Craig Sports Briefs for May 9, 2015: Local rodeo competitors continue to climb state rankings
CMS eighth-grader Kinlie Brennise has yet to fall from first-place position of all-around points, most recently taking first day wins in both breakaway roping and goat-tying and No. 2 in team roping, paired with Avondale’s Braxton Morgan.
Among high school participants, Cutter Barnes, of Maybell is ranked second in total points, his peak for the weekend a victory in the second day of steer wrestling.
Moffat County’s other win came in the Day Two team roping, with Yancey Weber taking the honors with partner Eric Logan, of Yampa, followed by Barnes and Kasen Brennise in third.
Garrett Uptain — who lives in Hayden but attends and competes on behalf of MCHS — had a strong showing in the saddle bronc-riding event, claiming second on his best run.
Kasen Brennise was runner-up in the first day of tie-down roping, which also saw Dusty Taylor take third, Denton Taylor sixth and Barnes 12th. Maybell’s Trent Vernon had his best day Sunday with a third-place distinction.
Although she tried her hand at roping, Hamilton’s Samantha Pearce fared best in the competitive riding events, 11th in pole bending and 25th in barrel racing on Day One.
Moffat County will ride and rope this weekend at the Montrose Rodeo and Jackpot Team Roping in Montrose.
Following that, local kids will compete at home during the state finals held May 21 to 25 in Craig concurrent with Memorial Day weekend event Grand Olde West Days.
Moffat County rodeo all-around standings
Athlete — Rank in state
Junior high rankings
Kinlie Brennise — 1
High school rankings
Cutter Barnes — 2
Denton Taylor — 6
Kasen Brennise — 7
Dusty Taylor — 15
Trent Vernon — 16
Yancey Weber — 19
Garrett Uptain — 23
Samantha Pearce — 40
Special Olympics events take place this weekend
The Western Area Colorado Spring Special Olympic Games return to Craig this weekend with track and field, aquatics and weightlifting for children and adults with disabilities.
Athletes will have a free breakfast at McDonald’s, starting at 7 a.m. Saturday. The community is welcome to watch the opening ceremonies at about 9 a.m. at the Moffat County High School track, with the torch run festivities beginning at the parking lot of the former Safeway building.
Community members are also welcome to watch and cheer as athletes compete or to volunteer to assist with the day’s proceedings.
For more information, call local organizer Dan Severson at 970-629-1509.
Dude Dent awards night scheduled for May
Moffat County High School will host its annual Lewis “Dude” Dent Memorial Award Selection Dinner at 6 p.m. May 21 at the Clarion Inn & Suites, 300 S. Colorado Highway 13.
The event honors the top male and female athletes senior athletes for their prowess in both sports and academics. The Dude Dent is named in honor of Dent, who was a scholar athlete in Moffat County in the 1930s before being killed in action during World War II.
The evening is $15 per plate. Tickets can be purchased through MCHS athletes or at the school.
For more information, call 970-824-7036.
Moffat County School District will provide shuttle services to Moffat County High School graduation, set for 10 a.m to noon Saturday, May 25 at MCHS, 900 Finley Lane.