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Rodeo team finishes second in Athens

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Rodeo team finishes second in Athens

The Rodeo Team will compete again on February 23-24.

The Rodeo Team will compete again on February 23-24.

The Rodeo Team will compete again on February 23-24.

The Rodeo Team will compete again on February 23-24.

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Panola College rodeo team was back to work again Friday and Saturday, Feb. 9-10, in Athens for the first rodeo of the spring season. The rodeo was hosted by Trinity Valley Community College. The Ponies men’s team ended up in second place with the help of the following team members.

Logan Cook, sophomore from Alto, started the spring right by placing in two of his three events. He made a 9.3 second run in the calf roping to win 3rd in the long go round. Cook then competed in the Saddle Bronco riding where he scored a 69-point ride, to win 4th in that event. The cowboy had made it back to the short go in two events. He was unable to place in the average in the calf roping, but scored very high in the saddle bronco riding with a 73-point ride. The combined scores in the S.B. moved him into 3rd place for the short round and 3rd place in the average. Cook maintains his lead in the All Around standings as the number one cowboy in the region, while he is holding on to the number 2 position in the Saddle Bronco and is currently number 6 in the Calf Roping. Cook will try to best his season from last year where he finished number 7 in the nation.

Rodeo Coach Jeffrey Collins said, “Logan is a great cowboy and is a huge part of this team. I look for Logan to have the best season he has ever had.”

Travis Chapman, sophomore from Spurger, had a good rodeo in the Bareback Riding, scoring 74 in the first round to win 3rd place. Chapman then came back in the short round and scored very high with a 77-point ride. The score was high enough to win 2nd place in the short round. The combined score moved him to 3rd place in the average. Chapman just missed the college finals last season and is determined to qualify this season. Now ranked 2nd in the regional standings, Chapman is looking to make it to his first CNFR. Coach Collins said, “Travis is a scrappy young man that I count on every week to be prepared, be willing and ready every time we leave the house. I know his future here will be great and we love having him here at our program.”

Bull rider Koby Radley, from Holdren, La., won the long round in the bull riding with an awesome ride scoring 84 points. Radley is a very talented bull rider with a busy pro rodeo schedule as well. He was unable to compete in the short go due to scheduling conflict with the pro rodeo in San Antonio. His win moved him to first place in the regional standings. Coach Collins said, “Koby is a very good bull rider with great goals and ambitions, one of those being a CNFR champion. I am very confident he will see that goal come true this season. I have so much faith in Koby that it is worth having a few conflicts with his other rodeos.”

Michael Womack, freshman from Bastrop, scored a 63 in the long go of saddle bronc riding for a 5th place finish. Michael bucked off his horse in the short round but was still able to win 5th in the average. Coach Collins said, “Michael is young but has lots of talent; he is tough, coachable and excited to become a great bronc rider. I see moments of greatness in him every week, when he gets it all put together he will be unbeatable.”

The Ponies and Fillies will be back in action on February 23-24 in Robstown for the Kingsville-Texas A&M hosted rodeo.

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