By Aaron Smith
Last week, the State High School rodeo was held here in Baker, and it was definitely a success in multiple ways.
As far as attendance goes, people were pouring in to watch the events. On Thursday alone, there were 475 people in attendance not counting those 18 years of age or younger. On Friday for the championship round, around 380 spectators were in attendance. Overall, it was a great crowd throughout the week.
Along with having a great turnout for fans and spectators, Baker’s own competitors had a great showing as well. Six local contestants competed in the rodeo. Four of them placed in at least one event; in order to place, an individual has to finish in the top five in an event. A top-four finish qualifies the individual for a trip to the National High School Rodeo in Rock Springs, WY.
Zoie Rost competed in several events throughout the week, one of which was barrel racing. Mattie Mastel finished fifth in girls cutting and fourth in reined cow horse.
In steer wrestling Brennan Graham finished sixth, Kyler Afrank finished fifth and Jacob Wang finished first. Lastly, Colton Turbiville finished fifth in reined cow horse and second in boys cutting. Baker High School students had a great showing all around.
Everyone who attended the rodeo this last week helped make it a success. There was plenty of support for the competitors, and the stands were packed! The Baker High School students had a great week as well; everyone who competed did a great job in their events! Good luck to those who are continuing on to compete at nationals in Wyoming.
Congratulations and good luck at nationals, Colton and Mattie!