Connors State College’s livestock judging team won the overall championship in both the sophomore and freshmen divisions at the Arizona National Livestock Show in Phoenix, Ariz.

Connors Livestock Judging Team Sweeps Arizona National

By Alicia Castaneda

The Connors State College livestock judging team rang in the New Year with plaques and ribbons to spare while competing in the 2013 Arizona National Livestock Show on Dec. 30, 2013. CSC was named the overall champion team for the freshman and sophomore junior college division.

The sophomore team swept the contest by winning the swine, sheep, cattle, and reasons divisions. Respectively the sophomore team had six members in the top 10 and received numerous honors.

Tucker Malotte of Adair, Okla., was named high individual along with placing second in reasons, third in sheep, and fifth in hogs. To couple his teammate’s winnings, Bryson Williams of Earth, Texas, was second overall, first in reasons, first in sheep, and second in swine.

“Arizona Nationals was a great precursor to Denver and I am very pleased with the success of the team,” said Chase Reed, assistant livestock judging coach. “I’m eager to see what the remainder of the season has in store for us and I have high hopes we will hear our name called again.”

CSC was also well represented by its freshman judging team. Along with winning overall champion, the group won the sheep, swine, and reasons divisions, while taking second in cattle. All five team members were ranked in the top ten and had members in the top five of each division.

Zane Webster of San Simon, Ariz., was second overall, first in reasons, third in sheep, and fourth in swine. Bryce Hauenstein of Pryor Okla., was fourth high individual, first in sheep, fourth in reasons, and fifth in swine. Wyatt Smith of Adair, Okla., was seventh overall and fourth in hogs. Alicia Castaneda of Las Cruces, N.M., was eighth overall, second in cattle, and third in swine. Additionally, Preston Ogden of Quinton, Okla., was ninth overall, fifth in reasons, and fifth in swine.

Team members have set their goals high for the remainder of the year, starting with the National Western Livestock Show judging contest in Denver, Colo., on Thursday Jan. 16, 2014.

Coached by Blake Nelson and Chase Reed, competing sophomore were: Megan Skiles, Bowie, Ariz.; Bryson Williams, Earth, Texas; Kaitlin Pritchett, Kingfisher, Okla.; Michael Buckley, Collins, Miss.; Whitney Andras, Checotah, Okla.; Tucker Malotte, Adair, Okla.; and Kolton Moore, Cave City, Ark.

Competing freshman included: Zane Webster, San Simon, Ariz.; Wyatt Smith, Adair, Okla.; Bryce Hauenstein, Pryor, Okla.; Alicia Castaneda, Las Cruces, N.M.; and Preston Ogden, Quinton, Okla.

Other team members include: Dirk Murphy, Kiowa, Colo.; Zakary Laubach, Guymon, Okla.; Morgan Anderson, Tahlequah, Okla.; Morgan Cook, Reed City, Mich.; Jordan Moubry, Russell, Kan.; Clayton Moubry, Russell, Kan.; Allison Tarvin, Mount Olivet, Ky.; Ross Taylor, Okemah, Okla.; Keegan Vander Molen, Pella, Iowa; Robyn Smalley, Nowata, Okla.; Paydon Kautzman, Wingate, Ind.; and Cassi Allread, Union City, Okla.