By Paul Struck, Editor
Eighteen two-man teams competed in the first annual Cherokee Rope/Stroke/Poke contest, an event featuring team steer roping, a round of golf, and shooting pool.
Dave Frank of Sioux City, and Tommy Thomas of Correctionville won the team title after compiling the necessary points in all three events.
Dick Frank of Sioux City, and Ron Stienholf of Anthon were runners-up, while Keith Copenhaver and Nolan McCanville of Hinton placed third. Fourth place went to Marty Voss of Anthon, and Kirk Feddersen of Oto.
In winning the Cherokee event, Dave Frank and Tommy Thomas now qualify for the Rope/Stroke/Poke National Finals in Deadwood, S.D. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 9-10.
The event was organized by Bob Leach of Cherokee who, along with Duane Heschke of Aurelia, led the effort to establish the Cherokee Horse Arena just off Beech Street one block east of U.S. Highway 59 just north of the Little Sioux River.
Sponsors for this first annual event included Buckaroo Sales of Cherokee, the Cherokee Saddle Shop, and Profile Feed in Aurelia.
"For our first time hosting this event, it went remarkably well," said Leach. "Everybody had fun and they all said they can't wait until next year and that they will bringing lots of friends back with them to participate next time.
"The winners qualify for the National Finals in September in Deadwood, S.D., so I'm sure a bunch of us will be going there to cheer for our local winners."
In the two-day competition, the roping event was at the Cherokee Arena, the golf played at the Cherokee Golf & Country Club, and the pool played at "The Pub" in the heart of the beautifully restored Cultural, Historical and Entertainment District in downtown Cherokee.