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Rodeo: White leads Denton-area entrants into rodeo finals

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Dillon White will lead a large group of Denton-area competitors into the North Texas High School Rodeo Association Finals this weekend but he won’t be feeling the pressure the other competitors will be under.

White, a senior at Krum, already has two championships wrapped up before the finals begin. The 40th NTHSRA Finals are tonight through Sunday at Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum in Fort Worth, and White has the bareback and saddle bronc titles secured.

White, who will graduate from Krum in two weeks, started competing two years ago and quickly became a natural in the two events. In the bareback event, White leads Zach Campbell of Weatherford 925.5 to 353 heading into the finals. In the saddle bronc division, he leads Matt Ward of Watson 569 to 360 points.

Dakota Tawater of Ponder is in the running for several titles at this weekend’s rodeo. He is currently second in calf roping but could overtake leader Chris McCuiston of Texas Tech with a good showing. He is third in ribbon roping behind McCuiston and Colt Ritzel of Sanger. Tawater leads the team roping-heading division and also has the overall lead in the all-around cowboy division.

Ritzel is third in the team roping-heeling division and 12th in the team roping-heading division and is sixth overall in the all-around cowboy standings heading into the event.

Megan MacIsaac of Guyer is entered in the steer undecorating, pole bending and is third in the rookie cowgirl division behind Timber Lyon of Mineral Wells and Carlee-Sue McQuinn of Krum.

Guyer’s Polly Henderson leads the field in pole bending heading into the finals. Larissa Fulton of Sanger is fifth followed by McQuinn in seventh place, MacIsaac in 11th and Sanger’s Lou Dickson in 13th.

Other Denton-area competitors are Ponder’s Reid Lyles in ribbon roping, Lake Dallas’ Sam Baird in team roping-heeling, Darby Cones of Argyle in barrel racing and Sanger’s LaRissa Fulton in pole bending.