The Mid-Plains Community College Rodeo Team made its hometown proud following three nights of competition at the Wild West Arena in North Platte.
The team hosted the MPCC Stampede Thursday through Saturday. The Stampede added a day of competition this year – essentially cramming two full rodeos into three days.
MPCC placed first in the men's team standings at both rodeos, and the women's team split second and third in the second rodeo.
The individual results are as follows:
Tie down roping - JD Draper, Oakley, Kan., seventh
Team roping - Danielle Wray, Ord, fourth; Wynn Schaack, Wall, S.D., and Riley Reiss, Manning, N.D., fifth; Wyatt and Chance Williams, both of Ord, eighth
Bull riding - Koby Jacobson, Hershey, split first and second; Teran Sharman, third
Steer wrestling – JD Draper, second; Austin Madison, Whiting, Iowa, third; Riley Reiss, seventh
Steer wrestling - Riley Reiss, first; JD Draper, fourth; Marshall Still, Oconto, fourth
Team roping - Wynn Schaack and Riley Reiss, second; Danielle Wray, sixth
Breakaway roping - Danielle Wray, first
Tie down roping - Wynn Schaack, third
"I'm just really proud of the kids overall," said Garrett Nokes, MPCC timed event coach. "When you have to put on a rodeo, it's hard to do it well and also stay focused and compete. The kids did awesome in both. In six years of putting on college rodeos, this was the easiest one I've helped with. That's because all the kids did what they were supposed to do and jumped in and helped each other out. They even had twice as much work because they put on two rodeos instead of one. My hat's off to them."
He was just as impressed with the level of competition the team brought to the arena.
"When you win back-to-back men's team championships - how awesome is that?" said Nokes. "How do you get much better than that?"
He would have liked to have seen the girls' team place a little higher, because they struggled a bit. However, now they know what they need to work on.
"Danielle had one heck of a rodeo," said Nokes. "She won the breakaway roping then placed in the team roping. With the guys – I can't single anybody out. All six guys on my points team scored points in the second rodeo and five got points in the first rodeo. I've got to hand it to Schaack and Reiss. For freshmen to come in and work hard putting on a rodeo then compete at the level they did – I can't say enough good things about them. I'm looking forward to the future with all these kids."