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Walla Walla Community College rodeo rider Bill Simmons, above, takes the steer by the horns, wrestling it to the ground during steer wrestling Saturday afternoon at the rodeo. Simmons' time was 14.6 seconds.

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Warriors ready to wrangle at college rodeo nationals

This year’s trip to the College National Finals is the seventh in the past eight years for WWCC men’s team.

In his seven previous seasons as rodeo coach at Walla Walla Community College, Buster Barton's men's team has wrangled six trips to the College National Finals and finished in the top 10 nationally each and every time. The high-water mark, of course, was in 2008 when the Walla Wallans won the national championship. That team was led by bareback rider Steven Peebles, who has since qualified twice for the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association National Finals and is currently ranked 26th in the PRCA bareback standings with 2012 earnings just south of $10,000.

PHOTO GALLERY — Just gotta rodeo

The 29th annual Riding Against Child Abuse College Rodeo continues at noon today with the finals. The rodeo, which has about 150 college athletes from two- and four-year colleges in Washington, Oregon and northern Idaho, has raised more than $300,000 for

College Rodeo ropes in audience

The competition resumes today at noon at the Walla Walla County Fairgrounds.

WALLA WALLA — Crowds for this year's Riding Against Child Abuse Walla Walla Community College Rodeo could end up being larger than any in the last three decades.On Saturday morning, Dick Cook of the Walla Walla Council for Prevention

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