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MPCC Rodeo Team remains strong in Iowa

It was another successful weekend for the Mid-Plains Community College Rodeo Team.

Members competed first at the Iowa Central Community College rodeo in Fort Dodge, Iowa on Thursday and Friday then at the Iowa State University Cyclone Stampede in Ames, Iowa on Saturday and Sunday.

They finished second as a team at the Iowa Central rodeo and ended up third as a team at the Cyclone Stampede. That puts them third in the Great Plains Region in the men’s team standings. MPCC is the only community college in the top five in the men’s team standings. The rest are four-year colleges and universities.

“I’m just excited we’re finally starting to compete,” said Dustin Elliott, MPCC Rodeo Team rough stock coach. “We haven’t gotten first in the team standings yet, but we’ve been close. We’re in the mix.”

Individual results are as follows:

Iowa Central Rodeo:

Team roping – first place, Reece Weber, Valentine, and Tucker Dale, Timber Lake, S.D.

Bareback riding – second - Rowdy Moon, Sargent

Steer wrestling – second - Kris Rasmussen, Riverdale

fourth - Kanoa Awai-Dickson, Kula, Hawaii

Bull riding – tie for third - Jett Peterson, Parade, S.D.

fifth/sixth split - Colter Glendy, Oconto, and Trey Engel, Silver Creek

eighth split - Garrett Heinert, Papillion

Cyclone Stampede:

Team roping – second - Kris Rasmussen, Riverdale, and R.J. Masada, Makawao, Hawaii

Steer wrestling – second - Triston Eklund, Valentine

third - Cord Hesseltine, Halsey

fourth - Kanoa Awai-Dickson, Kula, Hawaii

seventh - Tyler Murray, Wheaton, Kan.

Bull riding – second - Aukai Kaai, Johnstown, Colo.

sixth split - Ethan Lesiak, Columbus

Bareback riding – third - Rowdy Moon, Sargent

Saddle bronc riding – third - Triston Eklund, Valentine

Tie-down roping – seventh - Triston Eklund, Valentine

Breakaway roping – 10th- Kaile Jacobson, Haiku, Hawaii

“It was a great weekend,” said Garrett Nokes, MPCC timed event coach. “The kids really stepped up and did well. I love the back-to-back rodeo format because for the kids who rodeo a lot – that’s more of what they’re used to. It seems like it takes some of the pressure off because if they don’t do so well in a performance, they have a chance to improve later in the weekend.”

That being said, Nokes also acknowledged that the schedule can be tiring.

“Going from school to competing four solid days, then returning home at midnight and getting up the next day for more classes – that can be draining,” said Nokes.

The hard work seems to be paying off, however, and Nokes is pleased with how the team has done so far.

“I’m pumped,” said Nokes. “We’re right where we were hoping to be after four rodeos. I don’t think it’s a stretch at all to think our kids might end up first or second in the region and qualify for nationals.”


Lady Badger District Golf Results

The team placed 5th in the district competition against 13 teams in Cozad on Monday. Only the top 3 teams qualify for state.

However this was their best team score of the year, 411 for Valentine. This was 20 strokes better than their previous best score. This score would have won the C-5 and the C-2 districts also played on Monday.  GREAT JOB BADGERS!

Individually, Ashton Bancroft placed 5th with her personal best score of 86 which qualifies her for the NSAA state championship held next MON-TUE in North Platte. Only the top 10 placers qualify for state.

Sherridan Bancroft  placed 11th, golfed her personal best score of a 95 and missed qualifying for state by 1 stroke.

Tori Osterman golfed a 104. This included a personal best back 9 score.

Lauren Ferguson golfed a 126 and Whitney Barnes golfed a 132, also their personal best.


Week 5 Prediction Contest Winners

Another heartbreaking last-second loss by Nebraska left the winners of the prediction contest with 2 wrong for week 5. Renae Coleman placed 1st and Christy Wantz placed 2nd. The Nebraska yardage of 292 was the determining factor.


Area Prep Football Scores


Broken Bow 21, Gothenburg 10

Chase County 20, Gordon/Rushville 6

Cozad 34, Ord 8

Hyannis 61, Cody-Kilgore 19

Mitchell 27, Chadron 15

Mullen 80, Stapleton 14

O'Neill 24, Valentine 0

Sandhills/Thedford 30, Anselmo-Merna 14

West Holt 41, Ainsworth 28


Belle Fourche 55, St. Francis Indian 0

Bennett County 12, Red Cloud 6

Chamberlain 30, Todd County 14



Parkston 48, Jones County/White River 0


Lady Badger finish 2nd at Conference


GREAT DAY for the Lady BADGERS Golf Team


South West Conference (SWC) TEAM Runner up  with a 435

(2nd place to Cozad by only 4 strokes)

Ashton Bancroft SWC Individual Champion-1st team All Conference

Sherridan Bancroft 6th place-2nd team All Conference

Tori Osterman 10th place-2nd team All Conference

Other team members included Lauren Fergunson, Whitney Barnes, and Abby Clark (no score)


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