SHERIDAN — The Sheridan College rodeo team opened its season with a long-awaited team title in Gillette.
The men took the team title after strong rides from several cowboys in the team’s first rodeo of the spring season.
“Our young men stepped up this weekend and rode some of the rankest stock in the country,” head coach Marc Gilkerson said. “Their talent and hard work paid off for them this weekend by besting 12 other colleges and universities.”
Sheridan beat out colleges including the University of Wyoming, Chadron State and Northeastern. This was the first men’s team win under Gilkerson, and the first in about five years.
Freshman Taygen Schuelke (Newell, S.D.) won the bull riding competition with a 76-point ride in the long round. He and the four others to reach the short round were all bucked off, thus earning Schuelke the title.
Schuelke was also third-fourth in the saddle bronc competition with a 66-point ride in a competition that also saw all short round cowboys bucked off Sunday.
He earned a total of 190 team points with his two finishes.
Zach Scofield (Faith, S.D.) split second-third in the long round with his 71-point ride.
“Zach split the round with fellow team member CJ Davidson from Worsley, Alberta,” Gilkerson explained. “In the short round, Zach got on one of the rankest bulls I’ve seen. CJ got bucked off as well in the short round on a hard to ride spinner. Zach earned 90 team points and CJ wasn’t on the team this week, but he earned 90 points as well, they placed second and third in the average.”
Tate Schwagler (Mandan, N.D.) scored 71 points in the long round, placing third in the round and earning 40 team points. His 68 in the short round earned him a split of second-fourth, and another 40 team points. Combined with his bareback title split, Schwagler earned a total of 135 total points for the team.
Also in bareback, Shane Stevens (Laramie) scored 65 points in the long round, splitting fifth-sixth and earning 15 team points. Stevens’ 65-point short round earned him a sixth place finish in the average.
Gilkerson also pointed out team ropers Sutton Sandquist (Mobridge, S.D.) and Logan Shaper (Halliday, N.D.) as standouts on the weekend.
They took seventh in the round and seventh in the average with a 9.6 second time in their first go, and a 16.9 second short round time.
The only girl to reach the short round for the Lady Generals Sunday was Cady Halverson (Douglas) with her 10th place barrel race time of 15.72 seconds. Halverson had a 15.78 second time in the short round Sunday to place seventh in the round.
The SC rodeo team will take the weekend off before traveling to Fort Collins for their next competition at Colorado State University.