ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. — At the National High School Finals Rodeo, Forbush junior Will McCraw is the only hope to make the final round.
With one more performance left, McCraw sits 44th in Tie Down Roping. In order to make the final round, he must be in the top 20. The time he needs to beat is yet to be determined, but if he can post a solid score, he has a shot.
McCraw is coming off a performance last week in the International Finals Youth Rodeo, and while he did not make the finals there, he came out to Wyoming ready to perform well.
He and Dylan Ray are both competing for Team North Carolina at one of the largest rodeos in the country. They are competing against one another in the Team Roping category, and they’ve both struggled to get near the cutline to make the finals.
Ray posted a decent time Monday morning, or so he thought. As it turned out, there was an illegal head catch and the time was disallowed. Had the time been allowed, he would have a shot Saturday morning to move on. Instead, he has been eliminated from finals contention, but will still compete Friday for a performance win.
McCraw and Tyler Worley posted a no time Tuesday morning in Team Roping, and performed again Thursday morning. They got the time, but over 12 seconds of penalty time was added. They will not will not make finals in Team Roping.
As far as Team North Carolina goes, they’re not in position to win in overall, boys, or girls. The rodeo has kids from 42 different states, five Canadian provinces, and Australia all competing for the ultimate prize.
So it comes down to McCraw. It’s going to take a great score for him to jump up 24 positions, but regardless of how either of these boys do, they’re going to continue to put East Bend on the map for rodeo.
Ryan DeCosta can be reached at 336-258-4052 or via Twitter @rsdecosta.