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Evanston’s Lance Evans held the early lead in the Reined Cow Horse competition at the National High School Finals Rodeo in Rock Springs.

Through Tuesday’s morning performance at the Sweetwater County Complex, Evans was atop the first go-round standings with 292.5 points. Evans was one of 12 Wyoming competitors in the Top 20 of their respective events with just two performances — Tuesday night and Wednesday morning — remaining in the first go.

The second go-round starts Wednesday night and runs through Saturday morning, with the finals scheduled for Saturday night.

Gillette’s Sage Kohr was second in barrel racing with a time of 17.423 seconds. Worland’s Maddie Fantaskey was 18th with a 17.783.

Newcastle’s Teigen Marchant was in the Top 20 in two events, sitting eighth in tie-down roping with a 10.42-second run and 16th in steer wrestling with a 5.99.

Casper team roper Carson Johnson and Kal Fuller of Bozeman, Montana, are third in the event with a time of 5.50 seconds while brothers Bryan and Jared Lemmon of Torrington are 15th with a 7.91.

Rock Springs saddle bronc rider Ira Dickinson is tied for second with a 75 and Saratoga’s Kasen York is tied for ninth in boys cutting with 144.5 points.

In bareback bronc riding, Diamondville’s Donny Proffit, a three-time state champion wrestler for Kemmerer, is tied for 13th with a 62 and Evanston’s Myles Carlson is 18th with a 58. Laramie goat tyer Alexis Manley is 19th with a time of 8.73 seconds.

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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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