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Ropin' and Riggin' Days Rodeo

Gillette College saddle bronc rider Carter Elshere scores 79 points on his ride Saturday during Casper College's Ropin' and Riggin' Days Rodeo at the Central Wyoming Fairgrounds.

Alan Rogers, Star-Tribune

The Sheridan College men’s rodeo team appears well on its way to defending its Central Rocky Mountain Region championship.

While official results weren’t available, the Generals likely extended their lead in the team standings with a solid performance at Casper College’s Ropin’ and Riggin’ Days Rodeo over the weekend.

Chance Ames had a 79-point ride aboard Triple V Rodeo Company’s Rattleweed to win the short go-round Sunday in The Arena at the Central Wyoming Fairgrounds. Ames finished with a two-head total of 154 points to tie Gillette College’s Colt Hokana for the average title.

“Chance is an amazing young man,” Sheridan College coach Marc Gilkerson said. “I was recruiting him ever since he was a freshman in high school. He has matured both physically and mentally and I’m expecting to see good things down the road from him.”

Ames was the only Sheridan College cowboy to win a title Sunday, but the Generals got top-five average finishes from Lane Schuelke and Garrett Uptain in saddle bronc riding; and Uptain, K’s Thomson and Ty Ward in bull riding.

Unofficially, Sheridan College finished with 480 points to top the field, followed by Gillette College with 475, Laramie County Community College with 430 and Casper College and the University of Wyoming with 320 apiece.

With one rodeo remaining on the CRMR schedule — next week’s Laramie River Rendezvous at UW — Sheridan College looks to have about a 400-point lead on Laramie County CC, with Gillette College and Casper College also in the mix to finish in the top two and qualify for the College National Finals Rodeo in June at the Casper Events Center.

Gillette College rode a 1-2 finish by Rhett Fanning and Carter Elshere in saddle bronc to give themselves a chance at returning to the CNFR.

“We had a good rodeo,” Gillette College coach Will LaDuke said. “I think we kept ourselves in the race, it’s just all gonna come down to Laramie next week.

“It’s been a long time since I’ve had three roughstock guys and three timed-event guys on our team, it’s usually loaded with timed-event guys. So being able to get some points on the other end of the arena has been big for us this year.”

Casper College junior Logan Brown was fourth in the tie-down roping average and paired with Casper College teammate Kaelie Oliver to take second in the team roping to help keep the T-Birds in the running.

“Logan had a great rodeo,” Casper College coach Jhett Johnson said. “He pretty much carried us this weekend. He’s a solid guy. He just goes out there and does his job.”

The Gillette College women’s team, which wrapped up the regional title weeks ago, continued to roll. Rickie Engesser won the goat tying and the all-around titles Sunday, with Quincy Segelke placing third in the breakaway roping and Taylour Latham fifth in the barrel racing.

“I knew we had a tough team,” LaDuke said. “I think we’ll have a good chance in June at the college finals. ... This is a top-five women’s team.”

See Tuesday’s Star-Tribune for complete results from the Ropin’ and Riggin’ Days Rodeo.

Follow sports editor Jack Nowlin on Twitter @CASJackN

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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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