Rodeo: Blevins, Johnson flourish in Virginia finals

from staff reports

   The Virginia High School Rodeo finals were held June 27-29 in Rural Retreat, Va., and Carter County's Travis Blevins and Josh Johnson made their presence felt.
   Blevins and Johnson placed first in the team roping, with Blevins taking second place in the calf roping.
   Blevins also won the all-around cowboy award for 2002-2003 in Virginia. His horse, Shorty, won Horse of the Year for his performance during the state finals.
   A 12th-grade student at Elizabethton High School, Blevins has earned a position on the Virginia high school rodeo team and will be traveling with fellow teammates to Farmington, N.M. to compete at the 55th Annual National High School Finals Rodeo (July 21-27) in team and calf roping.
   Featuring more than 1,500 contestants from 39 states, five Canadian provinces and Australia, the National High School Finals is the world's largest rodeo.
   In addition to competing for more than $125,000 in prizes, NHSRF contestants will be vying for more than $150,000 in college scholarships and the chance to be named the National High School Rodeo champion.
   This year, the Sunday championship performance will be televised nationally on 20X Rodeo High, a part of the Outdoor Channel's weekly "Rodeo Round-Up" series. It is scheduled to air Sept. 22 at 11 a.m. eastern, Sept. 24 at 8 p.m. eastern, Sept. 27 (check local listings for times) and Sept. 29 at 11 a.m. eastern.
   Please check www.rodeohigh.com for possible schedule changes.