Soroco’s Eric Logan wins state rodeo title
Steamboat Springs — There was disappointment, yes, but Soroco High School senior Eric Logan wasn’t sad about adding another state championship to his name.
“It wasn’t a spectacular weekend, but it was solid,” Logan said. “That was one of my bigger goals, was to win all-around, but the kid that beat me had some more events than me, and he’s pretty tough, so I’ll give it to him.”
Logan competed in Lamar last weekend — even missing his own high school graduation to do so — in the Colorado State High School Rodeo Association finals, where he was the defending all-around state champion. He settled for second this year, with Yancie McCuistion, of Olney Springs, taking the crown.
Still, Logan, who lives near Yampa, brought home his second consecutive state title in steer wrestling and performed well enough to qualify for nationals next month in Wyoming.
“Placed good enough to keep me solid in all of my events, and I ended up winning the steer wrestling, so that was good,” Logan said. “I guess the ultimate goal is a national championship.”
Nationals, held July 17 through 23 in Gillette, will be the final high school rodeo for Logan. He has a full-ride scholarship to attend Odessa College in Texas, where he will be a member of its rodeo team. Before leaving for Texas in August, Logan hopes to spend some time competing in the Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series this summer.
“I’ve been around it quite a bit, but I’ve never really competed at that level,” Logan said. “It’s a good step up. I’m looking forward to it.”
Logan won’t be alone at nationals in July, as his younger brother, Jace Logan, also qualified for the grand finale. Jace Logan, a Soroco freshman, took third in team roping. He was the reigning Colorado Junior High Rodeo Association state champion and has twice competed at the junior high nationals in Iowa.
“It’s a lot different. It’s a big step up,” Jace Logan said of going from junior high to high school rodeo. “Mainly, just don’t overthink it, because then, you’ll make mistakes. It’s just another rodeo, and you’ve got to make a run.”
The youngest of the Logan boys, seventh-grader Kody, took third over the weekend in junior high bareback steer riding. All three give much of the credit to their parents, Jeannie Jo and Mark Logan, as well as family friends and rodeo mentors Whit Gates and Chad Bedell.
Hayden middle schooler Keenan Hayes was dynamite in the state’s junior high finals, winning a state title in bull riding and bareback steer riding.
The junior high national finals will take place June 19 through 25 in Lebanon, Tennessee.
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