Posted 3 months ago
By Corey Sorenson
CHADRON – With several outstanding newcomers joining a strong contingent of returning contestants, the Chadron State College rodeo team will open its 2013-14 schedule this weekend with high expectations. Dustin Luper, who is beginning his sixth season as the team’s coach, said he’s extremely optimistic about this year’s team
The first rodeo of the fall in the Central Rocky Mountain Region will be Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Central Wyoming College in Riverton. Chadron State will have its rodeo the following weekend, Sept. 20-22, at the Dawes County Fairgrounds in Chadron.
Among those returning from last year on the women’s team are seniors Amy Tierney of Oral, S.D., and Shelby Winchell of Scottsbluff.
Tierney finished third in goat tying at the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper in June, when she also was elected the student president of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association for 2013-14. She also is the region’s student director on the national board for the second year in a row.
Winchell was one of the 12 goat tying finalists at nationals after placing third in the event in the region and also was the region’s reserve all-around cowgirl. She was the runner-up in the goat tying at the national rodeo in 2012 while she was attending Eastern Wyoming College.
Chadron State also returns three more cowgirls who competed at the CNFR in 2012. They are barrel racers Amy Deichert of Spearfish, S.D., and Katie Loughran of Broken Bow and breakaway roper Jessie Sturman of Lusk, Wyo. Deichert was the South Dakota high school rodeo barrel racing champion as a senior in 2011.
Also competing again is Kaycee Werdel of Chadron, who was not on the team last year, but has previously been a team member. She was the senior division breakaway roping champion at the 2009 National Little Britches Rodeo and won the breakaway roping this spring and summer while competing in 14 “circuit” rodeos in the Indian National Finals Rodeo Association.
Newcomers on the Chadron State women’s roster this fall include Shaylee Hance of Circle, Mont., a transfer from Central Wyoming College. She was the regional champion goat tier in 2012-13 and finished fourth in the event at the national rodeo in June.
Another transferring from Central Wyoming is Danni Jo Hinman of Hay Springs, who will compete in breakaway and team roping.
Russell Hipke, a senior from Stuart, Neb., is expected to be among the leaders on this year’s CSC men’s team. He finished fourth in the regional steer wrestling standing last year, just 10 points shy of first place.
Other men who are back after reaching the finals at several rodeos in the region in 2012-13 include Colten Blanchard of Sulphur, La., Collin Chytka and Zane Smith of Broken Bow, Lane Day and Trevor Kahl of Bartlett, Jess Kasselder of Ericson and Derek Powers of Arthur.
Three transfers have joined the men’s team. They are Billy Boldon of Oglala, S.D., (Western Oklahoma), Kelby Bond of Avondale, Colo., (NJC) and Nate McFadden of Dunning (Dodge City). Bond was a national rodeo qualifier in the steer wrestling in 2011 as a freshman at NJC.
Several freshmen also have joined the CSC team this fall, Luper said.