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College notebook: 76th annual Poly Royal Rodeo returns during lively weekend on campus

The 76th annual Poly Royal Rodeo returns this Friday and Saturday as part of Cal Poly’s Open House weekend.
The 76th annual Poly Royal Rodeo returns this Friday and Saturday as part of Cal Poly’s Open House weekend.

The 76th-annual Poly Royal Rodeo returns to campus Friday and Saturday as part of Cal Poly’s Open House weekend.

Rodeo Clown of the Year JJ Harrison and Specialty Act of the Year Bobby Kerr will be on hand at the Cal Poly Rodeo Grounds. Performances begin at 6 p.m. Friday and finals start at 5 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $10 and kids ages 5 and under get in free.

Cal Poly’s rodeo team has quietly been one of the school’s most successful programs, winning 45 National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association championships dating to 1939.

This year’s men’s team enters the weekend sitting fifth in the seven-team West Coast Region standings with 1,840.50 points. Feather River College leads the region with 4,650.50 points, followed by Cuesta College (3,173.50), Fresno State (2,388), West Hills College (2,069) and Cal Poly.

With 2,066.50 points, the Cal Poly women have built a comfortable lead over the rest of the seven-team field and rank No. 12 nationally. Fresno State (1,598) is second in the region, and no other team has more than 1,000 points this season.

The West Coast is one of 11 regions competing in the NIRA, and each region hosts its own competition in advance of the nation finals.

Poly to host coaches clinic

Cal Poly head football coach Tim Walsh and several of his assistants will be on hand for the 2016 Cal Poly Football Coaches Clinic scheduled for next Friday and Saturday.

Registration for the event begins Friday at 2:30 p.m. in front of the Performing Art Center. The cost of the clinic is $25 per individual or $70 per coaching staff, accounting for up to seven coaches. The fee includes a tri-tip barbecue and social on Friday as a well as coffee, a donut and lunch Saturday.

The Friday session begins in Phillips Hall and will run from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. The Saturday session will go from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in Phillips Hall, followed by Cal Poly’s spring practice from noon to 2 p.m., and offensive chalk talks will follow from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Construction Innovations Center classrooms near the coaches office at Crandall Gym.

The clinic is designed for youth, high school and college coaches. Along with Walsh and his staff, other speakers scheduled to attend include: Rich Sanchez, head coach at St. Augustine High; Jeff Chudy, head coach at Bakersfield College; Tony Henney, head coach at Westlake High; Lou Baiz, defensive coordinator at American River College; and Blane Morgan, quarterbacks coach at San Diego State.

Coaches may register online at Registration must be completed by April 21.

For more information, email Cal Poly assistant coach Justin Wood at

Cuesta honors Reeves, Danell

Men’s track and field standout Joe Reeves and softball pitcher Demi Danell were selected as the Cuesta College athletes of the month for March.

Reeves has emerged as one of the top junior college pole vaulters in the state this spring. His top clearance of 16 feet, 2 inches ranks in the top-10 in Cougars history and he is undefeated against junior college competition this year.

Reeves figures to challenge for an individual title when the Western State Conference Championships begin April 22 in Bakersfield.

Danell has been one of the driving forces in Cuesta’s successful softball campaign.

The 5-foot-8 freshman from Hanford is 18-5 overall with 11 complete games. Her 137 strikeouts rank ninth all-time Cuesta.

Offensively, Danell leads the Cougars with 26 RBI and a .537 slugging percentage while hitting .427.