HEMPSTEAD, Texas ‚Äď The last time Buck Lunak competed at the Waller County Fair and Rodeo, things didn‚Äôt go so well.
‚ÄúI came here two years ago, and they threw me off,‚ÄĚ said Lunak, a bareback rider from Cut Bank, Mont. ‚ÄúI‚Äôm glad to come back and do good. It means a lot. It‚Äôll help me get my qualifications up for this year, so I‚Äôll be able to go to some bigger winter rodeos and get my shot to end up in the top 15.‚ÄĚ
He posted an 84-point ride on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo‚Äôs Outa Sight on Saturday night to win the title and $1,951. That should be the perfect kick-start to the new season, which began Oct. 1 in Hempstead.
He‚Äôll have a solid calendar year to maintain his spot among the very best in order to qualify for 2016 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, the sport‚Äôs grand finale that features only the top 15 contestants from each regular season. It would be a first for the eight-year pro from the Blackfeet Nation.
‚ÄúI went out a little bit last year, but I was hurt for about four years in a row,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúI‚Äôm a Native American and a cowboy, and if I can make a living off a horse, then that‚Äôs the greatest thing in the world. I love bareback riding. It‚Äôs wild and control; it‚Äôs everything. If you can make a job out if, that‚Äôs what I want to do. I want to do this great.‚ÄĚ
He was pretty great on the final night of the Waller County Fair and Rodeo, and so was his dance partner, Outa Sight, which has been selected to buck at the NFR four times.
‚ÄúI know that everybody here wanted that horse, so I was pretty happy to have her by my name,‚ÄĚ Lunak said. ‚ÄúI just knew it was supposed to be good to ride. She‚Äôs bred out big and has the looks you want, so I was pretty excited.
‚ÄúThat‚Äôs the type of horse you want to get on. She‚Äôs big and showy. She‚Äôs got the reputation, so all you‚Äôve got to do is show up and do your job.‚ÄĚ
It worked out just fine for Lunak.
Waller County Fair and Rodeo
Bareback riding: 1. Buck Lunak, 84 points on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo‚Äôs Outa Sight, $1,951; 2. Bill Tutor, 83.5, $1,496; 3. Winn Ratliff, 82.5, $1,105; 4. Jake Brown, 81, $716; 5. (tie) Matt Bright, Evan Jayne and Heath Ford, 80, $347 each; 8. Richmond Champion, 78, $195.
Steer wrestling: 1. Stan Branco, 4.1 seconds, $2,011; 2. Cody Doescher, 4.2, $1,748; 3. Ryan Bothum, 4.3, $1,486; 4. Logan Glendhill, 4.4, $1,224; 5. (tie) Josh Clark and Tyler Gibson, 4.5, $830 each; 7. Clayton Hass, 5.0, $437; 8. Wade Steffen, 5.1, $175.
Team roping: 1. Wes Kent/Scott Webster, 4.3 seconds, $3,204 each; 2. Rowdy Riekan/Justin Price, 4.5, $2,866; 3. Will Clark/Kolby Miller, 4.7, $2,529; 4. Shane Philipp/John Philipp, 4.8, $2,192; 5. Luke Brown/Martin Lucero, 4.9, $1,855; 6. Cord Crowell/Trey Carter III and Kelsey Parchman/Matt Kasner, 5.2, $1,349 each; 8. Tyler Wade/Kinney Harrell, 5.3, $843; 8. (tie) Tee Luttrell/Clay Sieber, Logan Olson/Jordan Olson and Jake Orman/James Arnold, 5.4, $225 each.
Saddle bronc riding: 1. (tie) Nick LaDuke, on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo‚Äôs Ginger Snap, and Bradley Harter, on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo‚Äôs Fiesta Savy, 79 points, $1,823 each; 3. Sam Spreadborough, 77, $1,170; 4. (tie) Justin Caylor, Jacobs Crawley and Sterling Crawley, 76, $528 each; 7. (tie) Isaac Diaz, Alex Wright and CoBurn Bradshaw, 73, $161 each.
