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McGill returning to national rodeo

Staff Reports

Carson Valley seventh grader Reno Cash McGill is looking forward to returning to the National Junior High Finals Rodeo on June 18-24 in Lebanon, Tenn.

Reno secured his invitation to the 13th annual national rodeo — which is held for students sixth through eighth grades — when he captured the boys goat tying championship at the California Junior High School Rodeo Association state finals. The state rodeo was held on May 11-14 at the Tehama District Fairgrounds in Red Bluff, Calif.

Reno also took seventh-place in the team roping at state. The top four finishers in 14 events qualified for the national finals.

That marked the continuation of a 2016-17 season in which he won California’s District 3 goat tying championship, took second-place in team roping and fifth in bull riding.

And he has won all-around saddles in Nevada at the Douglas Junior Rodeo, Fallon Junior Rodeo, and Fernley Junior Rodeo.

The junior high rodeo at the Wilson County Fairgrounds in Lebanon is expected to draw about 1,000 competitors representing 43 states, five Canadian provinces and Australia. Live broadcasts of each performance will air online at and the championship performance on June 24 will be televised nationally as part of the Cinch High School telecast series on RFD-TV.

Note: Reno’s sister, Denver McGill, was the senior all-around cowgirl last weekend at the Corning Junior Rodeo held at Estil Clark Park in Corning, Calif. Denver and her sister, Payson, placed second in team roping with a time of 7.07. Denver won the goat tying (8.84 seconds), girls breakaway roping (6.57) and steer stopping (4.28).