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|Friday, 29 August, 2014|
Gaylen Edmo (bottom center) is pictured with Fort Hall Little League players at a recent practice. (Recreation photo)
BSU athlete Edmo provides encouragement to football players
FORT HALL – Gaylen Edmo stopped by Tuesday, August 19 to talk to the Little League football boys about what it takes to play at the high school level.
He told the boys that just because they come from Fort Hall don’t mean that they can’t compete in town, he said with hard work and a good mind that they can achieve anything they want.
Edmo told them to use the attitude of the negative people as motivation to show them that they can do whatever they want. He also mentioned that sports could take them all over the country and about all the new friends they can meet while traveling.
He shared with them some of the places he had gone to this summer for his wrestling and the kids looked surprised.
He recalled his first years of football he played in Fort Hall as he looked and smiled at the fourth and fifth graders.
He said, “I started just like you and live in the same area as you, but with hard work and dedication you can do it, but it is up to you.”
Recreation Program Supervisor Eddie Kniffin said, “I’m very proud to call Gaylen my friend and even more proud that he took time out to speak to the kids for the last two years. I’ve also had two other speakers and former Fort Hall little league football players Alonzo Ramos and Harley Farmer speak to the boys.”
Alonzo was the 4A player of the year in 2012 for football and Harley Farmer is a sophomore who starts for the Pocatello Indians. Edmo started for the Highland Rams in football since he was a freshman and played varsity football for three years. He was a three time all American wrestler while at Highland and is now the number one heavyweight wrestler for the Boise State Broncos.
“I wish all of them good luck this upcoming school year and am very proud that they came back to where it all started to give the youth some valuable advice, to Gaylen, Alonzo and Harley – thanks your always welcome back to where it all started. From the Fort Hall little league football program and me.”
Kniffin continues, “It might not seem like a big deal to you guys, but I know they were listening and if we just helped one to make it to the next level or be the next one to talk to the team than we done our job.”
If there are any high school football players/former players out there that played little league for Fort Hall you’re also welcome to stop by and talk to the boys about what it takes to play at the next level.
To all my former little league players that are currently playing for your high schools good luck, and I’m proud of you all. You’re the role models for Fort Hall little league football, Eddy said.
Shiozawa on roll in PRCA tie down roping
KENNEWICK, Wash. — Matt Shiozawa's inaugural appearance in a Wrangler Champions Challenge event, presented by Justin Boots, was definitely memorable.
The Chubbuck, Idaho, cowboy tied two-time World Champion Tuf Cooper for the tie-down roping title Aug. 19 in the Horse Heaven Arena. They both had 7.8-second runs.
"The run felt really good," said Shiozawa, who was second in the Aug. 25 Windham Weaponry High Performance PRCA World Standings, $26,145 behind Cooper according to the PRCA. "These Champions Challenges are not something you want to miss because of the money you can win. It sure feels good to win my first time in this. It was a really good atmosphere; it was similar to the NFR."
Surprisingly, this also was the first Wrangler Champions Challenge win for Cooper, who won gold buckles in 2011 and 2012.
"This was great, man," Cooper said. "These Champions Challenges are great. They are like mini NFRs. My horse was good, and I was able to stay aggressive. It feels good to win."
Shiozawa, who is a six-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier (2005-07, 2009 and 2011-12), is trying to ride this momentum through the end of the regular season on Sept. 30. Shiozawa and Cooper each pocketed $4,800 for their performances.
But the Wrangler Champions Challenge was only the beginning for Shiozawa, as he continued to narrow the gap between himself and Cooper. Shiozawa won the rodeo in Kennewick five days later, pocketing another $6,155, and then won the Golden Spike Rodeo in Tremonton, Utah, for another $1,588. Shiozawa also finished fifth in Lethbridge (Alberta) for total earnings of $13,653 for the week.
"The way I view this is we are starting the fourth quarter," Shiozawa said. "I hope I can keep things going throughout the fall and hopefully I will be able to compete in a couple more Champions Challenges. That would be really great."
The other winners at the Horse Heaven Wrangler Champions Challenge, presented by Justin Boots, were bareback rider Winn Ratliff (87 points on Big Bend Rodeo Company's Cajun Queen), steer wrestler Bray Armes (4.7 seconds), team ropers Dustin Bird and Paul Eaves (5.0 seconds), saddle bronc rider Cody Wright (82 points on Flying 5 Rodeo's Rough Going), barrel racer Carlee Pierce (17.21 seconds) and bull rider Cody Teel (86.5 points on Corey & Lange Rodeo Company's Crazy Bull).
Armes became the second cowboy to win three times in Wrangler Champions Challenge competition, which began in May 2013, joining fellow bulldogger Trevor Knowles.