Alyse Kugler, Cory Hershkowitz and Jonathon Glocknitzer can pretty much stamp their tickets for the National High School Finals Rodeo.
The three locals are virtual locks to compete in next month's nationals after another strong performance in the second go-round at the Nevada State High School Rodeo Finals on Saturday in Winnemucca. Kugler and Hershkowitz compete for the Carson-Douglas Rodeo Club while Gardnerville's Glocknitzer competes as an independent.
Kugler and Elko's Chelsea Hooper are in a battle for the state title in girls cutting after the two tied for first for the second straight go. This time, Kugler and Hooper finished in a three-way tie for first after they all scored 145. Kugler holds a six-point lead of Hooper for first heading into today's finals.
Glocknitzer won the second go in boys cutting with a 148. Also advancing to today's finals from the Carson-Douglas club was Byron Kreck, who tied for fifth with a 138. Kreck tied with Glocknitzer for sixth in the first go.
Hershkowitz took second in bareback riding in the first go with a 68, finishing behind Cameron Hooper-Craig, who had a 69. Herskowitz also had a successful ride in the second go, but his score and final results weren't available.
Also for the Carson-Douglas Club, Elyse Heberger took eighth in the second go in barrell racing in 18.576 seconds.
The top 15 in the standings advanced to today's finals. The top four overall finishers after today's finals will advance to nationals.