Johnson, Alves, Selby will head to nationals; Kriege severely injured in bull riding event
Second chances and scares hit the Crook County rodeo team last weekend at the Oregon High School Rodeo Association State Finals in Klamath Falls.
For Zeb Selby, he is getting his second chance at the National High School Finals Rodeo.
The recent graduate from Crook County High School qualified for the NHSRA last week at the OHSRA state finals at the Klamath County Fairgrounds.
Selby will compete in bareback, an event that broke his ankle in five places last year and also left him with a dislocated foot at the NHSRA in Gillette, Wyo.
This year, the NHSRA will take place in Springfield, Ill., and Selby will be joined by teammates Ty Johnson and Trevor Alves, as the two qualified in the top four in their respective events. Those finishing fifth through 10th will be off to Silver State International in Fallon, Nev.
But it wasn't a clear shot for Selby, who was tied with Russell Hanson of Lakeview for the fourth and final spot to nationals.
After getting bucked off on his first go, said Coach Clint Corey, Selby placed on the second go, and was tied with Hanson heading into the short go. Selby placed in that round while Hanson didn't place, putting the two with 72 and 44 points, respectively.
Meanwhile, Johnson had already qualified for nationals before the rodeo performances even began. The Redmond resident finished in fourth in girls cutting on Thursday afternoon prior to the first rodeo performance on Thursday night.
In addition, Johnson and heeling partner Trevor Alves took third place overall at state in team roping and will be off to nationals on July 24-30.
"I'm proud of the kids, they all did really well," Corey said. "But our team is pretty young. I think we'll just be bigger and better next year."
The rodeo team did receive a scare during the first performance on Thursday night. R.J. Kriege, a sophomore bull rider, collided with the bull in a freak accident that sent him to the hospital. Although Corey did not witness the accident, he said that Kriege had a broken bone in his cheek, a cracked vertebrae in his neck, and was dealt with a "pretty serious concussion."
Corey said that Kriege was hanging on to the bull from the side. While Kriege was going right, the bull suddenly changed direction and went left. But x-rays show that he will not need surgery on his cheek or neck.
"Him and the bull collided heads," Corey said. "He had a helmet on, and that's probably what saved his life."
As for the rest of the rodeo team, they will send at least eight members to Silver State (rodeo results were not officially updated at press deadline).
Off to Silver State International will be: Kade McLean and Mike McBeth (saddle bronc), Johnson (goat tying, pole bending), Christian Radabaugh (steer wrestling), Caleb Kensinger (bull riding), Traci Bailey (barrel racing, pole bending), and Howie Mole (boys cutting).
Corey's daughter, Bailey, finished one-half a point out of the top 10 in barrel racing. However, after fourth place finisher Jaymie Leach decided that she would not attend nationals, all the placers moved up one spot, putting Corey at number 10 in barrels, earning her a trip to Fallon, Nev.
In other news, the Board of Directors for the state finals awarded the Klamath County Fairgrounds two more years of hosting the OHSRA. Corey said that they tried to push for the state finals to be moved to Prineville and the Crook County Fairgrounds, but failed.
"In two years, I feel very strongly that we can get it back," he said.