Big Piney team ropers Kolby Bradley and Arye Espenscheid took the lead in the average Wednesday night with a 6.13-second run in the second go-round of the National High School Finals Rodeo in Rock Springs.

Bradley and Espenscheid finished third in the first go with a 7.09, giving them a two-run total of 13.22 seconds. There are four performances left in the second go, with the top 12 competitors in each event qualifying for Saturday night's finals.

Other Wyoming cowboys and cowgirls in position to qualify for the finals:

  • Gillette's Kaden Berger had a 6.52-second run in steer wrestling that has him sixth in the second go and third in the average with a 13.42.
  • Pinedale's Colt Ramsey scored 145.0 points in boys cutting to sit second in the go and third in the average with a total of 286.0 points.
  • Sheridan's Ellie Bard is fourth in the breakaway roping average with a 6.18 and Sheridan's Tavy Leno is sixth in the goat tying average with a 17.66.

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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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