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Pinnacle Bank Mud Cats Captures Lead Early To Defeat Boutique Air Hot Rods

Boutique Air Hot Rods fell behind early and couldn't come back in a 3-2 loss to Pinnacle Bank Mud Cats on Monday. Pinnacle Bank Mud Cats took the lead on a groundout in the first inning. The pitching was strong on both sides. Pinnacle Bank Mud Cats pitchers struck out 13, while Boutique Air Hot Rods sat down nine. Pinnacle Bank Mud Cats got things moving in the first inning. An error scored one run for Pinnacle Bank Mud Cats. Asher Wilson got the start for Pinnacle Bank Mud Cats. He lasted three and a third innings, allowing one hit and one run while striking out nine. Brody Anthony was on the pitcher's mound for Boutique Air Hot Rods. He allowed two hits and three runs over four innings, striking out nine. Beau Rodarmel went 1-for-2 at the plate to lead Boutique Air Hot Rods in hits. Rodarmel led Boutique Air Hot Rods with two stolen bases, as they ran wild on the base paths with seven stolen bases.



Walk-Off Seals Win For Parker Scrappers Against Mac's Drive In Marauders

Mac's Drive In Marauders fell to Parker Scrappers 4-3 on Monday on the final play of the game. The game was tied at three with Parker Scrappers batting in the bottom of the fifth when Kale Sattler singled on a 2-2 count, scoring one run. Parker Scrappers got things moving in the first inning. Kale drove in one when he doubled. Mac's Drive In Marauders notched three runs in the fourth inning. The offensive firepower by Mac's Drive In Marauders was led by Colton Koetter, Joseph Yost, and Cruz McCarty, who all drove in runs. Kale led things off on the mound for Parker Scrappers. He surrendered zero runs on zero hits over two-thirds of an inning, walking zero. Bo Schlegel was on the mound for Mac's Drive In Marauders. He lasted two innings, allowing two hits and one run while striking out six and walking one. Elijah Smith threw two and two-thirds innings in relief out of the bullpen. Schlegel, Vince Mashek, and McCarty each managed one hit to lead Mac's Drive In Marauders. Mac's Drive In Marauders didn't commit a single error in the field. Mashek had 11 chances in the field, the most on the team. Parker Scrappers tallied five hits in the game. Blake Steinmetz and Kale all had multiple hits for Parker Scrappers. Parker Scrappers tore up the base paths, as five players stole at least two bases. Ty Junker led the way with two.



My Family Vision Clinic Lug Nuts's Two Pitchers Combine In No-Hitter To Defeat Sports Shoppe Iron Birds

My Family Vision Clinic Lug Nuts's two pitchers didn't allow a single hit, as My Family Vision Clinic Lug Nuts defeated Sports Shoppe Iron Birds 2-0 on Monday. Wyatt Benes struck out Tripp Raile to get the last out of the game. The pitching was strong on both sides. My Family Vision Clinic Lug Nuts pitchers struck out 11, while Sports Shoppe Iron Birds pitchers sat down nine. Kooper Rakes was on the hill for My Family Vision Clinic Lug Nuts. He went two and a third innings, allowing zero runs on zero hits and striking out seven. Trevan Rundle started the game for Sports Shoppe Iron Birds. He allowed one hit and one run over two innings, striking out three. Tripp threw two innings in relief out of the bullpen. My Family Vision Clinic Lug Nuts hit one home run on the day. Rakes put one out in the fourth inning. Rakes went 2-for-2 at the plate to lead My Family Vision Clinic Lug Nuts in hits. My Family Vision Clinic Lug Nuts was sure-handed in the field and didn't commit a single error. Benes had the most chances in the field with eight. Drayvin Rammage led My Family Vision Clinic Lug Nuts with two stolen bases, as they ran wild on the base paths with six stolen bases.


OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Stage fright was no factor for a Michigan baseball program that's in the College World Series for the first time in 35 years. The Wolverines just kept doing what they've been doing since the NCAA Tournament started.

"Pitching, defense, timely hitting seems to be the recipe of the postseason," coach Erik Bakich said.

The Wolverines got all three once again Saturday at TD Ameritrade Park.

Jimmy Kerr's first triple in two years helped build an early lead, Karl Kauffmann pitched seven strong innings and the Wolverines opened their first CWS appearance since 1984 with a 5-3 victory over Texas Tech.

