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Sheridan College bareback rider Chance Ames rides Super Soaker at last year's College National Finals Rodeo at the Casper Events Center.

Alan Rogers, Star-Tribune

With two rodeos remaining in the Central Rocky Mountain Region season, the men’s team race is wide open while Gillette College has already clinched the women’s team title.

The CRMR season continues this weekend as Casper College hosts the Ropin’ and Riggin’ Days Rodeo in The Arena at the Central Wyoming Fairgrounds. The long go-round is set for Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m., with the short go Sunday at 10 a.m.

The Sheridan College men’s team, the defending regional champs, dominated the competition two weeks ago to move atop the standings with 3,240 points. While the Generals look to secure a top-two finish to qualify for the College National Finals Rodeo at the Casper Events Center in June, they’ll have to hold off charges from Laramie County Community College (2,885 points), Gillette College (2,820), Casper College (2,740) and Chadron State College (2,570). The University of Wyoming (2,345) and Central Wyoming College (2,285) also are in the mix.

“Usually when you get to this point there are a couple schools that are out of reach and there’s one school with an outside chance,” Casper College coach Jhett Johnson said, “but this year there are five schools with a real chance. I like it better this way. I hope it ends up with us on top, but I like a battle … that’s why we play the game.

“What we really need, and every coach in the region would say the same thing, is to have a rodeo like Sheridan had a couple weeks ago. That kind of boosted them out front.”

Sheridan College has done most of its damage on the roughstock end of the arena. Chance Ames, Hunter Carlson and Cole Reiner sit first, third and fifth, respectively, in bareback bronc riding Lane Schuelke is second in saddle bronc riding and Kenneth Thomson is third in bull riding.

Each of the five schools directly behind Sheridan College in the team standings has an event leader, and Central Wyoming College’s Thomas Davis leads the all-around.

“It’s exciting this year because it’s anybody’s game,” Johnson admitted.

That’s not the case, at least at the top, on the women’s side.

Gillette College enters this weekend with 3,055 points, putting the Pronghorns well ahead of Eastern Wyoming College with 1,650.3 points. The Lancers’ have just a two-point lead on the third-place University of Wyoming Cowgirls, however.

Surprisingly, no Pronghorn leads any of the three events – barrel racing, breakaway roping, goat tying – but they do have the top two all-around competitors in Rickie Engesser and Taylour Latham.

After 8 rodeos

Men

Team: Sheridan College 3,240 Laramie County Community College 2,885 Gillette College 2,820 Casper College 2,740 Chadron State College 2,570 University of Wyoming 2,345 Central Wyoming College 2,285 Northeastern Junior College 1,535 Eastern Wyoming College 1,455 Otero Junior College 1,275 Lamar Community College 270 Colorado State University 150.

All-Around: Thomas Davis, CWC, 870 Brady Thurston, CWC, 765 Brock Wahlert, UW, 720 Logan Brown, CC, 605 Jase Staudt, NJC, 520.

Bareback Bronc Riding: Chance Ames, SC, 895 Rowdy Moon, CSC, 760 Hunter Carlson, SC, 640 Thomas Davis, CWC, 570 Cole Reiner, SC, 495.

Saddle Bronc Riding: Mason Mardesich, OJC, 825 Lane Schuelke, SC, 460 Carter Elshere, GC, 448.3 Houston Brown, LCCC, 430 Rhett Fanning, GC, 365.

Bull Riding: Jacob Smith, UW, 430 Coby Lane, UW, 395 Kenneth Thomson, SC, 290 Nathaniel Hoey, LCC, 270 Ethan Lesiak, CSC, 260.

Steer Wrestling: Devin Dibbern, CSC, 445 Kalane Anders, CSC, 410 Taylor Davidson, CWC, 410 Prestyn Novak, CSC, 300 Thomas Davis, CWC, 300.

Tie-Down Roping: Austin Hurlburt, LCCC, 615 Cody Darnell, NJC, 440 Cody Henderson, SC, 385 Logan Brown, CC, 315 Jase Staudt, NJC, 310.

Team Roping (header): Kellan Johnson, GC, 840 Wheaton Williams, CC, 540 Justene Hirsig, UW, 475 Braden Pirrung, EWC, 420 Jon Peterson, GC, 395.

Team Roping (heeler): Trey Yates, CC, 760 Jerren Johnson, CC, 540 Denton Shaw, UW, 475 Riley Curuchet, EWC, 420 J.C. Flake, UW, 345.

Women

Team: Gillette College 3,055 Eastern Wyoming College 1,650.3 University of Wyoming 1,598.3 Central Wyoming College 1,065 Laramie County Community College 1,010 Casper College 645 Colorado State University 540 Northeastern Junior College 445 Colorado State University-Pueblo 430 Sheridan College 410 Chadron State College 402 Lamar Community College 247.

All-Around: Rickie Engesser, GC, 1,135 Taylour Latham, GC, 1,035 Justene Hirsig, UW, 765 Casey Reimler, UW, 743.3.

Barrel Racing: Lake Mehalic, CSU, 540 Riley Addington, GC, 450 Rickie Engesser, GC, 435 Siarra Johnson, CC, 330 Rachael Calvo, UW, 310.

Breakaway Roping: Teisha Coffield, CSUP, 455 Rickie Engesser, GC, 400 Quincy Segelke, GC, 360 Casey Reimler, UW, 310 Justene Hirsig, UW, 290.

Goat Tying: Karissa Rayhill, EWC, 632 Taylour Latham, GC, 610 Jacey Thompson, EWC, 595 Casey Reimler, UW, 423.3 Faith Hoffman, NJC, 395.

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Sports Editor

Jack Nowlin returned to the Star-Tribune in 2007 after eight years covering Michigan State University athletics. A Wyoming native, and a graduate of Jeffrey City High School and the University of Wyoming, Jack serves as the Star-Tribune’s sports editor.

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