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Athens cowboy wins bareback competition on final night of rodeo

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Posted: Sunday, July 6, 2014 12:35 am

BELTON — The 90th annual Belton Fourth of July PRCA Rodeo concluded Saturday night at the Bell County Expo Center. The evening didn’t disappoint as several contestants climbed the leaderboard in the last go-round. 

Steven Anding of Athens won the bareback riding as he rode the length of the arena floor on the back of Red Ryder to the tune of 84 points. The other two contestants, Cody Goodwin of Shepherd and J.J. Alley of Tabor, S.D., put in rides that each scored 71 points.

In steer wrestling, Heath Thomas of Huntsville was the only contestant of the night to record a time, with a 5.6-second run. That time put him on the leaderboard, but was only good enough for third place as Jarret New’s time of 4.7 on Thursday earned him the buckle.

Travis Edwards of Perth, Australia, rode himself into a money position in saddle bronc riding as he put up a score of 68 on Jack of Diamonds. Kobyn Williams, however, would keep his spot atop the leaderboard with his 75-point ride from Thursday.

Competition heated up with tie-down roping as five of Saturday’s 10 contestants put in successful runs. Sam Powers came into the night in first place in with his time of 8.8 seconds. That time would not stand as the final contestant, Cody Saculla of Bryan, edged Powers with an 8.4 to win the event.

Brandon Webb of Carrizo Springs and Mickey Gomez of Holland appeared to take the lead in team roping with a time of 5.7 seconds, but a penalty took them out of the running. Jake Orman of Prairie, Miss., and Fruitvale’s Zack Bocco had better luck as their time of 6.1 was good enough to tie Rowdy Rieken and Clay Sieber for the overall lead. Cory Smothers and Lee Walker was the only other team to put in a successful time as they came in at 11.5 after a penalty.

The barrel racing standings were shaken up Saturday as three contestants rode onto the leaderboard. Rosie Bradley’s time of 16.58 was good enough for fifth place. McKinley Goodger of Boyd took home third place with her 16.52. Scurry’s Teresa Turbeville put in a time of 16.40, which took her to the top of the standings.

The action-packed evening concluded with bull riding. However, the bulls continued to have the upper hand as none of the cowboys managed to hold on for the full eight seconds needed to complete a ride.

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