The last time Michigan made it this far, a team led by future Hall of Famer Barry Larkin went 0-2. The Wolverines had lost four straight in the CWS since winning their first game in 1983.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Drew Parrish called it the best performance of his career. It came at the right time and place for Florida State, which is attempting to send its coach and all-time NCAA wins leader into retirement with his first national championship.

Parrish limited Arkansas to five hits in eight innings and J.C. Flowers scored on a sacrifice fly in the ninth before closing it out on the mound, giving the Seminoles a 1-0 win in the first game of Mike Martin's 17th College World Series appearance on Saturday night.

FSU had lost five CWS openers since last winning one in 1999. Of the past 38 national champions, 34 won their first game in Omaha.

The win was the sixth straight in the NCAA Tournament for Florida State (42-21).

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Marshall Gilbert hit a bases-loaded single up the middle that capped a four-run ninth inning and gave Mississippi State a 5-4 walk-off victory over Auburn in the College World Series. The No. 6 national seed Bulldogs threatened time and again before finally breaking through in the ninth for its sixth straight win in the NCAA Tournament.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Austin Martin homered on Reid Detmers' first pitch of the game and he went deep again in the seventh to break a tie in Vanderbilt's 3-1 victory over Louisville on Sunday in the College World Series. Drake Fellows came off a poor outing in the super regionals to pitch seven strong innings and help No. 2 national seed Vanderbilt (55-11) set a program record for wins and improve to 4-0 in its CWS openers.

Monday, June 17th Schedule 
1pm - Texas Tech vs Arkansas - Elimination Game
6pm - Michigan vs Florida St - Winners Bracket Game 


Boutique Air Hot Rods Fights Back In Loss To Mac's Drive In Marauders

Boutique Air Hot Rods's effort to come back from down five runs in the second inning came up just short, as they fell 6-5 to Mac's Drive In Marauders on Friday. Boutique Air Hot Rods put up three runs in the failed comeback. Braidon Garcia and Aiden Lauer all picked up RBIs in the rally. Theron Erickson got the start for Mac's Drive In Marauders. He surrendered three runs on two hits over two innings, striking out two. Mason West toed the rubber for Boutique Air Hot Rods. He went two innings, allowing five runs on four hits and striking out three. Brody Anthony and James Henning entered the game from the bullpen, throwing one inning and two-thirds of an inning respectively. Boutique Air Hot Rods tallied one home run on the day. Lauer put one out in the third inning. Lauer, Garcia, and West all had one hit to lead Boutique Air Hot Rods. Boutique Air Hot Rods was sure-handed in the field and didn't commit a single error. Cooper Soundy had the most chances in the field with six.



Pinnacle Bank Mud Cats Can't Quite Erase 5-Run Deficit In Loss To Bortner Pioneer Seeds Tin Caps

Pinnacle Bank Mud Cats's effort to come back from down five runs in the fourth inning came up just short, as they fell 6-4 to Bortner Pioneer Seeds Tin Caps on Friday. Pinnacle Bank Mud Cats scored two runs in the failed comeback on a triple by Asher Wilson and a single by Steven Werkmeister.

Pinnacle Bank Mud Cats fell behind early in the loss. Bortner Pioneer Seeds Tin Caps scored on a stolen base by Jackson Hartwell and a double by Lee Davidson in the first inning. Bortner Pioneer Seeds Tin Caps got things started in the first inning. Bortner Pioneer Seeds Tin Caps scored on a stolen base during Caleb Sughroue's at bat. Then Sughroue singled. Davidson was on the hill for Bortner Pioneer Seeds Tin Caps. He surrendered one run on two hits over four and a third innings, striking out 13 and walking one. Asher Wilson toed the rubber for Pinnacle Bank Mud Cats. He went two and a third innings, allowing two runs on two hits, striking out six and walking one. Hayden Uerling, Grady Lentz, and Wilson each contributed in relief for Pinnacle Bank Mud Cats. Wilson led Pinnacle Bank Mud Cats with two hits in three at bats. Pinnacle Bank Mud Cats stole eight bases during the game as three players stole more than one. Uerling led the way with two. Pinnacle Bank Mud Cats didn't commit a single error in the field. Spencer Snyder had 13 chances in the field, the most on the team. Davidson went 3-for-3 at the plate to lead Bortner Pioneer Seeds Tin Caps in hits.




