
  • Jade Inlow, Oakley, Kan., freshman—Long round, 3.2 seconds, 8th; short round, 4.1 seconds, 4th; average, 4th.
  • Jessica Binder, Inman, Kan., freshman—Long round, 2.9 seconds, 5th; short round, 5.1 seconds, 5th; average, 5th.
  • Toya Vogt, Corn freshman—Long round, 2.8 seconds, three-way tie for 2nd; short round, no time.

Goat Tying

  • Vogt—Long round, 6.8 seconds, 1st; short round, 10.3 seconds, 8th; average, 8th.

Results for the men are as follows:

Bareback Riding

§         Scotty Harmon, Norcator, Kan., junior—Long round, 68 points, 6th; short round, 57 points (refused reride offer), 6th; average, 6th.

§         Kenny Feidler, Baltimore, Md., sophomore—Long round, 62 points, tie for 9th; short round, 44 points (refused reride offer), 7th; average, 7th.

Tie-Down Roping

§         Luke Blanton, Lamont senior—Long round, 9.0 seconds, 1st; short round, 8.7 seconds, 1st; average, 1st.

Steer Wrestling

§         Brandon Voker, Auburn, Neb., junior—Long Round, 5.1 seconds, 9th; short round, 6.7 seconds, 5th; average, 5th.

  • Tyler Ricke, Attica, Kan., junior—Long round, 4.4 seconds, 2nd; short round, 7.7 seconds, 6th; average, 6th.
  • Wade Kunze, Morehead, Iowa, senior—Long round, 5.0 seconds, three-way tie for 6th; short round, no time.
  • Blanton—Long round, 5.0 seconds, three-way tie for 6th; long round, no time.

Team Roping

  • Coleman Proctor, Miami senior, and Kyle Linaweaver from Southeastern Oklahoma State University—Long round, 6.4 seconds, 4th; short round, 6.8 seconds, 1st; average, 1st.
  • Taylor Pingry, Arkansas City, Kan., junior, and Mark Miller, Stratford, Texas, junior—Long round, 6.8 seconds, 6th; short round, no time.

Bull Riding

  • Clay Cudmore, Cherokee sophomore—Long round, 74 points, 5th; short round, bucked off; average, 5th.

The K-State rodeo is the fourth of 10 in which the teams will compete during the 2007-2008 season. Next up for the Rangers will be the Garden City (Kan.) Community College rodeo this weekend.


NORTHWESTERN ALUMNUS PERFORMS WELL AT NFR

Stockton Graves

Stockton Graves, 2002 graduate of Northwestern Oklahoma State University and former member of the Ranger rodeo team, competed in the recently completed Professional Cowboys Rodeo Association’s National Finals Rodeo (NFR) in Las Vegas. 

The NFR features the top 15 money earners in each event in a 10-day competition that ended Saturday, Dec. 15.  Standings are determined by how much money each cowboy wins during the year in each event in some 700 PRCA rodeos in 41 states and four Canadian provinces.

The NFR posts nearly $5 million total prize money for the 10 rounds. First place in each round in each event was worth more than $16,000 and prize money was paid for the first six places. The average or “aggregate” (the best total times or scores for the 10 rounds) paid approximately $42,000 for first place and lesser amounts through eighth place. Money earned during the NFR is added to that earned during the regular season to determine the year’s champion in each event.

Graves, from Newkirk, competed for the fourth straight year in the steer wrestling event. At the start of the NFR, Graves was in 3rd place in his event with earnings of $96,875.

During the NFR, he won round seven and placed in four others. Graves was fourth in the average and earned a total of $49,182 during the NFR. That placed him fifth in the year’s final standings with total earnings of $146,058.

Also participating in the NFR was Jhett Johnson, a student at Northwestern from 1989 to 1991, who qualified as a heeler in the team roping. From Casper, Wyo., Johnson qualified 10th with earnings of $67,104. He earned $24,062 during the NFR and remained in 10th place overall. It was his second appearance in Las Vegas.


ANNUAL RANGER RODEO STARTS THURSDAY,
APPROXIMATELY 500 CONTESTANTS EXPECTED

Megan McMahan

The annual Ranger Rodeo presented by Northwestern Oklahoma State University will have its opening performance at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, at the Woods County Fairgrounds Arena. More than 500 student competitors from 20-plus colleges and universities are expected to participate. The rodeo is a sanctioned event of the Central Plains Region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association.

Performances start at 7:30 p.m., on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for children. Tickets are being sold by all rodeo team members and by coach Tim Kolb, who can be reached at (580) 327-8688. They also will be sold at the gate.

“Everyone should be really excited about the rodeo because it is a great event for the community,” Kolb said. “That many competitors, along with their families and friends, being in town for at least two days mean a real boost to the community’s economy.”

Barring inclement weather, “Rodeo Days” will be held on the square for Alva’s elementary school children on Thursday from 8:30 a.m. until approximately 2 p.m. Rodeo team members will be on hand to explain the different events and demonstrate some of them.

Ten to 12 contestants in each of the nine collegiate rodeo events will be on center stage

during the Thursday and Friday night performances. The top 10 in each event will return for the championship go-round on Saturday night.

The events are bareback bronc riding, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, breakaway calf roping, steer wrestling, goat tying, team roping, barrel racing and bull riding. Two sections of the popular bull riding event will be run on Thursday and Friday nights.

The rest of the contestants will appear in the “slack” performances starting at 9 a.m. on both Friday and Saturday. Participation in the performance or slack rounds is decided by random draw.

Special events will occur at each evening performance. On Thursday night, Northwestern student teams will attempt to milk wild cows and students will be admitted for $4 with a current I.D. card.

Friday will be children’s night and will feature a children’s calf scramble. Several animals will be marked to denote prize winners.

On Saturday night, when event and team winners are determined, there will be a relay race up and down the arena by cowboys and cowgirls representing different schools. However, they will all be on foot—not horseback.

Tim Fuller of Tulsa, who last announced the Ranger Rodeo in 2003, will be making a return appearance as public address announcer. He has been announcing rodeos for the past 17 years and has appeared at the Dodge National Circuit Finals, Dodge Prairie Circuit Finals and National High School Finals, among other top rodeos. He also has served as master of ceremonies for the Miss Rodeo America Pageant and a variety of agricultural farm shows in Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas.

The bullfighters are home grown—or at least members of the Northwestern rodeo team. Wade Kunze is a senior from Moorhead, Iowa, and competes in steer wrestling, as well as performing cowboy protection duties.

Wacey Munsell is a transfer from Dodge City (Kan.) Community College. He was the 2005 and 2006 PBR Dickie’s World Champion Freestyle Bullfighter.

“Our team has been busy getting ready for our rodeo and practicing hard so they can make a good showing at home,” Kolb said. “I’m really proud of our student-athletes and their

diligence because putting on a rodeo this size takes a lot of work. In addition, our practice sessions last about three and a half hours each day, and every team member is there. They work hard, and I know it is going to pay off.”

Northwestern currently has a number of students in the top 15 in Central Plains rankings


COLLEGE FINALS RODEO TO BE FEATURED ON CSTV IN AUGUST 

The College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) will be featured during the month of August on College Sports Television (CSTV) with three separate shows being broadcast. 

CNFR action begins airing on Friday, Aug. 3, at 8 p.m. (CDT), with the additional episodes premiering at 8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 10, and at 8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 17. Each of these one-hour programs will have numerous additional airings during the month. A complete schedule can be found by clicking on the “On Air” button at http://www.cstv.com.

Northwestern Oklahoma State University had six members of its rodeo team competing at the CNFR, held in June in Casper, Wyo.

At the end of the rodeo, Teddi Winfrey, Plains, Kan., senior, placed fifth nationally in goat tying and also competed in breakaway roping. Although Winfrey was the only Ranger woman at the CNFR, she earned 160 points in goat tying, good enough to place Northwestern 10th among the 31 women’s teams competing in the rodeo.

Winfrey won the women’s all-around and breakaway roping titles in the Central Plains Region and was third in goat tying.

Mitch Barney, Logan, Iowa, senior, and Coleman Proctor, Miami junior, finished eighth nationally in the team roping event. Barney and Proctor were Central Plains champions in team roping. Barney also won the regional steer wrestling title and was reserve champion all-around cowboy.

Also competing at the CNFR were Tyler Johnson, Mound City, Kan., junior; K.W. Lauer, Buffalo senior, and Justin Binder, Inman, Kan., senior.

The CNFR telecasts will show action from the finals, including interviews and features from the entire finals week and portions of the awards ceremony. The live audience for the event broke all records.

CSTV is available via satellite and cable companies.


