Keeping tabs on Jess Lockwood’s wild ride

Abe Winter
Star Columnist

Jess Lockwood continues his hectic schedule and is hoping to move up in the Professional Bull Riders standings.

Currently standing in fourth place, the Volborg cowboy will be up north in Alberta with plans of a busy 10 days, perhaps more if he is successful, at the Calgary Stampede.

Lockwood, 19, already is scheduled for daily rides July 4-10, but the Stampede is scheduled July 7-16. It has nine events daily with $2 million in prize money.

“As long as your body is feeling good, you might as well go as much as you can in the summer,” Lockwood told PBR writer Justin Felisko. 

“That world title can come down to 10 points. You feel kind of dumb if you sat around all summer at home and end up losing it by 10 points because you didn’t do all you could and go all summer.”

He’s obviously confident since returning from his torn groin injury suffered last year.

“I am finally being more aggressive and that is everything,” Lockwood said.

It will be interesting to follow Lockwood’s quest to get to the top of the PBR standings, starting next week in Calgary.



—  No one should be surprised, but Brac Warren has signed with the San Francisco Giants, who drafted him earlier this month.

Warren, a 6-foot-4, 215-pound right-hander who is from Rosebud and graduated from Custer County District High School in Miles City, is leaving the University of Oregon baseball program after recently completing his junior season.

He is currently training in Scottsdale, Arizona, at the Giants Rookie League site.

After what Miles City Mavericks coach Jake Mills called a “two-week slump,” infielder/catcher Jared Bellows certainly came out of it last weekend in the annual Harry Griffith Tournament at Connors Stadium. He had eight RBIs in the final four games.

“Jared’s feeling his rhythm. He busted out of a slump,” Mills said. “He’s an impact player who can change a ball game with one swing.”

His next swings will be Wednesday against the Dawson County (Glendive) Blue Devils in a doubleheader starting at 5 p.m. at Connors Stadium.

— The Miles City Outlaws, coming off a 4-0 weekend with an exciting rally to beat the host Electric City (Great Falls) Outlaws, left Wednesday on their longest trip of the season. The 26-19 Miles City team is in Los Angeles to play eight games in six days in the Firecracker Tournament.

Coach Monty Frare is expecting tough competition throughout, starting this afternoon.

“It’s one of the best amateur tournaments on the West Coast,” Frare said. “It’s going to be elite and we’re excited about it.”

In their last game, down 3-1 in the bottom of the seventh, the Outlaws rallied with three runs to beat their namesakes. “That was a blast,” Frare said.

— Caleb Frare, a 6-1, 220-pound relief pitcher with the Trenton Thunder in the New York Yankees organization, was 1-1 with a 4.45 ERA in his last 10 appearances between May 20 and June 25. He pitched 13.1 innings, striking out 15 and walking 13. He allowed only six hits, none in the last five relief appearances for the Class AA club.

Frare, who played for the Miles City Outlaws and is the nephew of their coach, will celebrate his 24th birthday July 8.

— Catcher Rylee Peterson, another former Outlaw from Sidney, batted .273 this year for Spokane Community College. The sophomore played in 18 games and was 18-for-66 with two home runs, one triple and two doubles, driving in 16 runs.

Freshman infielder Beamer Wick, another ex-Outlaw from Farmington, New Mexico, played in 17 games for Spokane CC, batting .231 with four doubles, one triple and three RBIs.

— Four on the 2017 roster of the Outlaws — Dylan Munroe, Kasey Seyfert, Mac Gross and Kyle Nielson — are planning to play baseball at Grays Harbor College, a two-year community school in Aberdeen, Washington.

— Many of the Dickinson State University coaches will be in Miles City on Saturday, July 29 for the annual Blue Hawk golf outing at the Town and Country Club. DSC is becoming a mecca for Miles City athletes competing in several sports.

— After they completed play in last weekend’s Cow Town Roundup at the Town and Country Club, guest Marlin Cooper of Weston, Wyoming, told his partner Don Hartman of Miles City: “If we’re going to win this thing, we better hurry up.”

They’ve played together for 22 years in the annual member-guest golf tournament.

Maybe next year.

(Contact Abe Winter at or 406-234-0450.)