Lipan cutter has chance at third national title

June 19, 2013

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Lipan has another dynasty in the works – and it’s not basketball.

For a third consecutive year, Lipan senior Hunter Hightower will be competing at the National High School Rodeo Association Finals in cutting.

And he is hoping that, for a third consecutive year he will be bringing home the top prize.

Hightower captured the Texas High School Rodeo Association championship this past week in Abilene. That qualified him for the NHSRA Finals in Rock Springs, Wyo. July 14-20.

In Abilene, Hightower won both rounds of competition in boys’ cutting with a 149 and 147, respectively, to win the average. This advanced him to the short round, where he scored a 143 to win it all.

Those efforts earned him his second state title and his third trip to the NHSRA finals.

Hood County was well-represented at the state level.

Classmate Trevor Hedeman also competed in boys’ cutting, scoring a 136 in the first round, followed by a 128 in the second round to propel him to the short go. He earned seventh place overall.

In the team roping, Hedeman paired with Forest Fisher for a 14.16 time in the first round. Then, in the second round, they roped their steer in 15.55, good enough to bring them back to the finals with a combined time of 29.71.

However, their short-go performance wasn’t fast enough to make it into the top four qualifiers for the delegation headed to the national finals.

The last of the three Lipan seniors, first-time state qualifier, Tallen Halliday, competed in goat tying running an 11.86 on her first run followed by a 9.7 in the second go-round.

In the bull riding, Tolar resident Jeb Bennett wasn’t able to cover either of his bulls in the go rounds in Abilene. Fellow Tolar school mate and team roper Zane Murphy, roping with Riley Williams, clocked a 10.21 in the first go, but failed to rope their steer in the second go.

Breakaway roper Katie Keith, also of Tolar, came home from Abilene posting a 3.79 time in her first round and a 5.10 time in the second round, with a combined total time of 8.89. She placed 23rd place overall in the finals.

The THSRA finals hosted 650 contestants made up of qualifiers in 10 different regions from across Texas. The top four finishers in each event will make up the Texas state delegation who will compete in Rock Springs.

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