THREE RANGER RODEO TEAM MEMBERS IN TOP 10 NATIONALLY

Visit cnfr.comThree members of the Northwestern Oklahoma State University rodeo team competing in the College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) have finished the year in the top 10 of their respective events.

Teddi Winfrey, Plains, Kan., senior, was fifth in goat tying after placing fourth in round one at 6.5 seconds, second in round two at 6.6 seconds and 27th in round three at 7.7 seconds. She made the championship round of the 10 competitors with the fastest times and placed sixth at 7.3 seconds.

She did not do as well in breakaway roping, finishing 22nd, tied for 29th and 29th in the three rounds.

Although Winfrey was the only Ranger woman at the CNFR, she earned 160 points in goat tying, good enough to place Northwestern 10th among the 31 women’s teams competing in the rodeo. That point total would have placed her third in the all-around cowgirl standings, but although Winfrey competed in two events, she was not considered for the all-around title since she earned no points in breakaway roping.

Winfrey won the women’s all-around and breakaway roping titles in the Central Plains Region and was third in goat tying.

Mitch Barney, Logan, Iowa, senior, and Coleman Proctor, Miami junior, finished eighth in the team roping event. The duo was 29th in the first round at 23.5 seconds, 13th in the second round with 11.0 seconds and 18th in the third round with 12.3 seconds. In the championship round, they placed seventh with a time of 22.2 seconds.

Barney and Proctor were Central Plains champions in team roping. Barney also won the regional steer wrestling title and was reserve champion all-around cowboy.

Tyler Johnson, Mound City, Kan., junior, placed sixth in the first round of tie down roping with a time of 10.1 seconds and 11th in the second round, also with a time of 10.1 seconds. He received a “no time” in the third round and therefore missed the championship round.

Other Rangers at the CNFR were K.W. Lauer, Buffalo senior, and Justin Binder, Inman, Kan., senior, both of whom competed in team roping.

In addition to their other events, Johnson competed in team roping and Barney in steer wrestling.

The men’s team finished 43rd among 51 teams.

“I’m very proud of what our teams accomplished this year,” said Tim Kolb, rodeo coach. “However, the timed event cattle at the CNFR were very uneven. We were very disappointed by the caliber of cattle at this very prestigious event.

“The cattle are provided by the contractor with the lowest bid and they certainly got what they paid for. With that said, finishing fifth in the nation in goat tying and eighth in the nation in team roping speaks volumes about our student-athletes.”

“With our returning team members and the recruits who have chosen Northwestern,” Kolb added, “I expect the team to be stronger next year than this, and I feel this was certainly the best year our program has ever had.”


RANGERS IN WYOMING FOR COLLEGE NATIONAL FINALS RODEO

Six members of the Northwestern Oklahoma State University rodeo team are deep in their final preparations for the 59th College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR). Competition in the annual event starts Sunday, June 10, at the Casper Events Center in Casper, Wyo.

Cowboys and cowgirls qualify for the national finals by finishing in the top three in the individual events in regional competition. Northwestern competes in the Central Plains Region, comprised of two and four year schools in Oklahoma and Kansas and a few from Missouri.

Teddi Winfrey, Plains, Kan., senior, will represent the women’s team in the breakaway roping and goat tying events. She won the women’s all-around and breakaway roping titles in the region and was third in goat tying.

Mitch Barney, Logan, Iowa, senior, was the reserve champion all-around cowboy and won the steer wrestling and team roping heading titles.

Barney’s team roping partner, Coleman Proctor, Miami junior, won the heeling title, and K.W. Lauer, Buffalo senior, was second to Barney as a team roping header. He ropes with Jesse Kulczycki of Southwestern Oklahoma State University.

Other members of the men’s team will be Tyler Johnson, Mound City, Kan., junior, and Justin Binder, Inman, Kan., senior, who will compete in team roping. Johnson also will be in tie down roping.

The Northwestern men’s team finished second in the region. Coach Tim Kolb explained that “teams are chosen on events (six) rather than by individuals, that’s why we’re taking only five individuals. Mitch (Barney) got two events because of being reserve all-around. All points acquired by all team members will count toward points for national year-end honors.”

It also means that while Winfrey is the only Ranger woman competing, any points she earns also will count toward women’s team honors.

“I’m very proud of what our entire rodeo team has accomplished this year,” Kolb said. “I feel that we truly have a legitimate chance of winning a national title.

“We had at least 18 other student-athletes who were in striking distance of making the CNFR. With the class we have recruited for next year, I fully expect our teams to come back as strong, if not stronger.”

The random draw for position took place June 1. All CNFR contestants will check-in Saturday, June 9, and attend an orientation meeting and a family barbeque.

Competition gets underway on Sunday, with special “Bulls, Broncs & Breakaway” performances at 1 and 4 p.m. “Slack” competition in all events will be held beginning at 7 a.m. on Monday and Tuesday. The slack is for contestants who cannot be accommodated in the evening “performance” section of each go-round. There are 45-50 contestants in each event and 10-12 of those appear in evening performances. The others register their scores or times in the slack.

Evening performances will be at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, June 12-15. The top performers from the first three go-rounds will compete for national titles in each event in the championship round at 7 p.m., Saturday, June 16. The championship round will be televised on the College Sports TV network (CSTV) throughout the summer. Viewers should check local listings for times. CSTV is available on Comcast, Time Warner, Adelphia and Insight cable systems and DirecTV and DISH Network satellite systems.

Results will be available daily on the CNFR’s web site: http://www.cnfr.com/.

Appearances by Northwestern team members is scheduled as follows:

Sunday, June 10—Winfrey, breakaway roping, performance.

Monday, June 11—Johnson, tie-down roping, slack; Barney, steer wrestling, slack; Barney, Proctor, Johnson, Binder and Lauer, team roping, slack; Winfrey, goat tying, slack.

Tuesday, June 12—Johnson, tie-down roping, slack and performance; Barney, steer wrestling, slack; Lauer, Johnson, Binder, Barney and Proctor, team roping, slack; Lauer, team roping, performance; Winfrey, breakaway roping, slack; Winfrey, goat typing, slack.

Wednesday, June 13—Barney, steer wrestling, performance; Barney, Proctor, Johnson and Binder, team roping, performance.

Thursday, June 14—Winfrey, breakaway roping, performance; Winfrey, goat typing, performance.


LAUREN MILLER SIGNS RODEO LETTER AT NORTHWESTERN
 

Lauren Miller (seated center) of Harrisonville signs a letter of intent to attend Northwestern Oklahoma State University and participate with the rodeo team. Observing the ceremony are her parents Scott and Marcia and Northwestern coach Tim Kolb (standing).

Lauren Miller (seated center) of Harrisonville signs a letter of intent to attend Northwestern Oklahoma State University and participate with the rodeo team. Observing the ceremony are her parents Scott and Marcia and Northwestern coach Tim Kolb (standing).

Lauren Miller, a senior at Harrisonville High School, has signed a National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) letter of intent to attend Northwestern Oklahoma State University and participate with the Ranger rodeo team.

Miller will compete in breakaway roping and barrel racing.

“We are very happy to have Lauren at Northwestern,” said Tim Kolb, rodeo coach. “She has a great work ethic, practicing and competing with an intensity we seldom see in a student athlete. I expect her to make an immediate impact on our rodeo team and the entire region.”

Northwestern competes in the Central Plains Region of NIRA and each fall produces its own three-day intercollegiate rodeo.


AUSTIN AMBROSE SIGNS RODEO LETTER AT NORTHWESTERN
 

Austin Ambrose (seated center) of Fletcher signs a letter of intent to attend Northwestern Oklahoma State University and participate with the rodeo team. Observing the ceremony are his parents Cal and Cindy and Northwestern coach Tim Kolb (standing).

Austin Ambrose (seated center) of Fletcher signs a letter of intent to attend Northwestern Oklahoma State University and participate with the rodeo team. Observing the ceremony are his parents Cal and Cindy and Northwestern coach Tim Kolb (standing).

Austin Ambrose, a senior at Fletcher High School, has signed a National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association letter of intent to attend Northwestern Oklahoma State University and participate with the Ranger rodeo team.

Ambrose will compete in bull riding.

“Austin is an outstanding student athlete,” said Tim Kolb, Northwestern rodeo coach. “We feel very fortunate he has selected Northwestern to continue his education, as well as his intercollegiate rodeo career.

“He practices and competes with an intensity that we seldom see in a student athlete. Austin’s athleticism and work ethic is phenomenal and I feel he will be a tremendous asset, not only to the rodeo team, but the entire Northwestern community.”


RODEO TEAM TO PREPARE FOR COLLEGE NATIONAL FINALS RODEO

For the next six weeks, the Northwestern Oklahoma State University rodeo team will be preparing for its largest representation ever at the College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR).

