Sulphur’s Wilkinson wins reined cow horse event

Published 10:34 am Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Sulphur cowgirl Charli Wilkinson and Hackberry freshman Ike Little have battled all season in reined cow horse, and it was no different over the last two days at the Louisiana High School Finals Rodeo.

Wilkinson entered the finals rodeo with a one-point lead and won all three rounds to beat Little 34-31.9. She scored rounds of 142, 143 and 141.

Little was also the runner-up in boys cutting to Trever Trahan. Little won the average title with 197 points over three rounds, but Trahan outpointed him 49.05 to 46.5.

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The LHSFR will continue with the first go-round of all other events from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday. The second go-round is at 10 a.m. to. 6 p.m. Friday and the short go is at 5 p.m. Saturday.

Defending bareback riding champion Bryer Prince trails rookie Jacob Simoneaux by one point. They have gone head to head five times this season with Prince winning three — CENLA, North Louisiana and Sulphur.

In barrel racing, Bell City cowgirl Ava Nunez, last year’s runner-up, owns a nine-point lead over 2023 champion Rylee Maryman, 83-72.

Sulphur’s Zach Reeves enters the first go-round in second place in bull riding, trailing rookie cowboy Brennan Polito 64-53. Reeves was the runner-up last year.

A pair of rookie cowgirls — East Beauregard’s Allie Calcote and Barbe’s Kay Ella — have dominated goat tying this season and are tied at 95 points.

Jeff Davis home-schooler Kenzie King sits seven points out of the top spot in pole bending behind leader Kodi Miller (Simpson HS), looking to improve on last year’s third-place finish.

DeQuincy’s Wyatt Lavergne has his second consecutive saddle bronc riding state championship virtually locked up. He leads Trent Broussard (Notre Dame HS) by 50 points, 119-69.

Teurlings Catholic’s Kole Landry leads the steer wrestling standings with 66 points but has a pair of Sulphur cowboys right behind him in Ryden Martin (58.5) and Hudson Gros (52), the 2023 champion and runner-up, respectively.

In team roping, Teddie Guynn and Welsh’s Wyatt Sonnier lead Darbi and Wyatt Demoss 102-101.

2023 tie-down roping state champion Cougar Racca (79) of Bell City owns the lead going into the state finals, but teammate John Murphy is eight points back.