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Scott Kormos roped and tied his calf in 7.3 seconds Friday night to move into second place in the opening round at the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo. (RIC ANDERSEN PHOTO)

Scott Kormos roped and tied his calf in 7.3 seconds Friday night to move into second place in the opening round at the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo. (RIC ANDERSEN PHOTO)

SAN ANGELO, Texas – There’s a reason the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo is one of Scott Kormos’ favorite events.

“When you’ve had success somewhere and keep having success there, it keeps going to the top of the board as far as our favorite events,” said Kormos, a tie-down roper from Teague, Texas, with eight qualifications to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

On Friday night during the fifth rodeo performance, he roped and tied his calf in 7.3 seconds, moving into second place in the first round. He will compete again during the sixth performance, which begins at 1 p.m. Saturday, with hopes of posting another fast run and securing his spot for the championship round; that will feature the top 12 contestants in each event from the preliminary rounds.

“I had a good calf, and my horse worked good,” said Kormos, who could move into the No. 1 spot in the two-run aggregate if he posts a run of 10.0 seconds or faster Saturday afternoon. “I just wanted to make a solid, no-mistake run.

Scott Kormos

Scott Kormos

“It’s always pretty fast here. The first thing you’ve got to do is draw a good calf. Once you’ve got a good one, you’ve got to go after it. There are 200 of the best guys in the world here every year. You’d better bring you’re A Game.”

So far, so good for the Texan, who is 12th so far in the 2018 world standings. He’s had plenty of success in this west Texas community over the years, and he always enjoys coming back. He won the San Angelo title a few years ago and has left town with money most years.

“San Angelo has been good to me,” he said. “I like this rodeo. They have a great committee here. They do a lot of things for the fans, and they really do a lot for the contestants, too. The hospitality is really good here.

“The fans in this town are good, and it’s been like this every year that I’ve been coming here. The people out here are calf roping fans; we have a big roping out here in the fall, and they show up. It’s a pretty neat place.”

The winter is fairly lean for most rodeo contestants. There are a number of big-money rodeos, but they are spread out. He may compete one weekend, then not be on the rodeo trail for a few weeks again. It’s much different than in the summer, where cowboys can hit virtually a rodeo a day for many weeks at a time.

“The hard part about this time of year is getting your confidence, because you can go so long between runs,” he said. “If you’re able to run good calves and make good runs, then it helps.”

He started a solid streak on Friday night, and he hopes it carries over into the weeks and months ahead. He last competed at the NFR in 2013, and he’s taken some off the rodeo trail to secure his team to make another run at Las Vegas.

“I haven’t rodeo’d hard the last three or four years because I’ve been trying to get a horse together,” said Kormos, 37. “Now I’ve got a horse that I really like. I want to get back to that, because there’s a lot of good money up at the NFR now. You want to take your shot at that.”

He has plenty of confidence in competing at San Angelo, so there’s no reason to doubt him now.

San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo
Feb. 2-4, Feb. 9-11, Feb. 14-16
Bareback riding leaders:
1. Luke Creasy, 86.5 points on Lancaster and Jones’ Total Equine’s North Country; 2. (tie) Will Lowe, Tanner Aus and Justin Pollmiller, 85; 5. BoDell Jessen, 82; 6. (tie) Jake Brown and Tilden Hooper, 81; 8. Kash Wilson, 80.5; 9. Jordan Pelton, 79l 10. Taylor Broussard, 77; 11. (tie) Dayton Swearingen, Tyler Berghuis, Kody Lamb, Wyatt Ortega, Kyle Charley and Justin Miller, 76.

Steer wrestling: First round leaders: 1. (tie) Brandon Harrison and Cameron Morman, 3.5 seconds; 3. (tie) John Kloeckler and Jarret New, 3.7; 5. Bridger Anderson, 3.8; 6. (tie) Tyler Waguespack and Blake Mindemann, 4.0; 8. (tie) Ross Mosher, Sam Powers, Royce Johnson, Justin Shaffer, Jacob Talley and Josh Clark, 4.1. Second round leaders: 1. (tie) Dirk Tavenner, Jacob Talley and Cody Devers, 3.4 seconds; 4. Cade Staton, 3.6; 5. Denver Berry, 3.8; 6. (tie) Blake Knowles, Blake Mindemann, Mike McGinn and Dru Melvin, 3.9. Average leaders: 1. Jacob Talley, 7.5 seconds on two runs; 2. Blake Mindemann, 7.9; 3. Denver Berry, 8.2; 4. (tie) Tyler Waguespack, Blaine Jones and Cameron Morman, 8.5; 7. Scott Guenthner, 8.6; 8. (tie) Tyler Pearson and Will Lummus, 8.7; 9. Stockton Graves, 9.0; 11. Cody Harmon, 9.1; 12. (tie) Justin Shaffer and Mike McGinn, 9.2.