By virtue of finishing second in the Central Plains Region team competition, the men will send a full complement of five competitors as a team in the rodeo. The CNFR will be held June 10-16 in Casper, Wyo.

The Ranger women’s team finished third, fewer than 200 points behind the second place team. Only the top two teams and top three individuals in each event from each region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) go on to the national rodeo.

However, Teddi Winfrey, Plains, Kan., senior, will represent the women’s team in the breakaway roping and goat tying events. She won the women’s all-around and breakaway roping titles in the region and was third in goat tying.

Mitch Barney, Logan, Iowa, senior, was the reserve champion all-around cowboy and won the steer wrestling and team roping heading titles.

Barney’s team roping partner, Coleman Proctor, Miami junior, won the heeling title, and K.W. Lauer, Buffalo senior, was second to Barney as a team roping header.

Other members of the men’s team will be Tyler Johnson, Mound City, Kan., junior, and Justin Binder, Inman, Kan., senior, who will compete in team roping. Johnson also will be in tie down roping.

Since Barney was the reserve champion in the all-around competition, by definition he has to compete in more than one event. Therefore, he counts as two members on the six-man team.

The team completed its last regular season rodeo at the end of April at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, with the women’s team winning the event. Complete results are as follows:

Bareback Riding

  • Dan Weil, Edna, Kan., senior—Long round, 72 points, tie for 3rd; short round, 70 points, 6th; average, 4th.

Saddle Bronc Riding

  • Brett Olive, Ford, Kan., senior—Long round, 73 points, tie for 1st; short round, bucked off.

Tie-Down Roping

  • Brandon Seufer, Holly, Colo., junior—Long round, 9.5 seconds, 2nd; short round, 9.9 seconds, 3rd; average, 2nd.
  • Lauer—Long round, 10.6 seconds, 6th; short round, 10.1 seconds, 4th; average, 5th.
  • Tyler Macoubrie, Paola, Kan., sophomore—Long round, 9.9 seconds, 3rd; short round, missed calf; average, 6th (because only five calves were roped in short round).

Steer Wrestling

  • Barney—Long round, 5.3 seconds, 5th; short round, 5.4 seconds, 4th; average, 5th.

Team Roping

§         Zac Freeman, Garden City, Kan., senior, and Jamie Elwood from Garden City Community College (Kan.)—Long round, 8.2 seconds, 8th; short round, 7.7 seconds, 3rd; average, tie for 4th.

§         Macoubrie and Clay Leisher, Beaver sophomore—Long round, 6.0 seconds, 2nd; short round, missed calf.

Breakaway Roping

§         Robbie Lynn Wilson, LeMoyne, Neb., sophomore—Long round, 2.3 seconds, tie for 1st; short round, 2.7 seconds, tie for 1st; average, tie for 1st.

§         Randi Newman, Sparta, Mo., sophomore—Long round, 2.4 seconds,  tie for 3rd; short round, missed calf.

§         Katie Neville, Tipton, Iowa, freshman—Long round, 2.7 seconds, 8th; short round, missed calf.

Goat Tying

  • Winfrey—Long round, 7.9 seconds, 4th; short round, 6.7 seconds, 1st; average, 1st.

Barrel Racing

  • Wilson—Long round, 16.75 seconds, 8th; short round, 16.81 seconds, 7th; average, 7th.
  • Maggie Jo Saylors, Eudora, Kan., sophomore—Long round, 16.72 seconds, 7th; short round, 16.91 seconds, 8th; average, 8th.

RODEO TEAM HAS ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL COMPETITION

The Northwestern Oklahoma State University rodeo team had another successful competition at the Fort Hays State University rodeo this past weekend. While they didn’t win, the men’s team placed second and the women’s team placed third.

The men’s team has virtually ensured itself of the opportunity to compete at the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyo., in June. Northwestern is more than 1,900 points ahead of the third place team in the Central Plains Region. The top two teams go on to national competition.

The women’s team is in third place in the region, 380 points from second place. They will have the opportunity this weekend at the Southeastern Oklahoma State University rodeo to make up the deficit.

“Anything is possible at this last rodeo,” said coach Tim Kolb. “If our women’s team will hit on all four cylinders, they have a chance. Their destiny is in their own hands.”

At least four Rangers may have the opportunity to compete individually at the national finals. Mitch Barney, Logan, Iowa, senior, is leading the steer wrestling and team roping heading  standings; Coleman Proctor, Miami junior, leads the team roping heeling standings; Teddi Winfrey, Plains, Kan., senior, leads breakaway roping; and K.W. Lauer, Buffalo senior, is in second place in team roping heading. The top three in individual events are invited to Casper.

Several other members of the Northwestern team are close enough in the standings to also make it into the top three in their individual events with good performances this weekend.

Complete results from Fort Hays are as follows:

Bareback Riding

  • Dan Weil, Edna, Kan., senior—Long round, 72 points, 3rd; short round, 70 points, 4th; average, 3rd.
  • Cody Parker, Claremore junior—Long round, 71 points, 6th; short round, missed mark out from chute.

Saddle Bronc Riding

  • Brett Olive, Ford, Kan., senior—Long round, 76 points, 3rd; short round, 70 points, 4th; average, 3rd.

Tie-Down Roping

  • Tyler Macoubrie, Paola, Kan., sophomore—Long round, 13.3 seconds, 6th; short round, 11.0 seconds, 2nd; average, 3rd.
  • Kyle Winslow, Austin, Minn., senior—Long round, 13.7 seconds, 9th; short round, 11.4 seconds, 4th; average, 5th.
  • Dace Green, Laverne senior—Long round, 12.6 seconds, 5th; short round, 13.5 seconds, 6th; average, 6th.

 Steer Wrestling

  • Luke Blanton, Lamont junior—Long round, 9.5 seconds, 9th; short round, missed steer.
  • Mitch Barney, Logan, Iowa, senior—Long round, 7.5 seconds, 7th; short round, missed steer.

 Team Roping

§         Barney and Coleman Proctor, Miami junior—Long round, 8.1 seconds, 4th; short round, 7.3 seconds, 1st; average, 1st.

§         K.W. Lauer, Buffalo senior, and Jesse Kulzcki from Southwestern Oklahoma State University (SWOSU)—Long round, 8.0 seconds, 3rd; short round, 8.0 seconds, 3rd; average, 2nd.

§         Blanton and Bobby Martin of SWOSU—Long round, 7.3 seconds, 2nd; short round, 9.5 seconds, 4th; average, 3rd.

§         Tyler Johnson, Mound City, Kan., junior, and Justin Binder, Inman, Kan., senior—Long round, 8.6 seconds, 5th; short round, missed calf.

§         Brett Bullington, North Platte, Neb., freshman, and Zach Merritt, Wellfleet, Neb., freshman—Long round, 10.0 seconds, 8th; short round, missed calf.

Breakaway Roping

§         Teddi Winfrey, Plains, Kan., senior—Long round, 3.4 seconds, 2nd; short round, 3.0 seconds, 1st; average, 1st.

§         Maggie Wood, Columbia, Mo., junior—Long round, 4.0 seconds, 7th; short round, 3.2 seconds, 2nd; average, 3rd.

§         Johni Beth Gibbs, Sheridan, Ark., junior—Long round, 3.7 seconds, 4th; short round, 13.6 seconds (includes 10 second penalty), 6th; average 6th.

§         Charity Maune, Syracuse, Kan., junior—Long round, 4.2 seconds, 8th; short round, missed calf.

Goat Tying

  • Robbie Lynn Wilson, LeMoyne, Neb., sophomore—Long round, 8.8 seconds, 6th; short round, 8.3 seconds, 4th; average, 4th.

Barrel Racing

  • Haley Nida, Alva freshman—Long round, 16.64 seconds, 4th; short round, 16.95 seconds, 4th; average, 5th.
  • Maggie Jo Saylors, Eudora, Kan., sophomore—Long round, 16.65 seconds, 5th; short round, 17.06 seconds, 6th; average, 6th.
  • Ashley Amos, Colby, Kan., senior—Long round, 16.71 seconds, 7th; short round, 17.58 seconds, 9th; average, 9th.

RANGER RODEO MEN’S TEAM HAS SUCCESSFUL TRIP TO WEATHERFORD

Charity Maune, Syracuse, Kan., senior, displays the saddle she won as the all-around cowgirl at the Southwestern Oklahoma State University rodeo. The Northwestern Oklahoma State University men’s team placed first at the same rodeo.

Charity Maune, Syracuse, Kan., senior, displays the saddle she won as the all-around cowgirl at the Southwestern Oklahoma State University rodeo. The Northwestern Oklahoma State University men’s team placed first at the same rodeo.

