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The tandem of Erich Rogers and Kory Koontz has dominated the team roping in Super Series III of RodeoHouston with the final round scheduled for tonight.

Rogers and Koontz won the opening two go-rounds, clocking times of 6.1 and 5.8 seconds, respectively, and collected $5,000 apiece. They have clinched their spot in the next round of the bracketed format and still have a chance to rope the $50,000 first-place prize in the Shootout round that takes place in a week and a half.

The team roped together in 2011 and qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo – it was Rogers’ first trip to ProRodeo’s grand finale but Koontz’s 18th. In Las Vegas, the two collected $43,702 each, winning the seventh go-round and placing in a couple of others.

Canadian bareback rider Dusty LaValley has virtually assured his spot at the next level. He won the opening round Monday night, then finished second Tuesday. Other leaders heading into tonight’s final round of Super Series III are tie-down ropers Adam Gray and Matt Shiozawa, saddle bronc rider Jesse Wright (he won both rounds so far, and three bothers, Cody, Jake and Alex, are in the top 5), steer wrestler Stockton Graves, bull rider Seth Glause and barrel racer Brittany Pozzi.


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