AMARILLO – South Plains College’s Livestock Judging Team recently claimed the championship of the Tri State Fair held Sept. 14. Both the freshmen and sophomore teams were the Grand Champion teams in their respective division defeating other teams from Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas.
In addition to team awards, sophomore award winners included Cord Weinheimer of Stonewall, high individual; Zena Doty of La Plata, N.M., second high individual; and Tyler Drake of Ropesville, tenth high individual of the contest. Lane Hale of Ozona and Blake Petree of Slaton fished just out of the top 10.
“This was a really good start to the year,” said David Cleavinger, Professor of Agriculture and Coach of the Livestock Judging Team. “We have some really outstanding young men and women who will represent South Plains College really well in the upcoming season.”
In the freshmen division of the contest, Marc Hackstedt of Needville finished in second place; Tyler Norword of Texarkana, Ark., finished in fourth place; Brandon Schaefer of Ballinger finished in fifth place; Jonathan Nieman of New Home finished in seventh place; and Dustin Polasek of Cypress finished in eighth place. Austin Wooddell of Cypress, Clay Copeland from Pottsboro and Tyler Dwyer of Cypress finished just out of the top 10. Corey Flach of Pipe Creek will join in the competition with the freshmen after he competes in the National 4-H contest in October.
The SPC Livestock Judging Team will next compete Saturday (Sept. 20) in Wichita, Kan.