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Molalla's own Rachel Stoller currently sits in third place in the barrels after clocking a 17.62 during the second performance of the Buckeroo

PIONEER PHOTO: CONNER WILLIAMS - Mason Clements took the lead in the bareback riding Sunday night with an 85-point performance aboard Flying 5 Rodeo's Spring Tunes.

After a number of trips to the Molalla Buckeroo, bareback rider Mason Clements' luck has finally turned for the better.

During Sunday night's performance, Clements smashed the top score set the previous night by ten points as he currently sits in first with an 85-point ride aboard Flying 5 Rodeo's Spring Tunes.

"I've been here a bunch and have never had any luck, so this is awesome to top my score here and ride really well," Clements said.

"I'm really happy to do really good tonight, I've been having some heck the last couple of nights," he said. "I just was really happy with how everything went, drawing a good horse."

Clements said he isn't thinking so much about the top score on the board as he prepares for his ride, just that he wants to give his "absolute, 110 percent best and maximum effort, every time."

Other highlights from the night include Molalla's own Rachel Stoller, who currently sits in third place in the barrels with a time of 17.62 seconds on Cruiser. She held second place for just a few moments before Morgan Breaux, up after Stoller, clocked a scorching 17.41 to take the top spot and push Stoller back to third behind Carley Richardson, who set the fastest time Saturday night with a 17.57.

PIONEER PHOTO: CONNER WILLIAMS - Molalla's Rachel Stoller sits in third place in the barrels after a 17.62-second performance Sunday night.

"Tonight I was really happy with the way Cruiser worked," Stoller said. "He listened very well to my cues and stayed very soft and supple for me around our turns."

Stoller said she hasn't competed since February due to a recent shoulder surgery three months ago.

"To be able to just jump back in and start winning right away is pretty awesome," she said.

Stoller said Molalla's is the last rodeo she'll be at during Cowboy Christmas, a week out of the year where athletes from around the country scramble to make as many rodeos as possible to win some money.

"Friday night I was at Vancouver, [Sunday] morning I was at Eugene," she said. "With this weekend being our first rodeos back since February, I wasn't going to overdo it."

The tie-down roping also saw some close action Sunday night as Tyson Durfey's early pace of 8.6 seconds the previous night was surpassed by two athletes and tied by another.

PIONEER PHOTO: CONNER WILLIAMS - Tuf Cooper sits just behind Cade Swor in the tie-down roping as he clocked an eight flat Sunday night to take second place.

Tuf Cooper took the lead as he clocked an eight flat, but he didn't hold the lead for long as Cade Swor jumped into first right after with a 7.9, while Blair Burk tied Durfey's 8.6.

PIONEER PHOTO: CONNER WILLIAMS - Cade Swor took the lead in the tie-down roping Sunday night as he clocked a scorching 7.9.

Only one bullrider was able to stay on his bull for the full eight seconds to earn a score; Cody Hudson earned 80 points Sunday night to move up to second place behind Jordan Hansen, who set the early lead with 85 points.

PIONEER PHOTO: CONNER WILLIAMS - Cody Hudson was the only bull rider Sunday night to stay on his bull for the full eight seconds. It's a good thing he did, too, because his 80-point ride put him in second place behind Jordan Hansen.

Nick LaDuke remains in the lead in the saddle bronc with 82 points, Erich Rogers and Cory Petska's top time of 4.9 seconds in team roping was challenged Sunday night by Clay Tran and Jade Corkill's five flat as Saturday night's leaders will stay in the lead, and Wayne Schaffeld remains in the top spot in steer wrestling with his 4.7 second performance from Saturday night.

PIONEER PHOTO: CONNER WILLIAMS - Clay Tryan, along with partner Jade Corkill, sit just behind Erich Rogers and Cory Petska in the team roping as they clocked a five flat Sunday night, a tenth of a second off the lead.

PIONEER PHOTO: CONNER WILLIAMS - Joe Lufkin moved up into third place in the saddle bronc riding with an 80-point performance Sunday night.

Standings through two performances

Bareback riding leaders: 1. Mason Clements, 86 points on Flying 5 Rodeo's Spring Tunes; 2. Steven Dent, 76; 3. Tilden Hooper, 71.5; 4. Kaycee Feild, 71; 5. Taylor Broussard, 69.5; 6. Hunter Carter, 66.5.

Steer wrestling: First round leaders: 1. Wayne Schaffeld, 4.7 seconds; 2. Mike McGinn, 5.8; 3. Ryan Grenell, 6.0; 4. Jesse Brown, 6.8; 5. Caleb McMillan, 9.4; 6. Greg Schaffeld, 15.3.

Team roping leaders: 1. Erich Rogers/Cory Petska, 4.9 seconds; 2. Clay Tryan/Jade Corkill, 5.0; 3. Brandon Webb/Kollin VonAhn, 5.6; 4. Dillon Holyfield/Garrett Busby, 6.1; 5. Austin Stafford/Cully Stafford, 8.3; 6. McKennan Buckner/Bill Justus, 10.0.

Saddle bronc riding leaders: 1. Nick LaDuke, 82 points on Big Bend Rodeo's Kool Toddy; 2. Samuel Kelts, 80.5; 3. Joe Lufkin, 80; 4. (tie) Cort Scheer and Jacobs Crawley, 79.5 each; 6. (tie) Jake Wright and Hardy Braden, 79 each.

Tie-down roping leaders: 1. Cade Swor, 7.9 seconds; 2. Tuf Cooper, 8.0; 3. (tie) Blair Burk and Tyson Durfey, 8.6 each; 5. Caddo Lewallen, 8.7; 6. Cory Solomon, 10.0.

Barrel racing leaders: 1. Morgan Breaux, 17.41 seconds; 2. Carley Richardson, 17.57; 3. Rachel Stoller, 17.62; 4. Jordan Moore, 17.72; 5. Amberleigh Moore, 17.75; 6. Nicole Laurence, 17.91.

Bull riding leaders: 1. Jordan Hansen, 85 points on Big Bend Rodeo's Black Betty; 2. Cody Hudson, 80; 3. Jory Markiss, 77; 4. Justin Schmitt, 75; 5. Rylan Wright, 70; no other qualified rides.


Conner Williams
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