Rodeo athletes from across the state of South Dakota, as well as some from Nebraska and Montana, competed in the first day of this weekend’s South Dakota State High School Finals Rodeo in Belle Fourche.

Two rodeo athletes are in the top ten in events so far. Pierre’s Megan VanLiere is in sixth place in barrel racing, while Fort Pierre’s Riley Hannum is in tenth place in steer wrestling. The duo of Hannum and Long Valley’s Denton Good is in second place.

The only events that have been fully completed are boy’s cutting, girl’s cutting and reined cow horse. Fort Pierre’s Kaden Pazour finished in 11th place in boy’s cutting. Savannah Loesch placed 17th in girl’s cutting.

The South Dakota State High School Finals Rodeo will continue through Sunday.

Full Results for local athletes at South Dakota State High School Finals Rodeo

(place, athlete, hometown, total points)

Barrel Racing

6, Megan VanLiere, Pierre, 29.00

30, Savannah Loesch, Pierre, 15.00

32, Sydney Theobald, Fort Pierre, 14.00

57, Haley Husted, Harrold, 4.00

Breakaway Roping

20, Sydney Theobald, Fort Pierre, 18.00

28, Layna Tibbs, Fort Pierre, 14.00

36, Haley Husted, Harrold

Boy’s Cutting

11, Kaden Pazour, Fort Pierre, 37.50

Goat Tying

27, Taylee Stroup, Fort Pierre, 15.00

42, Haley Husted, Harrold, 9.00

43, Jayda Tibbs, Fort Pierre, 9.00

57, Sydney Theobald, Fort Pierre, 5.00

62, Megan VanLiere, Pierre, 3.00

Girl’s Cutting

17, Savannah Loesch, Pierre, 24.00

Pole Bending

28, Savannah Loesch, Pierre, 15.00

30, Cheyenne Carroll, Harrold, 14.00

40, Sydney Theobald, Fort Pierre, 10.00

44, Haley Husted, Harrold, 9.00

58, Taylee Stroup, Fort Pierre, 5.00

59, Megan Van Liere, Pierre, 5.00

Steer Wrestling

10, Riley Hannum, Fort Pierre, 24.00

17, Kaden Pazour, Fort Pierre, 14.00

36, Slater Tople, Fort Pierre, 5.00

Team Roping

2, Denton Good, Long Valley, and Riley Hannum, Fort Pierre, 30.00

22, Sully Paxton, Onida, and Jesse Hostutler, Midland, 16.00

23, Jackson Grimes, Kadoka, and Kaden Pazour, Fort PIerre, 16.00

32, Cheyenne Carroll, Harrold, and Chase Varilek, Geddes, 10.00

39, Josi Stevens, St. Lawrence, and Jayda Tibbs, Fort Pierre, 8.00

49, Rafe Wientjes, Onida, and Kaelan Block, Midland, 6.00

55, Layna Tibbs, Fort Pierre, and Layni Stevens, St. Lawrence, 4.00


21, Sully Paxton, Onida, 17.00

31, Rafe Wientjes, Onida, 13.00

43, Riley Hannum, Fort Pierre, 8.00

48, Kaden Pazour, Fort Pierre, 7.00


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