Minnesota cowboy collects big paycheck

Bareback bronc rider Tanner Aus of Granite Falls, Minn., claimed his biggest paycheck ever when he won his event at the prestigious American Rodeo on Feb. 28 in Arlington, Texas.

Tanner Aus' competes in December at the national rodeo in Las Vegas. (PRCA photo by Greg Westfall, Courtesy of the PRCA)

Bareback bronc rider Tanner Aus of Granite Falls, Minn., claimed his biggest paycheck ever when he won his event at the prestigious American Rodeo on Feb. 28 in Arlington, Texas.

Aus won the bareback riding and a check for $100,000, along with a Ranger four-wheeler, a saddle and belt buckle as the champion.

RFD-TV broadcast the competition, and reported that 13 riders competed to advance to the “shoot out round,” where Aus won the crown and huge payday courtesy of Randy Bernard and RFD-TV.

“Minnesota High School Rodeo Alumni Tanner Aus of Granite Falls would be the one that nobody could beat as he rode to a score of 88.50 points to win this prestigious event here in Arlington, Texas,’’ stated RFD-TV in its report.

Aus is the son of John and RaeAnn Aus of Granite Falls, and grew up in rodeo. Like his father, he competed in Minnesota State High School Rodeo before competing on the professional circuit.


John Aus won the Great Lakes Circuit title in 1988. Tanner Aus was named National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association Champion in 2012.

He’s also won the championship at Cheyenne Frontiers last summer. He qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo and won $62,827.

Holwerda going to NCAA D-II swimming meet

A total of four Minnesota State, Mankato, swimmers, including freshman Alycia Holwerda of Willmar have been invited to the NCAA Division II Championships.

The four-day NCAA Championships begin March 9 at the Indiana University Natatorium in Indianapolis, Ind.

Holwerda will compete in four relay events, the 200- and 400-yard medleys and the 200- and 400-yard freestyles. They currently boast a time of 1:42.78 in the 200-yard medley relay, which ranks seventh in Division II.

Holwerda also finished fifth in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:24.58 at the NSISC Championships in Cleveland, Miss.

Moten, Aeikens playing against each other


Two former area basketball players will square off Friday in the NCAA Men’s Division III Tournament.

Jayme Moten, a New London-Spicer graduate, is a 6-foot senior guard at North Central College in Napierville, Ill. The Cardinals (19-7) play St. Olaf and former MACCRAY star Riley Aeikens at 5 p.m. at St. Norbert College in Wisconsin.

Moten is averaging 10.7 points per game. Aeikens, a 6-foot-6 senior forward, led the Oles to an upset of then No. 7-ranked St. Thomas in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournament championship game. Aeikens is averaging 14.7 points and 5.2 rebounds per game for the 18-9 Oles.

Four Card wrestlers named to All-Tournament Team

Willmar wrestlers Israel Navarro, Cael Carlson, Colten Carlson and Brady Reigstad were named to the Minnesota State Wrestling Tournament’s Class AAA All-Tournament Team.

Colten Carlson was the Class AAA state champion at 160 pounds, Reigstad (285) and Cael Carlson (113) were state runners-up and Navarro placed third at 106.

The awards recognize student athletes who demonstrate sportsmanship, team commitment, athletic ability and leadership during the state high school tournaments. Athletes are selected to the All-Tournament Team by a panel of coaches attending the tournament.

Despite winning state titles, New London-Spicer’s Tom Stageberg and BOLD’s Manuel Garcia were not named to the 14-man Class A All-Tournament Team.


No area wrestlers were named to the Class AA All-Tournament Team.

Clark in NCAA Division III tourney

Former Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg player Ali Clark is a member of the Wisconsin-River Falls women’s basketball team playing in the NCAA Division III Tournament this week.

River Falls, 22-5, is host to opening-round games Friday and Saturday. The Falcons play Wheaton College in the first round at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Clark, a 6-foot-1 junior, has played in 25 games and made five starts. She is averaging 3.2 points and 2.0 rebounds playing about 10 minutes per game.

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