Corley Cashes In at Vegas

Silverdale’s Randy Corley — or Ran–deeeee Corrley, as his local pals like to announce when he walks into the room — was bypassed once again when the PRCA handed out is Announcer of the Year Award on Wednesday night in Las Vegas. It went ot Boyd Polhamus.

Corley’s won the award 10 times and just being nominated is enough, he once told me. Corley evidently finished second in the balloting and being No. 2 in this case isn’t all bad — he won $4,000. That’s nice money, especially if you’re in Las Vegas for two weeks.

Polhamus, Corley and Bob Tallman — the Big Three when it comes to announcing rodeo — will share the microphones  at the Dec. 3-12 National Finals Rodeo at Thomas & Mack Center.  It’s the 11th time Corley’s worked the Super Bowl of his sport. If you haven’t been to Vegas for the NFR, you’re missing one of the best shows around. Corley hosts the after-rodeo awards show at the South Point Casino. Corley shins in that atmosphere.

And congratulations to Haley Schneeberger, who was named the Rodeo Secretary of the Year for the second straight year. Anybody who’s dealt with Schneeberger, who works the Kitsap Stampede, can understand why those her industry consider her the best at what she does.

Looking for the TV schedule for the finals? Click here. You’ll also find the contestants and can keep track of results at Many of the same cowboys that competed at the Kitsap Stampede and Xtreme Bulls event are in Las Vegas, chasing rodeo glory and gold buckles.

Following former world champion bareback rider Clint Corey — a Central Kitsap grad — in the 1990s turned me into a rodeo fan. I can’t think of better athletes to deal with. Sometimes the stories just write themselves, the people and the animals are that colorful.

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