Nebraska defenders Dicaprio Bootle and Mohamed Barry led a group of Husker defensive and special teams standout honored by the Big Ten Conference on Tuesday.
A sophomore cornerback, Bootle was a third-team all-conference selection by both the Coaches and the Big Ten Media. Bootle registered 15 pass breakups on the season, tying for the second-most PBU in Nebraska history and the most since 2004. He ranked fourth in the Big Ten and 17th nationally in passes defended per game.
Barry had a standout junior season at linebacker and earned third-team recognition by the Big Ten Media and honorable-mention accolades from the coaches. Barry led Nebraska with 112 tackles, the most by a Husker since Lavonte David had 133 tackles in 2011. Barry had seven double-figure tackles games, becoming the fifth Husker to have seven games with 10 or more tackles in a season.
Three other Husker defensive players received honorable-mention all-conference recognition. Senior linebacker Luke Gifford was honored by both the media and coaches panel. Gifford had 62 tackles and led Nebraska with 13 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks. Gifford was also recognized on Tuesday as Nebraska’s winner of the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award.
Junior defensive linemen Carlos and Khalil Davis were chosen as honorable-mention players by the coaches and media, respectively. The twins from Blue Springs, Mo., anchored the Blackshirt defensive front. Carlos Davis had 27 tackles, three TFL and a sack, while his five breakups were the most by a Nebraska defensive lineman in nine seasons. Khalil Davis finished with 41 tackles, including eight tackles for loss and three sacks.
Junior punter Isaac Armstrong was an honorable-mention choice by both the media and coaches. Armstrong took over the punting duties at mid-season and averaged 43.6 yards per punt to rank second in the Big Ten. The average ranks as the ninth-best season average in Nebraska history.
The Big Ten will announce all-conference offensive teams on Wednesday.
Nebraska All-Big Ten Defense and Special Teams Honorees
Big Ten Coaches
3rd Team: Dicaprio Bootle, CB
Honorable Mention: Carlos Davis, DL; Luke Gifford, LB; Mohamed Barry, LB; Isaac Armstrong, P
Big Ten Media
3rd Team: Dicaprio Bootle, CB; Mohamed Barry, LB
Honorable Mention: Khalil Davis, DL; Luke Gifford, LB; Isaac Armstrong, P
Big Ten Sportsmanship Award Winner: Luke Gifford, Sr., LB
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Alliance 73, Sidney 29
Alma 65, Arapahoe 58
Ansley-Litchfield 45, Pleasanton 38
Archbishop Bergan 63, West Point-Beemer 46
Ashland-Greenwood 54, Malcolm 49
Auburn 56, Johnson County Central 41
Aurora 72, Holdrege 41
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Bayard 59, Hyannis 54
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David City 64, Clarkson/Leigh 57
Deshler 45, Lawrence-Nelson 31
Douglas County West 80, Tekamah-Herman 42
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Eustis-Farnam 66, Medicine Valley 48
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Franklin 49, Red Cloud 34
Freeman 64, Sterling 35
Fullerton 76, Palmer 25
Garden County 67, Leyton 22
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Grand Island Central Catholic 50, St. Paul 40
Gretna 48, Norris 37
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Johnson-Brock 63, Mead 38
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North Bend Central 65, Fort Calhoun 37
Ogallala 93, Gothenburg 40
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Omaha Christian Academy 55, Nebraska Christian 46
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Paxton 58, North Platte St. Patrick's 45
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Scottsbluff 66, Gering 53
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Shelton 68, Silver Lake 44
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Wakefield 67, Homer 53
Wallace 62, Creek Valley 49
Wauneta-Palisade 69, Dundy County-Stratton 51
Wayne 54, Pierce 47
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Yutan 50, Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 35
POSTPONEMENTS AND CANCELLATIONS=
Ainsworth vs. Cody-Kilgore, ccd.
Bridgeport vs. Perkins County, ccd.
Centennial vs. Wilber-Clatonia, ppd. to Feb 16th.
Central Valley vs. Riverside, ccd.
Conestoga vs. Weeping Water, ccd.
Fairbury vs. Falls City, ppd. to Feb 16th.
Hitchcock County vs. South Platte, ccd.
Kearney Catholic vs. Adams Central, ccd.
Mullen vs. Twin Loup, ccd.
Parkview Christian vs. Diller-Odell, ccd.
Sandhills/Thedford vs. Brady, ccd.
