Panaca rodeo

Lacey Steele of Alamo (left) carries the Nevada flag, and Wylee Mitchell of Pioche carries the American flag at the high school/junior high rodeo last weekend in Panaca.

Last weekend Lincoln County High held their annual high school and junior high rodeos in Panaca.

Although the wind and dirt made it a miserable day on Friday, the competitors were ready for the competition. Local youth were among the contestants as well as ones that traveled from all over Nevada.

Wylee Mitchell of Pioche competed in the junior high division and was first in barrel racing on Friday with a time of 16.833, second in breakaway with a time of 5.88. In the goat tying she placed 11th with a time of 14.96. on Saturday she placed eighth with a time of 11.90. In the pole bending she placed first at 21.788. On Saturday, Wylee placed second in barrels with a time of 17.708, fifth in poles at 22.313, which put her with the fastest average time and she won the buckle for barrels and poles for the weekend. She also won rookie and buckle for the weekend.

Austin Romans of Pioche competed in the calf roping and team roping. He had tough luckwith a no time in each event on Friday but was able to put a run together to place 10th in the team roping with partner Brian Johnson of Las Vegas. Cheyenne Romans of Pioche competed in the breakaway and goat tying.She placed 18th in goats with a time of 11.87, and 19th on Saturday with a 13.03. She had tough luck in the breakaway and was unable to stop the clock on either run. She also competed in team roping both days with Averie Hebdon of Elko County.

Lacey Steele, a sophomore from Alamo placed fourth in the breakaway with a time of 3.31 and placed third on Saturday with a time of 2.82. She also competed in the barrels and placed 18th with a time 18.177, and had a penalty on the second run on Saturday. Pole bending she completed the pattern with a time of 22.547 and  placed tenth on Saturday with a time of 22.919. In the team roping with partner Daniel Eary, they placed 13th with a time of 27.390 on Friday, and was able to speed it up the next day to a time of 9.29 to place fifth. Lacey competed in the reined cow horse and the cutting events held last October. She placed first and second in the cutting and placed seventh overall in the reined cow horse for both days of that competition.

Tyler Bundy a freshman from Alamo competed in the bareback, steer wrestling, calf roping, and team roping. He won  the steer wrestling on Friday with a time of 6.25 but was unable to throw the second steer on Saturday. He placed seventh in the calf roping with a time of 21.45 but was unable to make the loop work for a catch on Saturday.

Macady Bundy also a member of the Alamo rodeo club competed in the junior high division. She placed third on Saturday with a time of 5.86 in the breakaway. She had tough luck in the ribbon roping event and was unable to put a time down in the books.

Joy Wadsworth also competed as well, as did Macady Bundy, who is the Lincoln County Queen.

All in all Lincoln County was represented very well by the youth this year. The end of the season is near with the state finals being held in Fallon May 24-30. The top four winners in each event will then go on to compete at the national level. The junior high nationals will be held in Lebanon, Tenn. and the High school nationals will be held in Gillette, Wyoming.