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Nicholls wins third state rodeo title; Spratt also a champ
Jun 11, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor
Coley Nicholls and Sierra Spratt won the two high school rodeo titles from Fremont County Saturday at the state finals in Douglas.
Nicholls locked up his third consecutive team roping title with partner Garrett Grieve from Baggs.
Nicholls graduated from Riverton High School in May. He finished second in his freshman season.
"It was very special to me," Nicholls said. "It was a great achievement. I have been working hard for it. Now, hopefully I can go to nationals and do the same thing."
The tandem scored a total of 338 points this season on the way to the championship.
"We started to rope together when we were little," Nicholls said. "We just had that team roping chemistry."
The pair entered the state finals last weekend with a comfortable lead.
"We had it almost locked up," Nicholls said. "We still had to rope good on the weekend. Team roping competition is very popular. High School rodeo this year was tougher than last year. We had a few guys that were really pushing us this year."
The two won rodeos in Sheridan, Rock Springs, Big Piney, Jackson and Wheatland to be in the No. 1 spot.
"We were very consistent during the year," Nicholls said.
Spratt finished first Saturday in the barrel racing event.
Spratt, a freshman at Shoshoni High School, was named the rookie cowgirl of the year.
The top four cowboys or cowgirls qualify for the National High School Finals Rodeo July 14-20 in Rock Springs.
"I will practice as much as possible before the finals," Nicholls said. "I will keep my horse in good shape. I will go to a lot of team roping jackpots."
With his third team roping title, Nicholls tied his cousin, Dahl Nicholls, for the number of team roping titles in the family.
Dahl won his team roping titles in 2006, 2007 and 2008.
Dahl won it with his cousin, Chance Nicholls, the first two years.
Corbin and Dahl Nicholls won it in 2008. Corbin is Coley's older brother.
Corbin and partner Matt Schieck won the title in 2010.
Coley said he is going to be on the Casper College rodeo team in the fall. He will be team roping with Corbin on the college level.
Corbin will either be going to University of Wyoming or Casper College.
Spratt placed in the top spot in the barrel racing competition with 213.5 points.
Buffalo's Breanna Reimler was second at 182.5 points. Pavillion's Teal Stoll and Madison Wilkerson from Jackson tied for third at 166 points.
In goat tying, Josee Vogel from Pavillion placed in the runner-up position with 212 points.
Ashten Marchant from Newcastle was second (237 points). Jamie Thompson from Whitney, Neb., was third (175 points).
Stoll was second in pole bending scoring 197 points. Chloe Ashenhurst from Wheatland won the regional title with 231.5 points.
Final Wyoming High School
Rodeo association standings
Barebacks -- 1. Justin Kissack, Gillette, 232; 2. Jeffery Zdziarski, Sheridan, 207.5; 3. Hunter Carlson, Douglas, 92; 4. Chance Ames, Big Piney, 134.5. Alternate -- Nevada Starr, Wheatland, 73.
Pole bending -- 1. Chloe Ashenhurst, Wheatland, 231.5; 2. Teal Stoll, Pavillion, 197; 3. Breanna Reimler, Buffalo, 177; 4. Abi Deveraux, Newcastle, 161; Alternate -- Deena Norell, Meeker, Colo, 125.5.
Team roping -- 1. Garrett Grieve, Baggs/Coley Nicholls, Kinnear, 338; 2. Cameron Irwin, Buffalo/Weston Mann, Sheridan, 265; 3. Jhett Hadley, Wheatland/Trace Steele, Sundance, 224; 4. Justene Hirsig, Cheyenne/Denton Shaw, Lusk, 199; Alt. Jayden Johnson, Casper/Klay Ready, Dixon, 191.
Saddle broncs -- 1. Brody Cress, Hillsdale, 200.5; 2. Blaze Cress, Hillsdale, 174.5; 3. J.W. Meiers, Mills, 152; 4. Austin Anderson, Powder River, 80; Alt. Jacob Hodges, Edgemont, S.D., 58.
Steer wrestling -- 1. Cutter DeHart, Laramie, 149.5; 2. Teigen Finnerty, Wheatland, 147; 3. Casey Sellers, Buffalo, 134; 4. Kane Butcher, Jelm, 124.5; Alt. Drew Antone, Kinnear, 110.
Breakaway roping -- 1. Cameron Irwin, Buffalo, 198.5; 2. Logan Milligan, Torrington, 180.5; 3. Garrett Grieve, Baggs, 171.5; 4. Casey Sellers, Buffalo, 160.5; Alt -- Taylor Tarver, Gillette, 135.
Barrel racing -- 1. Sierra Spratt, Lysite, 213.5; 2. Breanna Reimler, Buffalo, 182.5; 3. (Tie) Teal Stoll, Pavillion, 166 and Madison Wilkerson, Jackson, 166; Alt -- Kylee Cahoy, Sheridan, 154.5.
Bull riding -- 1. Bryce Burnell, Arvada, 168.5; 2. Scott Carlson, Evanston, 157.5; 3. Mike Schultz, Cheyenne, 105; 4. Ty Bertrand, Gillette, 95; Alt -- Drew Antone, Kinnear, 79.
Boys cutting -- 1. Trase Johnson, Gillette, 2. Colby Thurston, Lance Creek; 3. Dalton Garrett, Casper; 4. Jayden Johnson, Casper.
Girls cutting -- 1. Faith Carson, Arvada; 2. Lexi Hamm, Rozet; 3. Jasmine Gould, Meeteetse; 4. Cheyenne Foot, Meeteetse.
All-around cowboy -- Casey Sellers, Buffalo.
All-around cowgirl -- Breanna Reimier, Rozet.
Rookie cowboy of the year: Chance Ames, Big Piney.
Rookie cowgirl of the year -- Sierra Spratt, Lysite.