July 23, 2004 11:00 pm
SMOOTH TURN: Kyli Urbach rounds a barrel on her way to an 18.41 time at the Chief Joseph Days Rodeo Friday. (The Observer/BILL RAUTENSTRAUCH).
SMOOTH TURN: Kyli Urbach rounds a barrel on her way to an 18.41 time at the Chief Joseph Days Rodeo Friday. (The Observer/BILL RAUTENSTRAUCH).

By Bill Rautenstrauch

Staff Writer

JOSEPH — A big, enthusiastic rodeo crowd was on hand Friday as cowboys from Golden Valley, Nev., and Red Bluff, Calif., bested Growney Brothers bulls in high-handed fashion.

Ryan Howard of Golden Valley, fifth rider out of the chute in the second section of the bull riding, scored an 84 to take the lead in the event.

Monty Schaack, the next cowboy to go, tried his best to top that, and only narrowly failed. The Red Bluff competitor scored an 81 to move into a second place tie with Bert Crump. Crump made his ride Thursday.

The third best score in Friday's bull riding belonged to Ryan Hochstrat, who put up a 79 in first-section action.

In other bucking events Friday, bareback rider Sean Culver scored a 76 to tie for the lead with Paul Jones. Lee Lantz finished a 68-point score.

In saddle bronc action, Ira Slasowski of Plain City, Utah, grabbed the lead with a freewheeling, 80-point ride. Slasowski handily unseated Max Filipini from the lead. Filipini scored a 75 on Thursday.

Most of Friday's team ropers had a hard time, racking up penalties or taking no-times in the event. A fine, 4.6-second effort by Pat Boyle and Dennis Watkins went for naught as they were assessed a penalty and ended with a 10.6.

Jared Cox and Trevor McCoin scored a 6.1 Thursday and still hold the lead in the event.

Jeff Coehlo of Long Creek was Friday's top calf roper, with an 11.9 time. Jake Echevarria came up with a 12.6 in Friday action.

Bulldogger K.C. Jones gave the Friday crowd a thrill with a strong, 4.6-second performance.

Sam McArtor had scored a 6.1 in Thursday's go. McArtor tried again on Friday, notching a disappointing, penalty-added 15.4 time.

In ladies' barrel racing, Brittany Pozzi seized the lead with a 17.06 effort. That effort topped Thursday's best performance, a 17.36 put up by Jessica McMahon.

The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association-sanctioned rodeo continues tonight at 7. It concludes with a show at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Chief Joseph Days Rodeo

Friday results

Bareback riding — Sean Culver 76, Lee Lantz 68.

Team roping — Pat Boyle and Dennis Watkins 10.6, Tony Green and Shance Crossley 11.8, Mitch Hutchinson and Cody West 13.1, Tyler Bronkhorst and Tom Camarillo 16.9.

Saddle bronc riding — Ira Slagowski 80, Gary Alger 79, Danny Alires 76, Kayle Gray 76, Corey Gray 75.

Calf roping — Jeff Coelho 11.9, Jake Echevarria 12.6, Trevor Knowles 20.6, Lance Richardson 24, Bobby Alexander 27.9, John Alps 30.5.

Steer wrestling — KC Jones 4.6, Pat Nogle 5.3, Barry Kreikemeier 5.7, Trevor Knowles 6.9, Nick Stubblefield 14.9, Sam McArtor 15.4, Steven Campbell 15.6.

Barrel racing — Brittany Pozzi 17.06, Kelli Currin 17.50, Jodi Hoctor 17.56, Sara Brinkman 17.76, Lynn Ubach 17.83, Holly Goe 17.88, Randy Rae Britt 18.01, Jackie Dube 18.14, Kyli Ubach 18.41, Chris Powers 22.77, Stacey Jess 24.46.

Bull riding — Ryan Howard 84, Monty Schaack 81, Ryan Hochstrat 79, Greg Potter.