The Laramie County Community College rodeo team has set the bar high in and out of the arena.
The team hosts its first competition this spring with the Shawn Dubie Rodeo March 2-4 at the LCCC Rodeo Arena, with some of the best college national rodeo athletes participating.
The rodeo team also has high goals in the classroom, coach Beau Clark said.
Clark said the rodeo team maintained a 3.5 grade point average in the fall, the highest it’s ever been during his tenure. Rodeo, school and home life are three full-time jobs for some of the rodeo team members and Clark said he couldn’t be more proud of his student athletes.
According to Clark, the women’s rodeo team isn’t a team of just one or two outstanding athletes but a complete outstanding team.
“Those ladies work so hard,” Clark said. “They get better each time they practice. They were good in December. They came back from winter break and were even better. They are better today then they were two hours ago. Those ladies can make a storm this spring.”
According to coach Clark freshman Konnar Knotwell and sophomore Bailey Brown have shown some of the highest potential on the women’s team.
The men’s team has also shown potential from freshmen Houston Brown and Seth Green.
Green, who is a Cheyenne native, was a state champion wrestler for Cheyenne East High School, but he didn’t discover his passion for rodeo until his senior year.
“It’s amazing to see what that young man has accomplished, which is just the beginning,” Clark said. “If Seth keeps his drive for the sport, he could be one of the very best.”
Clark added that Green excels in the classroom, with one of the highest GPA’s on the team.
After the Shawn Dubie Rodeo, the team travels to the Gillette College Rodeo on March 16, followed by the Eastern Wyoming College Rodeo on March 23.