Weatherford, Okla. - The Northwestern Oklahoma State University men’s rodeo team brought home the trophy for placing first at the Southwestern Oklahoma State University rodeo, a part the Central Plains Region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA).

Additionally, Charity Maune, Syracuse, Kan., senior, was named all-around women’s champion, winning an engraved saddle.

“I’m very proud of all our university team members because they are seeing the results of all their hard work and dedication,” said Coach Tim Kolb. “We had 20 individual student-athletes make the short round, and five of those were in two events. Northwestern had five each in steer wrestling and tie-down roping. So far, the men’s team has won three of the five spring rodeos and four of eight this year.”

There are 10 rodeos in the season for schools in the Central Plains Region. The Rangers will compete at the Fort Hays State University (Kan.) rodeo this weekend and end the regular season at Southeastern Oklahoma State University the last weekend in April.

Results are as follows:

Bareback Riding

  • Kenny Feidler, Baltimore, Md., freshman—Long round, 64 points, 8th; short round, bucked off.
  • Dan Weil, Edna, Kan., senior—Long round, 70 points, 5th; short round, bucked off.

Tie-Down Roping

  • Mitch Barney, Logan, Iowa, senior—Long round, 10.3 seconds, 2nd; short round, calf became untied; average, 9th.
  • Kyle Winslow, Austin, Minn., junior—Long round, 13.2 seconds, 9th; short round, 23.4 seconds, 7th; average, 7th.
  • K.W. Lauer, Buffalo senior—Long round, 11.0 seconds, 4th; short round, 18.5 seconds, 5th; average, 6th.
  • Tyler Macoubrie, Paola, Kan., sophomore—Long round, 10.8 seconds, 3rd; short round, 13.0 seconds, 4th; average, tie for 3rd.
  • Tyler Johnson, Mound City, Kan., junior—Long round, 13.0 seconds, 8th; short round, 10.4 seconds, 1st; average, 2nd.

Steer Wrestling

  • Wade Kunze, Moorhead, Iowa, junior—Long round, 7.3 seconds, 9th; short round, missed steer.
  • Lance Heaton, Alva junior—Long round, 5.9 seconds, 4th; short round, 9.5 seconds, 9th; average, 9th.
  • Colt Stearns, North Platte, Neb., sophomore—Long round, 6.0 seconds, 5th; short round, 8.0 seconds, 7th; average, 7th.
  • T.J. Reichert, Illinois City, Ill., freshman—Long round, 6.7 seconds, 8th; short round, 6.4 seconds, 4th; average, 4th.
  • Barney—Long round, 5.5 seconds, 3rd; short round, 5.5 seconds, tie for 2nd; average, 2nd.

Team Roping

§         Johnson and Justin Binder, Inman, Kan., senior—Long round, 9.0 seconds, 4th; short round, 25.7 seconds, 6th; average, 6th.

§         Macoubrie and Clay Leisher, Beaver sophomore—Long round, 9.5 seconds, 7th; short round, 13.7 seconds, 4th; average, 4th.

§         Dustin Elmenhorst, El Reno senior, and Tyler Coleman of Western Oklahoma State College—Long round, 9.1 seconds, 5th; short round, 8.4 seconds, 2nd; average, 2nd.

§         Lauer and Jesse Kulzcki from Southwestern—Long round, 7.5 seconds, 1st; short round, 8.3 seconds, 1st; average, 1st.

Breakaway Roping

§         Nikki Newman, Sparta, Mo., senior—Long round, 3.9 seconds, 9th; short round, missed calf.

§         Maune—Long round, 3.7 seconds, 8th; short round, 3.7 seconds, 2nd; average, 2nd.

Goat Tying

  • Teddi Winfrey, Plains, Kan., senior—Long round, 9.9 seconds, 9th; short round, 9.1 seconds, 8th; average, 7th.
  • Robbie Lynn Wilson, LeMoyne, Neb., sophomore—Long round, 8.9 seconds, 2nd; short round, 8.4 seconds, 3rd; average, 3rd.

Barrel Racing

  • Stacy Pollard, Oswego, Kan., junior—Long round, 16.86 seconds, 6th; short round, 17.87 seconds, 8th; average, 7th.
  • Toni Shaw, Minot, N.D., senior—Long round, 17.05 seconds, 10th; short round, 16.83 seconds, 2nd; average, 3rd.
  • Maune—Long round, 16.93 seconds, 7th; short round, 16.86 seconds, 3rd; average, 2nd.

NORTHWESTERN RODEO TEAM COMPETES
SUCCESSFULLY AT PANHANDLE STATE

Mitch Barney (right) was named the all-around cowboy at the OPSU Rodeo.

Mitch Barney (right) was named the all-around cowboy at the OPSU Rodeo.

Mitch Barney, Logan, Iowa, senior, won a new saddle as the all-around cowboy at the Oklahoma Panhandle State University rodeo this past weekend.

To win the award, Barney scored points in both steer wrestling and team roping. Overall, the men’s team placed second and the women’s team was third.

In the Central Plains Region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association, the Northwestern teams hold the same positions—second for the men and third for the women. Barney is second in the all-around point standings, and Teddi Winfrey, Plains, Kan., senior, is leading the women’s all-round.

Complete results for the Panhandle rodeo are as follows:

Bareback

  • Cody Parker, Claremore junior—Long round, 68 points, 3rd; short round, 72 points, tie for 3rd; average, 5th.

Saddle Bronc

  • Brett Olive, Ford, Kan., senior—Long round, 63 points, 7th; short round, 74 points, 4th; average, 5th.

Tie-Down Roping

§  Tyler Macoubrie, Paola, Kan., sophomore—Long round, 11.6 seconds, 5th; short round, 15.3 seconds, 3rd; average, 3rd.

§  Taylor Pingry, Arkansas City, Kan., sophomore—Long round, 12.6 seconds, 10th; short round, no time.

§  Brandon Seufer, Holly, Colo., junior—Long round, 10.6 seconds, 3rd; short round, missed calf.

Steer Wrestling

  • Barney—Long round, 4.3 seconds, tie for 1st; short round, 6.5 seconds, 3rd; average, 3rd.
  • Donald Venable, Beaver freshman—Long round, 5.0 seconds, 6th; short round, 7.4 seconds, 6th; average, 6th.

Team Roping

  • Will Morris, Holden, Mo., junior, and Steve Brickey of Southeastern Oklahoma State—Long round, 8.5 seconds, 9th; short round, 7.4 seconds, 2nd; average, 2nd.
  • Barney and Coleman Proctor, Miami junior—Long round, 7.2 seconds, tie for 3rd; short round, 11.0 seconds, 3rd; average, 3rd.
  • Tyler Johnson, Mound City, Kan., junior, and Justin Binder, Inman, Kan., senior—Long round, 6.7 seconds, 1st; short round, 28.2 seconds, 8th; average, 8th.

Breakaway Roping

  • Randi Newman, Sparta, Mo., sophomore—Long round, 3.1 seconds, 6th; short round, 3.0 seconds, 1st; average, 1st. (Newman received a belt buckle for placing first.)
  • Ashley Amos, Colby, Kan., senior—Long round, 3.8 seconds, tie for 7th; short round, missed calf.
  • Rebecca Owens, Choctaw senior—Long round, 3.8 seconds, tie for 7th; short round, missed calf.

Goat Tying

  • Winfrey—Long round, 7.6 seconds, tie for 1st; short round, 7.6 seconds, 2nd; average, 2nd.

Barrel Racing

  • Robbie Wilson, LeMoyne, Neb., sophomore—Long round, 17.07 seconds, tie for 5th; short round, 16.93 seconds, 2nd; average, 2nd.
  • Toni Shaw, Minot, N.D., senior—Long round, 17.06 seconds, 4th; short round, 17.20 seconds, 8th; average 6th.

The team’s next rodeo will be this weekend at Southwestern Oklahoma State University.           


JEREMY WIEBENER SIGNS RODEO LETTER AT NORTHWESTERN

Jeremy Wiebener, a senior at Alva High School, signs a letter of intent to attend Northwestern Oklahoma State University on a rodeo scholarship. Attending the signing are (from left, seated) his parents Dee and Jack Wiebener and (standing) Northwestern coach Tim Kolb and Steve Parkhurst, AHA principal.
(Photo provided by Alva Review-Courier)

Jeremy Wiebener, a senior at Alva High School, has signed a National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association letter of intent to attend Northwestern Oklahoma State University and participate with the Ranger rodeo team.

Wiebener will compete in team roping and calf roping.

“Jeremy has been offered numerous scholarships from several colleges and universities to play football or basketball, as well as to rodeo,” said Tim Kolb, Northwestern rodeo coach. “We feel very fortunate he has selected Northwestern to continue his education, as well as his intercollegiate rodeo career.

