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January 4, 2014

Mifflinburg girl, 12, tops in rodeo

7th-grader has best average in breakaway roping at Farm Show

HARRISBURG — There were personal bests and Top Ten finishes as the Valley’s young rodeo stars held their own at Saturday’s Pennsylvania High School Rodeo Association Championships at the 98th state Farm Show in Harrisburg.

In just her second junior-high rodeo appearance, Rebecca Haines, 12, of Mifflinburg, won her breakaway roping first round with a score of 4.08 seconds. That bested her first-place time of 5.2 seconds in winning last year, though she came in second Saturday in her second breakaway round with just over 6 seconds. The seventh-grader finished with the best weekend average among junior high competitors in breakaway roping.

A spur mishap flubbed Rebecca’s second-round goat-tying score, which was unknown at deadline; she came in third in her first round. Her barrel scores also were not known by deadline though she was fourth in her first round.

Madison Valencia, a seventh-grader from Mifflinburg, had a grand debut for her first rodeo, coming in third in pole bending, sixth in barrels and fourth in the first round of goat-tying.

Fellow junior-high rodeo contender Keiranna Lauver, 14, of Mifflinburg, also had a respectable showing, coming in fifth and third, respectively, in two rounds of goat-tying, and second place in barrel racing.

In her third Farm Show rodeo, Rebecca Darrup, a junior at Mifflinburg Area High, finished 10th overall in the senior barrels division. She finished ninth in her first round of pole racing and eighth in one round of goat-tying with another to go.

Megan Arbogast, a Midd-West High senior, ranked 12th in barrel racing but had two great breakaway-roping placements, first and second, respectively, in two rounds.

Brothers Lance and Brock Hower, 10th-graders from Milton, joined forces once more, coming in third in first round and second in second round of team roping.

 

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