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Bennett County Cowboys, Lyle Dillon and Tee Allen finished first and second in the South Dakota high school finals in the event of bull riding.

How is it the two TUFFEST high school bull riders in South Dakota hail from Bennett County
Jul 14, 2017

By Rich Winter

Guess I've known for quite a while now that Bennett County junior to be, Tee Allen had qualified for the National High School Finals Rodeo, but, after looking at the state results I realized that the top two qualifiers from South Dakota both hail from Bennett County.


Lyle Dillon, whose hometown is listed as Allen, South Dakota won the state high-school bull riding competition by edging out Allen.

Here are the top four from South Dakota that will be competing starting this weekend at those National finals. 


Lyle Dillon 64
Tee Allen 50
Hunter Johnson 47
Blade Forman 38

Can't say as I know much about Dillon other than if it bucks, he'll probably ride it based on a few photos of steer riding and bareback riding on the internet from Jerry Matthews.


For Allen, does the kid eve have an off-season?

Standout on the Warriors football team last season. Was killing it in wrestling last season (had an early season injury), but ran off like 25-straight wins before running into a bruising region bracket at I believe 160 lbs. One of the better Class A high-jumpers in South Dakota, Allen placed 6th at the state meet this year, his sophomore season.


And if not mistaken, seems like I saw Allen's picture in the Bennett County Booster as being part of a Legion team that recently won a Colorado tournament. 


And he rodeos....if there is time, and he's good at it. 


At any rate, good luck to the tuff-guy bull riders and all the other South Dakota competitors that will be attending the national finals. 

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