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HELENA — The Last Chance Stampede kicked off Thursday night as local Helena resident Timmy Sparing is leading the steer wrestling competition.

He finished with a time of 4.4 seconds.

Sparing was coming off of a back injury after getting kicked by a steer in June of last year. The injury resulted in a crushed disc and was forced to receive a lot of phsyical therapy.

"I have to manage it," he said in a press release. "I can't practice a whole lot."

Sparing's last won the Last Chance Stampede in 2016.

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Another impressive performance came from bareback rider Pacal Isabelle.

A native of Okotoks, Alberta, Canada, Isabelle finished with an 80.5-point ride to take the lead.

Other high scores and fast times from the rodeo include team ropers Garrett Rogers, Baker City, Ore./Jake Minor, Ellensburg, Washington (5.1 seconds); Logan Hay, Wildwood, Alberta, Canada. (69 points); tie-down roper Bode Scott, Pryor, Montana. (9.8 seconds); barrel racer Heidi Schmid, Kalispell, Montana. (17.76 seconds); and Luke Gee, Stanford, Montana. (76 points).

The Last Chance Stampede continues tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. with bareback riding, steer wrestling and team roping.

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Ryan Kuhn covers Carroll College athletics for the Independent Record and 406mtsports.com. Email him at ryan.kuhn@406mtsports.com or follow him on Twitter at @rskuhn

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