Scheer, Peebles stay on the comeback trail

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DODGE CITY, Kan. – With sports comes injury. For those with the right mindset, return isn’t just planned, it’s expected.

Such is the case with bareback rider Steven Peebles and saddle bronc rider Cort Scheer, who know what months on ProRodeo’s injury list and hours in the rehab center every day can do. Scheer tore his right ACL and meniscus last June and missed the rest of the 2011 season; Peebles dislocated his right ankle and broke nine bones in his right leg at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

Cort Scheer
Cort Scheer

They’re back, and on Friday night at the Dodge City Roundup Rodeo, the proved it. Peebles, of Redmond, Ore., rode Frontier Rodeo Co.’s Creek for 82 points and moved into third place in bareback riding, securing a spot in Sunday’s championship round. Scheer, of Elsmere, Neb., matched moves with Frontier’s Too Cool for 84 points to move into a share of the bronc riding lead with Sterling Crawley.

“I didn’t know a lot about her,” Peebles said of Creek. “I talked to a few guys, and they said she was definitely one of the ones to make the short-go on.”

It’s also a chance for Peebles to make some much needed cash. He sat out the first four months of 2012 before returning to the game, so he still has some ground to make up if he hopes to make it to the NFR for a fourth straight year. He sits 14th in the world standings, and only the top 15 make it to ProRodeo’s grand finale.

“I’ve never made the short round here,” said Peebles, the 2009 bareback riding rookie of the year. “This is a very nice change, especially since I’m trying to make a comeback.”

Scheer attended Garden City (Kan.) Community College and Oklahoma Panhandle State University. He worked his way up the rodeo food chain, and in 2010, qualified for the NFR. The ACL replacement surgery seems to be just a hiccup, though – he’s sixth in the world standings with less than two months remaining in the regular season.

“It’s awesome to come back from an injury like that,” Scheer said. “Sitting out makes you crave it even more. I feel great.”

So did Too Cool. Scheer had asked about the horse before the rodeo and didn’t really like what he heard. But he wanted to give the horse a chance.

“They told me it was a nice horse and can be a little week,” he said. “I was just wanting to make a good spur ride, then that sucker turned out and bucked today.”

That’s always a good sign to cowboys who make their livings on the backs of bucking beasts.

“All the pressure of making the NFR is off, so now it’s just being able to put icing on the cake,” Scheer said. “Now you go for first. You don’t go just to make the finals; you go to win the sucker. I want to ride on the edge every time and be aggressive.

“I’m not going to sit back and relax just because I’ve made it. I’m going to keep going as hard as I can.”

That’s the cowboy way.

Dodge City Roundup Rodeo
Dodge City, Kan.
July 31-Aug. 5
Bareback riding leaders:
1. Matt Bright, 84 points on J.K. Rodeo’s Little Brother, 84 points; 2. Seth Hardwick, 83; 3. Steven Peebles, 82; 4. Heath Ford, 81; 5. Justin McDaniel and Kyle Brennecke, 80; 7. Richie Champion, 70; 8. Jared Keylon, 78.

Steer wrestling: First round leaders: 1. Billy Bugenig, 3.7 seconds; 2. Seth Brockman, 3.8; 3. Colt Sterns, 4.0; 4. Wade Sumpter, 4.2; 5. Brandon Volker, 4.3; 6. (tie) Clayton Morrison and Dru Melvin, 4.4; 8. Sean Mulligan, 4.5. Second round leaders: 1. Jake Rinehart, 3.6 seconds; 2. Crazy Clark, 3.9; 3. Kamry Dymmek, 3.9; 4. Colt Stearns, 4.0; 5. Jacob Shofner, 4.1; 6. (tie) Billy Bugenig and Zack Cobb, 3.6; 8. Kyle Irwin, 4.4. Average leaders: 1. Billy Bugenig and Colt Stearns, 8.0 seconds on two runs; 3. Crazy Clark, 8.4; 4. Jacob Shofner, 9.2; 5. Kamry Dymmek, 9.7; 6. (tie) Kyle Whitaker and Blair Jones, 10.1; 8. Weston Taylor, 10.4.

