Banning rodeo gives Necochea first win since surgery

Hemet bull rider Eli Necochea rides Cajun Rouge Friday, Sept. 8, at Stagecoach Days rodeo in Banning for his first win since labrum ligament surgery in February. Valley News/Andrea Kaus photo
The Stagecoach Days rodeo, which was held, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 8-9, in Banning, gave Hemet bull rider Eli Necochea his first win since he underwent labrum ligament surgery in February.Necochea rode in the Friday, Sept. 8, performance of the Banning rodeo and scored 76 points on the Honeycutt Rodeo bull Cajun Rouge. No other cowboy at the rodeo remained on a bull for eight seconds, so Necochea collected the entire $8,426 of entry fees and sponsor added money provided for the bull riders.“Just happy,” Necochea said.Necochea tore his labrum ligament Jan. 14, while competing in the Professional Bull Riders competition in Spokane. Necochea underwent surgery Feb. 22. He received medical clearance to resume bull riding Aug. 12, and mounted a practice bull Aug. 13.[capt
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