SPEARFISH, S.D. - The Black Hills State University rodeo teams host the Will Lantis Yellow Jackets Stampede in a two day event at Seven Down Arenas on Friday and Saturday. Friday's event starts at 7 p.m. and Saturday's event begins at 1 p.m. with the short go at 7 p.m. Saturday night.
Friday's event will sponsor a Tough Enough to Wear Pink campaign where all proceeds benefit local cancer patients. Saturday morning the BHSU Rodeo team will welcome the Northern Hills Training Center to test out some simulated rodeo events. On Saturday evening, the team has an honorary guest from Make-A-Wish who will ride in the grand entry. The Yellow Jackets will be selling stars for $1 and the proceeds go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Heading into the weekend, the women's team currently sits in first place in the region and third in the nation while the men's team has made big strides and moved into second place.
"We are on the right track right now with hitting our goals," said head coach Glen Lammers. "We just need to keep pressing and not take everything for granted. We are excited to compete for the fans in a hometown rodeo."
Samantha Jorgenson leads the All-Around, Team Roping and Breakaway categories in the region and ranks fourth in the nation. Jorgenson ranks first in the nation for breakaway.
Carlee Johnston claimed the All-Around at the Cornhusker Stampede last weekend to help claim the team win. Johnston ranks second in the region in goat tying while Katie Lensegrav ranks third.
On the men's side, Lane Rossow won the All-Around to aide in claiming the men's first championship of the season. Rossow ranks second in the region in tie down. Teammates Colton Backhaus and Jake Herman rank second in the region in team roping.
"We had a good weekend at the Cornhusker Stampede so hopefully we can keep the momentum. We invite everyone out to cheer for the Yellow Jackets," said Lammers.
The team has been preparing hard for this weekend and finding a balance between setting up for hosting the event and practicing. Along with BHSU, there are 12 other teams from the Region competing this weekend.
Following the weekend, the Green and Gold travel to Hastings, Nebraska, for the Bobby Gottsch Jr. Memorial College Rodeo on Friday, April 28 and Saturday, April 29.