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Wyoming sent 14 cowboys and cowgirls into the final go-round of the National High School Finals Rodeo late Saturday night at the Sweetwater Events Complex in Rock Springs.

Big Piney team ropers Kolby Bradley and Arye Espenschied placed fifth in the second go-round and entered the final go second in the average with a two-run time of 13.22 seconds. The tandem of Blake Afdahl (Torrington) and Clay Reiner (Buffalo) qualified for the finals in 13th with a 22.10.

Sheridan’s Ellie Bard advanced to the finals in two events, sitting eighth in breakaway roping with a two-run time of 6.18 seconds and ninth in barrel racing with a 35.291. The top 20 in each event qualify for the finals.

Maddie Wolff of Gillette finished third in the second go (20.111) and was third in the average (40.768) in pole bending.

Clearmont’s Brooke Worman entered the final go fifth in goat tying with a two-run time of 15.86 seconds.

In boys cutting, Pinedale’s Colt Ramsey was ninth in the average with a two-run total of 286.0 points while Casper’s Wes Bray was tied for 12th with a 283.5.

Steer wrestlers Kaden Berger of Gillette and Winsten McGraw of Gill, Colorado, who competed in Wyoming this season, also advanced to the finals. Berger entered No. 7 with a 13.42 while McGraw was No. 10 with a 13.66.

Bareback bronc rider Donny Proffit of Diamondville was No. 15 in the average with a total of 127.0 points on two head. Proffit, a four-time state champion wrestler at Kemmerer, will rodeo and wrestle at the University of Wyoming.

Yoder’s Haiden Thompson was third in the all-around rookie cowgirl standings and Bard was 10th in the all-around cowgirl standings.

In the team standings, the Wyoming girls were in fourth place with 2,410 points while the boys were 11th with 1,855 points. Overall, Wyoming was sixth in the team standings.

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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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