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Monday, April 18, 2011

Andreasens win team roping in Vaughn

Andreasens win team roping in Vaughn

Siblings Anders and Dane Andreasen of Fort Benton won the team roping Sunday as a Montana High School Rodeo Association event concluded here.

Emily Schall of Missoula won the barrel racing and tied for second in the team roping to provide several highlights at the event, which was produced by JS Rodeo Co.

JoLee Pimperton of Stanford won the pole bending and Conrad's Calvin Ophus won the bareback for the second day in a row as the event wrapped up two days of competition at the JS Rodeo Arena.

The event featured two separate rodeos, with top-10 finishers earning points. Athletes compete throughout the spring. Top qualifiers earn trips to the State Finals in Bozeman in mid-June. From there, champions advance to the National High School Rodeo Finals in Gillette, Wyo.

Among the other notable performances Sunday were the efforts of Danni Dandro of Helena, who tied for first place in the breakaway roping and finished second in the pole bending.

Other winners included Guy Nordahl of Helena (bull riding), Jaylyn Garrison of Arlee (goat tying), Garrett Hanson of Helena (steer wrestling), Phil Shields of Philipsburg (saddle bronc) and Newt Novich of Twin Bridges (tie-down roping).

The rodeo featured more than 130 competitors both Saturday and Sunday. A total of 290 runs were made on Sunday. Many of the same athletes will be in Baker next weekend as the MHSRA season continues. The circuit returns to north-central Montana on May 1 with a rodeo in Valier. There are also upcoming MHSRA events in Choteau (May 7-8), Shelby (May 14-15) and Harlowton (May 27-28).

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