South Loup vs. Sumner-Eddyville-Miller, ccd.
Southern vs. Pawnee City, ppd. to Feb 16th.
Tri County vs. Lewiston, ccd.
Walthill vs. Nebraska Lutheran, ccd.
Wilcox-Hildreth vs. Amherst, ccd.
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Fremont 65, Lincoln North Star 38
Lincoln East 57, Omaha North 42
Lincoln Northeast 62, Norfolk 43
Millard South 76, Bellevue West 51
Millard West 65, Kearney 59
Omaha Burke 61, Omaha Bryan 12
Omaha Central 63, Lincoln Southwest 49
Omaha Westside 58, Lincoln High 55
Papillion-LaVista 64, Omaha Marian 39
Papillion-LaVista South 75, Omaha Northwest 54
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Omaha Skutt Catholic 63, Elkhorn Mount Michael 24
Omaha Roncalli 50, Bennington 44
Lincoln Pius X 55, Norris 45
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Aurora 55, York 51
Lexington 55, McCook 39
Scottsbluff 53, Alliance 49
Auburn 61, Falls City 50
Syracuse 46, Johnson County Central 38
Aquinas 63, Bishop Neumann 45
Wahoo 79, David City 31
Boys Town 66, Omaha Concordia 53
Fort Calhoun 74, Douglas County West 66
Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 31, West Point-Beemer 28
North Bend Central 69, Arlington 26
Norfolk Catholic 64, Winnebago 51
Wayne 39, Pierce 33
Boone Central/Newman Grove 52, Columbus Lakeview 36
Columbus Scotus 63, Twin River 46
Adams Central 60, Gibbon 17
Kearney Catholic 68, Wood River 30
Broken Bow 37, Ord 35
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Cozad 64, Chase County 46
Ogallala 66, Hershey 62
Chadron 49, Gordon/Rushville 38
Mitchell 74, Valentine 50
Freeman 51, Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer 23
Southern 61, Palmyra 55
Sutton 61, Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 30
Tri County 60, Wilber-Clatonia 40
Elmwood-Murdock 59, Omaha Brownell-Talbot 35
Yutan 73, Tekamah-Herman 24
Centennial 69, Nebraska Christian 41
Shelby/Rising City 55, Cross County 47, OT
Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 69, Guardian Angels 25
Omaha Nation 68, Oakland-Craig 54
Howells/Dodge 64, Lutheran High Northeast 44
Wakefield 47, Wisner-Pilger 37
Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 77, Crofton 50
Ponca 65, Hartington Cedar Catholic 53
Ainsworth 61, Creighton 48
Battle Creek 57, Neligh-Oakdale 48
Alma 50, Sandy Creek 47
Hastings St. Cecilia 45, Superior 30
Centura 75, Ravenna 51
Doniphan-Trumbull 48, Arcadia-Loup City 36
Cambridge 57, Southern Valley 46
South Loup 53, Perkins County 38
Bridgeport 55, Kimball 39
Hemingford 73, Bayard 59
Nebraska City Lourdes 57, Pawnee City 45
Omaha Christian Academy 47, Weeping Water 31
Deshler 59, Meridian 27
Heartland 47, McCool Junction 45
Archbishop Bergan 75, Clarkson/Leigh 35
Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 86, East Butler 34
Emerson-Hubbard 38, Allen 35
Homer 58, Pender 53
Bloomfield 60, Plainview 40
Hartington-Newcastle 43, Elkhorn Valley 41
Boyd County 46, Clearwater/Orchard 38
West Holt 46, Niobrara/Verdigre 42
Fullerton 58, Harvard 43
Kenesaw 49, Shelton 45
Arapahoe 45, Wilcox-Hildreth 40
Axtell 50, Bertrand 48
Elm Creek 73, Elwood 43
Overton 64, Pleasanton 55
Anselmo-Merna 65, Sandhills/Thedford 52
Ansley-Litchfield 69, Burwell 56
Dundy County-Stratton 46, Hitchcock County 37
Wauneta-Palisade 80, Southwest 28
North Platte St. Patrick's 62, Garden County 33
Paxton 61, Maxwell 38
Falls City Sacred Heart 75, Lewiston 38
Johnson-Brock 69, Sterling 48
Diller-Odell 50, Parkview Christian 44
Exeter/Milligan 63, Friend 26
Humphrey St. Francis 74, Osceola 28
Mead 49, Cornerstone Christian 25
Osmond 69, Wynot 47
Randolph 57, Wausa 46
St. Mary's 51, CWC-Ewing 38
Stuart 56, Elgin Public/Pope John 32
Central Valley 97, Spalding Academy 45
Riverside 82, St. Edward 16
Giltner 58, High Plains Community 28
Lawrence-Nelson 41, Heartland Lutheran 24