North Platte, Neb. (June 14, 2019) – A potential win in North Platte will get Blake Chauvin farther down the road.


The Raceland, Louisiana cowboy had a time of 7.8 seconds in the tie-down roping during the third night of the Buffalo Bill Rodeo, to tie for the lead in the second round in his event.


He rode a thirteen year old sorrel mare named Sister, who he purchased a year ago. The mare has been a blessing, he said. “She always works good, scores good, stops and pulls,” Chauvin said. Sister has her moments, though. “She’s a nag,” he said. “She can be mean sometimes, and sometimes she’s just the coolest horse to be around. It’s mood swings, I guess.”


A 2018 high school graduate, Chauvin, who is nineteen years old, began pro rodeo as soon as high school was over. He’s rodeoing fulltime, and a check from the Buffalo Bill Rodeo will help get him farther down the road.


But rodeo was not his first love. His granddad, Ridley Chauvin, was a tie-down roper and wanted his grandson to rope. Blake was not interested, choosing football instead. When he was fourteen years old, he got on a good horse and picked up a rope, and was hooked. “Grandpa roped calves all his life, and growing up, he always wanted me to rope. I didn’t want to rope at first. I just wanted to play football.” Once he started, “I’ve loved it since.”


Chauvin did well through the winter, rodeoing in the southeastern part of the U.S. The summer has been slow, though. “I’ve had a little rough start to the summer,” he said. The potential win in North Platte will get him started. “I had to get things going,” he said.


Like many other cowboys, Chauvin would someday like to qualify for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo and be like twenty-four time world champion Trevor Brazile. “That’s everybody’s goal, to be the next Trevor Brazile. He’s a great guy. That’s every cowboy’s dream, to be like him.”


And the first phone call he makes after he’s done roping is to his granddad Ridley and grandma Joanna. “He tells me to call him as soon as I’m done roping,” Chauvin said. Chauvin sends videos of his runs to Joanna, who shows the videos to Ridley, because Ridley’s phone is a flip phone.


Chauvin will not place in the average; on his first run during slack earlier in the week, he did not make a qualified run.


Other fast times and high scores from the Friday night performance are bareback rider Mason Clements, Draper, Utah (82 points); steer wrestlers Denell Henderson, Damascus, Ark. and Tanner Brunner, Ramona, Kan. (4.2 seconds each); saddle bronc rider Shorty Garrett, Eagle Butte, S.D. (87 points); team ropers Bubba Buckaloo, Kingston, Okla./Shay Dixon Carroll, La Junta, Colo. (5.3 seconds); and barrel racer Shali Lord, Lamar Colo. (17.44 seconds). No bull riders made qualified rides tonight.


The final night of rodeo in North Platte wraps up on Saturday, June 15 when champions will be crowned and custom engraved buckles awarded to winners. The big rodeo parade takes place on Saturday at 1 pm. NebraskalandDays continues with more activities through June 22. The celebration wraps up next weekend with concerts by Jake Owen and special guests the Casey Donahew Band and the Whiskey Bent Band (June 21) and Kane Brown with special guests Lindsay Ell and Travis Denning (June 22).

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Results, 3rd  Performance June 14, 2019

North Platte, Nebraska – Buffalo Bill Rodeo


Bareback Riding 

1. Mason Clements, Draper, Utah 82 points on Nutrena’s Little Jet; 2. (tie) Steven Dent, Mullen, Neb. and Blaine Kaufman, Pretty Prairie, Kan. 81 each; 4. Cauy Pool, Bonanza, Ore. 78.5.


Steer Wrestling

2nd go round

1. (tie) Denell Henderson, Damascus, Ark. and Tanner Brunner, Ramona, Kan. 4.2 seconds each; 3. Jon Herl, Goodland, Kan. 4.5; 4. Sam Powers, Sonora, Texas 4.6.


Tie Down Roping

2nd go round

1. Blake Chauvin, Raceland, La. 7.8 seconds; 2. Todd Brown, Lamar, Colo. 9.3; 3. Morgan Murray, Colorado Springs, Colo. 13.0; 4.  L.D. Meier, Limon, Colo. 23.5.


Saddle bronc riding

1. Shorty Garrett, Eagle Butte, S.D. 87 points on Nutrena’s Little Angel; 2. Brody Cress, Hillsdale, Wyo.81; 3. Cody Martin, Eagle, Colo. 80.5; 4. Steven Dent, Mullen, Neb. 79.


