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Plattevilles Garret Heer attempts to lasso a calf during the tie-down roping competition at the 59th annual Wisconsin High School Rodeo State Finals two weekends ago.

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Garret Heer, Platteville, rodeo

     RICHLAND CENTER — Recent Platteville High School graduate Garret Heer earned won the tie-down roping competition and finished second in team roping at the 59th annual Wisconsin High School Rodeo State Finals here at the Richland County Fairgrounds two weekends ago.

Heer won the tie-down roping contest with a two-round total of 30.05 seconds, then teamed with Mondovi’s Nicholas Pelke to finish second in the team roping competition.

As a result, Heer finished second in the season-long points standings to qualify for the upcoming National High School Rodeo Finals in roping events.

Nearly 60 cowboys and cowgirls participated during the annual three-day state finals that not only confirms state champions, but also the members of the Wisconsin team that will participate in the Nationals at Rock Springs, Wyo. July 15–21. The top four finishers in each event qualified for nationals.

Heer was also the winner of the Skip Lemanski Memorial Scholarship, the NHSRA Merit Scholarship and was the Knapp Memorial Sportsmanship Award recipient.

Heer will attend Loras College in Dubuque in the fall and play baseball for the Duhawks next spring.


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