North Platte, Neb. (June 12, 2019) – The monkey is off Shane Frey’s back.
For the first time, the Duncan, Oklahoma cowboy has won a check at the Buffalo Bill Rodeo in North Platte.
Frey made a 3.4 second run during slack on the morning of June 12 to win the first round among 84 steer wrestlers.
The 27 year old has competed in North Platte’s pro rodeo six times, never having won money. “Honestly, I’ve always loved this rodeo,” he said, “but this is the first time I’ve been able to crack the pay window.”
He was aboard an eighteen-year-old gelding owned by Charlene Neale. Neale, the wife of Riley Duvall’s wife, has lent the horse to Duvall, also a steer wrestler, Frey, and their traveling companions.
Old Gray is an excellent steer wrestling mount, Frey said. “He really fits me well. He’s good, solid, and makes my job easy.” Neale has kept the horse close to home, for local rodeos and for her nephews to ride. This year, the horse will be on the pro rodeo trail across the nation. Frey, Duvall, Tyrel Cline, and Sam Goings will all ride Old Gray as they compete at PRCA rodeos. “He’s had a lot of guys win on him around the house, but this is the most he’s ever gone, to the biggest rodeos.”
Frey enjoys competing at the Buffalo Bill Rodeo. “The money’s great, and it’s a cool rodeo. For us, it kicks off the summer run and it’s always exciting.” North Platte is considered the unofficial start to the Fourth of July rodeo season, the busiest time of the year for rodeo competition. “When we leave the house for the summer, it’s a good place to get everything rolling.” The newness of the season hasn’t worn off yet, Frey said. “We’re still fresh and ready to go, still full of hopes and dreams,” he joked. “After the Fourth (of July), you’re either really happy (due to success) or really grumpy (due to not doing well), and you’re tired, regardless of how you’re doing.”
A home state cowboy leads the bareback riding after the first night.
Garrett Shadbolt, Merriman, Neb., scored 80.5 points on the Beutler and Son Rodeo horse Sure Motion.
It was the third time for the two to tango.
He got bucked off the mare in Odessa, Texas two years ago, and last year, at the Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo in Duncan, Okla., he made a qualified ride but got bucked off right after the eight second whistle.
“I’ve been on that horse three times now, and I’ve actually hit the dirt every time.” During tonight’s ride, he was bucked off, but it was after he had made a qualified ride.
The mare “takes a big run, away from the chute, and she’s kind of spooky for a guy, waiting on her to start bucking,” Shadbolt said. “When she breaks out and starts bucking, she comes around in a tight circle, and the circle puts a lot of centrifugal force on a rider, and it’s hard to spur straight back to your rigging when they’re coming around a corner.”
Shadbolt, a 2017 graduate of Doane College in Crete, Neb., with a chemistry degree, is in his rookie year of PRCA competition and in the running for Resistol Rookie of the Year. He’s in a logjam at the top with two other bronc riders, Tristan Hansen and Jesse Pope, with less than $300 separating the three men. He’d like to win the Rookie of the Year title. “Winning the rookie title is a big stepping stone for a lot of guys in the PRCA,” Shadbolt said. “I wanted to make a big splash when I jumped out and started going full time.”
Shadbolt is ranked twenty-sixth in the world standings.
After the morning’s slack and the evening competition, other leaders are tie-down ropers J.D. McCuistion, Collinsville, Texas and Justin Smith, Leesville, La.(8.4 seconds each); saddle bronc rider Wade Sundell, Boxholm, Iowa (85 points); team ropers Kellan Johnson, Casper, Wyo. and Carson Johnson, Casper, Wyo. (5.0 seconds); barrel racer Chris Gibson, Windsor, Colo. (17.89 seconds); and bull rider Kyle Gardner, Kersey, Colo. (79).
The 2020 Miss Rodeo Nebraska was crowned, with the title going to Joeli Walrath of Ashton. The 2016 Loup City High School graduate is studying equine science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is a member of the UNL equestrian team, is involved with the UNL rodeo team and club, and serves as the promtions officer for the University of Nebraska Rodeo Association executive board.
She will serve as lady in waiting until January 2020, when she will begin her reign, and will represent the state at the 2020 Miss Rodeo America pageant in Las Vegas.
