Fargo N.D. – Four rodeos into the season, the Lady Bluehawks found themselves in unfamiliar territory; sitting in sixth place in the regional standings. The women took a big step toward correcting matters at the Bison Stampede, the final rodeo of the fall season.
Sophomore Skye Schaper (Halliday, N.D.) led the way for the ladies, placing in the barrels and goats and bringing home reserve all-around cowgirl honors. Schaper was somewhat of a wild card in the barrel racing this weekend as she left her usual mount, Dusty, home with an injury. She stepped on her mother's talented mare, Jet, and the two blazed through the tiny pattern in a scorching 12.90 to win the long round by a mere hundredth of a second. Schaper ran a 13.32 on Saturday night placing sixth in the round and third in the average. Schaper also squeaked into the short round splitting tenth in the goat tying with an 8.1 and bettered her time to a 7.0 to finish third in the short round and sixth in the average.
Bobbi Grann (Sr., Sheyenne, N.D.) also showed up twice in the short go. Grann split second in the first round of the goats with a 6.5. A bobbled tie in the short go dropped her to sixth in that round with a 7.5 but held her in third place in the average. Grann roped her first calf in 3.2 seconds which was only good enough for sixth place in a fiercely competitive breakaway contest and then caught her short go calf in 3.9 placing her fifth in the round and sixth in the average.
Another senior, Afton Wznick (Cavalier, N.D.) qualified for the short round in last hole with a solid run of 3.4 and put the pressure on the field in the short go roping a 2.8 which ended up third in the round and third in the average.
Jordyn Schaefer (Fr., Des Lacs, N.D.) split fourth in the long go of the goats with a run of 7.3, but had some trouble in the short and finished out of the money. Victoria Netzer (Sr., Sidney, Mont.) found herself splitting sixth three ways with a 13.26 in the barrel racing long go and despite drawing the bottom of the ground, she shaved off a tenth of a second to place fifth in the short go and sixth in the average.
The Lady Bluehawks won the rodeo with 320 points just ahead of standings leader South Dakota State's 310. They also rose from sixth to fourth in the regional standings.
The men's team was equally competitive, totaling 535 points and finishing second to Mitchell Technical Institute's total of 665. The Hawks climbed from third to second in the region bypassing Iowa Central Community College.
Cameron Morman (So., Glen Ullin, N.D.) continued his hot streak in the steer wrestling, handily winning both rounds and the average with runs of 4.5 and 4.9 seconds.
Jordan Pelton (Sr., Halliday, N.D.) was nearly as good in the bareback riding, splitting first in both rounds and the average with Nick Schwedhelm of S.D.S.U. Both cowboys turned in 75 points in each round. Cody Hilzendeger (Sr., Baldwin, N.D.) started off with a bang, winning the first go of tie down roping by nearly three full seconds with a 9.6 and placing fifth in the first go of the team roping 7.8. The short go wasn't kind to Hilzendeger who had no times in both events.
Dalton Rixen (So., Richardton, N.D.) climbed on his first bronc of this college season and spurred his way to second in the first round with a 67. Rixen opted to take a reride over a 52 point score in the short go and was bucked off the reride. Coleman Entze (So., Golden Valley, N.D.) scored 72 points on his first bull to qualify in third for the short round where he was also bucked off.
The Bluehawks will resume college competition at the Yellow Jacket Stampede in Spearfish, S.D. the final weekend in March.