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.
Richardson’s gem leads Outlaws
No. 3 Marlow baseball senior Kelby Richardson came close to perfection for four innings in 9-0 win Monday over rival Comanche.
Comets rally late to beat Bulldogs
Velma-Alma had a shaky start to its home baseball game against Empire Monday, but overcame a 4-0 deficit to win 6-5.
Central High drops close loss to Ringling
In a pitcher’s duel, No. 12 Central High lost its first game of the season 2-1 to visiting Ringling Monday.
Demon boys golf depth evident
The Duncan boys golf team’s depth was evident at a tournament in Lawton Monday, in which the Demons formed two squads and each took a top-four finish.
Bronchos deliver big victory
No. 12 Central High kicked off its season in dominant fashion, winning 12-3 versus Elmore City-Pernell Friday.
The game was originally supposed to at Elmore City, but their fields were still damaged from the rainfall earlier this week. So the Bronchos hosted the matchup, but Central High coach Jeff Jones still allowed his opponents to be the home team.
Comanche opens with rivalry game
First-year head coach Brent Crow started out the first Comanche baseball practice of the year Saturday asking his players if it would be possible for them to come a half-hour early on Sunday.
The Indians have just two practices before they open up against No. 3 rival Marlow at home Monday, and Crow needs as much time with the players as possible. The players agreed to come at 1:30 p.m. instead of 2, but Crow knows getting ready for the Outlaws in two days will still be a tough task.
Demon track athletes tested right away
The Duncan boys track team placed seventh out of 20 teams at a meet in Norman Friday.
Those teams included last year’s Class 6A state champion Broken Arrow and runner-up Edmond Memorial, the top five teams at last year’s Class 5A state meet and defending 4A state champion Plainview.
Boys tennis ties for third at Ada
The Duncan boys tennis team tied for third at a tournament in Ada Friday.
The Demons and McAlester each scored 42 points, with Carl Albert and Deer Creek tying for second with 43 each. Heritage Hall won the tourney with 61.
Demons keep it close against Southmoore
The Duncan boys soccer team challenged a tough Class 6A Southmoore squad on the road, losing 3-0.
Duncan kept it scoreless for much of the first half, but gave up two late goals. Demon coach Marcus Williams said the team had a couple of mental breakdowns but played well overall.
10 players named Oilfield all stars
There will be 10 players representing Stephens County schools Bray-Doyle and Velma-Alma in the boys and girls Oilfield Conference All-Star games Monday night at 6:30 and 8 p.m.
Velma-Alma coach Kenny Bare will coach the girls game, which will include his own players Samantha Moore, Kaylie Keenan, Teddi Southerland, Ariah Johnson and Bita Humphreys. The players were selected by the eight conference coaches.
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