Southwest Louisiana dominated the Louisiana High School Finals Rodeo over the last week at Burton Coliseum.
A year after winning seven titles, SWLA cowboys and cowgirls captured 10 of 13 state championships this year.
Kinder senior Britt Buller cemented himself as one of the top heelers in the state by winning his second team roping title in three years.
There was not much room for a mistake for Buller and header Koby Sanchez in the short go round Saturday.
The duo had 18.2 point, but the team of Zeb Corkern and Riley Rieken was right on their heals.
Buller and Sanchez shined as they posted the second best time of the round (7.98 seconds) to win the LHSFR state team roping championship by 17.4 points.
Buller qualified for the National High School Finals Rodeo for the fourth consecutive year.
"This is a great year," Buller said. "I made nationals.
"That has always been my goal. I work at it."
Despite rarely getting to practice together, the duo never placed worse than fourth in all three rounds and finished with a total time of 23.93 seconds, .09 seconds behind Corkern and Rieken in the average standings.
"My partner lives about three hours away from me, so we didn't get to practice that much," Buller said. "But I knew he was going to do his job and I just had to clean my part up."
Buller over came a broken leg as a freshman in 2016 and pulled off a state runner up finish. That helped to jump start his four year run as one of the top heelers in the state, never finishing worse then second despite using a different partner every year.
"I broke my leg one year (2016) and I really didn't think I would make it," Buller said. "I had a good state finals and ended up making it.
"It showed me to really keep digging at it."
Buller was part of a dominant performance by Southwest Louisiana cowboys and cowgirls over the last week. SWLA claimed 10 of 13 state championships.
The state breakaway roping and barrel racing championship came down to the wire.
Grand Lake sophomore Bailey Mudd broke the barrier in the short go round, incurring a 10 second penalty, but held on to beat Live Oak's Kamryn Duncan by 8.25 points for the state breakaway title, 107.3-99.05. Mudd was third last year.
"It was just a train wreck in my opinion, but it worked in the end," Mudd said. "Sometimes you have to lose to win I guess.
"I felt great relief. I could not have made that run without my horse or God. He works in the most mysterious ways. I don't know what to say."
Welsh's Kylie Conner ran away with the barrel racing title last year, but managed to edge Central's Josey Murphy, who beat Mudd by .288 seconds for the average title, by 3.85 points to succesfully defend her state title. Sulphur's Kaylee Kinney was third.
Conner was not the only on to win back-to-back state titles. Welsh's Coy Hebert won his second consecutive saddle bronc championship and Sulphur bull rider Kolby Hebert won his second title. Stelly also won the boy cutting state title.
Despite having to ride a back-up horse, Sulphur's Brooklyn Gunter won her second state pole bending championship in three years, 132.8-118.15 over Murphy.
Other state champions from SWLA include Basile's Isaac Ingram (bareback riding), Sulphur Kaylee Kinney (girls cutting) and Bell City's Kinley Leblanc (reined cow horse). Ingram also took third in saddle bronc.
Hackberry's Jacques Trahan won two of three rounds in tie down roping and the average championship (31.48 seconds on three head) and nearly knocked off leader Brad Hesnor (Sacred Heart), who won by a slim 2.45 point margin, 97.55-95.1. Trahan started the state rodeo in sixth place.
South Beauregar's Katherine Moss won average title (19.42 seconds on three head) and placed sixth in the point standings in breakaway roping. She also placed third in goat tying.
Welsh's John Mayes finished third in steer wrestling after winning the short go round in 5.59 seconds.