Team roping

1. Bubba Buckaloo, Kingston, Okla./Shay Dixon Carroll, La Junta, Colo. 5.3 seconds; 2. Jay Tittel, Pueblo, Colo./Richard Durham, Henrietta, Texas 6.1; 3. Denton Taylor, Craig, Colo./Dusty Taylor,  Craig, Colo. 6.6; 4. Travis Bounds, Clifton, Colo./T.J. Watts, Eads, Colo. 6.7.


Barrel racing

1. Shali Lord, Lamar, Colo. 17.44; 2. Deb Cox, Mullen, 18.06; 3. Gayle White, Dickens, Neb. 18.12; 4. Jeanne Anderson, White City, Kan. 18.59.


Bull Riding

No qualified rides.


** All results are unofficial. 


One of the catalysts in Nebraska baseball’s rise to national prominence in his playing days, Will Bolt returns to his alma mater as head coach. Nebraska Athletic Director Bill Moos named Bolt the 24th head coach of the Husker baseball program on Friday.

Bolt brings 16 years of coaching experience to the Nebraska program, including five seasons on the Husker baseball staff and four years as a head coach at Texarkana College.

Bolt served as Nebraska’s Associate Head Coach under Darin Erstad from 2012 to 2014 and also was a volunteer assistant on the 2005 Husker team that reached the College World Series. As a player or coach, Bolt has been a part of all three of Nebraska’s College World Series teams and all four Super Regional squads.

Bolt returns to Lincoln after spending the past five seasons on the Texas A&M staff where he helped the Aggies to five straight NCAA regional appearances and a trip to the 2017 College World Series.

“The opportunity to come back home to Nebraska and lead the Husker baseball program is such a blessing and honor for my family and me,” Bolt said. “It is such an exciting time in Husker athletics with the foundation laid by Bill Moos within the athletic department, and the success Coach Erstad and staff have had on the field.

“My family and I have the fondest affection for the Huskers and the city of Lincoln, and truly cannot wait to become part of the Husker family again!”

The native of Conroe, Texas, had his first association with the Nebraska program as a player for the Huskers from 1999 to 2002. A member of Dave Van Horn’s first recruiting class at Nebraska, Bolt played on four NCAA regional teams and captained the Huskers’ first two College World Series teams in 2001 and 2002. Bolt finished his Husker playing career with school records in games played (251), games started (242), at-bats (922), hits (281), doubles (56) and assists (639).

“Will Bolt has been a winner at every stop he has made as a coach and player, and I am proud to welcome him back to Lincoln as our next head baseball coach,” Moos said. “Will was a part of the most successful teams in the history of our baseball program, and he knows what it takes to win here.

“Will has proven to be an outstanding recruiter wherever he has coached. He understands the appeal of Nebraska and everything our baseball program and University has to offer to student-athletes.”

Bolt and his wife, Lauren, have two sons, Jaxon and Austin, and one daughter, Bella. Bolt has signed a five-year contract that will pay him $300,000 annually.


McCook Community College has named Kyle Drennan as men’s basketball coach and career coach. Drennan comes from McNeese State University at Lake Charles, La. where he was Director of Operations for the basketball staff.

“I've been involved in many search committees over the years and it's rare to see someone come in with so much passion and excitement for a job, especially when it involves more than just coaching basketball,” said Kelly Rippen, Area Vice President of Student Affairs and McCook Community College. She said Drennan brings a strong foundation in business, marketing, and management that is perfect for the Career Coaching role. From the basketball side, he’s been part of several successful programs and has a “wonderful network in collegiate athletics.

A 2009 graduate from the University of Colorado, Drennan has nearly 10 years of experience in working with athletic programs in terms of team management, planning, player development, mentoring, marketing and promoting, film breakdown, and leadership skills.

“We were very impressed when Kyle came to interview,” said Athletic Director Jon Olsen. “He displayed a great passion for the game of basketball as well as a high level of organization which will help him succeed at McCook.”

Drennan came to McNeese after serving as the Director of Scouting and Operations with JUCO Advocate out of Austin, Texas, where he guided players to the JUCO ranks then assisted them in getting scholarships from four-year programs. He worked as the Director of Scouting and Social Media at Texas Top 100 where he developed and executed regional camps, evaluated players at the local and national levels, spearheaded social media coverage of live and upcoming events, and much more.

