Hamann and Spanky Spank 'Em in North Platte
Jen Obrigewitch, Asst Rodeo Coach
North Platte, Neb. –Senior Presley Hamann (Holloway, Minn.) and her great horse Spanky blew away the competition at the Old Railtown U.S.A. Roundup hosted by Mid Plains Community College at the Wild West Arena in North Platte. Hamann posted the only sub-eighteen second run of the first round with a 17.96. She squeaked Spanky by the barrels in 17.95 seconds for third in the short round, winning the average by three tenths. Fellow short round qualifiers Mattea Hecker (Jr., Belfield, N.D.) and Bobbi Grann (Sr., Sheyenne, N.D.) both knocked over the second barrel to keep them out of the average. Grann, however, made up for it in the breakaway roping placing sixth in the long go with a 3.8 and improved to third in the short go with a 3.4 which also earned her third in the average. As a team, the Lady Hawks split fifth.
The men's team finished fourth, led by sophomore Evan Entze (Golden Valley, N.D.) who threw his first steer in 8.0 for sixth place in the bulldogging and then won the short go with a 5.1 second run. His 13.1 on two put him third in the average. Teammate Cameron Morman (So., Glen Ullin, N.D.) joined Entze in the steer wrestling short go placing fifth in round one with a 7.9. Morman broke the barrier when his steer tripped leaving the chute turning his 5.6 into 15.6. His time on two was still good enough for fifth in the average. Morman also placed third in the long round of the tie down roping with a 12.1 but missed his short go calf, as did Cody Hilzendeger (Sr., Baldwin, N.D.) whose 11.8 in the first round placed him second. SeniorJordan Pelton (Halliday, N.D.) spurred his way to a 76 point ride to win the long round of bareback riding. Pelton rolled the dice and went for the win again in the short round, opting to take a reride on a 52 point score, but was thrown off.
The Hawks take the weekend off before traveling to Fort Dodge and Ames, Iowa for two rodeos Oct. 3-6.