“Jeremy practices and competes with an intensity that we seldom see in a student athlete. His athleticism and work ethic is phenomenal and I feel he will be a tremendous asset, not only to the rodeo team, but the entire Northwestern community.”


CINDY WOOD SIGNS LETTER TO ATTEND NORTHWESTERN

Cindy Wood signs a letter of intent to attend Northwestern Oklahoma State University and participate with the university’s rodeo team. Observing the ceremony are her mother Bondi and Tim Kolb, Northwestern rodeo coach.
Cindy Wood signs a letter of intent to attend Northwestern Oklahoma State University and participate with the university’s rodeo team. Observing the ceremony are her mother Bondi and Tim Kolb, Northwestern rodeo coach.

Cindy Wood, a senior at Hickman High School in Columbia, Mo., has signed a National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association letter of intent to attend Northwestern Oklahoma State University next fall and participate on the university’s rodeo team.

“We are very happy to have Cindy at Northwestern,” said Tim Kolb, rodeo coach. “She has a great work ethic and I expect her to make an immediate impact on our rodeo team and the entire Central Plains Region.”

Wood served as president of the Missouri High School Rodeo Association (MHSRA) in 2005-06 and is the recipient of a National High School Rodeo Presidential Scholarship. She was a voting delegate for two years to the National High School Finals Rodeo and was a member of the National Wrangler All-Star Team for the past two years.

At her high school, Wood has received numerous academic awards and received the “I Can” Award of Excellence in 2003, 2004 and 2005 and was named Ag Student of the Year in 2003 and 2004.

In rodeo, Woods has been a finalist with the MHSRA for three consecutive years, in the top 10 at the International Finals Youth Rodeo, a national finalist at the U.S. Calf Roping competition and placed second in breakaway roping at the Missouri Rodeo Cowboy Association state finals.

In addition, her work experience includes caring for, training and managing quarter horses.


KIEST SIGNS WITH RODEO TEAM

Pictured: Linda Powers, grandmother, Jamie Kiest, sister, Amanda Kiest, Vicki Washburn, mother. Back Row: Coach Tim Kolb and Keith Washburn, father.
Pictured: Linda Powers, grandmother, Jamie Kiest, sister, Amanda Kiest, Vicki Washburn, mother. Back Row: Coach Tim Kolb and Keith Washburn, father.

Northwestern Oklahoma State University is proud to have Amanda Kiest of Bethel High School sign a National Intercollegiate Rodeo Letter of Intent to be a part of their rodeo team. Amanda knows first hand how hard work, dedication, and strong family ties pay off. She is very coachable and is expected to go far in the sport of rodeo. "We are very excited that Amanda has chosen NWOSU to continue not only her rodeo career, but her education as well," said head coach Tim Kolb.

 


IOWA COWGIRL TO JOIN NORTHWESTERN RODEO TEAM

Molly Bates signs a letter of intent to attend Northwestern Oklahoma State University and participate with the rodeo team. Observing the signing are her parents Rick and DeeAnn and Northwestern coach Tim Kolb (standing).
Molly Bates signs a letter of intent to attend Northwestern Oklahoma State University and participate with the rodeo team. Observing the signing are her parents Rick and DeeAnn and Northwestern coach Tim Kolb (standing).

Molly Bates of Estherville, Iowa, has signed a letter of intent to attend Northwestern Oklahoma State University in the fall of 2007 and participate with the Ranger rodeo team. She currently is a student at Iowa Central Community College and will complete her associate’s degree this spring. She plans to major in business administration.

Bates participates in breakaway roping, goat-tying and team roping.

“We are pleased to have Molly choose Northwestern,” said Tim Kolb, rodeo coach. “She will be transferring from the Great Plains Region. With her work ethic and strong family background, I expect her to make an impact on our rodeo team and the entire Central Plains Region immediately.

“Her current rodeo coach Tyler Shau called me and said I should contact Molly because she is a tremendous athlete and an outstanding student. She is the type of student-athlete that we continually seek out.”


FORMER RANGER COWBOYS TO COMPETE IN NATIONAL FINALS RODEO

Four former members of the Ranger rodeo team at Northwestern Oklahoma State University will be competing in the Professional Cowboys Rodeo Association’s National Finals Rodeo (NFR) in Las Vegas beginning Thursday night.

They are Stockton Graves, Newkirk; Shannon Frascht, Alva; Nick Sartain, Yukon; and Jhett Johnson, Casper, Wyo.

The NFR features the top 15 money earners in each event in a 10-day competition that ends Saturday, Dec. 9.  Standings are determined by how much money each cowboy wins during the year in each event in some 700 PRCA rodeos in 41 states and four Canadian provinces.

The NFR posts nearly $5 million total prize money for the 10 rounds. First place in each round in each event is worth more than $16,000 and prize money is paid for the first six places. The average or “aggregate” (the best total times or scores for the 10 rounds) will pay approximately $41,000 for first place and lesser amounts through eighth place. Money earned during the NFR is added to that earned during the regular season to determine the year’s champion in each event.

Graves, a 2002 graduate, is competing for the third straight year in the steer wrestling event. At the start of the NFR, Graves was in 13th place in his event with earnings of $62,370.

Frascht, a 1990 graduate, will be competing as a heeler with his partner Sartain in the team roping event. Sartain attended Northwestern from 2001 to 2003. The duo is in 11th place with earnings of $55,853 each.

Johnson, a student at Northwestern from 1989 to 1991, also qualified as a heeler in the team roping. From Casper, Wyo., Johnson qualified ninth with earnings of $58,250. He will be roping with Travis Tryan of Billings, Mont.

Frascht, Sartain and Johnson are all making their first appearances at the NFR.

“I am very proud of each of these young men,” said Tim Kolb, rodeo coach. “It really shows the quality of competitors we have going through our rodeo program here at Northwestern. I’m sure that in the future, we’ll have even more former Rangers competing in the NFR.”

The NFR will be broadcast on ESPN2 starting with Round 1 at 11 p.m., Thursday. Round 2 will air at the same time on Friday night with Round 3 at 8 p.m., Saturday, and Round 4 at 8 p.m., Sunday.

A complete television schedule, along with round-by-round results, biographies of competitors and other information, is available at sports.espn.go.com/prorodeo/index?page=NFR.


Destri Millsap, a senior at Broken Bow High School, signs a letter of intent to attend Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva and participate with the university’s rodeo team. Observing the signing are his mother Lesa Millsap and Ranger rodeo coach Tim Kolb. Millsap will be competing in the tie-down roping and team roping events. Northwestern is a member of the Central Plains Region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) and last weekend produced its annual three-day NIRA rodeo.
Destri Millsap, a senior at Broken Bow High School, signs a letter of intent to attend Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva and participate with the university’s rodeo team. Observing the signing are his mother Lesa Millsap and Ranger rodeo coach Tim Kolb. Millsap will be competing in the tie-down roping and team roping events. Northwestern is a member of the Central Plains Region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) and last weekend produced its annual three-day NIRA rodeo.


ANNUAL RANGER RODEO STARTS THURSDAY,
500 CONTESTANTS EXPECTED

Approximately 500 collegiate cowboys and cowgirls are expected to ride into Alva this weekend for the annual Ranger Rodeo presented by Northwestern Oklahoma State University. The student competitors will come from some 20 colleges and universities that are members of the Central Plains Region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association.

Performances start at 7:30 p.m., on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Woods County Fairgrounds Arena. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for children under 12 years of age. Children 5 and under are admitted free.

Barring inclement weather, “Rodeo Days” will be held for Alva’s elementary school children on Thursday at 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday on Alva’s square. Rodeo team members will be on hand to explain the different events and demonstrate some of them.

Ten to 12 contestants in each of the nine collegiate rodeo events will be on center stage

during the Thursday and Friday night performances. The top 10 in each event will return for the championship go-round on Saturday night.

The events are bareback bronc riding, saddle bronc riding, men’s calf roping, women’s breakaway calf roping, steer wrestling, goat tying, team roping, barrel racing and bull riding. Two sections of the popular bull riding event will be run on Thursday and Friday nights.

Contestants not appearing during the performances will compete in the “slack” performances starting at 9 a.m. on both Friday and Saturday mornings. Participation in the performance or slack rounds is decided by random draw.

Special events will occur at each evening performance. On Thursday night, teams will attempt to milk wild cows, and Northwestern students will be admitted for $4 with a current I.D. card. The teams will consist of representatives from the offensive and defensive squads of the Ranger football team, the Ranger baseball team and the Ranger rodeo team.

Friday will be children’s night and will feature a children’s calf scramble. Several animals will be marked to denote prize winners.

