HASTINGS – Nebraska High School’s rodeo season ended last weekend with the Hastings High School Finals at the Adams County Fairgrounds.
Rodeo athletes from across the state of Cornhusker competed in two rounds from June 17th to 18th and the short run on June 19th.
The top four participants in each of the 15 events have been determined and will compete in the National High School Finals Rodeo (NHSFR) in Lincoln, Nebraska, at the Lancaster Events Center from July 18-24.
The girl rookie of the year is Clancy Jo Brown of North Platte. The boys ‘rookie of the year is Elsmere’s Hayden Stump, and the Cooper Bass is the boys’ all-around year-end champion; Wacey Day is the year-end all-round girl champion. G
The overall winner of the Girls ‘State Final was Madison Mills of Eddyville, and the overall winner of the Boys’ State Final went to Tate Talkington of Scottsbluff.
The 2021-22 Miss Nebraska High School rodeo queen is Ashton Werth, Hyannis.
The 2020-21 champions are Spencer Denaeyer, Seneca, bareback; Elle Ravenscroft, Nenzel, barrel races; Cooper Bass, Brewster, guys cut; Jaya Nelson, Bassett, breakaway rope; Hunter Boydston, Grover, Colorado, bull riding; Mekenna Fisher, Hershey, Girls cut; Wacey Day, Fleming, Colorado, goat tying; Madison Mills, Eddyville, bar bending; Brody McAbee, Ansley, riding horses; Dane Pokorny, Stapleton, direct wrestling; Hayes Wetzel, Palmer, Team Roping Headers; Ryan Shepherd, North Platte, Team roping heeler; Tate Talkington, Scottsbluff, lashing straps; Tatum Olson, Bloomfield, pure cow horse; Jate Saults, Big Springs, light rifle shooting and Tanner Ellis, Minden, trap shooting.
Below are summaries of some of the champions.
Barrel Racing Champion – Elle Ravenscroft, Nenzel
Elle Ravenscroft led the field year round, with her competitors in the rearview mirror.
The Nenzel cowgirl led the barrel racing standings all year round and was even awarded a bobble at the state finals as state champion in barrel racing 2021.
In the state, she went 20 points ahead of cowgirl # 2, Taci Flinn. In the first round she was fifth; in the second round she tipped a barrel to add a 5 second penalty to her time and remove her from the rankings.
In the short lap she finished second behind Flinn. “She was on my back for the entire finale,” said Ravenscroft. “Being hunted is not a great feeling. I had great competition and that was a bit intimidating at times. “
She didn’t realize she’d won the state title until the spokesman mentioned it. “I held my breath,” she said.
She is excited to be competing at the NHSFR in Lincoln because of the proximity. “It’s hometown. I think there will be pressure to represent your state well. I’m really excited. “
The 2021 graduate of Cody-Kilgore High School will not be attending the college rodeo. She will play basketball at Chadron State College, where she is graduating with an exercise and health degree.
She was recruited by both basketball and rodeo coaches, but chose basketball. “To be honest, that was a big decision. I decided we were going to try basketball. In summer I can always rodeo. I wanted to have the opportunity to play basketball because rodeo will always be there. “
She is the daughter of Eric and Shannon Ravenscroft.
Bareback Riding Master – Spencer Denaeyer, Seneca
Spencer Denaeyer was the only bareback rider to make three qualified drives on the state to win the state title.
When he reached the state finals, he was three and a half points behind Tanner Drueke.
“I just went in very motivated because I knew I had my job,” he said. “I had to chase people and I honestly think that improved my performance more than anything.”
This is his second qualification for the NHSFR; his first was as a newbie who wasn’t going the way he’d like. That is an incentive for this year. “I think it’s time to capitalize on the fact that it’s in Lincoln. It’s time to give it my all and compete with all the year-end champions. It’s going to be tough. It’s time to hit the pedal. “
Denaeyer will be a senior at Mullen High School this fall; participates in soccer, wrestling and athletics and was on the honor roll for two quarters this year.
He is the son of Martin and Bree Denaeyer.
Goat Tying Masters – Wacey Day, Fleming, Colo.
The closest race of all events was the goat tying, with 18-year-old cowgirl Wacey Day winning the title one point ahead of cowgirl # 2, Jessica Stevens.
It was a roller coaster year, with ups and downs all season, but Wacey dominated the state, winning both the first and second rounds and the short rounds. “I had no choice but to do this if I wanted to win,” she said.
She also finished second in Breakaway Roping and will also compete in the Nationals. This is her fourth trip to the Nationals.
The 2021 Lone Star High School Class Salutator will attend Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, Colorado this fall and complete her qualifications before moving to another school to pursue a certification in radiology. She becomes collegiate rodeo, goat tying, breakaway roping, barrel racing and team roping.
Wacey, the daughter of Shane and Heather Day, is also the overall winner at the end of the year.
Bar Bending Masters – Madison Mills, Eddyville
Madison Mills’ 2021 pole-bending title was the third state championship the Eddyville cowgirl has won.
She ran the state year-round and felt a little bit pressured by freshman Clancy Jo Brown, but after four years of high school and two years of junior high, she taught herself to deal with the pressures.
