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Lincoln High School rodeo kids wrap up season

By: Liz Kellar The News Messenger
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It was time to say goodbye for the outgoing seniors at the Lincoln High School Rodeo May 3-4, as they attended the last rodeo of the California High School Rodeo Association. According to District Three Secretary Cindy Tyler, the last weekend of the regular rodeo season saw a great turnout, including approximately 30 members of a Sun City Lincoln Hills singles club that attended in Saturday. Some of the group enjoyed the outing so much, Tyler said, that they returned on Sunday. “At this weekend’s closing ceremonies, we had a real nice send-off for our seniors on horseback, playing their farewell thank-yous and good-byes on cassette as they rode their horses around the arena one by one,” Tyler said, adding that many in attendance got choked up. “It’s so hard to see them go — so hard to see them get their wings and fly onto the next steps in their lives,” Tyler said. “We truly have a great bunch of really good kids here in District Three. I am thankful to be able to be a part of this.” Tyler said the district has a scholarship program and this year, with the help of a “side of beef” fundraiser donated by the Deforest family of Wheatland and other donations, they were able to up the scholarship fund awards to $10,000 from the previous year’s total of $8,000. District 3 had 25 seniors graduating this year and only 12 applied for scholarship funds. Of the Lincoln students in this weekend’s rodeo, senior Jillian Caldwell placed seventh in poles on Sunday. Senior Thea Hardy placed ninth Saturday in barrel racing. Team roping partners Luke White and Hailye Ioppolo placed sixth Saturday and fourth Sunday, placing fourth for the weekend; they ended up in sixth place for the season. Team roping partners Austin Tyler and Clint Tipton placed second Sunday and sixth for the weekend, ending up in fifth place for the season; they will advance to the state finals June 15-21 in Bishop. Tyler placed second Sunday in steer wrestling and second overall for the season, also qualifying for state in that event. Adrianna Novi placed eighth overall for the season in barrel racing. Dillon Everts, a senior this year, did not place this weekend but still placed first for the season in bull riding, moving on to the state finals.