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Sep 16
MPCC Rodeo Team wins men’s team championship - twice

Danielle Wray Stampede.jpg

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: 

Rodeo One 

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 

Rodeo Two 

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."

Heather Johnson
Area Communications Specialist

Heather produces and distributes press releases for the college. She began work at MPCC in 2014. Prior to that, she spent five years as the news director/web manager for Eagle Radio in North Platte. From 2009-2014 she worked as a reporter/photographer for The North Platte Telegraph. Heather has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Chadron State College.

Brent L. Cobb
McCook Community College News Bureau Coordinator​​​