Team roping: First round leaders: 1. Steven Duby/Evan Arnold, 3.6 seconds; 2. Tanner Green/Cody Hogan, 3.8; 3. Brock Hanson/Ryan Motes, 3.9; 4. (tie) Clay Smith/Paul Eaves and Cory Kidd V/Caleb Anderson, 4.0; 6. Lane Ivy/Buddy Hawkins, J.B. James Jr/Cesar de la Cruz and Bobby Baize/Justin Fox, 4.1. Second round leaders: 1. Nelson Wyatt/Trace Porter, 3.6 seconds; 2. Bubba Buckaloo/Joseph Harrison, 3.8; 3. (tie) Tom Richards/Jake Smith, Tyler Mangus/Truman Leo Mangus and Colby Lovell/Ty Arnold, 4.0; 6. (tie) Tyler Wade/Trey Yates and Paul David Tierney/Tanner Braden, 4.1; 8. (tie) Joshua Torres/Jonathan Torres and Shane Philipp/Joel Bach, 4.2. Average: 1. Steven Duby/Evan Arnold, 8.2 seconds on two runs; 2. (tie) Clay Smith/Paul Eaves Tom Richards/Jake Smith, 8.3; 4. Brock Hanson/Ryan Motes, 8.4; 5. Paul David Tierney/TannerBraden, 9.5; 6. (tie) Nelson Wyatt/Trace Porter and Tyler Wade/Trey Yates, 9.0; 8. Tyler Waters/Britt Bockius,9.2; 9. Tate Kirchenschlager/Tyler Worley, 9.5; 10. Lane Ivy/Buddy Hawkins II, 13.1; 11. (tie) Tyler Mangus/Truman Leo Mangus and Aaron Macy/Wyatt Cox, 13.8.

Saddle bronc riding leaders: 1. Ryder Wright, 85.5 points on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Sweet Maria; 2. Sterling Crawley, 84; 3. Rusty Wright, 81.5; 4. Lefty Holman, 80.5; 5. James Greeson, 80; 6. Layton Green, 79.5; 7. Isaac Diaz, 79; 8. Preston Burr, 78; 9. Quincy Crum, 77; 10. Kolby Wanchuk, 76.5; 8. (tie) Tom Knight, Lane Watt, Wyatt Casper, Joey Sonnier, Jesse Wright and Mason Laviolette, 76.

Tie-down roping: First round leaders: 1. Weldon Watson, 7.1 seconds; 2. Scott Kormos, 7.3 seconds; 3. (tie) Cory Solomon and Westyn Hughes, 7.7; 5. (tie) Zack Jongbloed and Cody Huber, 7.8; 7. Cody Craig, 7.9; 8. Reid Zapalac, 8.0. Second round: 1. Trevor Brazile, 7.4 seconds; 2. Michael Perry, 7.7; 3. Garrett Jacobs, 7.9; 4. Ryan Watkins, 8.0; 5. Brent Walden, 8.2; 6. Cody Owens,8.4; 7. Randall Carlisle, 8.5; 8. Haven Meged, 8.7. Average: 1. (tie) Weldon Watson and Zack Jongbloed, 17.4 seconds on two runs; 3. (tie) Michael Perry and D.J. Parker, 17.5; 5. Marcus Theriot, 17.6; 6. L.D. Meier, 17.7; 7. Brice Ingo, 17.8; 8. Garrett Jacobs, 18.02; 9. Joseph Gernentz, 18.8; 10. John Wall, 18.9; 11. Reno Gonzales, 19.2; 12. (tie) J.D. McQuistion and Seth Cooke, 19.5.

Barrel racing: Second round leaders: 1. Teri Bangart, 14.21 seconds; 2. Carman Pozzobon, 14.28; 3. Kaycie Teague, 14.35; 4. Callahan Crossley, 14.41; 5. Kelli Barichello, 14.44; 6. Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, 14.46; 7. Kim Coleman, 14.48; 8. Kasey Hall, 14.49; 9. Bridget Carr, 14.52; 10. (tie) Megan Mariluch and Suzanne Brooks, 14.56. Average leaders: 1. Kim Coleman, 30.53 seconds on two runs; 2. Carman Pozzobon, 30.56; 3. Teri Bangart, 30.59; 4. Callahan Crossley, 30.62; 5. Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, 30.73; 6. Kaycie Teague, 30.78; 7. Kelli Barichello, 30.86; 8. Sabrina Devers, 30.94; 9. Suzanne Brooks, 30.96; 10. Nicole Laurence, 30.97; 11. Kasey Hall, 30.99; 12. Megan Mariluch, 31.01.

Bull riding leaders: 1. Trey Benton III, 90.5 points on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Air Marshal; 2. Jordan Wacey Spears, 88.5; 3. Tyler Bingham, 87; 4. Ednei Caminhas, 85.5; 5. Austin Patterson, 84; 6. (tie) Colten Gardner and Garrett Tribble, 83; 8. Nate Perry, 82; 9. Reid Barker, 79.5; 10. Shane Proctor, 77.5; 11. Dave Mason, 74; no other qualified rides.

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