Blue Hill 55, Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 28
Loomis 60, Silver Lake 36
Eustis-Farnam 62, Brady 60, OT
Wallace 51, Medicine Valley 39
Hyannis 65, Arthur County 42
Mullen 50, Stapleton 23
Creek Valley 64, Potter-Dix 12
South Platte 49, Leyton 38
Cody-Kilgore 62, Sioux County 44
Crawford 55, Hay Springs 37
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Bryan 71, Grand Island 49
Omaha Creighton Prep 70, Omaha Northwest 47
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Lincoln North Star 80, Omaha North 66
Omaha Central 76, Papillion-LaVista 53
Lincoln East 63, Omaha Burke 54
Omaha South 74, Bellevue East 46
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Aurora 64, Blair 49
Omaha Roncalli 63, Norris 57
Omaha Skutt Catholic 66, Lexington 59
York 54, Platteview 19
Scottsbluff 57, Seward 49
Bennington 57, Hastings 42
Alliance 58, Elkhorn Mount Michael 57
Ogallala 79, Columbus Scotus 61
Wahoo 66, Wayne 47
Auburn 63, Fort Calhoun 37
North Bend Central 64, Mitchell 51
Adams Central 72, Ashland-Greenwood 49
Milford 58, Cozad 35
Grand Island Central Catholic 68, Chase County 46
Boys Town 62, Kearney Catholic 59
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Bridgeport 58, Battle Creek 47
Sutton 47, Centura 45
Howells/Dodge 45, Freeman 41
Centennial 52, Elmwood-Murdock 48
Wakefield 59, South Loup 47
Yutan 54, Tri County 25
Ponca 55, Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 45
Elm Creek 50, Emerson-Hubbard 40
Nebraska City Lourdes 49, Overton 28
Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 63, Axtell 36
Paxton 65, Heartland 48
Hartington-Newcastle 36, Kenesaw 32
Archbishop Bergan 62, Boyd County 45
Fullerton 76, Anselmo-Merna 54
Wauneta-Palisade 36, Dundy County-Stratton 33
Falls City Sacred Heart 62, Crawford 23
Osmond 84, Creek Valley 32
Riverside 65, Wallace 38
Humphrey St. Francis 54, Lawrence-Nelson 38
Johnson-Brock 45, Mead 29
Loomis 56, Stuart 50
Exeter/Milligan 41, Giltner 30
Blue Hill 41, Mullen 28
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Omaha Benson 53, Lincoln East 49
Class D-1 State Basketball Tournament
Wauneta-Palisade Leading Scorers
Duncan Rector 18ppgDennis Cavanaugh 8ppg
Dalton Harchelroad 5ppg
Caid Doetker 5ppg
Paxton Leading Scorers
Blake Brewster 20ppg
Kaden Schow 13ppg
Jordan Callihan 7ppg
Dane Storer 5ppg
A man who spent nine years at McCook Community College as an assistant coach with the men’s basketball team, will take over the head coaching post for the MCC women’s basketball program.
Brandon Pritchett has been named MCC’s Women’s Basketball Coach. He had been serving the college as the interim coach since late February after the resignation of former coach Kellen Fernetti. Pritchett took over a team that topped the 20-win mark for the third time in four years.
“We are extremely excited for Coach Pritchett to take over the women’s basketball program here at McCook,” said MCC Athletic Director Jon Olsen. “Brandon has done an excellent job in his nine years at the college in every role he has had, he is a great worker and someone that I can count on to get things done and is always there to help for the betterment of the college and our student athletes.”
This season, the Lady Indians finished 21-11 and claimed a Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference championship with a perfect 6-0 mark. The team finished in third place in the South Sub-Region and hosted a first round Region tournament game for the first time since going to the current play-in game format. The season ended with a one-point loss to Eastern Wyoming in the second round of the Region IX Tournament.
Since arriving at MCC in August of 2010, Pritchett began his assistant coaching duties with the men’s program under Brandon Lenhart which has included a wide range of responsibilities including recruiting and summer camp responsibilities.
