Lipan rodeo friends seek titles

June 12, 2013

In Lipan, growing up and playing sports together is a way of life.

Most of the time, the main sport is basketball – and that is also true for this trio. But for this week the focus is on rodeo, the other sport at which they excel.

They are sometimes referred to as the “3 H’s”….Halliday, Hedeman, and Hightower, translated to Tallen Halliday, Trevor Hedeman and Hunter Hightower. Each of the Lipan seniors has earned a trip to the Texas High School Finals Rodeo, which began this past Sunday at the Taylor County Coliseum in Abilene and runs through this coming Sunday.

Hood County is well-represented this week in Abilene. Other area high school rodeo athletes participating include steer wrestler Chantz Webster from Lipan, and Tolar entries Zane Murphy in team roping, Jeb Bennett in bull riding, and breakaway roper Katie Keith.

The families of the 3 H’s have been long-time friends. Two of the three were second-generation family friends. Preschool gave way to elementary school and eighth-grade graduation in the small community school of Morgan Mill.

Halliday is a first-time entry to the state finals, qualifying in goat tying. Her “brothers” have both been to state since their freshman year.

Hedeman goes this year in team roping and cutting.

Hightower returns to Abilene in cutting with aspirations of not only winning a state title, but also winning a third straight national championship.

Their common interests overlap in many areas as they both support each other and thrive on a little friendly competition. Each one plays on the Lipan varsity basketball team, all are ranked in the top 20 percent of their class, and they are members of the Lipan FFA chapter.

There are two rounds of competition during the week-long event, culminating in the short-go, or final round, on Saturday afternoon. The short- go will determine who makes up the team to advance to the National High Rodeo Association Finals to be held in Rock Springs, Wyo. in July.

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