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MPCC Rodeo Team members lead regional standings

Winning two championships isn’t a bad way to wrap up the fall rodeo season. That’s just how the Mid-Plains Community College Rodeo Team finished over the weekend during the 50th annual North Dakota State University Bison Stampede in Fargo, N.D.

The rodeo was Friday and Saturday. Members ended up third as a team and took the top three places in bull riding.

Trey Engel, of Silver Creek, won the bull riding. Ethan Lesiak, of Columbus, came in second and Garrett Heinert, of Papillion, was third.

Reece Weber, of Valentine, won the team roping alongside Tucker Dale, of Timber Lake, S.D.

Rowdy Moon, of Sargent, placed third in the bareback riding, and Ty Wriedt, of Norfolk, ended up fourth in steer wrestling.

“All the kids had great individual efforts,” said Dustin Elliott, MPCC Rodeo Team rough stock coach. “You can’t point the finger at one person or one thing, but we were that close to winning the team title as well. I mean, 45 points away and there are 180 per person, per event – that’s close.”

Overall, the first half of the season was good for MPCC. The college is currently ranked third in the Men’s Team standings for the Great Plains Region with 1,818.50 points.

Lesiak is winning the region in the bull riding. Engel is third, Jett Peterson, of Parade, S.D., is sixth, Aukai Kaai, of Johnstown, Colo., is seventh, Heinert is 10th, Garrett Wickett, of Norfolk, is 13th and Colter Glendy, of Oconto, is 15th.

Reece Weber holds the number one spot in the region among the team roping headers, and Ryan Joseph Masada, of Makawao, Hawaii is 10th.

Moon is currently ranked second in the region in bareback riding.

Kanoa Awai-Dickson, of Kula, Hawaii, has claimed a fourth place ranking in steer wrestling, while Cord Hesseltine, of Halsey, is listed sixth. Triston Eklund, of Valentine, is ninth, Kris Rasmussen, of Riverdale, is 10th in the event and Wriedt is 12th.

Duell Puttergill, of Tryon, is currently fourth in the saddle bronc riding, Shane Weber, of Burwell, is fifth and Eklund is seventh.

Riley Weehler, of Mount Ayr, Iowa, is holding steady at eighth in tie down roping.

“Overall, for the first half, I couldn’t be happier,” said Elliott. “Well, first would be happier. We are ahead of schedule for where we thought we’d be. We have 21 athletes with points and a lot who still have a chance at nationals. We have a long layoff until the spring season, so these kids need to hit the gym and practice arena to see who wants it the most.”

Rodeos will resume in the spring. A schedule has yet to be released.


Week 8 Prediction Contest Winners

No perfect cards in the KVSH College Football Prediction Contest for week 8. Four people missed just one game with Nebraska's 373 total yards determining the winners. First place went to Bree DeNaeyer from south of Valentine and second place went to Dustin McCormick of Lincoln. The other two missing just one game were Rhonda Elliott and Fred Duryea.


Area High School Sports Scores from Friday Oct 23, 2015


Arthur County def. Cody-Kilgore, 27-25, 22-25, 25-13, 25-14

Southwest Conference Tournament

First Round

Broken Bow def. Cozad, 25-20, 25-22

Gothenburg def. Ainsworth, 25-15, 25-14

Minden def. Valentine, 25-12, 25-16

Consolation Semifinal

Valentine def. Ainsworth, 25-23, 25-17


Gothenburg def. Minden, 25-21, 17-25, 28-26

Ogallala def. Broken Bow, 25-17, 19-25, 25-18

Fifth Place

Valentine def. Cozad, 14-25, 25-18, 25-23

Third Place

Minden def. Broken Bow, 25-20, 27-25


Ogallala def. Gothenburg, 25-22, 25-16



Arthur County 40, Cody-Kilgore 8

Broken Bow 25, Valentine 0

Gothenburg 34, Ord 8

Niobrara/Verdigre 52, North Central 0

Ogallala 34, Gordon/Rushville 18

Sandhills/Thedford 47, Overton 8


Week 7 Prediction Contest Winners

Finally, the prediction contest yielded two perfect cards! The winners were determined by Nebraska's 464 total yardage. Ryan McSweeney and Lorraine Stevens, both of Valentine, took first and second place respectively.


Ashton Bancroft places 7th at State Golf

From Coach Muirhead: Ashton Bancroft represented the Lady Badgers in the two day NSAA 2015 Class C Girls State Golf Championship in North Platte on Mon. & Tue.  On Monday, golfing in winds in excess of 30mph, Ashton golfed an amazing first round tieing her personal best score of 86. This put Ashton in medal contention for day two. On day two weather conditions were perfect. Ashton, after four years of preparation, stepped up to this challenge of a state medal and once again beat her personal best score on the final day of the State Championship. Ashton golfed an incredible 85 on Tuesday and placed 7th in the 2015 Class C State Championship with a combined score of 171.

Ashton's 85 also moves her up to 7th place on the Valentine HS record board.


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