Pawhuska roper wins at Dilbeck Memorial

Staff report

The final event of the Osage Steer Roping Club’s 2016 regular season, the Jason Dilbeck Memorial, was held Saturday and Sunday at Bar K Arena. With September’s OSRC finals all that is left of the roping campaign, double points were awarded during last weekend’s two-day event.

Dee Kyler of Pawhuska won the A Division average and high-point honors. He was runnerup in Saturday’s A roping, placing second to upgraded B roper Charley Kaiser of Cabool, Mo.

According to OSRC Secretary/Treasurer Melanie Kyler, several of the club’s A Division ropers were out of state competing in a Nebraska rodeo.

Cushing roper Bobby Brock continued his strong season by winning Saturday’s B Division. He also finished in second place in the Saturday B roping, which was won by Ryan Lenz of Edmond, the OSRC president.

Two early go-rounds of the B ropings were claimed by a local son-father combo. Jake Christenson, the new high school basketball coach of the Pawhuska Huskies, won round one and his father, Dale Christenson, was the second go winner.

Rocky Garnett of McAlester finished first in the B average on Sunday. Last year, his son — Cody Garnett of Pawhuska — shared the Dilbeck event’s A division honors.

The C division had big performances from Colcord’s Nick Simmons on Saturday and Tuff Hardman of Atoka on Sunday. On those respective days, Simmons and Hardman placed in every go-round and won the average.

Hominy roper Clayton Casebolt was the high-points’ buckle winner in the C division, however.

Simmons is No. 1 in the C class’ season-points standings and the OSRC’s “Rookie of the Year” leader, in addition to being the area roping club’s stock contractor.

Entries for the OSRC finals are due by Sept. 1. Bar K Arena will also be hosting that two-day event, which is set for Sept. 23-24.