Panhandle State Rodeo Team honored at state capitol

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma House of Representatives today honored the Oklahoma Panhandle State Rodeo team during session.

State Rep. Gus Blackwell, who represents the Oklahoma Panhandle, introduced the team and presented them with a citation.

“I was pleased to introduce this national championship team to my colleagues at the Oklahoma Legislature,” said Blackwell, R-Laverne. “They are a highly competitive group of young me and women that I am proud to represent at the Oklahoma State Capitol.”

In June, the Oklahoma Panhandle State Rodeo Team won their fifth national championship in 16 years at the College National Final Rodeo in Casper, Wyo.

To win that championship, they competed with more than 400 athletes from more than 100 colleges and universities and earned 820 points.

The team also were the champions of the Doc Gardner Memorial Rodeo held in Guymon, Okla., in April.

The team is led by head coach Craig Lathan and assistant coach Robert Etbauer. Dr. John Townsend, is the team’s faculty advisor.

Team Roster:
• Allen Boore, Senior, Saddle Bronc
• Jeff Bertus, Junior, Bull Riding
• Joe Harper, Junior, Saddle Bronc
• Dusty Moore, Sophomore, Steer Wrestling
• Jake Watson, Sophomore, Saddle Bronc
• Joe Frost, Sophomore, Steer Wrestling & Bull Riding

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