Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Mud doesn’t stop high school rodeo spuds

Taylor keeps girls’ lead at Gooding

Despite the wet weather, the show went on for 5th District high school rodeo cowboys and cowgirls last weekend. And Haillie Taylor of Wood River High School continued to pile up points as the girls' leader.

Thursday's downpour muddied up the Jerome County Fairgrounds arena where the second of five stops on the 2012 spring circuit was due to be staged Friday and Saturday. So, organizers found another site, Gooding County Fairgrounds, and shoe-horned two performances into one day.

At Gooding Saturday, Taylor added 57 points to her season total to remain a little ahead of the very competitive girls' pack featuring last year's overall winner Darby Fox of Glenns Ferry and 2010 overall queen Valene Lickley of Valley.

Graduating senior Taylor, who won the overall girls' season title as a freshman, has 125 points, Fox 109 and Lickley 107.

Taylor amassed 18 points in barrel racing, 8 in breakaway roping, 13 in goat tying and 18 in pole bending. She warmed up with one second place and three thirds in the first go-round, then won barrel racing at 17.926 seconds in the second go and added a second place in pole bending that night.

Rookie contender Kylie Castle of Carey School added 12 points for the day at Gooding. She placed fifth in Saturday's second go-round of breakaway roping (24.570) along with eighth in goat tying (13.980) and eighth place in the first go-round of pole bending (23.168).

Carey's Taylor Castle was ninth in barrel racing (19.355).

Boys' leader after two rodeos is Gooding's Jared Parke 81-70 over Brogan Bennett, Gooding.

Carey High School's Matt Whitworth along with team roping partner Cole Millican of Valley won the first go-round of roping Saturday at Gooding with a 11.880-second clocking. They placed fourth in the second go-round at 21.310 seconds.

Coming up: May 4-5 at Shoshone; May 11-12 at Blaine County Fairgrounds in Carey; and the district finals May 25-26 at Gooding. Friday's rodeos begin at 7 p.m. and Saturday's matinees at 2 p.m.

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