Roping a calf

Connor Barton, 14, ropes a calf during a National High School Rodeo Association junior high rodeo competition.

At the state fairground in Huron, S.D., Connor Barton, 14, was recently crowned world champion of calf roping at one of the world’s largest rodeos for junior high school kids.

Barton, who lives in Cameron, was introduced to the sport of roping by his parents, who also have participated in rodeos in the past. This year’s competition at the junior high school level of the National High School Rodeo Association’s national rodeo was the first time since he started competing that he managed to make it to nationals.

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