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There are a lot of great teams who will compete for the men’s national championship next week at the College National Finals Rodeo.

I’ll step out on a limb and say I like the chances of teams from the Central Plains Region during the week-long competition in Casper, Wyo. You see, in addition to the top two schools – Fort Scott (Kan.) Community College and Oklahoma Panhandle State University – the fourth-place team also had six cowboys qualify for the CNFR.

That means Northwestern Oklahoma State University could be a big player.

The reality is that everything has to go well during the CNFR for any team to walk away with the championship, but having three teams field full rosters in Casper is a big bonus. I’m sure there are other regions that have that type of coverage, but I’ve been paying attention to the Central Plains Region all season.

Fort Scott dominated the men’s race this year, winning the title by more than 1,100 points. Panhandle State’s contestants have all fought through a heavy heart while their coach, Craig Latham, has undergone cancer treatment.

I look for all three teams to make a statement in Casper. It’s quite fitting.


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