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The Oregon High School Rodeo Association held their state finals in Prineville June 12-14. The top 20 contestants in each rodeo event competed for state titles and the opportunity to compete in the Silver State Invitational rodeo in Winnemucca, Nev., and the National High School Finals rodeo held in Rock Springs, Wyo.
Four members of the Harney County High School Rodeo club competed in the Oregon State Finals Rodeo. Hunter Davis competed in the rifle shooting and saddle bronc riding, Tyler Opie competed in the tie down roping, steer wrestling, and team roping, Quinton Nyman competed in the rifle shooting and team roping, and Trey Recanzone competed in the tie down roping and team roping.
In the three rodeo rounds of competition at the state finals rodeo, Opie placed first in the first round, third in the third round, and fourth in the rodeo average in the steer wrestling. Recanzone took third in the first round of the team roping, and placed first in the rodeo average of the tie down roping by finishing second in the first round, third in the second round, and second in the third round.
Points earned during the state finals rodeo were combined with points earned at the preliminary rodeos to determine overall state placing. Davis placed second in the rifle shooting and fifth in the saddle bronc riding. Opie finished third in the steer wrestling, 12th in the tie down roping, and 14th in the team roping. Nyman placed 14th in the team roping. Recanzone placed fifth in the calf roping and ninth in the team roping.
Opie will be competing in the steer wrestling, Recanzone will be competing in the tie down calf roping, and Davis in the rifle shooting at the National High School Finals rodeo in Rock Springs, Wyo., in July.
All four of the competitors earned the opportunity to compete in the Silver State Invitational Rodeo in Winnemucca, Nev., also in July.
Opie and Nyman were awarded renewable senior scholarships in the amounts of $1,600 and $1,200, thanks to the generosity of the Jon Bowerman High School Academic Scholarship Foundation.