Pritchett served two years as Resident Life Assistant, Intramural Director, and basketball camp instructor. In March of 2012, he was named Area Assistant Director of Advising where his duties have included advising for MCC’s 450 on-campus, commuter and on line students as well as student recruitment for the 18 counties in the Mid-Plains Community College District.
In December of 2012 he launched the first McCook Community College Athletic website.
“Brandon has been a huge part of our athletic program during his time here, and now I am excited for him to take on his new role,” Olsen said.
Prior to coming to MCC he spent six seasons at Flagstaff High School. He graduated Cum Laude at Northern Arizona University in 2005 and received his master’s degree in Sports Science and Management at the United States Sports Academy in Daphne, Ala., in 2013.
Lincoln - Nebraska's Leigha Brown was named the Big Ten Women's Basketball Freshman of the Week when the conference announced its weekly honors on Monday, Jan. 7.
Brown put together the best two performances of her young career in back-to-back Big Ten road games for the Huskers last week. She averaged 19.5 points, 2.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.5 steals in 18.0 minutes per game off the bench for the Big Red.
The 6-1 guard/forward, who leads all Big Ten freshmen in scoring in conference contests at 16.7 points per game, scored a then-career-high 19 points in Nebraska's 78-69 road win at defending Big Ten champion Ohio State on New Year's Eve. Brown hit 4-of-9 shots from the field, including a pair of three-pointers against the Buckeyes, while also knocking down 9-of-12 free throws to lead the Huskers to their first true road win of the season.
The true freshman from Auburn, Indiana was even better the next time out at No. 19 Iowa, putting up a career-high 20 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field, while connecting on 3-of-4 three-point attempts. Brown also hit 5-of-6 free throws and tied a career high with two steals in 18 minutes against the Hawkeyes. She scored six of her points in the closing minutes to lead a furious Husker rally that cut a 12-point Iowa lead with four minutes left to just two points in the final minute.
On the season, Brown is Nebraska's second-leading scorer at 10.4 points per game, trailing only fellow freshman Sam Haiby (10.7 ppg). Brown ranks seventh among all Big Ten freshman in scoring on the season.
Brown and the Huskers will play host to No. 9 Maryland on Tuesday night at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Tip-off between Nebraska (7-7 overall, 2-1 Big Ten) and the Terrapins (13-1 overall, 2-1 Big Ten) is set for 7 p.m., and tickets are available now at Huskers.com.
North Platte, Neb. (June 14, 2019) – A potential win in North Platte will get Blake Chauvin farther down the road.
The Raceland, Louisiana cowboy had a time of 7.8 seconds in the tie-down roping during the third night of the Buffalo Bill Rodeo, to tie for the lead in the second round in his event.
He rode a thirteen year old sorrel mare named Sister, who he purchased a year ago. The mare has been a blessing, he said. “She always works good, scores good, stops and pulls,” Chauvin said. Sister has her moments, though. “She’s a nag,” he said. “She can be mean sometimes, and sometimes she’s just the coolest horse to be around. It’s mood swings, I guess.”
A 2018 high school graduate, Chauvin, who is nineteen years old, began pro rodeo as soon as high school was over. He’s rodeoing fulltime, and a check from the Buffalo Bill Rodeo will help get him farther down the road.
But rodeo was not his first love. His granddad, Ridley Chauvin, was a tie-down roper and wanted his grandson to rope. Blake was not interested, choosing football instead. When he was fourteen years old, he got on a good horse and picked up a rope, and was hooked. “Grandpa roped calves all his life, and growing up, he always wanted me to rope. I didn’t want to rope at first. I just wanted to play football.” Once he started, “I’ve loved it since.”
Chauvin did well through the winter, rodeoing in the southeastern part of the U.S. The summer has been slow, though. “I’ve had a little rough start to the summer,” he said. The potential win in North Platte will get him started. “I had to get things going,” he said.
Like many other cowboys, Chauvin would someday like to qualify for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo and be like twenty-four time world champion Trevor Brazile. “That’s everybody’s goal, to be the next Trevor Brazile. He’s a great guy. That’s every cowboy’s dream, to be like him.”
And the first phone call he makes after he’s done roping is to his granddad Ridley and grandma Joanna. “He tells me to call him as soon as I’m done roping,” Chauvin said. Chauvin sends videos of his runs to Joanna, who shows the videos to Ridley, because Ridley’s phone is a flip phone.
Chauvin will not place in the average; on his first run during slack earlier in the week, he did not make a qualified run.
