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Local cowboy takes top spot in team roping at Ponoka

The ropes were as hot as the temperature during the third performance of the Ponoka Stampede. Both the tie-down and team roping events speeded up Wednesday afternoon. Local fans were excited to see the lead in the team roping snagged by Ponoka’s own Levi Simpson and his heeling partner Jeremy Buhler, from Arrowwood. In their morning run, they caught a steer in 5.5 seconds. Then in the heat of the afternoon, they did even better, by finishing up in five seconds flat. Their total time of 10.5 seconds puts them on the top of the Ponoka team roping standings, with a cushion. READ

Lamoureux to replace O’Rourke as Rebels new assistant coach

A familiar face will rejoin the Red Deer Rebels, but this time on the bench, as Pierre-Paul Lamoureux will be the team’s next assistant coach. Lamoureux, 28, played three seasons with the Rebels from 2004-07. The Grand Forks, N.D., native was named the team’s new assistant coach in a release on Wednesday. READ

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