The second of four nights of rodeo takes place Thursday, June 13 at 8 pm. Fans are encouraged to wear pink to show awareness of breast cancer, and proceeds will be donated to the Callahan Cancer Center in North Platte. Tickets are available at www.NebraskalandDays.com and at the gate.
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Results, 1st Performance and slack, June 12, 2019
North Platte, Nebraska – Buffalo Bill Rodeo
1. Garrett Shadbolt, Merriman, Neb. 80.5 points on Sure Motion; 2. (tie) Justin Pollmiller, Weatherford, Okla. and Will Martin, Durant, Okla. 76 each; no other qualified rides.
1. Shane Frey, Duncan, Okla. 3.4 seconds; 2. Bridger Anderson, Alva, Okla. 3.6; 3. (tie) Tyler Pearson, Atoka, Okla. and Sam Goings, Fallon, Nev. 3.7 each; 5. J.D.Struxness, Milan, Minn. 3.8; 6. Kyle Whitaker, Chambers, Neb. 3.9.
1. (tie) J.D. McCuistion, Collinsville, Texas and Justin Smith, Leesville, La 8.4 seconds each; 3. Cody Huber, Albia, Iowa 8.5; 4. Cody McCartney, Durant, Okla. 9.1.
Saddle bronc riding
1. Wade Sundell, Boxholm, Iowa 85 points on Chisum Trail; 2. Jade Blackwell, Rapid City, S.D. 83.5; 3. Brady Hill, Onida, S.D. 77.5; 4. Jesse Bail, Camp Crook, S.D. 71.
1. Kellan Johnson, Casper, Wyo./Carson Johnson, Casper, Wyo. 5.0 seconds; 2. Eli Lord, Sturgis, S.D./Jesse Dale, Timberlake, S.D. 6.5; 3. Jeff Johnston, Thedford, Neb.,/Dustin Dan Harris O’Neill, Neb. 7.8; 4. JB Lord, Sturgis, S.D./Jake Beard, Menoken, N.D. 12.2.
1. Chris Gibson, Windsor, Colo. 17.89 seconds; 2. Kenna Kaminski, Bellville, Texas 18.15; 3. Aimee Kay, Bluff Dale, Texas 18.17; 4. Hallie Fulton, Wessington Springs, S.D. 18.48.
1. Kyle Gardner, Kersey, Colo. 79 points on Evac Man; 2. Luke Gee, Stanford, Mont. 77; no other qualified rides.
** All results are unofficial.
Sports Shoppe Iron Birds Runs Away With Early Lead In Victory
Pinnacle Bank Mud Cats fell behind early and couldn't come back in a 5-3 loss to Sports Shoppe Iron Birds on Wednesday. Sports Shoppe Iron Birds took the lead on a walk in the first inning. Sports Shoppe Iron Birds fired up the offense in the first inning. Blake Husted drew a walk, scoring one run.
Sports Shoppe Iron Birds scored four runs in the sixth inning. Sports Shoppe Iron Birds batters contributing to the big inning included Trevan Rundle and Tripp Raile, all sending runners across the plate with RBIs in the inning. Raile led things off on the mound for Sports Shoppe Iron Birds. He allowed two hits and two runs over five innings, striking out 15 and walking one. Hayden Uerling toed the rubber for Pinnacle Bank Mud Cats. He went one-third of an inning, allowing one run on zero hits and striking out one. Grady Lentz, Asher Wilson, and Spencer Snyder each contributed in relief for Pinnacle Bank Mud Cats. Wilson and Snyder each collected one hit to lead Pinnacle Bank Mud Cats. Pinnacle Bank Mud Cats was sure-handed and didn't commit a single error. Snyder made the most plays with nine. Raile went 2-for-2 at the plate to lead Sports Shoppe Iron Birds in hits.
CrossFit McCook White Sox Downs Mets, 7-2
CrossFit McCook White Sox wins contest against Mets, 7-2 Mets fired up the offense in the first inning. Zach Hinze's wild pitch allowed one run to score for Mets. CrossFit McCook White Sox tallied four runs in the second inning. Trey Tiller and Espn Hall each had RBIs in the big inning. Hinze toed the rubber for CrossFit McCook White Sox. He surrendered two runs on four hits over four innings, striking out nine. Landon Kmoch led things off on the hill for Mets. He allowed one hit and two runs over one inning, striking out three and walking one. Ethan Schmidt and Tristan Campbell entered the game as relief, throwing one inning and one inning respectively. Jude Schmick went 2-for-2 at the plate to lead CrossFit McCook White Sox in hits. CrossFit McCook White Sox was sure-handed in the field and didn't commit a single error. Schmick had the most chances in the field with seven. Kmoch led Mets with two hits in two at bats.
