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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. As first year partners Cody Odell and Boogie Ray had set out in 2006 to just get some runs under their belts as a new team. Halfway through the season they have their eyes on the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
The duo from Texas took a big step on Sunday afternoon at the Norris-Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. Odell (Brashear) and Ray (Mabank) roped their steer in 5.1 seconds to finish one-tenth of a second out of the Wrangler ProRodeo Tour Round title but won the average crown with a three-head total of 15.9 seconds 1.1 seconds ahead of the second place team of Matt Sherwood and Walt Woodard.
Ray, who qualified for the Wrangler NFR in 2003, is looking to make a return trip with Odell, who is a steer wrestler turned team roper looking for his first trip to the big dance. The team took home $3,133 each and earned some valuable Tour points as they head into the second half of the 2006 season.
Shane Schwenke (Harlem, Mont.) and his partner Jhett Johnson (Casper, Wyo.) won the Tour round stopping the clock in 5.0 seconds.
The Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo marked the third stop on the 2006 Wrangler ProRodeo Summer Tour. Contestants not only compete for money at the Tour rodeos, but for valuable Tour points that qualify them for the ProRodeo Tour Summer Finale upon the conclusion of the Summer Tour.
The ProRodeo Tour Summer Finale will be held Sept. 28-30 in Omaha, Neb. Eight of the 12 stops, including Colorado Springs, on the Summer Tour will be televised on Fox Sports Network. Check local listings for times in your area.
Colorado bareback rider Tim Shirley finished atop the U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Co. scoreboard with an 84-point ride aboard Vold Rodeo's Sheep Tick to win the Wrangler ProRodeo Tour Round. Unfortunately it was not enough for the cowboy from Conifer to capture the average crown. That went to Nevada's Paul Jones, who tallied 168 points on two head. Jones (Elko) finished in a tie for first in the first round with an 86-point ride and followed it up with an 82 in the Tour Round atop Vold Rodeo's Painted Valley. Jones picked up checks totaling $6,646, while Shirley walked away with $3,644.
Chad Hagan saved the best for last on Sunday afternoon. Hagan (Leesville, La.) was the last man out in the steer wrestling competition thanks to a two-head total of 8.0 seconds coming into the final round. He could have played it safe in an effort to capture the average title but he showed the fans what a champion is made of. He turfed his steer in 3.5 seconds winning the Tour Round and the average with a three-head total of 11.5 seconds. His closest competitor in the average was Dru Melvin (Tyron, Neb.) with a total time of 12.2 seconds. Hagan left Colorado Springs $4,837 richer.
Steve Dollarhide and Matt Hebbert shared the Tour Round title in the saddle bronc riding with identical 82 points scores. Dollarhide (Wikieup, Ariz.) rode Vold Rodeo's Eclipse, while Hebbert (Hyannis, Neb.) showed his stuff on Vold Rodeo's Hanger. Dollarhide used his ride to propel him to the top of the leaderboard in the average with a two-head total of 162 points. He collected checks totaling $6,365, while Hebbert won $2,083.
PRCA rookie Randall Carlisle looked like a roping veteran on Sunday turning in a 7.9-second run. Carlisle (Lipan, Texas) was the first roper out and set a pace that no other roper would catch. Scott Kormos (Teague, Texas) was the closest with his 8.1-second run. Kormos, captured the average title with a total time of 25.4 seconds on three head and pocketed $5,132.
Making a name for herself on the pro circuit is North Carolina barrel racer Codi Baucom. Baucom (Carthage) entered the final round in the lead with a two-run total of 34.15 seconds, and remained atop the leaderboard with a total time of 51.52 seconds on three runs. Brandie Halls (Carpenter, Wyo.) put the heat on Baucom, turning in a smoking 16.96-second run to win the Tour Round and finish second in the average with a three-run total of 51.67.
Marcus Michaelis (Caldwell, Idaho) took home the average title with a total of 152 points on two head. He posted a 74-point score in the first round and followed it up with a 78 in the Tour Round aboard Triple V Rodeo's High Yella. Ross Kleven and Jed Moore shared the Tour Round victory with identical 81-point rides. Kleven (Westminster, Colo.) rode Frontier Rodeo's #69, while Moore (Cheyenne, Wyo.) faced Frontier Rodeo's BA.
The next stop on the Wrangler ProRodeo Summer Tour will be the California Rodeo Salinas on July 22.
2hMichael C. Wright