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Cheney’s 40th annual rodeo starts tonight

FRIDAY, JULY 8, 2011

Rodeo: Many of the top cowboys in the Northwest and a smattering of national figures, highlighted by tie-down roper Tyson Durfey of Colbert, stop by Cheney this weekend for the 40th Annual Cheney Rodeo.

Durfey (pictured above), who is sitting 11th in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association standings after a hot month of June, is scheduled to rope on Saturday night.

Performances today and Saturday are at 8 p.m. and Sunday’s show is at 2 p.m.

Among those scheduled to compete today are Trevor Knowles of Mount Vernon, Ore., who is sitting second in the steer wrestling standings; Monty Lewis of Hereford, Texas, 11th in calf roping; and Auburn, Wash., bull rider Myron Duarte, an eight-time National Finals Rodeo qualifier.

In addition to Durfey, six-time NFR qualifier Brad Goodrich of Hermiston, Ore., is scheduled to rope and Heath Ford, a three-time qualifier in bareback riding, from Slocum, Texas, are entered for Saturday’s show.

If there are no conflicts with other rodeos, such as the on-going Calgary Stampede, Sunday’s team roping is a highlight. Brothers Riley and Brady Minor from Ellensburg, currently 11th, are scheduled, along with the top-20 team of Brandon Beers (Powell Butte, Ore.) and Jim Ross Cooper (Monument, N.M.), and Brandon’s dad, Mike, a former world champion. Clint Cannon of Waller, Texas, fifth in the standings, is also entered.

Durfey, Knowles and the Minor brothers are also leading the Columbia River Circuit standings. Most of the top contenders in the regional circuit, plus a number from the Montana Circuit, are entered.

Dave Trimmer

Vandersloot on WNBA ballot

WNBA: Former Gonzaga University point guard Courtney Vandersloot is on the WNBA All-Star ballot.

The third overall pick of the Chicago Sky has been a starter since the second game and is in the top 10 in assists with almost five per game. She is also averaging 8.4 points and had a double-double in her third game.

 The All-Star game is July 23 in San Antonio. Fans can vote at the WNBA website or by texting (see details at WNBA website).

 Voting concludes at 9 p.m. Sunday.

 



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