There’s something about a great family tradition that molds the next generation.
In rodeo, that sentiment is especially strong. That family legacy was quite powerful Friday night during the Chisholm Trail Ram Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo, where Trell Etbauer and Riley Duvall stopped the clock in 4.0 seconds to win the second round of steer wrestling at the Stephens County Fair and Expo Center in Duncan.
Etbauer and Duvall are well known names in rodeo, especially in Oklahoma. Trell’s father, Robert, is a two-time world champion saddle bronc rider, while his uncle, Billy, is a five-time titlist. Roy Duvall is Riley’s great-uncle, and he owns three gold buckles; Riley’s dad, Sam, and uncle, Spud, are qualifiers to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
“I just feel lucky to be out of the family I’m from,” said Riley Duvall of Checotah, Okla. “I had a great opportunity with that. I love rodeo no matter what my family is like, so it’s pretty handy that they’ve all been involved in rodeo so long.”
That’s the way it was for the Etbauer clan. Robert and his brothers, Dan and Billy, transplanted to Oklahoma from South Dakota, then the excelled on the national stage.
“Rodeo is what I grew up around, and it’s about all I know,” said Trell Etbauer, who grew up in the Oklahoma Panhandle community of Goodwell. “I enjoy it, and I’m thankful I get to do what I love to do. I’m glad I have a great family that supports me and helps me out all the time.”
They took advantage of their opportunities Friday. With their runs, the tandem pocketed checks worth $1,031.
“The average is all I think about,” Duvall said, noting that the average title will go to the cowboy that has the best three-run cumulative time when the circuit finals concludes Saturday night. “Stockton (Graves) has the year-end title won, so the only way I can get to Oklahoma City is to win the average.”
Year-end and average champions in each event qualify for the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo, which takes place next spring in Oklahoma City.
“Just getting to go Oklahoma City is good so good around here, because that’s where the big money is at,” said Duvall, who won the steer wrestling average at the 2011 circuit finals.
Etbauer is a three-time circuit all-around champion, and he’s in position to claim a third. He is second in the standings behind Graves, who qualified for the circuit finals only in steer wrestling. Etbauer, though, is competing in three events: bulldogging, tie-down roping and saddle bronc riding. He’ll have three times the opportunity on championship Saturday night.
“Stockton’s real good in the average so far, so I just need to go get the go-round money in all three events,” Etbauer said.
It sure set up for a fun final night of the 2013 season.
Chisholm Trail Ram Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo
Bareback riding: First round: 1. (tie) Brian Leddy, on New Frontier Rodeo’s Full House, and Caine Ridde, on New Frontier Rodeo’s Barely Legal, 77 points, $1,014 each; 3. (tie) Brody Cooper and Justin Lindquist, 68, $435 each. Second round: 1. Caine Riddle, 73 points on Rafter H Rodeo’s Blue Yonder, $1,159; 2. Monty Goodwin, 71, $869; 3. Brian Leddy, 69, $580; 4. Logan Glendy, 63, $290.
Steer wrestling: First round: 1. Chancey Larson, 4.3 seconds, $1,178; 2. Colt Stearns, 4.4, $884; 3. Kyle Irwin, 4.5, $489; 4. Stockton Graves, 4.6, $295. Second round: 1. (tie) Trell Etbauer and Riley Duvall, 4.0 seconds, $1,031; 3. Dean Gorsuch, 4.1, $589; 4. Stockton Graves, 4.4, $295.
Team roping: First round: 1. Tavis Walters/Tad Sheets, 6.2 seconds, $1,178; 2. Troy Boone, 6.4, $884; 3. Joe Macoubrie/Dawson McMaster, 7.0, $589; 4. Andrew Ward/Reagan Ward, $295. Second round: 1. Nick Sartain/Kollin VonAhn, 4.8 seconds, $1,178; 2. Andrew Ward/Reagan Ward, 5.8, $884; 3. (tie) Joe Macoubrie/Dawson McMaster and Troy Boone/Derrick Peterson, 6.0, $442.
Saddle bronc riding: First round: 1. Travis Sheets, 79 points on Beutler and Son Rodeo’s Dreamer, $1,178; 2. Joe Harper, 78, $884; 3. Weston Ireland, 72, $589; 4. Trell Etbauer, 69, $295. Second round: 1. Ty Atchison, 82 points on Rafter H Rodeo’s Sand Creek, $1,178; 2. Casey mcGooden, 75, $884; 3. Roper Kiesner, 74, $589; 4. Travis Sheets, 68, $295.
Tie-down roping: First round: 1. Jerome Schneeberger, 8.8 seconds, $1,178; 2. Caddo Lewallen, 9.7, $884; 3. Garrett Nokes, 10.3, $589; 4. Cole Wilson, 11.0, $295. Second round: 1. Bryson Sechrist, 8.2 seconds, $1,178; 2. Caddo Lewallen, 8.5, $884; 3. Garrett Nokes, 9.3, $589; 4. Ryan Bothum, 9.5, $295.
Barrel racing: First round: 1. Emily Miller, 16.28 seconds, $1,178; 2. June Holeman, 16.46, $884; 3. (tie) Gretchen Benbenek and Kyra Stierwalt, 16.50, $442 each. Second round: 1. June Holeman, 16.03 seconds, $1,178; 2. Kyra Stierwalt, 16.18, $884; 3. Gretchen Benbenek, 16.26, $589; 4. Carol Chesher, 16.33, $295.
