Dickinson N.D. – Dickinson State's Blue Hawk cowboys and cowgirls took on the best of the North Dakota's high school ranks Sunday in front of what was probably the largest crowd in the event's history. The packed house was treated to a back and forth battle between the Hawks and some very talented teenagers.
The high school team started off with a bang, winning the first two events. Logan Berg won the bareback riding and Brooklyn Vollmer topped the breakaway roping, but when the tie down roping rolled around, it was all senior Dillon Wickum. He won the long go with an 11.9 and blitzed the field in the short go with a nine flat.
The bronc riding championship may have gone to the great horses provided by Russ Kling as there was only one qualified ride in each go round, Taylen Nelson and Boyd Stroh were the two cowboys to record scores.
Freshman Jordyn Schaefer spun two steers for senior Cody Hilzendeger in 24.3 seconds total to sweep the team roping.
Dickinson State's success continued in the goat tying where senior Bobbi Grann edged younger sister Lacey for the win in both go rounds with times of 6.4 and 6.3.
In the steer wrestling, sophomore Evan Entze won the long go with a 3.9 second run and paired it with an 8.9 to win the average.
For the second straight year, high schooler Lexus Kelsch came away with the barrel racing title.
Wayne Eckroth's bulls dusted every cowboy but one. High school contestant Levi Nelson covered a bull for 70 points and the win in the average.
The Blue Hawks have five days to polish off any remaining rust from the winter before their season opener in Brookings, S.D. on April 4-5.
Written by Jen Obrigewitch, Assitant Rodeo Coach