Popko's high school rodeo career ends on ground, Takes volleyball tournament MVP, scholarship


Last updated 9/4/2008 at Noon

Kerry Popko and Banjo weave their way to a third place finish in Pole Bending at the California High School Rodeo Association state finals in June.

Kerry Popko was hoping to end her high school rodeo career with clean runs at the National High School Rodeo Association national finals July 20-26 in Farmington, New Mexico.

While she was successful in not knocking down any poles during the first Pole Bending go-round, her final high school rodeo ride saw Popko herself end up on the ground after her horse stumbled in deep dirt.

“It wasn’t the way I wanted to end it,” Popko said.

Although Popko did not place in the primary competition, the California team won the NHSRA volleyball tournament and Popko was selected as the most valuab...

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