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Rodeo team gearing up for finals

CCHS to send five to National Finals in Wyoming

by: CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Sean Santucci is making his second trip to nationals.

While the high school academic year is long over, for five members of the Crook County High School Rodeo team the athletic season is about to reach its pinnacle.
   Senior Brandon Beers, juniors Sean Santucci, Kelsey Johnson and Jackie Rhoden and freshman Ty Johnson each posted top four finishes at the 2004 OHSRA Rodeo Finals in Klamath Falls last month and thus earned a spot in next week's National High School Finals Rodeo in Gillette, Wyo.
   The week long event starts Monday, July 19 with two performances and culminates Sunday, July 25 with the final go-round performance at 1:00 p.m.
   Beers won his fourth straight state title in Team Roping in Klamath Falls and was third in Calf Roping. Santucci was third in boys Cow Cutting and fourth in Steer Wrestling; Jackie Rhoden was the State Champion in girls Cow Cutting; Ty Johnson was fourth in Team Roping and third in Breakaway Roping and Kelsey Johnson finished second in girls Cow Cutting, third in Team Roping and fourth in Pole Bending.
   The fivesome will be among 1,500 competitors vying for $125,000 in prize money and more than $225,000 in college scholarships. Considered the world's largest rodeo, the pool of competitors will be made up of participants from 39 different states, five Canadian provinces and Australia.
   It will be Ty Johnson's first time competing in the event, but the rest are veterans.
   Kelsey Johnson, Santucci and Rhoden will be making their second appearance, while Beers will be making his fourth.