Drennan started coaching in 2015 as an assistant coach at Labette Community College in Parsons, Kan. He started his career in marketing with the Fenway Sports Group and the Salem Red Sox, a minor league baseball affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. There he development short and long term marketing plans as well as building relationships with Fortune 500 companies. After that, he became the Assistant Director of Operations at PAQ-Source in Denver where he developed strategic plans and the overseeing of assigned operations.

“I’m excited to be here and excited to dive into being part of this community,” Drennan said, adding that having coached in a small town in Kansas (Parsons) he understands the pride aspect of it.

“Not just from the college’s standpoint but at the community college level your town invests in your kids,” Drennan said. “Host families open their doors to students and student athletes, businesses reach out… we are neighbors and want to be good neighbors and we want our neighbors to root for us. We plan on being out in the community a lot.”

Drennan said, as a coach he tries to confine his “rules” for athletes to five basic pillars that include: love, communication, appreciation, servant mentality and passion.

Since he inherits a team with only one returning freshman, he’s fast-tracking his recruiting. He’ll be in Chicago Monday to speak with a point guard. Thanks to his connections with JUCO Advocate, he has commitments from a couple post players from Europe and has interests serious enough to visit three players in Texas, as well as the Washington D.C., area and Canada. He also knows there area players locally and in Nebraska who fit his mold of what he’s looking for.

“It definitely be will be a different-looking team in 2019-2020,” Drennan said.

“Kyle is very tied in on the recruiting scene which will not only help in the short time period for this year but moving forward as our head men’s basketball coach,” Olsen said.

Rippen said Drennan’s ability to recruit top athletes and bring out the best in them on the court and in the classroom impressed the MCC hiring committee, as did his coaching philosophy and experiences over the past 10 years.

Drennan describes his offensive philosophy as a lot of pick-and-roll, with skilled big men. He likes to space the floor, and his shooters better be ready to shoot. “I’d like to have a team that can play fast on misses, and defensively we want to be tough and dictate how the other team has to play.” He likes defenses that can take away their opponents top option and rebounding is always a priority.

“Basically anything that comes with effort, I want my team to be good at those things, and those are the type of qualities I’ll recruit,” Drennan said.

“I am excited for Kyle to get to work and looking forward the working with him as our new head men’s basketball coach,” Olsen said.

“He's an impressive individual with a strong work ethic and will be an excellent addition to the college and the community,” Rippen said. “We are thrilled to have him join our college family.

Drennan fills the vacancy held by Brandon Lenhart who took a job at Minot State University in Minot, N.D. Lenhart was at MCC for 12 years, compiling a 192-181 record.


Kyle Drennan


In Walk-Off, First Central Bank Royals Loses To CrossFit McCook White Sox

It came down to the last play, but First Central Bank Royals was on the wrong end of an 8-6 defeat to CrossFit McCook White Sox on Thursday. The game was tied at six with CrossFit McCook White Sox batting in the bottom of the fourth when Aries Stewart singled on a 1-1 count, scoring two runs.

Despite the loss, First Central Bank Royals did collect four hits in the high-scoring affair. Unfortunately, CrossFit McCook White Sox had seven hits on the way to victory. CrossFit McCook White Sox captured the lead in the first inning. Aries grounded out, scoring one run. Trey Tiller was on the hill for CrossFit McCook White Sox. He allowed four hits and six runs over four innings, striking out six. Cole Walter started the game for First Central Bank Royals. He lasted two innings, allowing five hits and four runs while striking out three. Riley Riggins and Jalen Collicott entered the game as relief, throwing one inning and one-third of an inning respectively. Reid Loop, Beckett Heskett, Brandon Mitchem, and Collicott each collected one hit to lead First Central Bank Royals. Collicott led First Central Bank Royals with three stolen bases, as they ran wild on the base paths with ten stolen bases. CrossFit McCook White Sox collected seven hits on the day. Zach Hinze and Trey each racked up multiple hits for CrossFit McCook White Sox.



