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Weatherford cowboy delivers in clutch to qualify for NFR

Heading into the final week of the regular season on the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association circuit, Tyson Durfey of Weatherford was ranked 17th in tie-down roping.

To qualify for the 2016 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, Durfey knew he had to aggressively rally to finish the regular season in the top 15.

Durfey did just that by winning last week’s Pasadena Livestock Show Rodeo, where he earned $4,788. He finished the regular season in 14th place with $64,734.

Durfey has earned his ninth NFR berth. He’s among 15 DFW-area competitors who have qualified for the Las Vegas championships, scheduled for Dec. 1-10 at the Thomas and Mack Center.

Junior Nogueira of Burleson has qualified No. 1 in the team roping heeling and all-around title races.

Other area competitors who qualified are Jake Brown of Hillsboro (bareback riding), Clayton Hass of Terrell (steer wrestling), Dakota Kirchenschlager of Morgan Mill (team roping heeling), Wesley Thorp of Stephenville (team roping heeling), Luke Brown of Stephenville (team roping heading), Clay Smith of Bowie (team roping heading), Tyler Wade of Terrell (team roping heading), Sterling Crawley of Stephenville (saddle bronc riding), Timber Moore of Aubrey (tie-down roping), Marty Yates of Stephenville (tie-down roping), Mary Walker of Ennis (barrel racing), Stevi Hillman of Weatherford (barrel racing), and Michelle McLeod of Whitesboro (barrel racing).

Jason Evans of Glen Rose has qualified for the PRCA’s National Finals Steer Roping. The NFSR is Nov. 11-12 in Mulvane, Kan.

A new year

The PRCA’s regular season for 2017 opened Saturday, one day after the 2016 concluded.

A competitor’s earnings from a rodeo that closed on Oct. 1 or after counts in the 2017 standings.

For example, former NFR qualifier Marcos Costa, a Brazilian who lives in Childress, earned $2,619 after finishing third at the Sept. 24-29 Pasadena rodeo. Those earnings counted for 2016 and helped Costa earn his second consecutive NFR berth.

Costa also earned $1,965 for tying for second at Hempstead’s PRCA show, which began Sept. 29, but concluded Oct. 1. Those earnings count in the 2017 standings.

PBR update

Three-time Professional Bull Riders world champion Silvano Alves, a Brazilian who lives in Decatur, won last weekend’s Built Ford Tough Series tour stop in Eugene, Ore., and is ranked 20th in the world title race with 1,274.16 points. Kaique Pacheco, another Brazilian who lives in Decatur, is No. 1 with 4,557.83 points after finishing fourth.

College update

After competing in the first three rodeos of the regular season in the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association Southwest Region, Tarleton State is ranked No. 1 in the region’s men’s team title race. TSU won last weekend’s Vernon College Rodeo.

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