POPLARVILLE, Miss — The Pearl River rodeo team competed in its own competition last weekend when it hosted 13 other schools over the course of three days.
"Man we had a really good turnout," head coach Frank Graves said. "It was awesome to see the support we got from the community. It being in Poplarville I think added a little pressure overall but I think the kids did well."
The Wildcats placed fifth as a team and were only a few points away from finishing even higher.
"If we started a little better we had a chance to finish third," Graves said. "I think it being here in front of people they know pumped them up a little bit."
The competition saw the Wildcats improve on their recent performances in the spring.
Jeb Stewart (Hurley) and Blake Lyons (Ethel, La.; Silliman Institute) claimed second place in team roping. Pacey McBride (Poplarville) finished third in steer wrestling and Sarah Booty (Liberty; Amite County) finished fourth in goat tying.
Several Wildcats also finished in the top ten in their respective categories.
The rodeo team will not have to wait long for their next action as it heads up to Monticello, Arkansas to compete in the University of Arkansas at Monticello's competition. The rodeo starts on Thursday and ends Saturday.