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Stroh now leading world in the saddle bronc riding

Shaun Stroh's hot streak has reached a new high.

On Tuesday, Stroh became the world saddle bronc riding standings leader with $16,753 earned in 2010.

"It's an awesome start for the year," Stroh said Monday. "Usually if you come out of the winter with some money won, you consider it a success, but to be able to start it this way, it's phenomenal."

The Dickinson saddle bronc rider scored a 77-point ride in Bismarck on Friday and that score held on to win the two-day rodeo. He pocketed $1,332 in Bismarck.

The hits just keep on coming too.

On Sunday night, Stroh tied Rod Hay for the win in the 13th performance of the San Antonio (Texas) Stock Show Rodeo. He earned $1,815, but that money has not yet counted toward his yearly earnings.

Stroh had an 83-point ride on Monday night to win his performance and rode to an 87 and shared Tuesday night's win with Billy Etbauer.

He has earned $5,704 so far at San Antonio and is a sure bet to be among the top five in his bracket and advance to the Thursday's next round after riding again tonight.

While he's excited to be leading the world standings, Stroh doesn't believe this is his first time in that spot.

Stroh said when he traveled to winter rodeos than spring and summer events early in his career, he is certain he held the lead at one point.

But, because he had to return home to work in those days, his leads never lasted very long.

"You'd lose it pretty fast if you're not out there rodeoing," Stroh said.

Stroh wasn't the only local to win at the San Antonio rodeo on Sunday.

Killdeer High School graduate Clayton Morrison won his steer wrestling performance with a time of 3.4 seconds. His win was worth $2,074.

Morrison led the world after pocketing big bucks in Denver, but is fifth in the standings as of Tuesday. A solid showing at San Antonio could help keep him toward the top of the leaderboard.

Dusty Hausauer of Dickinson had a 68 on Sunday night and was bucked Monday in the saddle bronc riding.

Dustin Monke

Monke came to The Dickinson Press in July 2006 as the newspaper's sports editor and was hired as its managing editor in March 2013. During his tenure at The Press, Monke has won multiple awards for sports reporting, feature reporting, column writing, page design and photography. He was a key part of The Press winning the North Dakota Newspaper Association's General Excellence and Sweepstakes awards in 2009 and 2012, and oversaw The Press' Sweepstakes and General Excellence wins in 2014, as well as its national first-place honors for Community Leadership in the Inland Daily Press Association and contributed to the first-place Inland award for Investigative Reporting. As the newspaper's editor, he writes an occasional Sunday column, is a member of The Press' Editorial Board, contributes feature stories and breaking news, designs pages, and oversees the day-to-day operations of the newsroom and editorial staff. In his free time, he enjoys watching sports and action movies, exercises whenever his schedule allows, and spends every minute he can with his wife and son.

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