Cassville cowboy named state calf roping champion

Thursday, July 10, 2008
Logan Whitley, of Cassville, earned the title of Missouri High School Rodeo Association's calf roping champion for 2008. He won the title after finishing first at the Missouri High School Finals Rodeo held June 19-21 in Columbia. Logan is pictured above with Mallory Cowger, 2008 MHSRA rodeo queen. He is the son of Blake and Debbie Whitley..

A dream was realized last month when Logan Whitley, of Cassville, was named Wrangler calf roping champion at the Missouri State High School Finals Rodeo, which was held June 19-21 in Columbia.

Winning a state championship has been one of Logan's goals since he began roping at the age of 8. With the championship win, Logan is now eligible to compete at the 60th annual National High School Finals Rodeo, which will be held in Farmington, N.M., from July 20 to July 26.

After earning the title of state calf roping champion, Logan received Wrangler 20X jeans and a special Wrangler event champion patch. He also received a specially embroidered jacket from Carhartt Outerwear, a belt buckle and a saddle.

Logan's state championship performance is a great way for him to usher in the next phase of his roping career. In the fall, Logan will be attending Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, Okla., where he will be a member of the rodeo team.

Southwestern is his dad Blake's alma mater, and Logan intends to follow in his dad's footsteps by pursuing a degree in pharmacy.

A 2008 homeschool graduate, Logan will attend the university on an academic scholarship. He also expects to receive some type of rodeo scholarship and will also be taking advantage of a $250 scholarship from WW Livestock Systems that he earned at the Missouri State High School Finals Rodeo.

Logan competes in rodeos throughout the year. He is sponsored by Les Jacobs Ford Mercury, Freedom Bank and Whitley Pharmacy. He is the son of Blake and Debbie Whitley, of Cassville.

To follow Logan and see his results at the National High School Finals, local rodeo fans can visit

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