Posted at 4:01 p.m., Oct. 23, 2014

Strong finish for LCCC's team at home rodeo


Final determination:

LCCC Rodeo Team member, Kalane Anders, competes in the Shawn Dubie Rodeo Finals on Sun. Oct. 12, 2014. Anders placed ninth in tie down roping and first in steer wrestling.

Photo by Tamara Rodgers

The Laramie County Community College rodeo team finished strong at its own Shawn Dubie rodeo, but the season isn’t over yet.

“The team is looking forward to the spring season,” David Browder, rodeo coach, said. “The schedule is already posted.” The spring season picks up in March.

At LCCC’s Shawn Dubie Rodeo Oct. 10-12 among the women’s teams Gillette College earned first place with a score of 305, and LCCC took home second place with a score of 175. Although Casper College took first place in the men’s teams with a score of 375, LCCC placed fifth with a score of 272.5.

“I think [the contestants] really like it because it is the final rodeo of the fall semester. It’s indoors, and it’s kind of centralized as far as our region. I think a lot of parents, grandparents and friends show up to watch, so I think it’s a pretty popular rodeo,” Browder said.
LCCC’s Kalane Anders placed fourth in men’s all-around with a score of 167.5. No place for women’s all-around was documented for LCCC.

Anders took first place in steer wrestling with a score of 9.9 and ninth place in tie down roping with a score of 33.3. Chance Englebert was third in bareback riding with a score of 147.

Kelsey Knust earned seventh place in team roping header with a score of 8.5, and Reed Johnson tied for seventh place in team roping heeler with James Barquin from Central Wyoming College with a score of 8.5.

Syerra Christensen scored first place in breakaway roping with an 8.3 and Tawny Berry followed in second place with a score of 2.5.
LCCC showed no places in saddle bronc riding, bull riding, barrel racing or goat tying.

Consistency a challenge for team

According to Browder, some of the team members are doing really well in their events, and some of them are struggling a little bit. LCCC is sitting in the middle of the standings. “We all want to do better in team standings,” Browder said.

Browder attributed some of this to nerves. “You just got to learn how to handle your nerves,” he said. “Turn it into a positive thing that helps you compete, instead of hinders you.”

Anders and Christensen finished strong; Anders was first in the region in steer wrestling, and Christensen was second in the region in breakaway roping.

“They feel good about their fall season,” Browder said “[In the spring] we’re hoping to keep those two in the standings and get a few more in there.”

The biggest challenge the rodeo team has faced so far this semester is consistency in performances. According to Browder, rodeo is all about consistency. “The LCCC men’s team scored 975 points, and I picked 915 of them, so their performances have been pretty consistent,” he noted.

The women’s team has not jibed in the same way. Browder said he must pick a woman to remove from the team each rodeo. He picked them by their performances at practice. He said in every rodeo the woman he removed scored points, which affected the women’s team standings.

Coach optimistic for the future

The coach called rodeo a fun sport, but it’s even more fun to win. He stressed the importance of having team members having a positive outlook on life in general and letting rodeo help them achieve an education. Browder praised the practice opportunities for the team at LCCC, so a lot of them are keeping a positive attitude. “They are hoping to see this transfer into their performances at the rodeo,” Browder said.

“I’m very optimistic,” Browder said. “I think we will finish strong.”

The current standings as of Oct. 13 were as follows:

In the men's team, Gillette College holds first place with a score of 2,095; University of Wyoming is second with a score of 1,995, and Casper College is in third with a score of 1,755. LCCC came in eighth with a score of 912.5.

In the women's team, Gillette College secured first again with a score of 1,865; Northeastern Junior College holds second with a score of 1,220, and Sheridan College is in third with a score of 845. LCCC moved up two places and now holds seventh with a score of 315.

Anders secured first place in steer wrestling with a score of 405. Johnson is in 12th place in saddle bronc riding with a score of 60. Englebert is in ninth in bareback riding with a score of 180. Brandon Olson is tied for eighth place in bull riding with Chasen Cole from Chadron State with a score of 120. Englebert is in 11th place with a score of 80.  

Men's all-around, tie down roping and team roping showed no scores.

In breakaway roping Christensen secured second place with a score of 320; Knust came in eighth with a score of 130; Berry is tied with Kylie Kvamme from the University of Wyoming in ninth place with a score of 110, and Brandy Brown came in 14th with a score of 85.

In barrel racing, Jorry Lammers tied for 10th place with Amy Deichert with a score of 95. In goat tying Berry and Bailey Tibbs tied for 12th place with a score of 85.

LCCC Rodeo Page

Shawn Dubie Memorial Rodeo

National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association