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Wiersma, Sartin earn berths to National Rodeo finals

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Sami Jo Sartin (L) and Levi Wiersma both did well enough at last weekend's State Rodeo to advance to the National High School Rodeo Finals.

ELLENSBURG - Sunnyside High School students Levi Wiersma and Sami Jo Sartin earned trips to Nationals at the Washington State Rodeo competition held in Ellensburg over Memorial Day weekend.

Wiersma won the boys cutting competition to advance to the National High School Rodeo Finals to be held to be held in Springfield, Ill. July 22-30. He also participated in two other events at State, calf roping and team roping but didn't place in those events.

"I should have done better," Wiersma said. "I missed my calf on the first day and two steers in the team roping event."

He did get enough points to be named the Reserve Rookie Cowboy of the Year. For winning the cutting competition, Wiersma was given a cutting saddle.

"It's fancy," he said. "I like it."

Wiersma will be spending his summer weekends performing at junior rodeo competitions and some roping events.

Sartin finished third in the girls cow cutting event, enabling her to proceed to Nationals. The top four placers in each event at State moved on to Nationals. She will be going in the number two spot because the girl in front of her won't be making the trip.

"I'm happy," Sartin said. "Nationals are really fun. You're around people who love the sport and enjoy what you like. It's an amazing experience."

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