The Nebraska State High School Finals Rodeo begins Thursday and runs through Saturday at the Adams County Fairgrounds in Hastings as cowboys and cowgirls compete for a state title and the opportunity to represent Nebraska in July at the National High School Finals Rodeo. Several cowboys and cowgirls in the KCNI/KBBN coverage area are sitting near the top of the standings in their respective event going into this year’s finals. Three area cowgirls are in the top 5 of the barrel racing standings entering the finals. Taci Flinn of Arcadia is currently sitting 2nd followed by Brooke McCulley of Mullen in third and Madison Mills of Eddyville is currently fourth in the barrel racing standings. Mills is atop the standings in pole bending and Emma Pearson is in the top five in pole bending at #5. Pearson is #4 in the girls cutting entering this week’s finals. Cooper Bass of Brewster is atop the standings in the boys cutting entering the state finals while Cody Miller of Broken Bow is in the top five at #3. Brody McAbee of Ansley has put together a great season in the saddle broncs and is #1 going into the finals. Two Stapleton cowboys are in the top 5 of the steer wrestling standings. Dane Pokorny is the leader and Coy Johnston is currently 4th. Three Custer County cowboys are in the top 5 of the tie-down roping standings. Sid Miller of Merna is 2nd and Zane Kreikemeier of Callaway is third while Matt Miller of Callaway is tied for fifth. Others from the area in the top 5 of their event entering the state finals include Frazier Kaelin of Broken Bow #5 in reined cow horse, Dalton Garey of Broken Bow #3 in bull riding and Whitney Jennings of Seneca #5 in girls cutting.
The opening performance of the state finals rodeo is Thursday at 10 a.m.
Listen to KCNI 1280 AM / 96.3 FM for result updates Friday, Saturday, and Monday during the noon sports report.