First Central Bank Royals Clinches Lead In Third Inning For Victory Over Team Pollmann Pirates
First Central Bank Royals stole the lead late and defeated Team Pollmann Pirates 6-5 on Tuesday. The game was tied at four with First Central Bank Royals batting in the bottom of the third when Reid Loop singled on a 1-1 count, scoring one run. First Central Bank Royals earned the victory despite allowing Team Pollmann Pirates to score three runs in the first inning. Team Pollmann Pirates's big inning was driven by a groundout by Miles Pollman and a double by Coleman Chism. Team Pollmann Pirates got things moving in the first inning. Team Pollmann Pirates scored two runs when Chism doubled. Beckett Heskett got the start for First Central Bank Royals. He lasted one inning, allowing two hits and three runs. Quentin Terry was on the mound for Team Pollmann Pirates. He allowed zero hits and zero runs over two innings, striking out six. Chism and Trenton Raile entered the game from the bullpen, throwing one inning and one inning respectively. Loop, Jalen Collicott, Nathan Haddix, Brody Graham, Cole Walter, and Kycen Bradley all had one hit to lead First Central Bank Royals. First Central Bank Royals tore up the base paths, as two players stole at least two bases. Collicott led the way with two.
Mets Grabs Lead In Fourth Inning For Victory Over Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals
Mets took the lead late in the game in a 13-10 victory over Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals on Tuesday. The game was tied at ten with Mets batting in the top of the fourth when Landon Kmoch singled on a 1-2 count, scoring two runs. Kmoch led Mets to victory by driving in four runs. He went 3-for-3 at the plate. Kmoch drove in runs on a single in the first and a single in the fourth. Mets opened up scoring in the first inning. Mets scored two runs when Kmoch singled. Gage Brinkman was on the pitcher's mound for Mets. He allowed zero hits and four runs. Cason Waugh was on the hill for Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals. He allowed five hits and five runs. Josiah Wilkinson threw two and two-thirds innings out of the bullpen. Mets hit one home run on the day. Noah Mashek went for the long ball in the first inning. Mets saw the ball well today, racking up 14 hits in the game. Mashek, Tristan Campbell, Kmoch, Gabe Roberts, and Ethan Schmidt each had multiple hits for Mets. Kmoch, Campbell, and Mashek all had three hits to lead Mets. Mets stole four bases during the game as two players stole more than one. Campbell led the way with two. Josiah led Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals with four stolen bases, as they ran wild on the base paths with 15 stolen bases.
Lincoln – Husker basketball fans can officially start counting down to the start of the Fred Hoiberg era, as the Nebraska men’s basketball program released its 2019-20 non-conference schedule on Wednesday.
The 11-game non-conference slate includes three games at the Cayman Islands Classic, a meeting with Georgia Tech in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, the annual in-state matchup with Creighton and a renewal of games against regional foes South Dakota State and North Dakota.
Nebraska will open the season with four straight home games before hitting the road for the Cayman Islands Classic in late November. The Huskers will officially open the Fred Hoiberg era on Tuesday, Nov. 5, when the Huskers host UC Riverside in the first meeting between the two programs. It is the earliest season-opener in school history. NU will host Doane in an exhibition game at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Wednesday, Oct. 30.
The Huskers continue the homestand against a pair of teams that made the postseason last year in Southern Utah (Nov. 9) and South Dakota State (Nov. 15). Southern Utah reached the second round of the CIT last season and returns three of its top four scorers. It is the first meeting between the Huskers and the Thunderbirds since 2009. South Dakota State went 24-9 last year and won the regular-season Summit League title before falling to eventual champion Texas in the NIT. The Jackrabbits made three straight NCAA appearances before the 2019 NIT trip. It is the first meeting between NU and SDSU since 2011.