First Central Bank Royals Can't Catch Up To Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals

First Central Bank Royals fell behind early and couldn't come back in a 6-3 loss to Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals on Thursday. Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals scored on a home run by Bryson Gullion, a wild pitch during Reese Gillespie's at bat, and a stolen base by Tate S in the first inning. Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals got things moving in the first inning, when Bryson homered on a 3-0 count, scoring two runs. Bryson was on the hill for Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals. He lasted four innings, allowing two hits and three runs while striking out 11. Brody Graham was on the mound for First Central Bank Royals. He lasted one inning, allowing three hits and four runs while striking out two. Reid Loop, Nathan Haddix, and Alexander Lashley each contributed in relief for First Central Bank Royals. Loop and Cole Walter each managed one hit to lead First Central Bank Royals. First Central Bank Royals didn't commit a single error in the field. Graham had the most chances in the field with six. Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals tore up the base paths, as five players stole at least two bases. Cason Waugh led the way with three.




Lincoln – University of Nebraska students have locked down their section of “The Vault,” as the NU Athletics Ticket Office announced Friday morning that men’s basketball student tickets are sold out for the 2019-20 season.


Nearly 1,600 student tickets have been purchased since they went on sale after the hiring of Fred Hoiberg in April. Friday’s announcement marks the earliest sellout date for student tickets since the 2015-16 season.


“Having a strong student section is important in building a home-court advantage, and today’s announcement shows how excited Husker students are for the upcoming season.” Hoiberg said. “Our team’s goal is to work hard and give our students and fans a product they can be proud of.”


The season-ticket renewal process is currently underway for the 2019-20 season, as fans can purchase tickets to all 17 games, including 10 Big Ten Conference matchups, at Pinnacle Bank Arena this season for as low as $136. For more information on

men’s basketball season tickets or to sign up for the season-ticket request list, visit or call the NU Athletic Ticket Office at 800-8-BIGRED during business hours (Mon.-Fri, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.).


The Huskers host Doane in an exhibition game on Wednesday, Oct. 30, before the season opener tips off against UC Riverside on Tuesday, Nov. 5.



ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Pat Bowlen, the Denver Broncos owner who transformed the team from also-rans into NFL champions and helped the league usher in billion-dollar television deals, died late Thursday night, just under two months before his enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He was 75.

In a statement posted on the Broncos' website, Bowlen's family said he died peacefully at home surrounded by loved ones. They did not specify a cause of death. Bowlen had battled Alzheimer's for several years.

Bowlen was the first owner in NFL history to oversee a team that won 300 games — including playoffs — in three decades. He had as many Super Bowl appearances (seven) as losing seasons, and Denver is 354-240-1 since he bought the club in 1984.

Under his stewardship, the Broncos won Super Bowls in 1998, '99 and 2016.

Following their 31-24 victory over Green Bay for the franchise's first championship, Bowlen famously hollered, "This one's for John!" Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway called it the greatest moment of his playing career.

Elway the executive returned the favor on Feb. 7, 2016, when he jabbed the silver Lombardi Trophy into the sky after Denver's 24-10 win over Carolina in Super Bowl 50 and declared, "This one's for Pat."

That came 18 months after Alzheimer's forced Bowlen to step down from his daily duties running the team.

"I'm just glad I had the opportunity," Elway told The Associated Press in the victorious locker room that night. "I didn't want to think about it too much because I didn't want to jinx anything. But I was waiting for the day that I was able to do that. So, I was glad and really thrilled that I was able to do that and we'll take that trophy over to Pat next week and let him cherish it."

Elway delivered the prize to Bowlen's home back in Denver. And in the Mile High City, more than a million fans packed downtown for a victory parade 17 years after Elway capped his remarkable playing career by leading the Broncos to back-to-back titles.

Super Bowl 50 was the Broncos' eighth trip to the big game, seven under Bowlen's watch, and all of those with Elway's help — first as his QB and then as his GM.

Bowlen's wife, Annabel, who recently announced that she, too, is battling Alzheimer's, and their children were on hand to accept the Lombardi Trophy on his behalf in Santa Clara, California.

"His soul will live on through the Broncos, the city of Denver and all of our fans," Bowlen's family said in their statement Thursday night. "Heaven got a little bit more orange and blue tonight."

During his 35 seasons as owner, Bowlen's teams compiled a .596 winning percentage — tied for second-best in the NFL during that span. Among professional franchises in the four major North American sports, only the San Antonio Spurs, New England Patriots and Los Angeles Lakers were better, according to the Broncos.

Bowlen relished working behind the scenes and shied away from the spotlight. In the words of former coach Mike Shanahan, "Pat just wanted to be one of the guys."

