**For Immediate Release**
Rodeo Teams Bring Home First and Second
-released by OPSU Campus Communications 11-15-2006
By Laura Dahl
Goodwell, Okla. — The Oklahoma Panhandle State University Rodeo Team competed at Northwestern Oklahoma State University this past weekend in Alva. The men brought home first place and remain in first place in the Central Plains Region standings as they head into the important spring rodeo season. The women placed second and earned enough points to move into second place in the region. Trell Etbauer earned All-Around Cowboy honors due to his performance in three events.
In the saddle bronc riding, three OPSU cowboys placed first, second and third in the championship round and average. Seth Schafer placed second in the long round and first in the short round and earned him first in the average. Taos Muncy was right behind him with a second place finish in the short go and second in the aggregate scoring, with Ryan Bestol placing third in the short round and third in the average. Shank Stephens, Will Payne, and Trell Etbauer also made the championship round in that event.
Three bareback riders returned to the short go in that event. Logan Hodson took second in the long round, tied for third in the short round, and placed third in the average. Muncy tied for third in the first round and placed fourth in the average. Jason Mansor also made the championship round. Rounding out the rough stock events, Hodson placed fourth in the bull riding championship round and took fourth in the aggregate scoring.
In other events, Etbauer took first in the first round of the steer wrestling, second in the short go, and second in the combined scoring. He also placed first in the short round of calf roping and third in the average.
Three women’s team members made the championship round in goat tying. Brandi Guttormson took second in the short go and placed second in the aggregate scoring. Kendel Fawcett placed fourth in the second round and ended up in a three-way tie for fourth place. Kelly Koeppen also added team points in that event. In the barrel racing, Haley Keenan won the championship round and placed second in the average. Koeppen also turned in a great performance in that event with a second in the first round and third in the combined scoring.
The team has a long break before beginning the spring rodeo season, but they won’t be relaxing. In addition to practice, they will work hard to secure items for the Top Hand Auction scheduled for February 5. Spring rodeo gets underway at the Kansas State rodeo held in Manhattan February 23-25.