Riverton hosts high school rodeo this Saturday, Sunday

Sep 6, 2012 By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

Three veteran Fremont County rodeo athletes will be at home for the final time at the high school rodeo level Saturday and Sunday in Riverton.

Coley Nicholls of Riverton High School will be in team roping and calf roping. Pavillion's Teal Stoll is slated to be in pole bending and barrel racing.

Drew Antone of Wind River will be in bull riding and steer wrestling.

Rodeo action begins at the Fremont County Fairgrounds at 10 a.m. Saturday.

"I expect all of them to have a really good season," rodeo helper Kara Stoll said. "They are way more relaxed in what they are doing. They have all had some good success. I think that they will all shine."

Sunday's action begins at 9 a.m. There is no admission charge.

"They are two separate rodeos," Stoll said. "It will be pretty much the same people on both days."

Stoll is coming off a second-place finish in July at the National High School Finals Rodeo at Rock Springs in pole bending.

In June, Nicholls won the team roping state title in Douglas. Antone qualified for the National High School Finals Rodeo in bull riding.

"They all have pretty good background when they rodeo against the best of the best," Kara Stoll said.

The high school season started last Sunday and Monday in a rodeo in Wheatland.

"It looks like the rodeo will be pretty good this year," Stoll said. "It looks like we have a good batch of freshman coming in."

Stoll is expecting the Riverton rodeo to draw a good field.

"Our numbers were down a little bit at Wheatland compared to what we had last year, but I think that we are going to have some really good competition in Riverton," Stoll said.

Last year, Lander hosted the high school rodeo.

"We always like to go in the fall," Stoll said. "Once you get a place in the schedule you kind of like to stay there."

Popular events

Stoll said barrel racing and team roping are the most popular events in high school rodeo. There are 59 cowgirls set to be in barrel racing on the first day.

The NHSFR was held in Rock Springs for the first time in July. Gillette had hosted the NHSFR for a long time.

"They pulled off a pretty good show," Stoll said. "They still have some work to do, but I heard only really good things."

Rock Springs hosts the NHSFR in July of 2013. The top four in each event qualify for the NHSFR in Rock Springs.

"The kids are looking at the points all the time," Stoll said. "Points are a big deal all year. "

The fall season ends Sept. 15-16 in a Jackson rodeo.

The rodeo season starts back up on April 13-14 in Laramie. The rest of the rodeos are in Rock Springs (April 20-21), Big Piney (April 27-28), Newcastle (May 4-5), Gillette (May 11-12), Casper (May 18-19), Buffalo (May 25), Sheridan (May 26-27). The state finals are June 5-9 in Douglas.

Fremont County rodeo athletes in Saturday events

Barrel racing -- Kit Vogel, Pavillion; Koleen Blake, Riverton; Sierra Lyons, Lander; Sierra Spratt, Lysite; Shawna Evans, Riverton.

Tie-down roping -- Hunter Bregar, Lander; Daniel Huxtable, Riverton.

Steer wrestling -- Hunter Bregar, Lander.

Bull riding -- Jake Manasco, Riverton; Drew Antone, Kinnear; Kyle Blake, Riverton.

Breakaway roping -- Sierra Spratt, Lysite; Sierra Lyons, Lander; Chesnie Whitlock, Kinnear; Deni Lou Nicholls, Kinnear; Kit Vogel, Pavillion; Brooke Hursh, Riverton; Josee Vogel, Pavllion.

Team roping -- Justin Hirsig, Cheyenne/Coley Nicholls, Kinnear; Baillie Matthews, Rozet/Deni Lou Nicholls, Kinnear; Josee Vogel, Pavillion/Kyle Cahoy, Sheridan; Kobe Stoner, Casper/Kit Vogel, Pavillion; Hunter Bregar, Lander/Brady Merritt, Fort Collins, Colo; Sierra Spratt, Lysite/JD Slagowsi, Farson.

Pole bending -- Deni Lou Nicholls, Kinnear; Sierra Lyons, Lander; Shawna Evans, Riverton; Sierra Spratt, Lysite.

Goat tying -- Josee Vogel, Pavillion; Deni Lou Nicholls, Kinnear; Kit Vogel, Pavillion; Brooke Hursh, Riverton; Sierra Lyons, Lander; Sierra Spratt, Lysite.

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