"That's why I think he was so beloved by so many people, including myself," Shanahan said. "And you also knew that he would give anything to make your football team better or at least get a chance at the Super Bowl. At that time you would say every ounce that he had — I should say every penny he had — he wanted to go into giving the football team a Super Bowl. That was his No. 1 priority. That was it. It was not trying to buy different companies and trying to make more money. His goal was winning a Super Bowl."

Former Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said: "Most guys would tell you that played for him or worked for him that he was not only our owner, but he was your friend."

Bowlen served as a sounding board for NFL Commissioners Pete Rozelle, Paul Tagliabue and Roger Goodell. He was crucial to the league's growth as a member of 15 NFL committees, including co-chairing the NFL Management Council and working on network TV contracts, including the league's ground-breaking $18 billion deal in 1998.

"Pat was the driving force in establishing the championship culture of the Broncos. He was also an extraordinary leader at the league level during a key period," Broncos President and CEO Joe Ellis said in a statement. "With the fans, Pat felt in many ways that his team belonged to them and approached things with that in mind. There will never be another owner like Pat Bowlen."

Bowlen had a deep appreciation for his players, whether or not they were stars, and it's not unusual to see ex-Broncos watching practice.

"When I retired, Mr. B. told me I was welcome anytime at team headquarters," said Hall of Fame tight end Shannon Sharpe. "He said I didn't need a pass, either: 'Your face is your credential.'"

Ownership of the franchise is held in a trust Bowlen set up more than a decade ago in hopes one of his seven children will one day run the team. Until then, Ellis, one of three trustees, is doing so in a "What would Pat do?" sort of way.

Although daughter Brittany is hoping to one day take over the team, the succession plan and the trustees' oversight of Bowlen's estate has been challenged in state district court in the last year by some members of the Bowlen family.

Those who worked for Bowlen remember a man who put production ahead of profits; trained tirelessly for triathlons; fostered a winning atmosphere from the lobby to the locker room; and was always quick with a compliment and sure to couch his criticism.

"Pat Bowlen was the heart and soul of the Denver Broncos," Ellis said. "Not only was Pat a Hall of Fame owner — he was a Hall of Fame person."

Bowlen flashed his competitive streak whether on the road conducting league business, on the sideline watching his team or on the StairMaster drenched in sweat.

It was evident in his dislike for Peyton Manning when the quarterback played for Indianapolis before joining the Broncos in 2012.

"I get it, and I respect that," Manning said, adding that Bowlen flew back to Denver from his offseason home in Hawaii to welcome him when he signed with the Broncos, and they were friends afterward.

"If there was a way for him to compete against what he's going through," former defensive end Alfred Williams said a couple of summers ago, "he'd beat that damn disease every time."

Bowlen is survived by his wife, Annabel, and seven children: Amie, Beth, Patrick, Johnny, Brittany, Annabel and Christianna.


North Platte, Neb. (June 13, 2019) – The fast time in the barrel racing at the Buffalo Bill Rodeo came during the second performance, on June 13.


Barrel racer Emily Miller stopped the clock at 17.64 seconds to take over the lead.


The Weatherford, Oklahoma cowgirl was aboard her ten-year-old gelding Chongo, whose registered name is Namgis D 33.


It was the third rodeo back for the gray gelding, who was hurt at the Guymon, Okla. rodeo in early May. “He had two runs before this,” Miller said, “and tonight he definitely had his confidence back.”


Barrel racing horses can sometimes show a preference for indoor arenas or outdoor arenas, but Chongo does well at both. His owner and rider, Miller, doesn’t always. “I don’t ride him as well outside,” she said. “I have to really focus. He does his job. It’s just a matter of me doing mine.”


Chongo was trained and futuried on by Kylie Weast and purchased from Namgis Quarter Horses of Hondo, Texas. Miller has ridden him all winter, but it’s been hit and miss as far as winning. She and Chongo won a round at rodeos in Denver and San Antonio, but “we couldn’t put it all together with back to back runs.” At Rodeo Austin, she won her biggest check of the year: over $13,000. “That gave me a lot of confidence.”


Miller, who is a dental hygienist during the week and a barrel racer on weekends and during the summer, is ranked eighteenth in the world standings with nearly $33,000 won.


The leader in the second round of the tie-down roping is an Oklahoma man, Caddo Lewallen.


Lewallen, Morrison, Okla., had a time of 7.8 seconds to top the scoreboard.


