North Platte, Neb. (June 12, 2019) – The monkey is off Shane Frey’s back.
For the first time, the Duncan, Oklahoma cowboy has won a check at the Buffalo Bill Rodeo in North Platte.
Frey made a 3.4 second run during slack on the morning of June 12 to win the first round among 84 steer wrestlers.
The 27 year old has competed in North Platte’s pro rodeo six times, never having won money. “Honestly, I’ve always loved this rodeo,” he said, “but this is the first time I’ve been able to crack the pay window.”
He was aboard an eighteen-year-old gelding owned by Charlene Neale. Neale, the wife of Riley Duvall’s wife, has lent the horse to Duvall, also a steer wrestler, Frey, and their traveling companions.
Old Gray is an excellent steer wrestling mount, Frey said. “He really fits me well. He’s good, solid, and makes my job easy.” Neale has kept the horse close to home, for local rodeos and for her nephews to ride. This year, the horse will be on the pro rodeo trail across the nation. Frey, Duvall, Tyrel Cline, and Sam Goings will all ride Old Gray as they compete at PRCA rodeos. “He’s had a lot of guys win on him around the house, but this is the most he’s ever gone, to the biggest rodeos.”
Frey enjoys competing at the Buffalo Bill Rodeo. “The money’s great, and it’s a cool rodeo. For us, it kicks off the summer run and it’s always exciting.” North Platte is considered the unofficial start to the Fourth of July rodeo season, the busiest time of the year for rodeo competition. “When we leave the house for the summer, it’s a good place to get everything rolling.” The newness of the season hasn’t worn off yet, Frey said. “We’re still fresh and ready to go, still full of hopes and dreams,” he joked. “After the Fourth (of July), you’re either really happy (due to success) or really grumpy (due to not doing well), and you’re tired, regardless of how you’re doing.”
A home state cowboy leads the bareback riding after the first night.
Garrett Shadbolt, Merriman, Neb., scored 80.5 points on the Beutler and Son Rodeo horse Sure Motion.
It was the third time for the two to tango.
He got bucked off the mare in Odessa, Texas two years ago, and last year, at the Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo in Duncan, Okla., he made a qualified ride but got bucked off right after the eight second whistle.
“I’ve been on that horse three times now, and I’ve actually hit the dirt every time.” During tonight’s ride, he was bucked off, but it was after he had made a qualified ride.
The mare “takes a big run, away from the chute, and she’s kind of spooky for a guy, waiting on her to start bucking,” Shadbolt said. “When she breaks out and starts bucking, she comes around in a tight circle, and the circle puts a lot of centrifugal force on a rider, and it’s hard to spur straight back to your rigging when they’re coming around a corner.”
Shadbolt, a 2017 graduate of Doane College in Crete, Neb., with a chemistry degree, is in his rookie year of PRCA competition and in the running for Resistol Rookie of the Year. He’s in a logjam at the top with two other bronc riders, Tristan Hansen and Jesse Pope, with less than $300 separating the three men. He’d like to win the Rookie of the Year title. “Winning the rookie title is a big stepping stone for a lot of guys in the PRCA,” Shadbolt said. “I wanted to make a big splash when I jumped out and started going full time.”
Shadbolt is ranked twenty-sixth in the world standings.
After the morning’s slack and the evening competition, other leaders are tie-down ropers J.D. McCuistion, Collinsville, Texas and Justin Smith, Leesville, La.(8.4 seconds each); saddle bronc rider Wade Sundell, Boxholm, Iowa (85 points); team ropers Kellan Johnson, Casper, Wyo. and Carson Johnson, Casper, Wyo. (5.0 seconds); barrel racer Chris Gibson, Windsor, Colo. (17.89 seconds); and bull rider Kyle Gardner, Kersey, Colo. (79).
The 2020 Miss Rodeo Nebraska was crowned, with the title going to Joeli Walrath of Ashton. The 2016 Loup City High School graduate is studying equine science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is a member of the UNL equestrian team, is involved with the UNL rodeo team and club, and serves as the promtions officer for the University of Nebraska Rodeo Association executive board.
She will serve as lady in waiting until January 2020, when she will begin her reign, and will represent the state at the 2020 Miss Rodeo America pageant in Las Vegas.
The second of four nights of rodeo takes place Thursday, June 13 at 8 pm. Fans are encouraged to wear pink to show awareness of breast cancer, and proceeds will be donated to the Callahan Cancer Center in North Platte. Tickets are available at www.NebraskalandDays.com and at the gate.
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Results, 1st Performance and slack, June 12, 2019
North Platte, Nebraska – Buffalo Bill Rodeo
1. Garrett Shadbolt, Merriman, Neb. 80.5 points on Sure Motion; 2. (tie) Justin Pollmiller, Weatherford, Okla. and Will Martin, Durant, Okla. 76 each; no other qualified rides.
1. Shane Frey, Duncan, Okla. 3.4 seconds; 2. Bridger Anderson, Alva, Okla. 3.6; 3. (tie) Tyler Pearson, Atoka, Okla. and Sam Goings, Fallon, Nev. 3.7 each; 5. J.D.Struxness, Milan, Minn. 3.8; 6. Kyle Whitaker, Chambers, Neb. 3.9.
1. (tie) J.D. McCuistion, Collinsville, Texas and Justin Smith, Leesville, La 8.4 seconds each; 3. Cody Huber, Albia, Iowa 8.5; 4. Cody McCartney, Durant, Okla. 9.1.