On Saturday night, when event and team winners are determined, there will be a relay race up and down the arena by cowboys and cowgirls representing different schools. However, they will all be on foot—not horseback.

Monty Stueve of Perry will be making a return appearance as public address announcer. He has been announcing rodeos for the past seven years and was the 2002 and 2003 American Calf Roping Association Announcer of the Year.

The bullfighters will be Wade Kunze, a junior from Moorhead, Iowa, who is a member of the rodeo team, and Joe Butler from Perry, who is making his second straight appearance.

“Our team has been busy getting ready for our rodeo. Both the men and women have been performing very well this year and practicing hard so they can make a good showing at home,” Kolb said. “I’m really proud of our student-athletes and their diligence because putting on a rodeo this size takes a lot of work. In addition, our practice sessions last about three and a half hours each day, and every team member is there. They work hard, and I know it is going to pay off.”

After two of the 10 Central Plains rodeos scheduled for 2006-07, Northwestern has 30 students in the top 15 in the regional rankings, and the women’s team as a whole is in first place and the men’s team in second in their respective divisions.

Brett Olive, a junior from Ford, Kan., is fifth in the saddle bronc riding, and Cody Parker, a junior from Claremore, is in seventh place in bareback bronc riding.

In calf, or tie-down, roping, Coleman Proctor, junior from Miami, is in first place; K.W. Lauer, senior from Buffalo, is tied for eighth; Parker, and Tyler Johnson, junior from Mound City, Kan., are tied for 10th; and Luke Blanton, junior from Lamont, is 12th.

Northwestern also has a leader in steer wrestling. Mitch Barney, a senior from Logan, Iowa, is in first place, with Cody Cooper, freshman from Oak Grove, Mo., in ninth; Colt Stearns, sophomore from North Platte, Neb., tied for 10th; and Blanton, tied for 12th.

There are a number of Rangers making a mark in the team roping standings. In heading, Lauer is in fifth; Kyle Winslow, junior from Austin, Minn., sixth; Brandon Seufer, junior from Holly, Colo., seventh; Tim Clifton, junior from Pleasanton, Kan., ninth; Johnson, 10th; and Blanton, 11th 

In heeling, Cody Stone, senior from Louisburg, Kan., is seventh; Taylor Pingry, sophomore from Arkansas City, Kan., ninth; and Justin Binder, senior from Inman, Kan., 10th.

On the women’s side, Maggie Jo Salyors, a sophomore from Eudora, Kan., is third in barrel racing, and Haley Nida, a freshman from Alva, is in fourth.

In breakaway roping, Rebecca Owens, senior from Choctaw, is first; Teddi Winfrey, a senior from Plains, Kan., is second; Dani Miller, junior from Blue Mound, Kan., fourth; Nikki Newman, senior from Sparta, Mo., fifth; Johni Beth Gibbs, junior from Sheridan, Ark., 11th; and Randi Newman, sophomore from Sparta, Mo., 14th.

Winfrey is first in goat tying, and Robbie Lynn Wilson, a sophomore from Arthur, Neb., is fourth.


NORTHWESTERN RODEO TEAM CONTINUES TO PERFORM WELL

The Northwestern Oklahoma State University rodeo team continued this year’s winning ways at the Pratt (Kan.) Community College, although this week, the men and women virtually reversed results. At Pratt, the men’s team finished in first place, while the women’s team placed third. At Colby, the women won and the men were second.

Members of the winning team were Mitch Barney, Logan, Iowa, senior; Coleman Proctor, Miami, Okla., junior; Dan Weil, Edna, Kan., senior; K.W. Lauer, Buffalo senior; Tyler Johnson, Mound City, Kan., junior; and Luke Blanton, Lamont junior.

At NIRA rodeos, each coach must designate four women and six men to comprise the competition teams for each school. While other student-athletes from member universities can enter the rodeos, only scores for those designated competitors are considered in determining team standings.

“We are off to a tremendous start,” said coach Tim Kolb, “and the other teams are showing us a lot of respect. We have a long row to hoe, but our student-athletes are focused and are willing to make the sacrifices it takes to win. Our next rodeo is our home rodeo, and there is nothing more we’d like to do than win at home.”

Results for the men are as follows:

Bareback Riding

Weil—Long round, 75 points, tie for 1st; short round, 78 points, 2nd; average, 2nd. (Weil was competing in the Cowboy’s Professional Rodeo Association event in Hutchinson the same weekend, but managed to ride in all events at both rodeos. He won all three rounds in Hutchinson.)

Calf Roping

Proctor—Long round, 9.2 seconds, 1st; short round, 10.6 seconds, 2nd; average, tie for 1st.

Cody Cooper, Oak Grove, Mo., freshman—Long round, 10.8 seconds, three-way tie for 8th; short round, 11.3 seconds, 4th; average, 4th.

Lauer—Long round, 9.9 seconds, 2nd; short round, 13.0 seconds, 5th; average, 6th.

Steer Wrestling

Barney—Long round, 3.8 seconds, tie for 2nd; short round, 3.2 seconds, 1st; average, 1st.

“Three point two is the fastest intercollegiate steer wrestling run I have seen,” Kolb said. "Mitch is a phenomenal athlete, and I expect him to run off with the region’s steer wrestling title.”

Team Roping

Brandon Seufer, Holly, Colo., junior, Cody Stone, Louisburg, Kan., senior—Long round, 9.5 seconds, 10th; short round, 13.4 seconds, 2nd; average, 3rd.

Kyle Winslow, Austin, Minn., junior, roping with Regan Ward from Western Oklahoma State College—Long round, 7.8 seconds, 3rd; short round, 21.9 seconds (includes 10-second penalty), 4th; average, 4th.

Johnson and Justin Binder, Inman, Kan., senior—Long round, 7.7 seconds, 2nd; short round, missed steer, 10th; average, 8th.

Results for the women are as follows:

Breakaway Roping

Rebecca Owens, Shawnee senior—Long round, 2.8 seconds, 2nd; short round, 2.8 seconds, 2nd; average, 1st.

Ashley Amos, Colby, Kan., senior—Long round, 3.4 seconds, 7th; short round, 13.3 seconds (includes 10-second penalty), 9th; average, 9th.

Goat Tying

Robbie Lynn Wilson, Lemoyne, Neb., sophomore—Long round, 8.5 seconds, three-way tie for 5th; short round, 8.4 seconds, 2nd; average, 2nd.

Teddi Winfrey, Plains, Kan., senior—Long round, 8.4 seconds, tie for 3rd; short round, 9.0 seconds, 3rd; average, 3rd.

Barrel Racing

Maggie Jo Saylors, Eudora, Kan., sophomore—Long round, 16.96 seconds, tie for 9th; short round, 16.85 seconds, 5th; average, 6th.

Haley Nida, Alva freshman—Long round, 16.96 seconds, tie for 9th; short round, 16.95 seconds, 7th; average, 8th.

The annual Ranger rodeo will be Nov. 9-11 at the Woods County Fairgrounds indoor arena.


RANGER RODEO TEAM HAS SUCCESSFUL TRIP TO COLBY, KANSAS

The Northwestern Oklahoma State University women’s rodeo team brought home the trophy for placing first at the Colby (Kan.) Community College rodeo, the first event of the season in the Central Plains Region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA).

At NIRA rodeos, each coach must designate four women and six men to comprise the competition teams for each school. While other student-athletes from member universities can enter the rodeos, only scores for those designated competitors are considered in determining team standings.

The women named by Coach Tim Kolb for last weekend’s team were Teddi Winfrey, Plains, Kan., senior; Robbi Lynn Wilson, Arthur, Neb., sophomore; Rebecca Owens, Choctaw senior; and Johni Beth Gibbs, Sheridan, Ark., junior.

To alleviate any pressure they might feel, Kolb said he does not tell any of his students who he has selected to be on the competition teams.

“I’m very proud of all our university team members because they are beginning to realize what hard work and dedication will accomplish,” said Coach Tim Kolb. “We had 19 different student-athletes make the short round, several of them in more than one event. I expect them to continue to get better each week and reach their full potential very quickly.”

Results for the women are as follows:

Breakaway Roping

  • Winfrey—Long round, 3.1 seconds, 3rd; short round, 3.0 seconds, 2nd; average, 1st.
  • Dani Miller, Blue Mound, Kan., junior—Long round, 3.5 seconds, 5th; short round, 2.9 seconds, 1st; average, 2nd.
  • Nikki Newman, Sparta, Mo., senior—Long round, 2.8 seconds, 1st; short round, 3.7 seconds, 5th, average, 3rd.
  • Randi Newman, Sparta, Mo., sophomore (younger sister of Nikki)—Long round, 3.9 seconds, tie for 9th; short round, 3.9 seconds, 5th; average, 6th.
  • Gibbs—Long round, 3.0 seconds, 2nd; short round, missed calf.

