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 By Ted Harbin    Local    December 15, 2019

Struxness leads world standings

LAS VEGAS – There’s a new No. 1 in the world of steer wrestling, and he’s from Minnesota. J.D. Struxness knocked his steer to the ground in 4.4 seconds Thursday night to finish third in the eighth round, earning his seventh payday in eight...

 By Ted Harbin    Sports    December 13, 2019

Struxness consistent at the NFR

LAS VEGAS – Through the first seven nights of the National Finals Rodeo, J.D. Struxness has taken himself to the pay window six times. It’s adding up fast. On Wednesday night, he wrestled his steer to the ground in 3.9 seconds to finish in a...

 By Ted Harbin    Sports    December 12, 2019

Struxness catches 4th straight check

LAS VEGAS – J.D. Struxness doesn't have to hit the gaming tables to make money in Sin City. He's doing quite well at the Thomas & Mack Center, home of the National Finals Rodeo since 1985 ... Full story

 By Ted Harbin    Sports    December 8, 2019

Struxness strikes for 2nd at NFR

LAS VEGAS – The obstacles that come any contestant’s way at the National Finals Rodeo can be varied and be plentiful. That’s why a simple-but-straight-forward approach is best when competing at ProRodeo’s grand finale. It’s what has worked...

 By Ted Harbin    Sports    December 8, 2019

Struxness still rolling at NFR

LAS VEGAS – The National Finals Rodeo can be a vindictive setting for ProRodeo's greatest stars. The best way to combat that is to find the positives in every situation that arises. That's vital,...

 By Ted Harbin    Sports    October 18, 2019

Musell, Anderson find victory lane

ALVA, Okla. – Both breakaway roper Taylor Munsell and steer wrestler Bridger Anderson got a big taste of what it means to be a champion this past summer when they left the College National Finals Rodeo as national champions. They not only want to...


Rangers Rodeo finds early-season success

ALVA, Okla. – As a freshman two seasons ago, Amber Scales earned her first intercollegiate barrel racing victory at the Colby (Kansas) Community College rodeo. While she didn’t gain the title in the northwest Kansas community this past weekend,... Full story

 By Ted Harbin    Sports    June 20, 2019

Two Rangers earn national titles

ALVA, Okla. – Reaching the pinnacle of one's sport is the dream of every athlete. Taylor Munsell and Bridger Anderson have done that for the Northwestern Oklahoma State University rodeo team. They... Full story

 By Ted Harbin    Sports    May 3, 2019

Brown ends college career strong

ALVA, Okla. – In just a few days, Colton Brown will walk across the stage and receive his degree from Northwestern Oklahoma State University. He’s a cowboy, first and forever, but he has big dreams beyond his graduation day in Alva. He plans to...

 By Ted Harbin    Sports    April 25, 2019

Nall moves closer to CNFR bid

ALVA, Okla. – Heading into the spring semester of the Central Plains Region college rodeo season, Tanner Nall knew he needed to finish strong if he had any chances of returning to the College National Finals Rodeo. Consider it nearly done. He and...

 By Ted Harbin    Sports    April 19, 2019

Price is right for Rangers rodeo

ALVA, Okla. – Ethan Price had a point to make this semester on the Northwestern Oklahoma State University rodeo team. He made it this past weekend at the Southwestern Oklahoma State University rodeo in Weatherford, Oklahoma. He won steer...

 By Ted Harbin    Sports    March 15, 2019

Rangers rodeo women take another title

ALVA, Okla. – The Northwestern Oklahoma State University women’s rodeo team is making a statement early in the spring portion of the season. The Rangers have won the first two rodeos of the semester, first at Kansas State University a few weeks...

 By Ted Harbin    Sports    February 22, 2019

Rangers win K-State women's title

ALVA, Okla. – Alyssa Gabrielson and Kayla Copenhaver have been putting in a lot of extra work preparing for the spring half of the Central Plains Region season, along with their teammates. The preparation paid off this past weekend; Gabrielson and...

