Jackson heads to Nationals
Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–Recent Mabank High School graduate and two-time high
school All-Around Cowboy winner Dustin Jackson added another
notch to his saddle by qualifying for the 63rd annual National
High School Finals Rodeo in Gillette, Wyo., next month.
Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Recent Mabank High School graduate Dustin Jackson hangs on to
record a 73 score during saddle bronc competition at Friday's
performance of the 56th annual Mabank Western Week Rodeo. At the
Texas High School Rodeo Association finals in Abilene recently,
Jackson qualified for the 63rd annual National High School
Finals Rodeo in Wyoming July 17-23.
At the Texas High School Rodeo Association finals in Abilene,
Jackson qualified in the saddle bronc competition – one of just
four Texas contestants from each event to qualify for the
Nationals, scheduled for Sunday through Saturday, July 17-23.
Texas has the largest contingent attending the Nationals, the
world’s largest rodeo, which draws more than 1,500 contestants
from 41 states, five Canadian Provinces and Australia.
Jackson and others will be competing for more than $200,000 in
prizes, plus more than $350,000 in college scholarships and the
chance to be named the National High School Rodeo Champion.
To win the championship, contestants must finish in the top 20
after two elimination rounds to advance to the Saturday night
In addition to the rodeo action, National Finals Rodeo
contestants will have the opportunity to represent their team in
a volleyball tournament, enjoy nightly contestant dances,
participate in a talent contest, compete in an NRA-sanctioned
rifle shooting competition, test their skills in a Knowledge
Bowl competition and visit the historical attractions of the
To follow Jackson at the National Finals Rodeo, check the NHSFR
website at www.nhsra.org.
Rodeo features tight competition
Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–A couple of singular efforts and some close competition
marked the 56th annual Mabank Western Week Rodeo last weekend.
The singular efforts came in both the bareback bronc riding and
bull riding, where a single payout went to the only cowboy who
could meet the buzzer atop the animals supply by Corsicana’s Hat
Brand Rodeo Company.
Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Joey Bell Jr. of Malakoff grabs the steer during Saturday’s
performance at the Mabank Western Week Rodeo en route to
notching a 4.8 second time, giving him second place overall in
the steer wrestling competition.
Josh Hudson was saddled with an uncooperative
mount on his first attempt during Friday night’s bareback bronc
competition, but officials offered him a re-ride later in the
Hudson scored 78 on the re-ride and turned out to be the only
performer in the money at the end of the competition.
Similarly, Cody Holloway was the only bull rider to stay aboard
during Friday night’s performance, and there was no bull riding
Saturday, making him the winner with a 74 score.
Performances were a lot closer in the timed events, as the final
rider turned out to be the winner in a couple of events.
Less than a quarter of a second covered first through fourth
places in barrel racing, as Hannah Forsythe won with a time of
Just 0.138 second behind was Lee Ann Graham, and Terrell’s Megan
Gay took third place with a time of 16.488 seconds.
Fourth place went to Jordan Wright, who finished at 16.5 seconds
It was almost that close in breakaway roping, as Karen Little
took the win with an outstanding time of 2.25 seconds.
Second place went to J.J. Hampton at 2.28 seconds, with Jayme
Marcrum third at 2.5 seconds and Brenna Byler fourth at 2.53
Competitors had to be quick in the steer wrestling event, as
well, with Trey Green taking the win by clocking just 3.9
Second place went to Malakoff’s Joey Bell Jr., who clocked 4.8
seconds, followed by Termain Debose at 5.2 seconds and Brother
Guilder fourth at 5.5 seconds.
It wasn’t any easier in the calf roping event, as Kolt Henderson
took the win by clocking 8.53 seconds, edging Cory Soloman by
Kyler Bramhall took third at 9.28 seconds, followed by Cody
Quaney (9.44) and Kyle Anderson (9.63).
A single point separated first from second in the saddle bronc
event, as Joel Ragsdale won with a 77 against Bobby King’s 76.
Almost half a second separated first from second in the team
roping event, as the duo of Tee Woolman and Wade Clayton clocked
5.13 seconds to win, with the duo of Brad Hamilton and Mickey
Grimes second at 5.6 seconds.
Third and fourth place was a dead heat, as the team of Justin
Lovell and J.W. Cotton and the duo of Paul Herbert and Joe Rion
both clocked 5.75 seconds.
Fifth place went to the duo of Tyler and Tyler (Wade and
Barton), who clocked 5.84 seconds.
Learning the fundamentals early
Third- and fourth-grade boys dribble down the center line,
trying to stay low, under the watchful eye of former Mabank High
School standout and assistant coach Tyler Fisher (at left) as
the 16th annual MHS basketball camp opens Monday. About 65 to 70
boys and girls turned out for the camp, which continues through
Thursday (today) at the MHS gym.