Team roping: First round leaders: 1. Caleb Schmidt/Joel Bach, 4.9 seconds; 2. (tie) Chad Masters/Clay O’Brien Cooper and Eirch Rogers/Kory Koontz, 5.1; 4. Clay Tryan/Travis Graves, 5.4; 5. Aaron Tsinigine/Caleb Twisselman, 5.5; 6. (tie) Scooter Nolen Jr./Tim Ross and Blaine Linaweaver/Matt Garza, 5.8; 8. Turtle Powell/Dugan Kelly, 5.9. Second round leaders: 1. Speed Williams/Coleman Proctor, 4.4 seconds; 2. Kaleb Driggers/Cody DeMoss, 4.5; 3. (tie) Chace Thompson/Cole Davison and Ty Blasingame/Rich Skelton, 4.9; 5. (tie) Keven Daniel/Chase Tryan and Garrett Tonozzi/Kinny Harrell, 5.1; 7. Turtle Powell/Dugan Kelly, 5.3; 8. Eric Flurry/Billie Saebens, 5.4. Average leaders: 1. Chad Masters/Clay O’Brien Cooper, 11.1 seconds on two runs; 2. Turtle Powell/Dugan Kelly,11.2; 3. Caleb Smidt/Joel Bach, 11.3; 4. Keven Daniel/Chase Tryan, 11.4; 5. Blaine Linaweaver/Matt Garza, 11.7; 6. Ty Blasingame/Rich Skelton, 11.9; 7. Drew Horner, 8. Scooter Nolen Jr./Tim Ross, 12.8.

Saddle bronc riding: 1. Sterling Crawley, on Harry Vold Rodeo’s Table Talk, and Cort Scheer, on Frontier Rodeo Co’s Too Cool, 84 points; 3. Cody Martin, 81; 4. (tie) Bradley Harter, Luke Butterfield and Cody DeMoss, 80; 7. (tie) Taos Muncy, Chet Johnson and Will Smith, 78.

Tie-down roping: First round leaders: 1. Bradley Bynum and Hunter Herrin, 8.4 seconds; 3. Clayton Shaw, 8.5; 4. Colt Carter, 8.8; 5. Cody Ohl, 9.0; 6. (tie) Justin Maass and Riley Pruitt, 9.1; 8. Blake Eliason, 9.4. Second round leaders: 1. Justin Maass, 8.1 seconds; 2. Hunter Herrin, 8.2; 3. (tie) Cody Ohl and Ben Madsen, 8.5; 5. Riley Pruitt, 8.6; 6. Ace Slone, 8.7; 7. Houston Hutto, 8.8; 8. Caleb Smidt, 9.4. Average leaders: 1. Hunter Herrin, 16.6 seconds on two runs; 2. Justin Maass, 18.2; 3. Cody Ohl, 17.5; 4. Riley Pruitt, 17.7; 5. Ace Slone, 18.5; 6. Bradley Bynum, 18.9; 7. Houston Hutto, 19.7; 8. Clayton Shaw, 20.1.

Barrel racing: First round leaders: 1. Kaley Bass, 17.12; 2. Hayden Segelke, 17.14; 3. Benette Little, 17.25; 4. Whitney Baker, 17.26; 5. Sharin Hall, 17.34; 6. (tie) Tammi Pettis and Gretchen Benbenek, 17.36; 8. Jeanne Anderson, 17.39; 9. (tie) Sabrina Ketcham and Christy Loflin, 17.43. Second round leaders: 1. Hayden Segelke, 16.95 seconds; 2. Kaley Bass, 17.04; 3. Kyra Stierwalt, 17.06; 4. Whitney Baker, 17.10; 5. (tie) Christy Loflin and Sara Withers, 17.14; 7. Cindy Smith, 17.17; 8. Micah Samples, 17.19; 9. Tammi Pettis, 17.24; 10. Gretchen Benbenek, 17.32. Average leaders: 1. Hayden Segelke, 34.09 seconds on two runs; 2. Kaley Bass, 34.16; 3. Whitney Baker, 34.36; 4. Christy Loflin, 34.57; 5. Tammi Pettis, 34.60; 6. Gretchen Benbenek, 34.68; 7. Micah Samples, 34.82; 8. Sherri Dean, 34.91; 9. Sara Withers, 34.93; 10. Paige Conrado, 34.96; 11. Kim Schulze, 35.02; 12. Hollie Etbauer, 35.03.

Bull riding: 1. Nevada Newman, 89 points on Four L & Diamond S Rodeo’s Cowboy Crusader. 2. Josh Koschel, 85; 3. (tie) Buck Moon and Cooper Davis, 81; 5. Kanin Asay, 80; 6. (tie) Tyler Willis and Lane Wilhelm, 78; 8. Brad Harris, 76.


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