Other fast times and high scores from the Friday night performance are bareback rider Mason Clements, Draper, Utah (82 points); steer wrestlers Denell Henderson, Damascus, Ark. and Tanner Brunner, Ramona, Kan. (4.2 seconds each); saddle bronc rider Shorty Garrett, Eagle Butte, S.D. (87 points); team ropers Bubba Buckaloo, Kingston, Okla./Shay Dixon Carroll, La Junta, Colo. (5.3 seconds); and barrel racer Shali Lord, Lamar Colo. (17.44 seconds). No bull riders made qualified rides tonight.
The final night of rodeo in North Platte wraps up on Saturday, June 15 when champions will be crowned and custom engraved buckles awarded to winners. The big rodeo parade takes place on Saturday at 1 pm. NebraskalandDays continues with more activities through June 22. The celebration wraps up next weekend with concerts by Jake Owen and special guests the Casey Donahew Band and the Whiskey Bent Band (June 21) and Kane Brown with special guests Lindsay Ell and Travis Denning (June 22).
For more information, visit www.NEBRASKAlandDays.com.
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Results, 3rd Performance June 14, 2019
North Platte, Nebraska – Buffalo Bill Rodeo
1. Mason Clements, Draper, Utah 82 points on Nutrena’s Little Jet; 2. (tie) Steven Dent, Mullen, Neb. and Blaine Kaufman, Pretty Prairie, Kan. 81 each; 4. Cauy Pool, Bonanza, Ore. 78.5.
2nd go round
1. (tie) Denell Henderson, Damascus, Ark. and Tanner Brunner, Ramona, Kan. 4.2 seconds each; 3. Jon Herl, Goodland, Kan. 4.5; 4. Sam Powers, Sonora, Texas 4.6.
Tie Down Roping
2nd go round
1. Blake Chauvin, Raceland, La. 7.8 seconds; 2. Todd Brown, Lamar, Colo. 9.3; 3. Morgan Murray, Colorado Springs, Colo. 13.0; 4. L.D. Meier, Limon, Colo. 23.5.
Saddle bronc riding
1. Shorty Garrett, Eagle Butte, S.D. 87 points on Nutrena’s Little Angel; 2. Brody Cress, Hillsdale, Wyo.81; 3. Cody Martin, Eagle, Colo. 80.5; 4. Steven Dent, Mullen, Neb. 79.
1. Bubba Buckaloo, Kingston, Okla./Shay Dixon Carroll, La Junta, Colo. 5.3 seconds; 2. Jay Tittel, Pueblo, Colo./Richard Durham, Henrietta, Texas 6.1; 3. Denton Taylor, Craig, Colo./Dusty Taylor, Craig, Colo. 6.6; 4. Travis Bounds, Clifton, Colo./T.J. Watts, Eads, Colo. 6.7.
1. Shali Lord, Lamar, Colo. 17.44; 2. Deb Cox, Mullen, 18.06; 3. Gayle White, Dickens, Neb. 18.12; 4. Jeanne Anderson, White City, Kan. 18.59.
No qualified rides.
** All results are unofficial.
North Platte, Neb. (June 13, 2019) – The fast time in the barrel racing at the Buffalo Bill Rodeo came during the second performance, on June 13.
Barrel racer Emily Miller stopped the clock at 17.64 seconds to take over the lead.
The Weatherford, Oklahoma cowgirl was aboard her ten-year-old gelding Chongo, whose registered name is Namgis D 33.
It was the third rodeo back for the gray gelding, who was hurt at the Guymon, Okla. rodeo in early May. “He had two runs before this,” Miller said, “and tonight he definitely had his confidence back.”
Barrel racing horses can sometimes show a preference for indoor arenas or outdoor arenas, but Chongo does well at both. His owner and rider, Miller, doesn’t always. “I don’t ride him as well outside,” she said. “I have to really focus. He does his job. It’s just a matter of me doing mine.”
Chongo was trained and futuried on by Kylie Weast and purchased from Namgis Quarter Horses of Hondo, Texas. Miller has ridden him all winter, but it’s been hit and miss as far as winning. She and Chongo won a round at rodeos in Denver and San Antonio, but “we couldn’t put it all together with back to back runs.” At Rodeo Austin, she won her biggest check of the year: over $13,000. “That gave me a lot of confidence.”
Miller, who is a dental hygienist during the week and a barrel racer on weekends and during the summer, is ranked eighteenth in the world standings with nearly $33,000 won.