The contest with Southern (Nov. 22) is part of the Cayman Islands Classic, as each of the eight teams will play one home game prior to the tournament. The field for the Cayman Islands Classic (Nov. 25-27) includes Colorado State, George Mason, Loyola (Chicago), New Mexico State, Old Dominion, South Florida and Washington State. The pairings for the bracket will be announced later this summer.
The Huskers open the month of December with road games at Georgia Tech in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge (Dec. 4) and at Creighton (Dec. 7). The Bluejays went 20-15 and reached the NIT before losing to TCU last season.
Nebraska will play two conference games ahead of final exams before returning to the court for its final two non-conference games against North Dakota (Dec. 21) and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (Dec. 29). The matchup with UND will be the Huskers’ first against the school since 2017 and the third meeting since the Fighting Hawks joined Division I. The Huskers will close out non-conference action against a TAMU-CC team that finished sixth in the Southland Conference last season. It will be the first meeting between the Huskers and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
The 17-game home schedule at Pinnacle Bank Arena this season is highlighted by 10 Big Ten matchups, including tilts with NCAA qualifiers Michigan State, Purdue, Michigan, Ohio State, Iowa and Wisconsin, along with games against Indiana, Northwestern, Penn State and Rutgers.
For more season ticket information or to sign up for the 2019-20 wait list, visit Huskers.com/Tickets or call the NU Ticket Office at (800) 8-BIGRED during business hours. Season tickets for the 2019-20 season begin at $136.
2019-20 Nebraska Basketball Non-Conference Schedule
Wednesday, Oct. 30
Tuesday, Nov. 5
Saturday, Nov. 9
Friday, Nov. 15
Friday, Nov. 22
Mon.-Wed., Nov. 25-27 at Cayman Islands Classic
Wednesday, Dec. 4
Saturday, Dec. 7
Saturday, Dec. 21
Sunday, Dec. 29
The 2019 Sertoma 8-Man All-Star Football Game will take place Saturday, June 15th from Hastings College with kickoff set for 6pm CT. Hometown Family Radio Sports Network able to talk with three Southwest Nebraska area athletes. Gentry Anderson of Arapahoe, Caid Doetker of Wauneta-Palisade, and Austin Wolfe of Medicine Valley. Listen to full interviews below.
The 2019 McCook Community College alumni/community golf tournament is set for June 29 at the Heritage Hills Golf Course. This is a four-person scramble with a 9 a.m. shotgun start. Cost is $75 per golfer and includes: 18 holes, a cart, a sleeve of golf balls and dinner. Prizes will be awarded on each hole and payouts to the top three teams in each flight. Flights will be determined by golf pro depending on the number of golfers. Proceeds from the event will go towards scholarships for MCC graduates planning to transfer to four-year colleges or universities. Hole sponsorship is available at $100 per hole. To register, contact Heritage Hills Golf Course at 308-345-5032.
Mac's Drive In Marauders Claims Blow-Out Victory Over Pinnacle Bank Mud Cats, 10-3
Mac's Drive In Marauders sailed to an easy victory over Pinnacle Bank Mud Cats 10-3 on Monday. Pinnacle Bank Mud Cats fired up the offense in the first
inning. Pinnacle Bank Mud Catsscored one run when Spencer Snyder doubled. Mac's Drive In Marauders knotted the game up at one in the bottom of the
first inning, when Bo Schlegel singled on a 0-1 count, scoring one run. Mac's Drive In Marauders pulled away for good with four runs in the second
inning. In the second Colton Koetter drew a walk, scoring one run, Cruz McCarty doubled on the first pitch of the at bat, scoring one run, Schlegel
singled on a 1-2 count, scoring one run, and Vince Mashek drew a walk, scoring one run. Mac's Drive In Marauders scored five runs in the third inning.
Mac's Drive In Marauders offense in the inning was led by McCarty, Schlegel, Mashek, and Theron Erickson, all driving in runs in the inning. Schlegel
was on the hill for Mac's Drive In Marauders. He surrendered one run on one hit over three innings, striking out seven and walking one. Snyder led
things off on the mound for Pinnacle Bank Mud Cats. He lasted one and one-third innings, allowing two hits and three runs while striking out three.
