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Texas walked away with the team titles Saturday night at the National High School Finals Rodeo in Rock Springs.

Texas won the overall title as well as having the boys and girls teams finishing first. Wyoming was eighth overall, with the boys placing ninth and the girls 12th.

The Torrington tandem of Bryan and Jared Lemmon were the top finishers for Wyoming on the night. The team ropers placed eighth in the short go-round with a time of 12.59 seconds, which put them sixth overall with a three-run time of 29.04. Bryan, who will be a senior, was a Super 25 selection last year for the Trailblazers.

Diamondville’s Donny Proffit, a three-time state wrestling champion for Kemmerer, tied for fifth in bareback bronc riding with 75 points and finished eighth in the average with 197 points on three head. Baggs’ Riggen Myers, an all-state football player at Snake River, was 11th in the final go with a 59 and 15th overall with a 172.

Gillette’s Shay Hough, who entered the short go second in pole bending, fell to 17th in the average after missing a pole and posting a 24.493. Hough still finished fourth in the all-around.

Also for Wyoming, Saratoga’s Kasen York finished 10th in the average in boys cutting with 426 points after placing 13th in the final go with a 136. York, who also finished 19th in the reined cow horse competition, was fifth in the all-around.

Rock Springs saddle bronc rider Ira Dickinson had a no-score and tied for 17th in the average, Riverton goat tyer Elsie Campbell had a no-time but still tied for 19th in the average and Torrington tie-down roper Cole Lane had a no-score and finished 20th in the average.

Winning average titles were: Cooper Bennett of Roosevelt, Utah (bareback); Cash Wilson of Wall, South Dakota (saddle bronc); Cole Skender of Crossett, Arkanas (bull riding); Amanda Butler of Payson, Utah (barrel racing); Jesse Keysaer of Culleoke, Tennessee (steer wrestling); Trae Smith of Georgetown, Idaho (tie-down roping); Brock Ward of Jerome, Idaho, and Trae Smith (team roping); Cassie Miller of Florence, Arizona (breakaway roping); and Erryn Hodson of Hooper, Utah (goat tying).

Carson Ray of Groveton, Texas, won the boys cutting and McKenna Coronado of Kanarraville, Utah, won the boys and girls cutting, respectively.

Keenan Hayes of Hayden, Colorado, won the boys all-around while Coronado took the girls all-around title.

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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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