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Wyoming will be well-represented at the National Junior High School Finals Rodeo, which begins Sunday in Huron, South Dakota.

Thirty-six cowboys and cowgirls from Wyoming will be competing for titles in 12 events: team roping, tie-down roping, boys and girls goat tying, boys and girls breakaway roping, bull riding, chute dogging, saddle bronc steer riding, bareback bronc steer riding, barrel racing and pole bending.

Haiden Thompson of Yoder will compete in six events -- team roping, breakaway, pole bending, barrel racing, ribbon roping and goat tying -- while Jase Longwell of Thermopolis will compete in saddle bronc, team roping, tie-down, ribbon roping and chute dogging.

Other Wyoming contestants competing in at least three events are: Wheatland's Rayne Grant (ribbon roping, goat tying, barrel racing, pole bending); Poison Spider's Teagan Bentley (ribbon roping, team roping, tie-down) and Ten Sleep's Mason Trollinger (ribbon roping, team roping, breakaway).

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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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