- Police: Cape man kidnapped woman, then raped, assaulted her (06/30/16)7
- Many Jackson students may face random drug-testing (06/26/16)41
- Jackson man accused of felony assault after attack at Cape bar (06/26/16)7
- Four men accused of roles in three robberies (06/29/16)3
- Coroner asks for grand jury in Poplar Bluff fatal hit-and-run case (06/28/16)1
- Southeast president to get his U.S. citizenship July 4 (06/30/16)34
- Cape murderer still will serve 2 life sentences; appeals court forced reduced charge (06/30/16)
- Cape detective who helped solve Krajcir case is retiring (06/28/16)8
- Officials: Ash borer less of a problem here than in St. Louis (06/27/16)
- Business notebook: Melting Co. adds to Cape's food-truck fleet (06/27/16)
High school rodeo provides big-time thrills
For three short days last week, there was a noticeable increase in the number of people wearing jeans and cowboy hats in northern Cape Girardeau County.
For the third year, Flickerwood Arena just north of Jackson was the host for the Missouri High School Rodeo Championship. It brought together more than 100 top-rated teenage athletes from across the state to compete.
These students are stars in their own right. Take Brent Menz, a perennial favorite in the bull-riding championship who competes in several other rodeo events, too. A rodeo competitor since age 8, he's developed a following.
And then there's Sam and Evin Burke of Charleston, brothers who have been team roping for seven years, and Matt Boyers, a saddle bronc competitor from Poplar Bluff.
The Southeast Missourian profiled these four athletes, but there were countless other exciting stories for every athlete there. We hope the rodeo returns to the area again next year so we can enjoy the activities and competitors once more.