Frazier, O’Leary qualify for national finals rodeo

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By Jay Davis

Jake Frazier of White Horse and Jim O’Leary of Timber Lake are headed to the national finals after their successful runs at the South Dakota High School Finals Rodeo in Belle Fourche over the weekend.
Frazier heads to the nationals after finishing second in state in bull riding. Frazier had a great finals rodeo. He won the first go with a rodeo-best score of 83 and followed that up by riding to a 68 and tying for fourth in the second go. While he did not make it eight seconds in the short go, his 151 average gave him first place in the rodeo. Ryan Knutson of Toronto had three successful rides and edged Frazier out for the state title. Joining Frazier and Knutson at the national rodeo will be Tate Thybo of Belle Fourche and Joe Bertus of Avon.
O’Leary capped a strong season by finishing third in saddle bronc riding. He had just one successful ride in Belle Fourche where his 56 in the second go was good fourth place. That same 56 gave O’Leary fifth in the average. O’Leary will be joined by state champion Taygen Schuelke of Newell, Tayte Clark of Meadow and Tyrell Bachmann at nationals.
Plenty more area athletes had smaller successes in Belle Fourche.
Cassy Woodward of Dupree finished eighth in barrel racing. She was fifth in the second go with a time of 16.846 seconds and ninth in the short go at 16.793 seconds. Woodward added a ninth-place finish in the first go of pole bending with a time of 21.201 seconds.
Jade Maier of Bowdle finished seventh in boys’ cutting. Maier tied for fifth in the second go with a 138 and tied for eighth in the short go with a 134. His 268 total left him in a three-way tie for eighth in average.
Mobridge-Pollock High School athletes had a couple good runs.
Sutton Sandquist scored a 50 to take sixth in the second go and a 55 to take third in the short go of saddle bronc riding.
Pearson and Reece Wientjes looped a 9.28-second run to take sixth in the second go of team roping.
Kash Deal of Dupree won the first go of saddle bronc riding with a 65. He teamed with Seth Longbrake for sixth in the first go of team roping with a time of 8.59 seconds.
Brady Bickel of Trail City took fifth in the second go of team roping with a time of 10.4 seconds.
Bobbie Till of Dupree scored a 133 to tie for eighth in the second go of girls’ cutting.
Jordan Bickel of Trail City took ninth in the short go of pole bending with a time of 25.698 seconds.
Colbee Mohr of Timber Lake took ninth in the second go of breakaway roping with a time of 4.04 seconds.
The National High School Finals Rodeo will be held in Sweetwater County, Wyo., on July 15 through 21.
The rest of the South Dakota National team is: Queen contest, Elsie Fortune of Interior; barrel racing- Kristi Steffes of Vale, Taylor Engessor of Spearfish, Chesney Nagel of Springfield, Peedee Doyle of St. Onge; breakaway roping- Elsie Fortune, Brooke Howell of Belle Fourche, Cedar Jandreau of Kennebec, Taylor Engessor; boys’ cutting- Tate Cowan of Ft. Pierre, Drew Cowan of Highmore, Jett Peterson of Parade, Joshua Hunt of Faith; goat tying-  Hallie Fulton of Miller, Shayna Miller of Faith, Lacy Stevens of Edgemont, Shania Johnston of Union Center; girls’ cutting- Erin Kenzy of Iona, Kristi Steffes, Georgia Edoff of Hermosa, Tearnee Nelson of Faith; Pole Bending- Kristi Steffes, Mazee Paulley of Wall, Tyra Bach of Florence, Kellsey Collins of Newell; steer wrestling- Jhett Williams of Faith, Blake Williams of Piedmont, Blake Boysen of Sioux Falls, Tyler Batie of Black Hawk; tie-down roping: Drew Cowan, Lee Sivertsen of Ree Heights, Treg Schaack of Edgemont, Jamie Wolf of Pierre; team roping- Wyatte and Seth Andersen of Hurley, Caleb Schroth of Buffalo Gap and Trey Richter of Quinn, Blake Williams of Piedmont and Layne Livermont of Martin, Connor McNenney of Sturgis and Jade Schmidt of Box Elder.
The boys’ all-around title went to Drew Cowan, Tate Cowan won reserve all-around and Jett Peterson won rookie cowboy. Kristie Steffes was girls’ all-round with Taylor Engessor taking reserve all-around and Brooke Howell winning rookie cowgirl.

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