Bauman Begins with Win in River Falls
Jen Obrigewitch, Asst Rodeo Coach
River Falls, Wisc. –Senior Jake Bauman (Linton, N.D.) is hungry for a qualification to College National Finals Rodeo after finishing sixth in last year's regional standings, a scant 65 points short of a berth to the big show. Partnered with Killdeer, N.D. native River Voigt, who represents Black Hills State University, Bauman took the back door into the short go, snagging one leg at the far end of the arena for a time of 16.0 in the first performance. In the short go, Voigt struggled with his dally and once again Bauman found himself a long way down the pen, but came up with two feet for the only smooth run Saturday night. The pair won the average with a 26.2 on two. Fellow senior Dillon Wickum (Minot, N.D.) won the long round of the team roping with a 7.6 heeling for Black Hills State's Wyatt Treeby, but couldn't connect in the short go. Wickum fared better in the tie down roping average, however. His 12.3 in the long go was good for sixth place and 10.9 in the short go split third in the round and put him third in the average. The steer wrestling saw two Bluehawks in the money, with transfer studentCameron Morman (So., Glen Ullin, N.D.) turning in solid times of 6.9 and 5.7 to place third in the long go, split the win the short go and place second in the average. Evan Entze, (Jr., Golden Valley, N.D.) was second in the long go of the bulldogging with a 5.3, but had to ride by after his steer set up in the short go. Last year's Falcon Frontier Days bareback riding champJordan Pelton (Sr., Halliday, N.D.) couldn't defend his title, but contributed thirty team points placing fifth in first round with a score of 55. The Bluehawks wound up third out of twelve teams with 520 points. The Jackrabbits of South Dakota State took home the trophy with 665 points, ten points ahead of the Iowa Central Community College Tritons.
The Lady Bluehawks had a decent showing in the long round; qualifying seven for the short round but weren't able to capitalize on opportunities Saturday night. Senior Bobbi Grann (Sheyenne, N.D.) led the way with a decisive win in the first round of goat tying clocking a 7.1. It looked as though she would win the average handily after being announced 7.7 in the short go, only to have her goat kick free before the required time. A tipped barrel and broken barrier kept Grann out of the short go in the barrels and team roping. Freshman Cassandra Bauske (Ray, N.D.) came back in eighth place with an 8.5 in the goat tying but was a long 10.9 after trouble with her flank in the short go. Presley Hamann (Sr., Holloway, Minn.) split third in the first round of the breakaway roping with a 4.4, but came up empty the short go, as did Skye Schaper (So., Halliday, N.D.) who was 4.9 in the long round. Cassidy Kohlnhofer (So., Goodhue, Minn.),Victoria Netzer (Sr., Sidney, Mont) and Michaela Kathrein (Jr., Dickinson, N.D.) ran times of 16.91, 16.92, and 16.94 to sneak into the rainy, Saturday night short go. Kohlnhofer clocked a respectable 17.68 in the adverse weather conditions for fifth in the round and the average. Netzer was right on her heels with a 17.70 for sixth in the round and average. The Lady Hawks were sixth out of eleven teams. The S.D.S.U. Lady Jacks were the victors.
The Hawks are on the road again next weekend to North Platte, Neb. for the Railtown U.S.A. Roundup hosted by Mid-Plains Community College Sept. 20 and 21.