Hayden Uerling, Asher Wilson, and Grady Lentz each contributed in relief for Pinnacle Bank Mud Cats. Mac's Drive In Marauders saw the ball well today,
racking up five hits in the game. Tad Puckett, Jr and Schlegel all managed multiple hits for Mac's Drive In Marauders. Schlegel and
Sports Shoppe Iron Birds Takes A Tough Blow From Parker Scrappers
Monday was a long day for Sports Shoppe Iron Birds, falling to Parker Scrappers 11-3. Tripp Raile went 2-for-2 at the plate to lead Sports Shoppe Iron Birds in hits. Sports Shoppe Iron Birds was sure-handed and didn't commit a single error. Braden Fortin made the most plays with ten. Sports Shoppe Iron Birds stole six bases during the game as two players stole more than one. Austin Quint led the way with two. Kale Sattler led Parker Scrappers with two hits in two at bats. Parker Scrappers didn't commit a single error in the field. Laken Monzon had ten chances in the field, the most on the team.Parker Scrappers tore up the base paths, as two players stole at least two bases. Leelan Jobe led the way with three.
My Family Vision Clinic Lug Nuts Falls To Boutique Air Hot Rods After Fifth Inning Score
My Family Vision Clinic Lug Nuts lost the lead late in a 7-6 defeat to Boutique Air Hot Rods on Friday. The game was tied at six with Boutique Air Hot Rods batting in the top of the fifth when Mason West singled on a 2-2 count, scoring one run. My Family Vision Clinic Lug Nuts lost despite out-hitting Boutique Air Hot Rods eight to six. My Family Vision Clinic Lug Nuts fired up the offense in the first inning. My Family Vision Clinic Lug Nuts scored one run when Eli Graff singled. Boutique Air Hot Rods scored four runs in the fourth inning. Boutique Air Hot Rods's big inning was driven by a walk by Braidon Garcia and a single by James Henning. Henning led things off on the hill for Boutique Air Hot Rods. He surrendered three runs on five hits over three innings, striking out six. Wyatt Benes was on the mound for My Family Vision Clinic Lug Nuts. He lasted four and two-thirds innings, allowing five hits and two runs while striking out ten. Colin Day threw one-third of an inning in relief out of the bullpen. My Family Vision Clinic Lug Nuts totaled eight hits in the game. Benes and Graff each racked up multiple hits for My Family Vision Clinic Lug Nuts. Benes led My Family Vision Clinic Lug Nuts with three hits in three at bats. My Family Vision Clinic Lug Nuts tore up the base paths, as five players stole at least two bases. Parker Brittain led the way with three. Boutique Air Hot Rods racked up six hits on the day. Henning and West all collected multiple hits for Boutique Air Hot Rods. Henning went 3-for-4 at the plate to lead Boutique Air Hot Rods in hits. Boutique Air Hot Rods stole six bases during the game as two players stole more than one. Dominic Hixon led the way with three.
Parker Scrappers Stymied By Bortner Pioneer Seeds Tin Caps, Lose 8-1
Nothing came easy for Parker Scrappers on Friday, as they fell 8-1 to Bortner Pioneer Seeds Tin Caps Bortner Pioneer Seeds Tin Caps opened up scoring in the first inning, when Lee Davidson grounded out, scoring one run. Parker Scrappers knotted the game up at one in the bottom of the first inning, when Kale Sattler singled on a 1-1 count, scoring one run. Bortner Pioneer Seeds Tin Caps pulled away for good with four runs in the third inning. In the third Davidson doubled on a 3-0 count, scoring two runs and Tripp Floyd homered on a 2-2 count, scoring two runs. Davidson led things off on the hill for Bortner Pioneer Seeds Tin Caps. He went three innings, allowing one run on two hits, striking out eight and walking one. Sattler was on the pitcher's mound for Parker Scrappers. He lasted two and two-thirds innings, allowing three hits and five runs while striking out five and walking one. Ty Junker and Blake Steinmetz entered the game as relief, throwing one and two-thirds innings and two-thirds of an inning respectively.
Sattler went 2-for-2 at the plate to lead Parker Scrappers in hits. Sattler led Parker Scrappers with three stolen bases, as they ran wild on the base paths with five stolen bases. Floyd led Bortner Pioneer Seeds Tin Caps with two hits in three at bats. Bortner Pioneer Seeds Tin Caps was sure-handed in the field and didn't commit a single error. Quinton Meyers had the most chances in the field with 13.