Fallon cowboys, cowgirl buckle down

Matt Goings of Fallon ropes his calf during the breakaway event in the junior high school slate of the Fallon rodeo on Sunday.

Matt Goings of Fallon ropes his calf during the breakaway event in the junior high school slate of the Fallon rodeo on Sunday.

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It was a solid weekend for a pair of Fallon cowboys.

Team ropers Blain Jensen (header) and Jes Tews (heeler) took the overall average at the Fallon High School rodeo last weekend at the Churchill County Fairgrounds.

The duo opened the rodeo with a ninth-place finish on Saturday, but capped Sunday’s action with a first-place run to nab the overall title and belt buckles.

Fallon native Sydney Howard also had a strong showing with a dominating performance on Saturday. Howard, who rodeos for the Washoe club, won the all-around title after finishing second in breakaway roping and goat tying, fifth in barrel racing and was in the top 10 in team roping with partner Natalie Norcutt.

Jessica Gomes, meanwhile, rounded out the high school athletes with a third- and fourth-place finish in cutting on Sunday and Saturday, respectively.

In the junior high arena, Matt Goings had a banner weekend. He won the breakaway overall average including a victory in the event on Saturday.

Goings followed that performance with a second-place showing on Sunday in addition to third-place finishes in goat tying and chute dogging. He also took sixth in goat tying on Saturday.

Leighton Beyer nabbed a pair of fourth-place finishes in barrel racing, while Jaime Waggoner was eighth and third in barrel racing on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. Chole Lambert took eighth in goat tying on Saturday

The next rodeo is April 26-27 hosted by the Washoe Rodeo Club in Sparks.

As for the overall standings, which do not include the Fallon rodeo, Caleb and Cord Hendrix, who rodeo independently, sit first (105.5 points) and second (102), respectively in the boys cutting. Gomes is third in girls cutting with 74.5.

In team roping, Mackay Spyrow is tied for first with Moapa’s Jordan Taylor with 74. In addition to Spyrow, Jensen is seventh (51), Tews 15th (39), Sam Goings is 30th (17), Levi Quillan is 33rd (15), Howard is 41st (seven) and Kellie Quillan is 44th (five).

Howard (64) and Billy Quillan (29), meanwhile, each sit in third in goat tying and bull riding, respectively. Howard is also third in breakaway roping with 53.5, while Quillan is fourth in steer wrestling with 10.

In tie down roping, Cord Hendrix is 11th (27) followed by Tews in 12th (25), Caleb Hendrix in 14th (20), Goings in 16th (19), Quillan in 18th (12), Jensen in 19th (10) and Spyrow in 21st (eight). Gomes rounds out the individual events as she is currently 34th in pole bending.

As for the chase for an all-around title, Spyrow is 14th (82), followed by Quillan in 17th (74), Tews in 18th (64), Caleb Hendrix in 19th (64), Jensen in 20th (61), Goings in 27th (36) and Levi Quillan in 43rd (15).

For the girls, Howard is 10th with 135.5 followed by Kellie Quillan in 47th (five) and Gomes in 54th (one).

For the junior high athletes, Beyer is fourth in the girls all-around standings with 275 followed by Lambert in 21st (27) and Waggoner in 34th (five). Goings sits in seventh (207) in the boys all-around.


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