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Chancy Etbauer, above, returns to the women's rodeo team for her senior year. Shank Stephens, below, is a sophomore this year. - Hirschman Photos

**For Immediate Release**
Rodeo Team Ready for Action
-released by OPSU Campus Communications 09-27-05
by Laura Dahl

Oklahoma Panhandle State University’s fall rodeo season gets underway October 7 and 8 at Pratt Community College in Pratt, Kansas, a rodeo the OPSU men’s team won last year. Like a prancing barrel horse in front of a closed gate, the OPSU rodeo team is poised for a speedy start in the 2005-2006 season.

The men’s and women’s team both produced outstanding individual and team results during the 2004-2005 season, with six men’s team wins and four women’s team wins. After the dust stettled at the final spring rodeo, the men’s team was named the Central Plains Championship team.

Success continued at the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyoming this past June. Sophomore Trell Etbauer of Goodwell, Oklahoma, split first and second in the steer wrestling and senior Erica Brown of Pocatello, Idaho won the breakaway roping.

Never one to bask in the glow of victory or take anything for granted, Coach Craig Latham plans to build on that success. He recruited Tyrel Turner, the bull dogger who split first and second with Etbauer at CNFR. Turner finished his education at Central Wyoming College in Riverton last spring and will be a great addition to the team.

After graduating a number of students last year, Latham has a young team overall this fall with several freshmen. He recruited students who were successful in high school and expects them to be very competitive. In addition, Lacy Jones and Misty Poteet, two of the women’s volleyball team members, plan to rodeo in the spring.

Returning team members include Trell Etbauer and senior Buster Holland of Sublette, Kansas, who placed 10th in the average in the steer wrestling at CNFR. Weston Ireland returns to the roster after taking a year off, and Latham expects him to add team points in the saddle bronc. Logan Hodson, Jordan Furnish, Eli Eastman, Chance Hays, Tyler Olsen and Leander Thomas also return to the Aggie men’s team.

On the women’s side, senior Chancy Etbauer will be back to compete breakaway, goat tying, and barrel racing. Latham has added several women to the roster and expects to win points in every event.

Rodeo remains the only American sport in which student athletes may compete professionally at the same time they compete at the college level. Students who combine coursework, college rodeo, and professional rodeo must be committed, disciplined, and mature. With six student leaders with those traits on the men’s team, the OPSU Rodeo Team hopes to add a men’s and women’s national team title in 2006.

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