The leader in the second round of the tie-down roping is an Oklahoma man, Caddo Lewallen.
Lewallen, Morrison, Okla., had a time of 7.8 seconds to top the scoreboard.
He was aboard a ten-year-old bay mare, a horse he bought as a two-year-old and trained himself.
Lewallen, the son of Kerry and Vicki Lewallen, roped in high school and competed at the state and national levels while in high school, following in his dad’s footsteps as a tie-down roper. “It was something I’ve always been around. It’s what I do,” he said.
The 35-year-old cowboy competed in slack the morning of June 13 and left nearly as soon as he was done, headed for rodeos in Canada. He’ll spend the next two weeks in Canada then come back to the States.
His family, which includes wife Christy and daughters, ages eight and four, travel with him during the summers. In the winters, he travels with fellow steer wrestlers, but in the summers, his family goes along. “We take off and do our own thing,” he said. “We’re together all summer, and when the kids go back to school, we have to be home.”
They make sure to take time for the kids as they travel. In North Platte, the girls enjoyed Cody Park, and they visit parks, zoos, and swimming pools at the places they visit.
Lewallen has qualified eight times for the Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo, the regional rodeo championship for Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma and has won the average there three times.
Other fast times and high scores from Thursday’s slack and performance are bareback rider Joel Schlegel, Burns, Colo. (86 points); steer wrestler Reed Kraeger, Elwood, Neb. (3.7 seconds); saddle bronc rider Shane Proctor, Grand Coulee, Wash. (83 points); team ropers Paul David Tierney, Oklahoma City, Okla./Tanner Braden, Dewey, Okla. (5.7 seconds); and bull rider Parker Breding, Edgar, Mont. (83 points).
The third night of action at the Buffalo Bill rodeo takes place Friday, June 14. The rodeo starts at 8 pm. Tickets are available online at www.NebraskalandDays.com and at the gate. For more information, visit the website.
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High scores and fast times from Thursday morning slack and the second performance, June 13, 2019
Buffalo Bill Rodeo, North Platte, Nebraska
1. Joel Schlegel, Burns, Colo. 86 points on Movie Madness; 2. Orin Larsen, Inglis, Manitoba 83.5; 3. Tanner Phipps, Dalton, Ga. 82; 4. Mike Fred, Wamego, Kan. 74.
1. Reed Kraeger, Elwood, Neb. 3.7 seconds; 2.(tie) Matt Reeves, Cross Plains, Texas and Eli Lord, Sturgis, S.D. 3.8 each; 4. (tie) Riley Duvall, Checotah, Okla. and Jarek Van Petten, Meriden, Kan. 3.9 each.
1. Caddo Lewallen, Morrison, Okla. 7.8 seconds; 2. Joey Dickens, Loveland, Colo. 7.9;
3. (tie)Caleb Bullock, Boise City, Okla., and Luke Madsen, Marshalltown, Iowa 8.0 each.
Saddle bronc riding
1. Shane Proctor, Grand Coulee, Wash. 83 points on Conviction; 2. Jake Finlay, Goodiwindi, Australia 81.5; 3. Roper Kiesner, Ripley, Okla. 79.5; 4. Connor Murnion, Jordan, Utah 74.
1. Paul David Tierney, Oklahoma City, Okla./Tanner Braden, Dewey, Okla. 5.7 seconds; 2. Tory Shaffer, Ft. Lupton, Colo./Jason DeVore, Ft. Lupton, Colo. 7.6; 3. Ty Blasingame, Casper, Wyo./Jerren Johnson, Casper, Wyo. 10.6; 4. Brian Dunning, McClave, Colo./Toby Mentzer, Ensign, Kan. 11.4.
1. Emily Miller, Weatherford, Okla. 17.64 seconds; 2. Carly Taylor, Andersonville, Tenn. 18.04; 3. Kelly Reichmuth, Humphrey, Neb. 18.12; 4. Abby Phillips, Marshall, Texas 18.38.
1. Parker Breding, Edgar, Mont. 83 points on Bullet Proof; 2. Zach Parker, Ft. Scott, Kan. 76.5; 3. Wyatt Rogers, Tahlequah, Okla. 74; no other qualified rides.
** All results are unofficial.
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Cutline: Oklahoma’s Caddo Lewallen leads the second round of the tie-down roping at the Buffalo Bill Rodeo in North Platte. The third and fourth nights of rodeo take place June 14-15. Photo by Don Christner.