’49er rodeo champs crowned

by nathan oster

The rodeo grounds was the place to be during Days of ’49 weekend, as cowboys and cowgirls of all ages competed for cash and prizes during the main rodeo Friday night and the kids rodeo and merchant roping on Saturday afternoon.

Zack Oliver won the bull riding.

In the women’s barrels, the top four spots were filled by Afton Peterson, first in 18.33 seconds; Taylor Werbelow, 18.50; Dasha Kelso, 18.58, and Dominique Allred, 18.65.

Paige Flom won the junior barrels, posting a winning time of 18.54.  Payten Sorensen was next in line with a time of 20.35, followed by her younger brother Jace Sorensen, who finished in 21.39.

In team roping, the father-son team of Scott Collingwood and J.T. Collingwood captured first place, finishing in a blazing 7.69 seconds.  Dex Maddock and Kurtis Barry were second in 7.78, followed by Cactus Floy and Dustin Park (12.34) and Tia Edwards and Casey O’Neil (13.34).

Kaleb Asay won the calf roping, finishing in 13.25.  Talon Cooper was second with a time of 13.91.

No scores were posted in the bareback riding, saddle bronc riding and in the wild horse race.

At Saturday afternoon’s kids rodeo, no one posted a time in the steer riding.

But buckles were awarded to all the winners of the barrel racing, including Cooper Zierolf in the 6-and-under division, Paige Flom, 7-9; Dasha Kelso, 10-14, and Taylor Werbelow, 15-18.

In the pole bending, Colton Bitton won the 6-and-under division, Flom again topped the 7 to 9 year olds, Logan Nunn won the 10-14 division and Tyler Steed won the 15-18 division.

The merchant roping competition was won, in a time of 23.15 seconds, by the Good Mining team of Gene Good and Lacee Good.   Pab Good Trucking was second, finishing in 24.36.  Probst Western Store, with a time of 29.0, took third.