Saddle bronc riding
1. Wade Sundell, Boxholm, Iowa 85 points on Chisum Trail; 2. Jade Blackwell, Rapid City, S.D. 83.5; 3. Brady Hill, Onida, S.D. 77.5; 4. Jesse Bail, Camp Crook, S.D. 71.
1. Kellan Johnson, Casper, Wyo./Carson Johnson, Casper, Wyo. 5.0 seconds; 2. Eli Lord, Sturgis, S.D./Jesse Dale, Timberlake, S.D. 6.5; 3. Jeff Johnston, Thedford, Neb.,/Dustin Dan Harris O’Neill, Neb. 7.8; 4. JB Lord, Sturgis, S.D./Jake Beard, Menoken, N.D. 12.2.
1. Chris Gibson, Windsor, Colo. 17.89 seconds; 2. Kenna Kaminski, Bellville, Texas 18.15; 3. Aimee Kay, Bluff Dale, Texas 18.17; 4. Hallie Fulton, Wessington Springs, S.D. 18.48.
1. Kyle Gardner, Kersey, Colo. 79 points on Evac Man; 2. Luke Gee, Stanford, Mont. 77; no other qualified rides.
** All results are unofficial.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A California judge has signed an arrest warrant for Maurice Washington, clearing the way for the Nebraska running back to return to his home state to face charges related to his possession and distribution of a video of his former girlfriend being sexually assaulted by two other people in 2016.
"We expected this, and were prepared for it," Washington attorney John Ball wrote in an email Thursday. "I have also specifically confirmed that we will continue to move forward with a self-surrender, meaning that Mr. Washington will not be arrested or extradited, and that he will voluntarily appear in court in California."
Ball also said he is in discussions with the prosecutor about possible resolutions.
Washington is accused of obtaining a video of the assault from one of the perpetrators, storing it on his cellphone and sending it to the girl last March. He has been charged with a felony count of possessing a video or photograph of a person under 18 who is engaging in or simulating sexual conduct and a misdemeanor count of distributing that video without consent, leading to the person suffering emotional distress.
Washington was a star at King's Academy in Sunnyvale, California, where he met the girl and the two dated. He later attended high school in Texas.
The girl told investigators she re-connected with Washington on Instagram early last year and initiated contact to congratulate him for earning a football scholarship. Washington, in Texas at the time, then made sexual advances on the social media platform, the girl said, and he became angry when she replied she was not interested in a romantic relationship.
On March 2, she said, she received a text with the video and a message that said, "Remember this hoe (sic)?" The girl said she knew it came from Washington because the phone number was the same as the one Washington had when the two were cordial.
"This is about two young people who were once boyfriend and girlfriend in the eighth grade, and their communications years later," Ball wrote. "Without all the facts, any judgment of anything in this case is premature, and would be based only on speculation and conjecture. Mr. Washington is presumed to be innocent. He will address this case in a court of law, relying on rules of evidence and due process."
Santa Clara County prosecutor Clarissa Hamilton said from San Jose, California, that one or both of the participants in the alleged assault were prosecuted in juvenile court. The charge or charges were unknown because juvenile records are sealed.
The Cambridge Trojans finished 5-4 and a playoff berth in 2018 under 1st year Head Coach Rodney Yates. This season Coach Yates believes that being in his 2nd year as Head Coach the team now understands his coaching philosophy. Cambridge is loaded in key returners and experience on both sides of the ball. The Trojans have a Week 1 Bye, so they will open up their season on Friday, September 6th hosting Ravenna. Listen to every Cambridge football game live on True Country 102.1 and online 1021kzmc.com. View the full preseason coaches interview below.
The Cambridge Girls and Boys High School Basketball Teams will travel to Grand Island for a Two Day Holiday Basketball Tournament. Cambridge will play GICC on Friday, December 28th at 6pm in the New Gym, and the Cambridge Boys will also take on GICC in the New Gym following the girls contest at about 7:45pm. Listen to the Cambridge Trojans on 102.1 True Country and online 1021kzmc.com. View Full Bracket below.
Varsity - Mens
1.Chase County 173
3.Southern Valley 57
7.Dundy County Stratton 29
8.Southwest Public 20
8.North Platte 20
Varsity - Womens
1.Chase County 220
3.Southern Valley 59
4.Southwest Public 50
6.Dundy County Stratton 28
7.North Platte 17
Lincoln NE, - The 2018 NSAA State High School Volleyball Tournament got underway in Lincoln Nebraska yesterday afternoon and into the evening. In Class D1 a match we aired from 102.1 KZMC, #7 seed Cambridge would take on #2 seed and three time defending state champions Johnson- Brock. The Eagles would end up sweeping the Trojans 3-0 winning 25-18, 25-16, and 25-12. Cambridge would then get eliminated from the State Tournament ending the Trojans season with a record of 25-6. Cambridge Head Coach Margo Kent talks about the match in our Aquafina Post Game Show. The 2018 State Volleyball tournament continues for Classes A-D2 on Friday with Semi-Finals, and wraps up with Consolation and Championship matches on Saturday.
McCook, NE- The Cambridge Trojans won the McCook Invite on Tuesday night, with wins over Cozad 25-20, 25-9, and also wins over McCook 25-18, 30-28. Cambridge Improved their record to 13-3 overall. Meanwhile, McCook is now 5-8 overall. McCook would get a win over Cozad 25-22, 25-20. Next action for McCook Volleyball Team will be the Twin Cities invite in Scottsbluff and Gering on Friday and Saturday. Next action for Cambridge will be on Saturday at the Dundy County-Stratton Invite.