Stephenville ropers Key, Lucero, Long each earn big PRCA wins

Sterling Crawley wins saddle bronc at Casper

Jake Long, shown at the 2014 National Finals Rodeo, was the heeling champion at Sheridan, Wyo. last week. || DUDLEY BARKER/DudleyDoRight.com

By BRAD KEITH

TheFlashToday.com

(July 13, 2015) — Three area team ropers won more than $7,000 each at the Central Wyoming Fair & Rodeo and the Sheridan Rodeo, two of the biggest events on the PRCA circuit last week.

The all-Stephenville pairing of David Key and Martin Lucero continues its steady climb up the Windham Weaponry 2015 PRCA World Standings thanks to a win at the Central Wyoming Fair & Rodeo in Casper. They roped three head in 18.8 seconds to take the average and $4,106 after tying for fifth and $1,131 in the first go round and placing third for another $836 in the finals. The duo pushed their weekly earnings north of $7,000 with $853 for placing sixth in Sheridan, Wyo.

Lucero is 18th in the world heeling standings while Key is 21st in heading. Lucero is trying to reach the National Finals Rodeo for the 17th time including the seventh in the last eight years after missing in 2014. Key has been the the NFR nine times, but has not qualified since 2009. The win in Casper is their second after the ABC Rodeo in Lubbock.


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Sheridan is where heeler Jake Long of Stephenville partnered with Coleman Proctor to earn the bulk of their whopping $11,020 week. They roped two head in 9.5 seconds to claim the average and $3,678 each after winning the second go for $2,452 and placing second in the first round for another $2,132. They also tied for fourth at the Rooftop Rodeo in Estes Park, Colo., pocketing another $2,758 and lifting Long to seventh in the world standings. He is looking to reach the NFR for the fifth time in his career, all in successive years.

Lots of area team ropers were in the money at various events last week, including Lipan heeler Patrick Smith winning the Rooftop Rodeo and $4,367 in 4.5 seconds. Tying Long for second were Luke Brown of Stephenville and Kollin VonAhn of Huckabay, earning $2,758 each in 4.8 seconds.

Serling Crawley continued his recent wave of success with his fifth victory of the year, his second outside Texas. He won the average and the first round at Casper, where he was also second in the finals. He scored 169 on two head to take $1,830 in the average, and also earned $1,830 for his winning first-round score of 87 on Rocky Mountain Rodeo’s “Sabre.” Crawley pocketed $1,250 for placing second with 82 points in the second round, earning a total of $4,910 at the event.

Sterling Smith earned a cop-championship in the Ute Stampede tie-down roping, claiming $1,900 in 7.5 seconds, and Tarleton State University and Stephenville barrel racer Shelby Herrmann won first place and $3,403 in 17.56 seconds at Rooftop Rodeo.


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Below is a look at last week’s earnings by PRCA athletes from Erath County and the surrounding area.

*If only one member of a team is local in team roping, athletes are listed as (H) for header and (h) for heeler.

CENTRAL WYOMING FAIR & RODEO

(Casper, Wyo.)

Team Roping:

Round 1 – T2 Kory Koontz (h) 5.8, $2,202; T5 David Key/Martin Lucero 6.5, $1,131

Round 2 – 1. Paul Eaves (h) 4.6, $2,738; 2. Luke Brown/Kollin VonAhn 4.8, $2,381; 4. Clay Tryan/Jade Corkill 5.1, $1,666; 7. Travis Graves (h) 5.8, $595; 8. Patrick Smith (h) 5.9, $238

Finals – 3. David Key/Martin Lucero 5.8, $836

Average – 1. David Key/Martin Lucero 18.8 on 3, $4,106; 7. Travis Graves (h) 28.4 on 3, $893

Saddle Bronc

Round 1 – Sterling Crawley 87 on Rocky Mountain Rodeo’s “Sabre,” $1,830

Finals – Sterling Crawley 82, $1,250

Average – 1. Sterling Crawley 169 on 2, $1,830

Tie-Down Roping

Round 2 – 1. Marty Yates 8.7, $2,484; 3. Sterling Smith 9.2, $1,836; 6. Chase Williams 10.5, $223

Average – 6. Sterling Smith 31.9 on 3, $1,297; 7. Chase Williams 32.1 on 3, $810


SHERIDAN RODEO

(Sheridan, Wyo.)

Team Roping:

Round 1 – 1. Dakota Kirchenschlager (h) 4.6, $2,452; 2. Jake Long (h) 4.8, $2,132; 6. David Key/Martin Lucero 5.6, $853

Round 2 – 1. Jake Long (h) 4.7, $2,452; T5. Charly Crawford/Shay Carroll 5.2, $1,013

Average – 1. Jake Long (h) 9.5 on 2, $3,678; T3. Billy Bob Brown (H) 12.6 on 2, $2,479; 8. Dakota Kirchenschlager 15.4 on 2, $320

Tie-Down Roping:

Round 1 – 2. Reese Riemer 9.6, $2,127; T5. Chase Williams 10.2, $1,010; 7. Sterling Smith 10.8, $532

Round 2 – T2. Cody Ohl 8.8, $1,968

Average – T2. Cody Ohl 20.5, $2,951; 5. Reese Riemer 21.1, $1,755


DINOSAUR ROUND-UP RODEO

(Vernal, Utah)

Tie-Down Roping:

T4. Cimarron Boardman 8.2, $2,606


UTE STAMPEDE

(Nephi, Utah)

Team Roping:

T2. Walt Woodard (h) 6.1, $1,426

Tie-Down Roping:

T1. Sterling Smith 7.5, $1,900; T4 Reese Riemer 8.4, $1,105


ROOFTOP RODEO

(Estes Park, Colo.)

Team Roping:

1. Patrick Smith 4.5, $4,367; T4 Jake Long (h) and Luke Brown/Kollin VonAhn 4.8, $2,758 each; T8. Billy Bob Brown (H) 5.6, $919

Saddle-Bronc Riding:

T4. Isaac Diaz 80, $1,193

Barrel Race

1. Shelby Herrmann 17.56, $3,403


CHEYNE RODEO

(Cheyney, Wash.)

Tie-Down Rpoping:

4. Billy Bob Brown 10.2, $1,198


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