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MHSA director will step down in 2002 HELENA – Jim Haugen is resigning as executive director of the Montana High School Association, effective in July 2002, his 25th anniversary with the organization.

He has been executive director since 1997. He was hired as assistant MHSA director in 1977.

President Joe Brott, superintendent of Powell County High School in Deer Lodge, said the MHSA board will discuss the process for hiring a successor at coming meetings. He said the board is saddened at the prospect of losing Haugen.

Haugen began his career in 1958 in Fairview, where he taught English and speech and coached. He then held the same jobs, plus athletic director, at his hometown, Sidney, until he was hired by the MHSA.

“Perhaps the greatest void created by his retirement will be the loss of his long-term perspective on the growth and changes that the association has experienced,” said Assistant Director Joanne Austin.

Montana ropers lead at NHSRASPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Cee Cee Tryan of Helena and Dillon’s Sam Ribeirio lead the team roping average after eight rounds of competition at the National High School Rodeo Association Finals.

Tryan and Ribeirio placed third in Thursday night’s round of competition.

The second round continues through Saturday. The championship round, which determines nationanl winners, is Sunday.

Kyle Donohoe of Nye is third in the calf roping average and fifth in the all-around cowboy standings.

Milee Malone of Pray is second in the average for pole bending, while Ashley Williams of Volborg is third in goat tying.

Texas leads the team standings with 2,275.95 points. Montana is fifth with 1,315.

Rain stalls Grob in MissouriSPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Billings golfer Mike Grob, sitting in a 7-way tie for first place at the Buy.com Ozarks Open, was sidelined by weather on Friday.

Second-round play is scheduled to resume at 7:40 a.m. (Mountain time) today.

None of Friday’s golfers completed more than six holes of the second round before the rain hit. Many of the top players, like Grob, didn’t even start.

Omar Uresti, who shot 3-under through five holes on Friday, is sitting in first at 10-under.

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