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Johnson will return to nationals

Local cowgirl Ty Johnson will return to the NHSRA finals for girls cutting
Ty Johnson, who is competing in five events at the state rodeo finals for high school, has already qualified for the national finals rodeo in one of those events: girls cutting.
   The Oregon High School Rodeo Association's State Finals Rodeo kicked off on Wednesday at the Klamath County Fairgrounds in Klamath Falls and has since concluded boys and girls cutting.
   Johnson, who went to the National High School Finals Rodeo last year, entered the state finals in girls cutting in second place.
   She ended the cutting event in fourth, just enough to send her to nationals.
   Only the top four in each event go to nationals while placers in the fifth through tenth spots go to the Silver State International Rodeo in Fallon, Nev.
   Meanwhile, Howie Mole, who entered the boys cutting event in seventh place in the season standings, didn't move up and didn't move down when it was over. Mole finished in seventh place in the event, and will be off to Silver State.
   Traci Bailey sat 11th in girls cutting when she entered the state finals earlier this week, and could not make up the 14 point difference that sat between her and Tiana Moss, who was in 10th place. Bailey will have four other events, however, to make it to either nationals or Silver State.
   "They did pretty good," Coach Clint Corey said. "The cattle weren't that great. They were a little sour. They're hard to rope when they're sour like that.
   "They didn't want to work. They didn't want to cut. They were disrespectful."
   The first rodeo performance commenced on Thursday night. Corey could not be reached for comment at press deadline.
   The OHSRA finals rodeo will conclude on Saturday night in Klamath Falls.
   For complete results, check out Tuesday's edition of the Central Oregonian.