by Lane Riggs, staff writer D’Hanis High School class of 2016 graduate Mitchell Hutto, son of John Hutto and Julie Skiles, has earned a spot as a competitor in the National High School Finals Rodeo (NHSFR) in Gillette, Wyoming, at the CAM-PLEX event facility.
In the rodeo, which begins today (Sunday, July 17) and ends Saturday, Hutto will be competing in the steer wrestling event.
The rodeo, billed as “the world’s largest rodeo,” lives up to its name with more than 1,650 contestants from 43 states, five Canadian provinces, and Australia. Competitors have the chance to win more than $200,000 in prizes, in addition to more than $350,000 in college scholarships and the chance to be named a NHSFR world champion.
In order to claim the NHSFR title, the competitor must finish in the top 20, based on combined scores and/or times in the first two rounds.
The Uvalde Coyotes have been selected as the team to beat in the 2016 District 29-5A football race. Dave Campbell’s Texas Football magazine picks Coach Gary Griffin’s Coyotes as the top team in the district in their pre-season football predictions.
In February, Uvalde High School freshman Adelyhda Perez won the state title in wrestling, defeating the former two-time champion. Her teammate, sophomore Larisa Ramos, earned third place. Now, the two girls are on their way to nationals to compete for the chance to qualify for the world team.
To raise money to help cover the cost of the trip, the Uvalde Wrestling Club held a prize drawing for a television with a Blu-ray player. They raised approximately $1,200.
Adelyhda has been wrestling since she was just 4 years old. Her father, John Perez, is also a former wrestler. He began coaching Adelyhda, helping her secure three titles by the time she was nine.
Ramos, on the other hand, began wrestling last November at the request of her coaches.