“I’ve learned how to deal with it and calm my nerves,” she said. “I say to myself, ‘This is nothing new, I’ve been doing this for six years (through high school and junior high rodeo), we practice all week,’ so I trust my horse and my own riding skills and that’s how I calm down. “
The Sumner-Eddyville-Miller High School graduate will attend Mid-Plains Community College in McCook this fall to study criminal justice. In order to be able to concentrate on her studies, she decided to forego college rodeo for at least the first year. “Rodeo is going to take a lot of time and practice, and I’d rather focus on school,” she said.
She also took third place in the barrels and will also take part in the Nationals.
She is the daughter of Matt and Melissa McTygue.
Light Gun Master – Jate Saults, Big Springs
Jate Saults is the Nebraska State High School Rodeo Association’s Light Gun Champion.
The state competition was held in an indoor shooting range, which was a plus, he said, without bad weather affecting competitors.
With 298 out of 320 points, he achieved a personal best. “That was a really good day for me.”
This will be Saults’ third trip to the Nationals in shooting; he will also compete in Team Roping at the NHSFR after finishing second with a header from Brent Charlton.
He’s ready for the Nationals in Lincoln. “I look forward to representing Nebraska. I think a lot of kids will like how big our city is and how much there is to do. If you’re in Rock Springs (Wyoming, where previous NHSFR events took place), it’s in the middle of nowhere. “
Full results can be found at http://www.hsrodeo-nebraska.com/results. For more information on the State Finals and the NHSFR, please visit www.hsrodeo-nebraska.com, www.NHSFRLincoln.org and www.nhsra.com.
Nebraska High School Qualifiers, 2021 National High School Finals Rodeo in Lincoln. 18.-24. July.
Champion: Spencer Denaeyer, Seneca
2. Tanner Drueke, Sutherland
3. Cole Kerner, Sutherland
4. Tate Miller, Springview
Champion: Elle Ravenscroft, Nenzel
2. Taci Flinn, Arcadia
3. Madison Mills, Eddyville
4. Jenae Whitaker, Chambers
Alternatively – Clancy Jo Brown, North Platte
Champion: Cooper Bass, Brewster
2. Hayden Jennings, Seneca
3. Cody Miller, Broken Bow
4. Bo Bushhousen, St. Libory
Alternatively – Tatum Olson, Bloomfield
Champion: Jaya Nelson, Bassett
2nd Wacey Day, Fleming, Colorado.
3. Jace Hurlburt, Arcadia
4. Tehya From, Crookston
Alternatively – Emma Ohm, Hyannis
Champion:. Hunter Boydston, Grover, Colorado.
2. Cole Kerner, Sutherland
3. Tanner Drueke, Sutherland
4. Dalton Garey, Broken Arch
Alternatively – Drew Farrell, Merriman
Champion: Mekenna Fisher, Hershey
2. Peyton Fisher, Hershey
3. Faith store, Arthur
4. Whitney Jennings, Seneca
Alternative -Emma Pearson, Broken Bow
Champion:. Wacey Day, Fleming, Colorado.
2. Jessica Stevens, Creighton
3. Emma Ohm, Hyannis
4. Kaci Wickersham, verdigris
Alternatively – Kinley Greenough, Kearney
Champion: Madison Mills, Eddyville
2. Clancy Jo Brown, North Platte
3. Abigail Lawton, Overton
4. Jenae Whitaker, Chambers
Alternatively – Lauren Lehl, Allianz
Riding in the saddle
Champion: Brody McAbee, Ansley
2. Leif Meidell, Harrison
3. Monty Bailey, Lakeside
4. Dean Schroeder, Taylor
Alternatively – Augustus Painter, Ainsworth
Champion: Dane Pokorny, Stapleton
2. Coy Johnston, Stapleton
3. Rhett Witt, Valentin
4. Rex Day, Bartlett
Alternatively – Gage Davis, Cody
Champions: Hayse Wetzel, Palmer and Ryan Shepherd, North Platte.
2. Brent Charlton, North Platte and Jate Saults, Big Springs
3. Cooper Bass, Brewster and Zack Bradley, Brewster
4. Jace Hurlburt, Arcadia and Tate Talkington, Scottsbluff
Alternatively – Jasper Neal, Amherst, Sage Dieter, Alma
Champion: Tate Talkington, Scottsbluff
2. Layne Wallinger, Stuart
2. Travnicek, Minatars. follow
4. Matthew Miller, Callaway
Alternatively – Rhett Witt, Valentine
Pure cow horse
Champion: Tatum Olson, Bloomfield
2. Tate Talkington, Scottsbluff
3 (tie) Charlie Bortner, McCook, and Tucker Gillespie, McCook
Alternatively – Hope Brosius, Enders
Light rifle shooting
Champion: Jate Saults, Big Springs
2. Cooper Phillips, Burwell
3. Kalyn Nielsen, verdigris
4. Hope Brosius, Enders
Alternatively – Justin Wenzel, Arthur
Champion: Tanner Ellis, Minden
2. Ashton Higgins, Nelig
3. Justin Wenzel, Arthur
4. Ty Growcock, Barlett
Alternatively – Shealynn Rasmussen, Burwell
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