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GAME OF THE WEEK (rodeo): 70th annual National High School Finals Rodeo (July 15-21)
Seven area cowboys/cowgirls headed to next week's National Rodeo Finals
Emma Tuescher
Darlington's Emma Tuescher will compete in two events at next week's 70th annual National High School Finals Rodeo in Rock Springs, Wyo. July 1521.



After top-four finishes at the recent Wisconsin High School Rodeo State Finals, a number of area cowboys and cowgirls earned spots on Team Wisconsin headed for the 2018 National High School Finals Rodeo (NHSFR) in Rock Springs, Wyo. from July 15-21.

Emma Tuescher, a soon-to-be sophomore at Darlington High School, will finish off her freshman rodeo season participating in the world’s largest rodeo after finishing in fourth-place in the final Wisconsin season standings in both the breakaway roping and .22 light rifle shooting competitions at the 59th annual WHSRF held in Richland Center in June.

Garret Heer of Platteville (tie-down roping, team roping), Morgan Chappell of Boscobel (reined cow horse, breakaway roping), Kolten Achenbach of Boscobel (bull riding), Tanner Bassett of Boscobel (steer wrestling, saddle bronc), Luke Blair of Boscobel (team roping) and Riley Blair of Boscobel (team roping) will join Tuescher on Team Wisconsin.

To earn a spot on the Nationals team, a contestant must finish in the top four spots of an event in points accumulated through the rodeo season.

The National High School Rodeo Association has an annual membership of approximately 12,500 students from 42 states, five Canadian provinces, and Australia.

The NHSRA sanctions over 1,800 rodeos each year, included two of the elite youth rodeo events in the world, the National Junior High Finals Rodeo (HJHFR) and the National High School Finals Rodeo (NHSFR).

Featuring more than 1,650 contestants from 43 states, five Canadian Provinces, Australia and Mexico, the 70th annual NHSFR will be the world’s largest rodeo. In addition to prize money and scholarships, the NHSFR contestants will also be competing for the chance to be named a World Champion.

Athletes vie for national titles, assorted prizes and their share of thousands of dollars in college scholarships. Action at the event is non-stop, with rodeo performances being conducted twice each day. The top 20 contestants in each event then advance to a final round of competition to determine who will walk away with the coveted championship buckles.