WALLA?WALLA? The Blue Mountain Community College mens and womens rodeo teams won three of their four rodeos last weekend to kick off the spring season in style.
We just had a phenomenal weekend,?said first-year head coach Chance Dixon. We havent had a rodeo since October so the kids have been practicing real hard all winter and it really paid off.
The Timberwolf men won both Walla Walla rodeos on March 11-13 while the women won on Saturday and placed second on Sunday.
Combined with points from the doubleheader rodeo from the fall, the BMCC?men lead Walla Walla 2,902.5 to 2,684.5 in the season standings.
The women trail only Treasure Valley in the season standings, 1,656 to 1,504.5.
In their first spring rodeo on Saturday, the Timberwolves had six individual winners and had the strongest showing in the roughstock events.
Joe Harper was the only saddle bronc rider to record a score and won with a 67. He was the 2010 high school national champion.
Austin Foss and Kash Wilson placed one-two in bareback at 81 and 75, respectively.
Not other college had as many riders score in the roughstock.
Tait Tucker dominated the tie down with a time of 9.3 seconds a full second faster than second place at 10.7.
Dakota Eldridge tied for the steer wrestling title with a 5.4 while teammate Bryan Reay placed third in 6.2.
Champions for the womens team included Hailey Jo Hall with a 2.4 in breakaway to edge teammate Kayla Tiegs 2.8, and Shelby Scott with an 8.1 to win goat tying.
Jade Crossley was the womens top barrel racer, coming in fourth in 14.71.
Sundays action got a little more heated and the BMCC?men only nudged host Walla Walla for the win by 10 points, 790-780.
The women were a distant second to Treasure Valley.
Eldridge did claim the mens all around with wins in tie down (20.4 on two) and steer wrestling (10.6 on two). He also was the sixth-place team roping header (24.9 on two).
That guy is just so relaxed and so calm and then he gets in there and takes care of business, Dixon said. He is very dedicated to the sport and to practice.
The T-Wolves again dominated the roughstock as the only team to score in bareback and saddle bronc.
Harper made it back-to-back wins in saddle bronc with a 99 on two head to edge teammate Rowdy Hutchisons 98.
Wilson and Foss again were atop the bareback standings but this time reversed as Wilson won with a 145 combined score and Foss was second with 137.
Its going to be like this all year, back and forth, Dixon said. Its good competition for them and getting them ready to go big.
Tiegs improved to first place in breakaway for the womens only title.
BMCCs Mary Shae Hays placed seventh in barrel racing (29.32), losing ground on former high school rodeo teammate Jordan Crossley in the season all around standings.
The Hermiston native won Sundays barrels with a 28.77 and is nearly 400 points ahead of Hays in the season all around. Crossley, who attends Central Washington University, also has a strong lead in the season barrel racing standings.
The next rodeos for the Timberwolves will be April 22-24 in Ellensburg, Wash.