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Bergeson, Shippy claim titles at rodeo finals

BELLE FOURCHE--Mitchell's Alex Bergeson and Colome's Riggin Shippy each won individual titles at the three-day South Dakota High School Finals Rodeo on June 14-16. Bergeson won the steer wrestling title, while Shippy won the bull riding championship.

BELLE FOURCHE-Mitchell's Alex Bergeson and Colome's Riggin Shippy each won individual titles at the three-day South Dakota High School Finals Rodeo on June 14-16. Bergeson won the steer wrestling title, while Shippy won the bull riding championship.

Bergeson racked up 80 total points to secure the top spot in steer wrestling, while also recording the fastest time (4.53 seconds) on Saturday in the event. Shippy finished with 79 total points to win the bull riding. Bergeson and Shippy will now compete for Team South Dakota at the National High School Finals Rodeo on July 15-21 in Rock Springs, Wyoming.

The top four placers in each event earn a spot at nationals. Other area competitors to qualify for nationals included: Chamberlain's Kaler Kirkie (bull riding), Gregory's Blasius Steffen (boys cutting), Letcher's Madi Moody (pole bending) and Colome's Linkyn Petersek (tie-down roping).

Other state champions included: bareback riding, Jose Alaniz Jr. (Faith); barrel racing, Wacey Brown (Sturgis); boys cutting, Jackson Grimes (Kadoka); pole bending, Sidni Ferguson (Dupree); reined cow horse, Natalie Leisinger (Highmore); saddle bronc, Cash Wilson (Wall); tie-down roping, Dillon Sackett (Alcester); team roping, Chance Derner (New Underwood) and Thane Lockhart (Oelrichs).

See the Scoreboard page for a complete list of the national qualifiers.

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