— By GREG WEBB
Four Weatherford seniors recently solidified their respective futures toward the same goal of continuing their education, but with decidedly different paths.
A pair of student-athletes will continue rodeo careers, and will be based very close to home to do so.
Calf-roper and steer wrestler Seth Cooke got interested in rodeo while still in middle school.
“I really got started on a whim, really,” Cooke said. “My dad and I began working together, and [my interest] just grew from there.”
With his mind’s eye looking at several vocations that may interest him for his future, Seth plans to get his basic studies taken care of at WC, while improving his skills and helping the WC team to continue to be successful.
Just in the sport for a relatively short period of time, Anne Todd’s interest in rodeo began as a sophomore. A common theme with many rodeo athletes, as well as these two, her dad was her biggest influence in getting started.
Apparently dad was a pretty good coach in his own right, as Todd has improved her breakaway roping skills to heights worthy of competing at the next level. She is excited to be able to stay close to home while joining a program like WC’s.
“Weatherford College has a very good program that competes in a national setting,” she said. “It was an easy decision when it came to joining WC rodeo.”
Like Cooke, Todd is exploring her options, and the classes, before committing to degree plan that is right for her. But both want to make WC their starting point for competing at the collegiate level, with Tarleton State as a worthy goal after (WC head rodeo coach) Johnny Emmons has imparted his knowledge for the next couple of years.