MPCC Rodeo Team member Zane Patrick, of Bartlett, throws a steer in the steer wrestling during the MPCC Stampede. The effort earned him third in the first rodeo.
The Mid-Plains Community College Rodeo Team is off to a great start after hosting the first competition of the season at the Wild West Arena in North Platte over the weekend. The MPCC Stampede consisted of two rodeos spread out over three days, Thursday through Saturday.
The MPCC men's team won the championship in the first rodeo and placed second in the second rodeo – giving them an early lead in the Great Plains regional standings. Individual results are as follows:
Bull riding: Koby Jacobson, Hershey
Breakaway roping: fifth - Danielle Wray, Ord; eighth - Caitlyn Comfort - Elwood
Steer wrestling: first - Landon Sivertsen, Ree Heights, S.D.; second - Sterling Lee, Rhame, N.D.; third - Zane Patrick, Bartlett
Tie-down roping: fifth - Sterling Lee, Rhame, N.D.
Team roping: split for sixth and seventh - Sterling Lee, Rhame, N.D. and Jacob Haren – Erie, Colo.; eighth - Mykelsi Schnose, Oelrichs, S.D. and Marshall Still, Oconto
Bull riding: second - Koby Jacobson, Hershey
Steer wrestling: first - Wynn Schaack, Wall, S.D.; second - Marshall Still, Oconto; fifth – Quade Potter, Stockville
Team roping: fifth - Wynn Schaack, Wall, S.D.
Tie-down roping: fourth - Nick Rettinger, Amidon, N.D.
"The men's team was definitely led by the steer wrestlers," said Garrett Nokes, MPCC Rodeo Team coach. "They took first, second and third in the first rodeo and a barrier kept us from doing the same thing in the second rodeo. What's phenomenal in my mind is that we basically had six different team members dominate the first two rodeos. They've been putting in a lot of hard work on some tough steers, and I was happy to see that pay off for them."
He noted that several of the returning athletes had improved significantly from last year.
"Sivertsen is another one who has really been working hard, so to see him jump out and win the first rodeo was awesome," Nokes said. "Wynn, in the second rodeo, started out having the rodeo you dream of. He won first in the steer wrestling, first in the team roping and fifth in the tie-down roping then came back in the short go to win first in the steer wrestling again. He stumbled a bit in the final round with an illegal catch in the team roping and a broken barrier in the tie-down roping."
Nokes was hoping for a little more out of all of his athletes.
"Overall, we faltered as a team," Nokes said. "There were some early season jitters that got to us. I feel like we did the worst we will do all season, and we still placed first and second in the men's team standings. We are so deep in talent that I believe we can make a few minor adjustments and the other colleges will be looking at our taillights the rest of the year."
He's confident the women's team will be a force to be reckoned with as well.
"Our women's team didn't score a lot of points at the Stampede, but they showed why they are there and showed a lot of skill," Nokes said. "I have high hopes for a couple of the freshmen. We will dang sure get some girls to nationals in the breakaway and team roping – it just didn't fall our way last weekend. I'm looking forward to this weekend. They will have a chance to redeem themselves, and I look for them to do that."
The team will compete Thursday through Saturday in Fort Dodge, Iowa.