Sep 13, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorIt's the first rodeo in the head coaching career of new CWC leader Drew Schrock.
A new era begins this weekend for Central Wyoming College at the Rustler Roundup rodeo, when Drew Schrock makes his debut as the head coach.
Schrock was hired in July to take over the rodeo program from former CWC coaches Rick and Lynn Smith. The husband-and-wife tandem left the Riverton campus to coach at Cochise College in Arizona.
Schrock was an assistant coach last year for the Rustlers.
Traci Hinman is the assistant coach this year for Schrock.
"We have a good group of kids here," Schrock said. "The atmosphere is great. They have been working hard."
The Rustler Roundup opens at 7 p.m. with a Friday performance.
Saturday has two rounds, one 1 p.m. and the other at 7 p.m. The finals are at 11 a.m. on Sunday.
The three-day rodeo is the season opener for the Central Rocky Mountain Region.
CWC, Casper College, Gillette College, the University of Wyoming, Eastern Wyoming College, Northeastern Junior College, Laramie County Community College, Chadron State College, Sheridan College, Lamar Community College, Colorado State University and Otero Junior College make up the CRMR.
"I have been around this program for some time," Schrock said. "I think that these guys show a lot of hard work ethic. Their attitude is really good. I know they are going to take one ride at a time and see what where it goes. "
Tickets prices for the Rustler Roundup are $5 for adults and $3 for children. The events are saddle bronc, bareback, bull riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, team roping, barrel racing, breakaway roping and goat tying.
Colton Miller is one of the top returning cowboys for CWC.
As a freshman, Miller won the saddle bronc CRMR title. Miller carried his momentum into the pro rodeo level, where he made the finals of the Rocky Mountain Circuit.
Last week in a pro rodeo in Blackfoot, Idaho, Miller had an 84-point ride on a saddle bronc.
"Colton is a class act," Schrock said. "He is solid." Stetson Jorgensen was one of the top all-around cowboys last year in the region. Jorgensen tied for the top spot in steer wrestling with Miles Spickelmier from Chadron State.
Jorgensen will compete this weekend in Riverton in saddle bronc, steer wrestling, calf roping and team roping.
Bull rider Tyler Williams moved to Casper College after earning a trip to the College National Finals Rodeo in his freshman season for the Rustlers.
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