Tie-down roping leaders: 1. Timber Moore, 8.0 seconds, $2,248; 2. Houston Hutto, 8.2, $1,955; 3. (tie) Dennis Luetge and Cimarron Boardman, 9.0, $1,515 each; 5. Robert Mathis, 9.2, $1,075; 6. Josh Eirikson, 9.7, $782; 7. (tie) Ace Slone, Bradley Bynum and Clint Singleton, 10.0, $228 each.
Barrel racing leaders: 1. Benette Little, 14.90 seconds, $2,666; 2. Jackie Jatzlau, 14.93, $2,266; 3. Mary Burger, 15.05, $1,866; 4. Andrea Cline, 15.09, $1,600; 5. Kelly Bruner, 15.12, $1,333; 6. Jaime Hinton, 15.14, $933; 7. Kelly Clifton, 15.21, $666; 8. Ahnna Peterson, 15.22, $533; 9. Martha Wright, 15.23, $467; 10. Raylene Cox, 15.31, $400; 11. Jenna Beaver, 15.33, $333; 12. Janet Staton, 15.35, $267.
Steer roping: First round: 1. (tie) Vin Fisher Jr., and Trey Sheets, 9.9 seconds, $897 each; 3. Scott Snedecor, 10.0, $643; 4. Ralph Williams, 10.6, $474; 5. Chet Herren, 11.0, $305; 6. Leo Campbell, 11.2, $169. Second round: 1. Lawson Plemons, 9.9 seconds, $981; 2. Tony Reina, 10.4, $812; 3. Guy Allen, 10.6, $643; 4. Corey Ross, 10.7, $474; 5. Coy Thompson, 11.3, $305; 6. J. Tom Fisher, 11.4, $169. Third round: 1. Roger Branch, 9.8 seconds, $981; 2. JB Whatley, 10.1, $812; 3. J. Tom Fisher, 10.2, $643; 4. Brian Garr, 10.4, $474; 5. C.A. Lauer, 10.6, $305; 6. Dan Fisher, 11.0, $169. Average: 1. Scott Snedecor, 33.8 seconds on three head, $1,472; 2. Trey Sheets, 35.2, $1,218; 3. Cody Lee, 36.4, $964; 4. Chet Herren, 38.2, $711; 5. John Bland, 39.0, $457; 6. Tony Reina, 39.1, $254.
Bull riding: 1. Jeffrey Joseph Ramagos, 85 points on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo‚Äôs Red One, $2,200; 2. Tim Bingham, 83.5, $1,686; 3. Eli Vastbinder, 81, $1,246; 4. (tie) Troy Garcia, 79.5, $807; 5. (tie) Ardie Maier, Bayle Worden and Dustin Boquet, 79, $391 each; 8. (tie) Lucas Guilbeau and Reagan Avery, 71, $110 each.
HEMPSTEAD, Texas ‚Äď There‚Äôs only one thing better than competing together for saddle bronc riding brothers Jacobs and Sterling Crawling: Winning together.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs great that we both ride broncs because we have two chances, and the rest just have one,‚ÄĚ said Sterling Crawley, a two-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier from Stephenville, Texas.
The two cowboys moved toward the top of the leaderboard on Friday night during the second performance of the Waller County Fair and Rodeo. Sterling rode Pete Carr‚Äôs Northern Spy, while Jacobs matched moves with Carr‚Äôs Disco, both scoring 76 points to move into a three-way tie for second place with Justin Caylor of Sulphur Springs, Texas.
‚ÄúI want the best for him and to have success,‚ÄĚ Jacobs Crawley said of his younger brother. ‚ÄúAnytime we can split like that, I like seeing him win. I just want to catch him.‚ÄĚ
Jacobs Crawley is a five-time NFR qualifier now living in Burney, Texas. He won the coveted average championship at ProRodeo‚Äôs grand finale in 2013 and has proven to be one of the elite bronc riders in the game for several years.
Both Crawleys have seen past success at the Waller County Fairgrounds in Hempstead, which is a big reason why they return every October. But there are other reasons.
‚ÄúI love this rodeo,‚ÄĚ Sterling said. ‚ÄúI‚Äôve watched it improve every year, and the way you‚Äôre treated here is phenomenal.‚ÄĚ
For men who make a living on the rodeo trail, being able to compete close to home is big.