Goat Tying

  • Winfrey—Long round, 8.1 seconds, tie for 4th; short round, 7.9 seconds, 2nd; average, 3rd.
  • Wilson—Long round, 8.1 seconds, tie for 4th; short round, 8.6 seconds, 5th; average, 5th.

Barrel Racing

  • Haley Nida, Alva freshman—Long round, 17.32 seconds, 4th; short round, 17.08 seconds, 2nd; average, 2nd.
  • Maggie Jo Saylors, Eudora, Kan., sophomore—Long round, 17.40 seconds, 6th; short round, 17.07 seconds,1st; average, 3rd.
  • Charity Maune, Syracuse, Kan., senior—Long round, 17.50 seconds, 8th; short round, knocked over barrel, 10th; average, 10th.

At Colby, the men’s competition placed second. Those who made the short round with times and/or scores and placings were:

Bareback Riding

§         Dan Weil, Edna, Kan., senior—Long round, 71 points, 4th; short round, 69 points, tie for 3rd; average, 2nd.

§         Cody Parker, Claremore junior—Long round, 66 points, 7th; short round, 71 points, 2nd; average, tie for 4th.

Calf Roping

§         Luke Blanton, Lamont junior—Long round, 11.2 seconds, tie for 9th; short round, 10.3 seconds, 3rd; average, 6th.

§         Tyler Johnson, Mound City, Kan., junior—Long round, 9.3 seconds, 1st; short round, 13.0 seconds, 9th; average, 7th.

Steer Wrestling

  • Mitch Barney, Logan, Iowa, senior—Long round, 5.0 seconds, 3rd; short round, 5.4 seconds, 1st; average, 1st.
  • Cody Cooper, Grove, Mo., freshman—Long round, 6.2 seconds, 9th; short round, 8.1 seconds, 5th; average, 5th.
  • Colt Stearns, Hershey, Neb., sophomore—Long round, 6.7 seconds, 10th; short round, 13.8 seconds (includes 10 second penalty), 6th; average, 6th.
  • Blanton—Long round, 5.7 seconds, 6th; short round, missed steer.

Team Roping

  • K.W. Lauer, Buffalo senior, roping with Jesse Kulczcki from Southwestern Oklahoma State University—Long round, 7.3 seconds, 5th; short round, 8.0 seconds, tie for 2nd; average, 3rd.
  • Tim Clifton, Fort Scott, Kan., junior, roping with Taylor Pingry, Arkansas City, Kan., sophomore—Long round, 8.1 seconds, 10th; short round, 8.2 seconds, 4th; average, 4th.
  • Blanton, roping with Bobby Martin from Southwestern—Long round, 7.5 seconds, tie for 6th; short round, 11.1 seconds (includes 5 second penalty), 5th; average, 5th.
  • Dallas Shepherd, Plains, Kan., junior, roping with Justin Reed from Connors State College—Long round, 7.5 seconds, tie for 6th; short round, 12.6 seconds, 6th; average, 6th.

The Rangers will next be at the Pratt (Kan.) Community College rodeo Oct. 6-8.


NORTHWESTERN SENDS TWO TO COLLEGE FINALS RODEO

Rick Greiner of Madison, Fla., and Clay Cowan of Highmore, S.D., will represent Northwestern Oklahoma State University at the College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) June 11-17 in Casper, Wyo.

Rick Greiner

Rick Greiner

Greiner, a junior majoring in agri-business, is the champion tie-down roper for the Central Plains Region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA).

Cowan, a senior also majoring in agri-business, placed third in the region in tie down roping. Last year, he qualified for the CNFR in steer wrestling, placing 12th among 42 entrants.

Clay Cowan

Clay Cowan

The top three finishers in each event, the male and female all-around champions and the top two teams in each of NIRA’s 11 regions are eligible to compete in the CNFR.

The rodeo will feature the top college contestants competing for national titles in bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, bull riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, team roping, barrel racing, breakaway roping and goat tying. More than $200,000 in scholarships also will be up for grabs.

All performances will begin at 7 p.m., including the Saturday championship round. Slack will be held at 7 a.m. on Monday and Tuesday.


HALEY NIDA SIGNS WITH NORTHWESTERN

Haley Nida (center) signs a letter of intent to attend Northwestern Oklahoma State University for the 2006-07 academic year and compete with the rodeo team. Observing the ceremony are her parents, Pat and Rob Nida (seated), and rodeo coach Tim Kolb.

Haley Nida (center) signs a letter of intent to attend Northwestern Oklahoma State University for the 2006-07 academic year and compete with the rodeo team. Observing the ceremony are her parents, Pat and Rob Nida (seated), and rodeo coach Tim Kolb.

Haley Nida of Alva has signed a letter of intent to attend Northwestern Oklahoma State University and compete with the university’s rodeo team. She performs in the barrel racing and breakaway roping events. She will be a freshman this fall.

“We’re very pleased to have Haley at Northwestern,” said Tim Kolb, rodeo coach. “She has a great commitment to the sport of rodeo and has a family that will not only support her, but see to it, that she achieves her goals in the classroom as well as the arena.”

“Haley has several nice horses and, with her work and practice ethic, I expect her to accomplish great things while she is attending Northwestern,” he said.

Northwestern competes in the Central Plains Region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association.


COLEMAN PROCTOR SIGNS WITH NORTHWESTERN

Coleman Proctor (right) signs a letter of intent to attend Northwestern Oklahoma State University for the 2006-07 academic year and compete with the rodeo team as rodeo team coach Tim Kolb watches.

Coleman Proctor (right) signs a letter of intent to attend Northwestern Oklahoma State University for the 2006-07 academic year and compete with the rodeo team as rodeo team coach Tim Kolb watches.

Coleman Proctor of Miami has signed a letter of intent to attend Northwestern Oklahoma State University this fall and compete with the university’s rodeo team. He is a transfer from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College.

“I’m very pleased that Coleman has chosen to come to Northwestern,” said Tim Kolb, rodeo coach. “He’s a great competitor who already has shown his championship qualities.”

Northwestern, as well as NEO, competes in the Central Plains Region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association.

Proctor was the champion heeler in team roping in the Central Plains Region in 2004-05 and was fourth this year in the team roping header standings. He also competes in calf roping.


ALYSHA WHITE SIGNS WITH NORTHWESTERN OKLAHOMA

Alysha White (center) signs a letter of intent to attend Northwestern Oklahoma State University for the 2006-07 academic year and compete with the rodeo team. Observing the ceremony are her parents, Richard and Melissa Smith (seated), and rodeo coach Tim Kolb.

Alysha White (center) signs a letter of intent to attend Northwestern Oklahoma State University for the 2006-07 academic year and compete with the rodeo team. Observing the ceremony are her parents, Richard and Melissa Smith (seated), and rodeo coach Tim Kolb.

Alysha White of Mulberry has signed a letter of intent to attend Northwestern Oklahoma State University and compete with the university’s rodeo team.

“I’m proud to announce that Alysha has chosen Northwestern,” said Tim Kolb, rodeo coach. “I know she was offered numerous rodeo scholarships and I’m excited that she has chosen Northwestern to continue not only her rodeo career, but her education as well.”

“Alysha knows first hand how hard work, dedication and strong family ties pay off in the sport of rodeo. She is very mature and career driven and I expect her to achieve her goals early in her collegiate career,” Kolb said.

Northwestern competes in the Central Plains Region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association.


TYREL REICHERT SIGNS RODEO LETTER OF INTENT AT NORTHWESTERN OKLAHOMA

Tyrel ReichertTyrel Reichert, a senior at Rockridge High School, has signed a letter of intent to attend Northwestern Oklahoma State University and participate on the university’s rodeo team.

“We are very pleased that Tyrel decided to attend school here at Northwestern,” said Tim Kolb, rodeo coach. “He will be a tremendous asset to not only the rodeo team, but to the entire Northwestern campus community.”

“Seldom does a cowboy come along that is the type of student that Tyrel is, or one that steer wrestles as well as he does. We are very fortunate to find the two rolled up in one package. I expect him to be very successful both in and out of the arena and to make an immediate impact,” Kolb said.

Northwestern competes in the Central Plains Region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association.

In addition to steer wrestling, Reichert also competes in the calf roping event. He is the son of Glenda and Gary Reichert of Illinois City, Ill.


BARTLEY RECEIVES RODEO SCHOLARSHIP

Michelle Bartley a senior at Emporia High School has signed a letter of intent with Northwestern Oklahoma State University.  Pictured top left is the rodeo coach at Northwestern, Tim Kolb.  Also pictured is Michelle's sister Angela Bartley 12, and parents, Linda and Keith Bartley. 


