March 20, 2017 - Panola College rodeo team was back in action this last weekend in College Station for the 8th of 10 regular season rodeos. It was a great weekend for rodeo action and Panola athletes took full advantage of the indoor arena to display some spectacular abilities.
Abby Phillips, a sophomore from Marshall, had a great weekend in the barrel racing. Abby and her horse Fame won 1st in the long go with a time of 16.01 seconds. The pair came back in the short go, to run a 16.04 for another 1st place finish. Abby dominated her event this weekend wining both goes and the average. Abby moved to second place in the Southern Region standings and improved her chances of qualifying for the CNFR in June. Jeffrey Collins, rodeo coach at Panola College, said a horse that can run with these horses in this region like that can run with any of the top horses in the world. Abby not only has a great shot at a national title for us here but has a great shot of making the NFR. Abby is a dedicated athlete who works very hard we will hear more about her in the near future.
Logan Cook , freshman in the ranch and land management program, had something to say in the Saddle bronc riding. Logan scored a 79 point ride on his first horse to win 1st place in the long go. The horse he rode was #12 Golden Ticket, the horse has won many titles in the pro rodeo world and was very rank and hard to ride. Cook came back in the short round with another 1st place win with a 76 point ride. Logan moved to second place in the Southern Region standings as did Abby and has almost secured himself a trip to CNFR. Logan is another young man we will hear a lot about in the near future.
The Team roping duo of Laramie and Colton Johnson, twins from Shreveport, where in fine form this weekend. The pair posted a first round time of 7.6 seconds. The time was fast enough for a 4th place finish in the long go. They came back to the short go and won another 4th place spot. The pair held on to 4th in the average as well. The season will come down to the last two rodeos, Laramie and Colton are in the 9th place spot, but have enough room to still qualify for the CNFR.
Steer Wrestler, Caleb Cogbill, had a great run in the long go posting a 5.4 second run good enough to place 6th in the long go. Caleb is a sophomore that will be graduating this year with a degree in Petroleum Technologies. Caleb plans to continue to rodeo while he also pursues a career in his field of studies.
The combined efforts of each team for the weekend found the women’s team in 2nd place and the men’s team in 4th place. Both teams held their spot at 4th place overall in the region.
The rodeo team will participate again this weekend the 23-25 at Hillsboro, TX.
Submitted by Jeffrey Collins