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Last weekend's regular season ending rodeo sets the stage for this weekend's finals

JASON CHANEY - Members of the Central Oregon Rodeo Club gather Thursday at the Crook County Fairgrounds. The squad was working on the rodeo grounds, putting up banners for the final rodeo of the regular season, a season which started last fall. This weekend, the fairgrounds hosts the state finals. There are 21 local club members who qualified for the state finals.

The Oregon High School Rodeo Association state finals take place this weekend at the Crook County Fairgrounds, and the Central Oregon squad has 21 contestants taking part.

Last weekend, the Central Oregon team and the Crook County Fairgrounds hosted the last rodeo of the season — the first three took place in the fall, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic — and the final invites to the state rodeo were earned.

The top 20 in each event make the state rodeo, and the Central Oregon team had 21 meet that benchmark.

The points accumulated through the season's rodeos are used to qualify the participants, and those points carry over to the state event.

Kennedy Buckner of Powell Butte heads into the breakaway roping competition as No. 1. She's also No. 2 in goat tying and No. 3 in pole bending. Plus, she's at No. 9 in girls cutting and 11 in barrel racing. She also competes in team roping.

Jace England, also of Powell Butte, and Wyatt Wood of Prineville are both No. 2 in saddle bronc and bareback riding, respectively.

Culver cowboy Coy Aldrich is second in tie-down roping, third in team roping, sixth in reined cow roping and seventh in steer wrestling,

Redmond's Paige Lake will also be busy during state, coming in at second in reined cow horse, fifth in girls cutting, 17th in team roping and 18th in pole bending.

Cord Gomes, from Antelope, is second in steer wrestling, eighth in team roping and 13th in tie-down roping.

Heading into state at third in saddle bronc riding, Deaglan Lundquist of Powell Butte is also 15th in tie-down roping and 27th in team roping. Sisters cowgirl Adriene Steffen is eighth in pole bending, 10th in barrel racing, 11th in goat tying and 19th in breakaway roping. Redmond's Brook Blevins of 10th in goat tying and 18th in breakaway roping.

Powell Butte's Callen Whitaker is 19th in tie-down roping and 34th in team roping. Gracie Garthwaite, also of Powell Butte, is eighth in barrel racing and 21st in pole bending. Two others from Powell Butte, Gavin McLean and Parker Buchanan, are fourth in boys cutting and sixth in team roping, respectively.

Prineville's Bubba Luttrell is 16th in tie-down roping.

Terrebonne's Preston Young is 10th in steer wrestling and 14th in tie-down roping, and is also 23rd in team roping. Dally Jo Miotke of Terrebonne is 18th in goat tying and 21st in barrel racing. A Terrebonne athlete near the top in his event is Coy Havely, who goes in at fourth in bull riding.

Mecarte Cook is 14th in barrel racing and 20th in goat tying. Culver's Sagel Smith is 20th in barrel racing. Colton Kluser of Redmond is 17th in tie-down roping and 30th in team roping. Terrebonne's Grace Flitner is eighth in girls cutting.

At last weekend's Central Oregon-hosted event, Aldrich was the top team roping header and Gomes was second in heeling. Coy was second in bull riding and Wood second in bareback. Buckner was second in goat tying and third in pole bending.

The state event is being held with social distancing in mind and COVID-19 precautions in place. Only the athletes and their parents are allowed at the facility.

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