 By Ted Harbin    Sports    December 14, 2018

Irwin continues hot streak in Vegas

LAS VEGAS – Slowly but surely, steer wrestler Kyle Irwin is making an impact at the National Finals Rodeo. Irwin entered this year’s championship No. 14 in the world standings. As of Tuesday night, he has moved to fifth with $64,083 in money...

 By Ted Harbin    Sports    December 9, 2018

Irwin opens NFR with 3rd-place check

LAS VEGAS – The National Finals Rodeo arena set up inside the Thomas & Mack Center is roughly the size of a hockey rink, so things get fast in a hurry in Sin City. Nobody understands that any more than Kyle Irwin, a four-time NFR qualifier from Rob...

 By Ted Harbin    Sports    November 22, 2018

Irwin caps great year with NFR bid

ROBERTSDALE, Alabama – Kyle Irwin had grand plans to finish out his 2018 season and be home in time for the birth of his daughter. He had to alter them in a big way. “When I first found out Randa was pregnant, I developed my plans to have the...

 By Ted Harbin    Sports    November 1, 2018

Wakefield leads Rangers to win at NWOSU rodeo

ALVA, Okla. – Like any individual competitor, senior Riley Wakefield was quite pleased with his wins in the all-around and tie-down roping this past weekend at the Northwestern Oklahoma State... Full story

 By Ted Harbin    Local    October 21, 2018

Yaussi scores big for Rangers

ALVA, Okla. – The deep red dirt that filled the arena at the Oklahoma State University rodeo last weekend in Stillwater just got darker and thicker as the weekend wore on. “It was bad,” said Bo Yaussi, a sophomore all-around cowboy at...

 By Ted Harbin    Sports    October 5, 2018

Rangers earn first win of new season

ALVA, Okla. – Even before he made his decision on what university to attend, Devin Olson knew he wanted to be a steer wrestler. He was watching The American semifinals in Fort Worth, Texas, a year and a half ago and met Northwestern Oklahoma State...


Munsell dedicates win to grandma

ALVA, Okla. – A year ago, Taylor Munsell sat in Colby, Kansas, not sure which way to turn. Her grandmother, Cindy Hunter, was in the hospital and not doing well, and Munsell was set to rope the next morning at the Colby Community College Rodeo....

 By Ted Harbin    Sports    December 10, 2017

Irwin celebrates 2nd-round money

LAS VEGAS – Once good things begin in Sin City, the ball can get rolling rather quickly. Kyle Irwin knocked his steer down in 4.1 seconds Friday night to finish in a tie for third place in the second round of the National Finals Rodeo, collecting...

 By Ted Harbin    Sports    June 23, 2017

Allen, Devers finish CNFR in top 10

For the second straight year, two Northwestern Oklahoma State University steer wrestlers finished among the top 10 at the College National Finals Rodeo. Joby Allen of Alva and Cody Devers of Perryton, Texas, finished fourth and 10th, respectively,...

 By Ted Harbin    Sports    June 2, 2017

Rangers ready for college finale

Ten Rangers are ready to ride for college rodeo’s most coveted title. Six men and four women from Northwestern Oklahoma State University have earned the right to compete at the College National Finals Rodeo, set for June 11-17 at the Casper... Full story

 By Ted Harbin    Sports    May 7, 2017

Allen drifts into Central Plains title

ALVA, Okla. – The snow that fell on Hitch Arena on short-round Saturday night in Guymon played right into Joby Allen’s hands. “A lot of people hate that weather,” said Allen, who earned a share of the steer wrestling title at the Oklahoma Pan...

 By Ted Harbin    Sports    April 30, 2017

Rangers win team titles in Hays

ALVA, Okla. – Everything came together well for the Northwestern Oklahoma State University rodeo teams. The men and women won the team titles this past weekend at the Fort Hays (Kansas) State University rodeo, with the women dominating the...


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