Tolar, Premier athletes reach NTHSRA Finals

Tolar High School has enjoyed success in a variety of sports over its history.

Add the 2012-13 rodeo team to that list.

The squad qualified four competitors for the North Texas High School Rodeo Association Finals this weekend at the Will Rogers Coliseum in Fort Worth. The event begins Friday and wraps up Sunday.

As a team, Tolar posted its highest finish ever, sixth place out of 71 teams. Granbury placed 46th, but qualified no one for finals.

“It takes a lot of dedication and work to have horses, and then haul them every weekend to earn points and make to the finals,” said Tolar coach Sandy Hickox

Also, from Premier High School, Trever Field has qualified in three events and the team placed 25th. The freshman enters fourth in team roping-heeling, sixth in team roping-heading, and 10th in calf roping.

Tolar’s Katie Keith qualified in two events. The freshman stands second in breakaway roping and is third ribbon roping.

Keith has scored 880 points in breakaway, 99 points behind leader Madisen Goforth of North Hills.

Tolar senior Bradyn Crider is wrapping up his high school career by qualifying fifth in team roping-heading, eighth in team roping-heeling, and 14th in calf roping. He has competed in the NTHSRA four years, and is up for a college scholarship to be announced this week.

Crider is also president of the Tolar squad and Keith is vice president. They also qualified in the All-Around Cowboy and Cowgirl competition, each in 11th place.

Keith stands third in the Rookie Cowgirl standings.

Also qualifying from Tolar are sophomores Hanna Wallace (14th in goat tying, 14th in breakaway) and Victoria Alexander (14th in barrel racing).

The top 15 in the point standings after 30 regular-season rodeos qualified for finals.

Granbury’s highest finisher, Joe Lasley, placed 18th in chute dogging with 231 points. He was 33 points out of 15th place.

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