Rodeo team has solid weekend at home |

Rodeo team has solid weekend at home

Bruce Tippets

The Moffat County High School rodeo team finished the fall season Saturday and Sunday by hosting a two-day rodeo at Moffat County Fairgrounds.

Justin Pankey paced the team by coming in first place both days in the steer wrestling competition.

“I was really proud of the way I did, because it was our home rodeo and the last rodeo of the fall season,” said Pankey. “The competition wasn’t as tough as most rodeos. We only had five steer wrestlers and usually we have seven.

“Some of the kids that were higher up in the state weren’t here, but by finishing in first place will help in the overall standings for state.”

Pankey believes he is in the top three in the state in steer wrestling.

“I moved up two places in the standings and I am sitting second or third in the state,” said Pankey. “During the winter we will go down to the indoor arena and practice a couple of times during the week.”

The rodeo attracted many participants.

“We had 163 entries on Saturday and 165 entries on Sunday,” said coach Jacque Duzik. “We had 10 kids participate from the high school and for some this was their first time out. Everybody knows what they have to do this fall to be ready for this spring. I think that we will be a real strong contender.”

Other top finishers for the Bulldogs were Coalin Hume who finished second in steer wrestling on the first day and third on the second; and Kayla Steele competed in the pole bending event and finished third in day one and sixth in day two.

Sunday, Steele finished in third place in the team roping event.

Meanwhile, Lacy White earned fifth place in pole bending and 10th place in barrels on the second day.

“We had great weather over the weekend,” said Duzik. “The wind didn’t blow and we had sun shinning. The parents were there in full force and they just did an outstanding job helping out.”

MCHS student Jake Hettinger, a senior, went to Cody, Wyo., to take part in a high school rodeo. He finished first in the steer wrestling and second in calf roping.

The Bulldogs won’t return to action until March 26-27 when the team starts the spring season in Cortez, Colo.

“We are done until the end of the March,” said Duzik. “We will take some time off and we will back at in January. In February, we will get the horses out and we will starting getting ready for the March rodeos.”