NORTHWESTERN RODEO TEAM COMPETES AT KANSAS STATE

The Northwestern Oklahoma State University  rodeo team competed in the first rodeo of the spring season this past weekend at Kansas State University. Next week the team will be at the Garden City (Kan.) Community College rodeo.

Results are as follows:

Calf Roping

§         Tyler Macoubrie, Paola, Kan., freshman—Long round, 9.0 seconds, 1st place; short round, 15.3 seconds, 6th; average, 6th.

§         Rick Griener, Madison, Fla., senior—Long round, 10.1 seconds, tie for 10th; short round, 18.6 (broke barrier), 7th; average, 7th.

§         A. J. Ormand, Newkirk senior—Long round, 10.1 seconds, tie for 10th; short round, missed calf; average, 10th.

Steer Wrestling

  • Clay Cowan, Highmore, S.D., senior—Long round, 4.7 seconds, tie for 4th; short round, 6.2 second, 5th; average, 4th.
  • Colt Stearns, Hershey, Neb., freshman—Long round, 4.5 seconds, tie for 1st; short round, 6.5 seconds, 8th; average, tie for 6th.
  • Greiner—Long round, 4.9 seconds, 6th; short round, 6.2 seconds, 6th; average, 8th.

Team Roping

Adam Keith, Hill City, Kan., senior, and Chris Sherman of Colby (Kan.) Community College—Long round, 5.4 seconds, 1st; short round, 21.1 seconds (three loops), 4th; average, 4th.

Breakaway Roping

  • Maggie May Wood, Columbia, Mo., junior—Long round, 2.4 seconds, tie for 1st; short round, 3.0 seconds, 2nd; average, 2nd.
  • Jayme Ramsey, Stafford, Kan., senior—Long round, 2.6 seconds, 3rd; short round, 12.4 seconds (broke barrier), 7th; average, 6th.
  • Riki Seelke, Cleo Springs freshman—Long round, 2.7 seconds, four-way tie for 4th; short round, 12.0 seconds (broke barrier), 6th; average, 5th.
  • Nikki Newman and Randi Newman, Sparta, Mo., junior and freshman, respectively, had identical scores—Long round, 2.9 seconds, tie for 8th; short round, missed calf; average, tie for 8th.

Coach Tim Kolb said, “It’s fun having sisters on the team. They both are awesome ropers and push one another a lot more than I could ever push either of them. They live together, have classes together, practice together and travel together. They are just neat to have on the team.”

Goat Tying

  • Kelsy Powders, Woodward senior—Long round, 7.0 seconds, 2nd; short round, 7.4 seconds, 4th; average, 3rd.
  • Ramsey—Long round, 7.3 seconds, tie for 3rd; short round, 8.3 seconds, tie for 6th; average, tie for 5th.
  • Teddi Winfrey, Plains, Kan., junior—Long round, 7.4 seconds, tie for 5th; short round, 8.2 seconds, 5th; average, tie for 5th.

ZACK MERRITT TO RODEO FOR NORTHWESTERN OKLAHOMA STATE

Zack Merritt, a senior at Maywood High School, has signed a National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) letter of intent to attend Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva during the 2005-2006 academic year.

“Zack is an outstanding student with a tremendous amount of talent as a bronc rider,” said Tim Kolb, Northwestern rodeo coach. “Good students are harder to come by than good cowboys. Whenever you get both rolled up in the same package, it’s a great bonus. I expect Zack to be a great asset to the Northwestern campus community, as well as the rodeo team.”

Merritt is the son of Roger and Trudy Merritt of Wellfleet.

Northwestern competes as part of the Central Plains Region of NIRA that encompasses two and four-year colleges and universities in Kansas, Oklahoma and a small portion of Missouri. The rodeo team produces its own intercollegiate rodeo each fall.


RANGER RODEO COMPLETES SUCCESSFUL RUN

With more than 450 entries and large crowds each night, Northwestern Oklahoma State University successfully completed its annual Ranger Rodeo Saturday night.

The last night was highlighted by a tribute to the late Blake Lauer of Buffalo, a former member of the Northwestern rodeo team who died in an automobile accident this spring. His brother, K.W., is a current team member.

In addition to the tribute, a 3-year-old paint colt, donated by Jerry Taylor of Hennessey Livestock Market, was raffled to raise money to be donated to the Blake Lauer Scholarship fund established by the rodeo team. Nancy Miller of Blue Mound, Kan., was the winner and she immediately donated the colt back to the team to be auctioned to raise more funds. Greg Baker of Alva made the winning bid of $825 for the colt.

The Lauer family was in attendance for the Saturday night short round performance.

The top results for Northwestern competitors were as follows:

Breakaway roping—Randi Newman, Sparta, Mo., freshman, first; Dani Miller, Blue Mound, Kan., sophomore, fifth.

Goat tying—Teddi Winfrey, Plains, Kan., junior, third.

Bareback riding—Danny Weil, Edna, Kan., senior, fourth.

Tie-down roping—Tyler Johnson, Mound City, Kan., sophomore, fourth; A.J. Ormand, Ponca City senior, split fifth and sixth; Cooper Adams, Plains, Kan., junior, eighth.


WOMEN’S RODEO TEAM WINS EVENT AT PRATT COLLEGE IN KANSAS

The Northwestern Oklahoma State University women’s rodeo team won last weekend’s competition at the Pratt (Kan.) Community College rodeo. The men’s team placed fourth.

“I’m very proud of our teams because they are beginning to realize what hard work and dedication will accomplish,” said Coach Tim Kolb. “I expect them to continue to get better each week and reach their full potential very quickly.”

Freshman Randi Newman led the way for the women, winning the average in breakaway roping. She split second and third places with teammate Rebecca Owens, a junior from Blair, with a time of 2.8 seconds. Newman, from Sparta, Mo., won the short round with a time 3.5 seconds, putting her first in the average.

“Most freshmen are extremely nervous at their first intercollegiate rodeo, but Randi stepped up to the plate and hit a home run,” Kolb said. “I’m very proud of her, and with her sister Nikki pushing her, I expect her to have a tremendous stint in college rodeo.”

Owens placed second in the short round with 3.6 seconds and second in the average. Also in breakaway roping, junior Nikki Newman was ninth in the long round with 4.0 seconds, but missed her calf in the short round. Dani Miller, sophomore from Blue Mound, Kan., placed sixth in the long round with a time of 3.7 seconds and also missed her calf in the short round.

Other results are as follows:

Goat Tying

§         Teddi Winfrey, Plains, Kan., junior—Long round, 9.2 seconds, 10th; short round, 8.2 seconds, 2nd; average, 2nd.

§         Jayme Ramsey, Stafford, Kan., senior—Long round, 8.7 seconds, 2nd; short round, 9.9 seconds, 10th; average, 8th.

Barrel Racing

§         Maggie Jo Saylors, Valley Springs, S.D., freshman—Long round, 18.23 seconds, 7th; short round, 23.10 seconds (includes 5 second penalty), 9th; average, 9th.

Calf Roping

§         Tyler Johnson, Mound City, Kan., sophomore—Long round, 12.2 seconds, 8th; short round, 14.5 seconds, 4th; average, 4th.

§         A.J. Ormand, Kildare senior (the returning Central Plains calf roping champion)—Long round, 11.6 seconds, 4th; short round, missed calf.

§         Clay Cowan, Highmore, S.D., senior—Long round, 11.3 seconds, 2nd; short round, 23.2 seconds (includes 10 second penalty), 6th; average, 6th.

Steer Wrestling

  • Drifton Hoyle, Clarksville, Ark., freshman—Long round, 4.9 seconds, 8th; short round, 5.0 seconds, 4th; average, 4th.
  • Cowan—Long round, 4.6 seconds, 4th; short round, 7.9 seconds, 8th; average, 8th.

“Drifton, another true freshman, is really focused and his steer wrestling shows it,” Kolb said. “He backed his horse ‘Paint Stick’ in the corner and did what he expected of himself—to make the best possible run on the steer he drew. I expect him to continue to improve each week and be a major contender in the steer wrestling event.”

Team Roping

  • Jake Long, Coffeyville, Kan., senior, and Coleman Proctor from Northeastern Oklahoma A & M—Long round, 7.2 seconds, 6th; short round, 7.0 seconds, 5th; average, 4th.
  • Tyler Macoubrie, Paola, Kan., freshman, and Joe Macoubrie (Tyler’s uncle) from Fort Scott (Kan.) Community College—Long round, 6.1 seconds, 1st; short round, missed steer.

This weekend, the rodeo team will be competing at Northeastern Oklahoma A & M.