Bull riding: First round: 1. (tie) Brennon Eldred, on New Frontier Rodeo’s Night Rider, and Trevor Kastner, on Beutler and Son Rodeo’s Turbo Ryder, 82 points, $1,031 each; 3. Sage Kimzey, 78, $589; 4. Sam Wyatt, 72, $295. Second round: 1. Sam Wyatt, 87 points on Rafter H Rodeo’s Newsflash, $1,178; 2. Sage Kimzey, 85, $884; 3. (tie) Cody Sierks and Trevor Kastner, 82, $442 each.
Steer roping: First round: 1. Rocky Patterson, 10.6 seconds, $932; 2. Justin McKee, 13.0, $699; 3. (tie) Dee Kyler Jr. and Mike Chase, 13.1, $349 each. Second round: 1. Brodie Poppino, 9.7 seconds, $932; 2. Rocky Patterson, 10.7, $699; 3. Chet Herren, 10.9, $466; 4. Rod Hartess, 11.1, $233. Third round: 1. Chet Herren, 10.6, $932; 2. Mike Chase, 11.1, $699; 3. Roger Branch, 11.4, $466; 4. Rod Hartness, 11.9, $233. Average: 1. Rocky Patterson, 36.2 seconds on three runs, $1,398; 2. Rod Hartness, 38.9, $1,048; 3. Cecil Wilson, 46.0, $699; 4. Justin McKee, 46.9, $349.
There’s something about a great family tradition that molds the next generation.
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City tackles winter weather
Throughout the recent cold front and accompanying precipitation, the City of Duncan has worked to make streets driveable and to repair leaking water mains.
Scott Vaughn, Duncan Public Works director, said Street and Water departments have been busy throughout the city as a result of colder temperatures, and recent snowfall and freezing rain.
School board discusses DHS safe room project
Duncan Public Schools is considering a bond issue for as early as 2014, to construct a safe room/ art building on the Duncan High School campus.
During Tuesday’s regular meeting, members of the Duncan Board of Education approved hiring PBK Architect for design and development, and CMS Willowbrook as construction manager for the project, pending passage of a bond issue next year.
Reception honors Hospice patients
More than 100 spots on the Tree of Remembrance had been purchased by Tuesday night, when the annual reception for the fundraiser was held.
Proceeds go to help pay for care terminal patients and their families receive from Chisholm Trail Hospice.
Daddy Daughter Dance set for Friday
There are only a few days left to purchase tickets for the 3rd annual Daddy Daughter Dance.
Tickets are limited to only 100 couples and 25 additional daughters to avoid overcrowding for the event, which is sponsored by the Simmons Center. The dance is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Simmons Center.
“We’ve sold 75 couples and 16 additional daughters,” said Stephanie Sullivan, event coordinator, on Tuesday morning.
Schools return to session
Area students will be returning to classes this morning, following Tuesday’s roadway thaw.
Duncan, Marlow, Comanche, Empire, Velma-Alma, Central High and Bray-Doyle school districts will return to school, following several days without class because of inclement weather.
Council approves root cutter to aid sanitary sewer system
By spending $4,117.60 to purchase a root cutter, the City of Duncan hopes to have an easier time maintaining the sanitary sewer system.
Duncan City Council members discussed and approved the purchase of the root cutter from USA Blue Book during Tuesday’s regular meeting. The purchase reflected one of two bids received on the project, although four companies were approached to bid. The other bid received was from J&R Equipment in the amount of $4,836.
Babineaux sentenced in armed robberies
A Duncan teenager was sentenced Monday for his role in a series of armed robberies of convenience stores earlier this year.
Tre Demetrius Babineaux, 18, was one of four Duncan teens arrested in relation to three armed robberies that took place toward the end of March. The other teens included Dakota John Smith, 19; Quincy Sahtoren Barnes, 20; and Peyton Thad Graham, 20.
Babineaux was the only one charged as a youthful offender.
Tree, Wreath Auction has highest grossing year yet
The Tree and Wreath Auction had its best year even, garnering $3,335 for its grand total.
The auction, which is a collaborative effort between the Duncan Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Simmons Center, raises funds for area charities. This was the 12th year for the silent auction event.
Items, including decorated Christmas trees, wreaths, centerpieces and various other goodies, were donated and auctioned with the funds going toward selected charities. For instance, the Friends of the Stephens County Humane Society donated items with the Stephens County Humane Society as the benefactor.
Christmas Auction raises $30,000 to help local children
Though there are some pledges still out, the annual Christmas Auction was deemed successful after raising more than $32,000 last week.
All 400 plus donation items were sold during the five-night event, which was turned over the Duncan Rotary Club this year. It was previously run by the Duncan Jaycees Club.
“All of the items sold, most of them for retail value,” said Cindy Reynolds, auction chairperson. “We’re pleased with the outcome.”
Duncan school board to discuss possible bond issue
Another bond issue may be on the horizon for Duncan Public Schools.
Tuesday’s meeting will explore the possibility of adding a safe/art room at the Duncan High School. This would be contingent on the passage of a bond issue April 2014.
PBK Architect and CMS Willowbrook, both companies involved in the renovation process at the Duncan High School, will be giving a presentation about the DHS safe/art room project to the Duncan Board of Education.
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