He was aboard a ten-year-old bay mare, a horse he bought as a two-year-old and trained himself.


Lewallen, the son of Kerry and Vicki Lewallen, roped in high school and competed at the state and national levels while in high school, following in his dad’s footsteps as a tie-down roper. “It was something I’ve always been around. It’s what I do,” he said.


The 35-year-old cowboy competed in slack the morning of June 13 and left nearly as soon as he was done, headed for rodeos in Canada. He’ll spend the next two weeks in Canada then come back to the States.


His family, which includes wife Christy and daughters, ages eight and four, travel with him during the summers. In the winters, he travels with fellow steer wrestlers, but in the summers, his family goes along. “We take off and do our own thing,” he said. “We’re together all summer, and when the kids go back to school, we have to be home.”


They make sure to take time for the kids as they travel. In North Platte, the girls enjoyed Cody Park, and they visit parks, zoos, and swimming pools at the places they visit. 


Lewallen has qualified eight times for the Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo, the regional rodeo championship for Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma and has won the average there three times.


Other fast times and high scores from Thursday’s slack and performance are bareback rider Joel Schlegel, Burns, Colo. (86 points); steer wrestler Reed Kraeger, Elwood, Neb. (3.7 seconds); saddle bronc rider Shane Proctor, Grand Coulee, Wash. (83 points); team ropers Paul David Tierney, Oklahoma City, Okla./Tanner Braden, Dewey, Okla. (5.7 seconds); and bull rider Parker Breding, Edgar, Mont. (83 points).


The third night of action at the Buffalo Bill rodeo takes place Friday, June 14. The rodeo starts at 8 pm. Tickets are available online at and at the gate. For more information, visit the website.


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High scores and fast times from Thursday morning slack and the second performance, June 13, 2019

Buffalo Bill Rodeo, North Platte, Nebraska


Bareback riding:

1. Joel Schlegel, Burns, Colo. 86 points on Movie Madness; 2. Orin Larsen, Inglis, Manitoba 83.5; 3. Tanner Phipps, Dalton, Ga. 82; 4. Mike Fred, Wamego, Kan. 74.


Steer wrestling:

2nd round

1. Reed Kraeger, Elwood, Neb. 3.7 seconds; 2.(tie) Matt Reeves, Cross Plains, Texas and Eli Lord, Sturgis, S.D. 3.8 each; 4. (tie) Riley Duvall, Checotah, Okla. and Jarek Van Petten, Meriden, Kan. 3.9 each.


Tie-down roping:

2nd round

1. Caddo Lewallen, Morrison, Okla. 7.8 seconds; 2. Joey Dickens, Loveland, Colo. 7.9;

3. (tie)Caleb Bullock, Boise City, Okla., and Luke Madsen, Marshalltown, Iowa 8.0 each.


Saddle bronc riding

1. Shane Proctor, Grand Coulee, Wash. 83 points on Conviction; 2. Jake Finlay, Goodiwindi, Australia 81.5; 3. Roper Kiesner, Ripley, Okla. 79.5; 4. Connor Murnion, Jordan, Utah 74.


Team roping:

1. Paul David Tierney, Oklahoma City, Okla./Tanner Braden, Dewey, Okla. 5.7 seconds; 2. Tory Shaffer, Ft. Lupton, Colo./Jason DeVore, Ft. Lupton, Colo. 7.6; 3. Ty Blasingame, Casper, Wyo./Jerren Johnson, Casper, Wyo. 10.6; 4. Brian Dunning, McClave, Colo./Toby Mentzer, Ensign, Kan. 11.4.


Barrel racing

1. Emily Miller, Weatherford, Okla. 17.64 seconds; 2. Carly Taylor, Andersonville, Tenn. 18.04; 3. Kelly Reichmuth, Humphrey, Neb. 18.12; 4. Abby Phillips, Marshall, Texas 18.38.


Bull riding

1. Parker Breding, Edgar, Mont. 83 points on Bullet Proof; 2. Zach Parker, Ft. Scott, Kan. 76.5; 3. Wyatt Rogers, Tahlequah, Okla. 74; no other qualified rides.


** All results are unofficial. 


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Cutline: Oklahoma’s Caddo Lewallen leads the second round of the tie-down roping at the Buffalo Bill Rodeo in North Platte. The third and fourth nights of rodeo take place June 14-15. Photo by Don Christner.

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