‚ÄúHempstead is a great rodeo and a Texas rodeo,‚ÄĚ Jacobs said. ‚ÄúWe‚Äôre from Texas, so it‚Äôs good for our circuit, plus Pete‚Äôs got good horses for us to get on. They have great crowds, and they love the rodeo here.
‚ÄúI also love this rodeo because we‚Äôve just come off some of the highest pressure rodeos at the end of the year. This is nice because it‚Äôs a new season; it‚Äôs a new page. We‚Äôre all starting from scratch, and there are a lot of rodeos to be had. You get to enjoy bronc riding in the most organic form.‚ÄĚ
Of course, doing well at a big-money rodeo to kick start the 2016 season is important, too.
‚ÄúIt means a whole bunch, because things have been rough this year after I came back from my groin injury,‚ÄĚ Sterling said. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs nice to come to the first rodeo of the year and do good.‚ÄĚ
Waller County Fair and Rodeo
Bareback riding: 1. Winn Ratliff, 82.5 points on Pete Carr‚Äôs Classic Pro Rodeo‚Äôs Touched By An Angel; 2. Jake Brown, 81; 3. (tie) Matt Bright and Evan Jayne, 80; 5. Richmond Champion, 78.5; 6. Scotty NeSmith, 78; 7. Kody Lamb, 77.5; 8. David Clapp, 76.
Steer wrestling: 1. Stan Branco, 4.1 seconds; 2. Cody Doescher, 4.2; 3. Ryan Bothum, 4.3; 4. Logan Glendhill, 4.4; 5. (tie) Josh Clark and Tyler Gibson, 4.5; 7. Clayton Hass, 5.0; 8. Wade Steffen, 5.1.
Team roping: 1. Wes Kent/Scott Webster, 4.3 seconds; 2. Will Clark/Kolby Miller, 4.7; 3. Shane Philipp/John Philipp, 4.8; 4. Luke Brown/Martin Lucero, 4.9; 5. Cord Crowell/Trey Carter III, 5.2; 6. Tyler Wade/Kinney Harrell, 5.3; 7. (tie) Tee Luttrell/Clay Sieber and Jake Orman/James Arnold, 5.4; 9. Clayton Hass/Cody Doescher, 5.5; 10. Tyler Waters/Steve Northcott, 5.6.
Saddle bronc riding: 1. Sam Spreadborough, 77 points on Pete Carr‚Äôs Classic Pro Rodeo‚Äôs Sky Bow; 2. (tie) Justin Caylor, Jacobs Crawley and Sterling Crawley, 76; 5. (tie) Isaac Diaz, Alex Wright and CoBurn Bradshaw, 73; 8. (tie) Kobyn Williams and Joe Harper, 70.
Tie-down roping leaders: 1. Timber Moore, 8.0 seconds; 2. Houston Hutto, 8.2; 3. Cimarron Boardman, 9.0; 4. Josh Eirikson, 9.7; 5. (tie) Ace Slone, Bradley Bynum and Clint Singleton, 10.0; 8. Cooper Raley, 11.7.
Barrel racing leaders: 1. Benette Little, 14.90 seconds; 2. Jackie Jatzlau, 14.93; 3. Mary Burger, 15.05; 4. Andrea Cline, 15.09; 5. Kelly Bruner, 15.12; 6. Jaime Hinton, 15.14; 7. Kelly Clifton, 15.21; 8. Ahnna Peterson, 15.22; 9. Martha Wright, 15.23; 10. Jenna Beaver, 15.33; 11. Janet Staton, 15.35; 12. Holly Fenoglio, 15.37.
Bull riding: 1. Jeffrey Joseph Ramagos, 85 points on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo‚Äôs Red One; 2. Tim Bingham, 83.5; 3. Eli Vastbinder, 81; 4. Troy Garcia, 79.5; 5. (tie) Ardie Maier and Dustin Boquet, 79; 7. (tie) Lucas Guilbeau and Reagan Avery, 71.
Contact: Sasha Steinberg
STARKVILLE, Miss.‚ÄĒMississippi State University and the American Cancer Society are inviting members of the campus and surrounding communities to attend the inaugural ‚ÄúTACKLE CANCER‚ÄĚ Kickoff Event.
Taking place Thursday [Oct. 8] at Davis Wade Stadium‚Äôs Gridiron Club, festivities begin at 7 p.m. Cocktails and heavy hors d‚Äôoeuvres will be served. The event also will feature a silent auction and special appearances by The Famous Maroon Band, new Bully mascot Jak and MSU cheerleaders.
Straton Karatassos, MSU associate athletic director for development, will serve as emcee.
Tickets are $50 per person. To purchase tickets, make a general donation or obtain sponsorship information, contact Libba Hardwick at Libba.Hardwick@cancer.org or visit main.acsevents.org/tacklecancer.
‚ÄúMississippi State is the first school in the SEC to launch the new ‚ÄėTACKLE CANCER‚Äô breast cancer awareness program benefitting the American Cancer Society,‚ÄĚ said Julia Meyers, corporate relations account manager for ACS Mid-South Division in Birmingham, Alabama.
Victoria A. ‚ÄúTori‚ÄĚ Wilson, co-director for the MSU Student Association‚Äôs health and sustainability committee, said breast cancer awareness activities have been scheduled for the week leading up to Saturday‚Äôs [Oct. 10] ‚ÄúThink Pink‚ÄĚ home football game against the Troy University Trojans.
Fans in the upper levels of Davis Wade Stadium are encouraged to wear white, while those in the lower levels are asked to wear maroon.
Breast cancer survivors also will be honored during the game. Those who would like to be recognized are asked to contact Meyers at (404) 538-6069 or email@example.com.
The week‚Äôs events include:
Oct. 7‚ÄĒWellness Wednesday on the Drill Field
The SA‚Äôs health and sustainability and community and governmental relations committees will pass out stickers, hashtag #TACKLECANCERMSU bracelets and fast fact sheets to raise breast cancer awareness. Additionally, committee members will be promoting a #TACKLECANCERMSU Instagram contest. Prizes will be awarded.
Oct. 8, 4-6 p.m.‚ÄĒThe Pink Dawg Walk, Chadwick Lake walking track at Joe Frank Sanderson Center
MSU‚Äôs Department of Health Promotion and Wellness again is sponsoring this free, family-friendly breast cancer awareness event. The first 350 people who complete the walk will receive a free t-shirt. Breast health and cancer prevention information will be available at various educational stations. Participants also can enjoy samplings of healthy recipes and other free treats. Prizes will be awarded to those deemed the best dressed in pink attire.
Oct. 9‚ÄĒPink Friday
In addition to supporting the university‚Äôs ‚ÄúMaroon Friday‚ÄĚ tradition, interested members of the campus community are encouraged to wear pink all week to promote breast cancer awareness.
For more details, contact Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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MSU is Mississippi‚Äôs leading university, available online at www.msstate.edu.
Contact: Georgia Clarke
STARKVILLE, Miss.‚ÄĒIn recognition of an illness that affects more than 200,000 American women each year, Mississippi State‚Äôs Department of Health Promotion and Wellness is hosting the second Pink Dawg Walk on Thursday [Oct. 8] as part of Breast Cancer Awareness month.
From 4-6 p.m., all are encouraged to dress in their most creative pink attire for the mile-long walk around the Chadwick Lake walking track.
In addition to the walk, educational stations will be available with information on breast health and cancer prevention. The first 350 people to complete the walk will receive a free t-shirt.
Pumpkin decorating, healthy fall treats and recipes and special appearances from MSU‚Äôs mascot Jak and the Chick-Fil-A cow will contribute to the fun.
‚ÄúSo many people are affected by breast cancer. Everyone knows at least one person who has been diagnosed with it. The survival rate continues to increase partly due to people being more aware and learning more about early detection. Events like this are designed to increase awareness but have a little fun while doing it,‚ÄĚ said JuLeigh Baker, a health and wellness educator for University Health Services.
‚ÄúThis is a great event for the MSU family to come out to show support and create more awareness for breast cancer and its survivors,‚ÄĚ she added.
In addition to MSU‚Äôs Department of Health Promotion and Wellness, sponsors of the event are Baptist Hospital Cancer Center, Gentiva Home Health and Hospice, Center for Breast Health and Imaging of Starkville and Aramark.
MSU is Mississippi‚Äôs leading university, available online at www.msstate.edu.