A dual threat

A dual threat

Bondurant staying busy with two sports in college

Hope Bondurant knows all about living in a small town and the 2018 graduate of Cotopaxi High School is making the most of her time at Colorado Northwestern Community College in Rangely.

The sophomore general studies major is a two-sport athlete at the school, competing on the rodeo team in three events in the fall and spring, and as a forward on the basketball team. Rangely, with a population of 2,400, is located in the northwest part of the state, about 90 miles north of Grand Junction.

“Rangely is what you make it,” Bondurant said. “I hate the town [because there’s not much to do], but love the people.”

Bondurant just finished the fall rodeo season and has started basketball practice.

“Rodeo is my first love,” said Bondurant, who competes in team roping, barrel racing and breakaway roping.

She didn’t have much luck with the health of her horses during her freshman year and was forced to borrow mounts to compete on from her teammates and coach.

“Things just didn’t click,” she said.  She’s hoping for better results in the spring.

Despite her struggles, her coach Jed Moore appreciates the commitment Bondurant has shown to her sports and academics.

“Having a dual sport collegiate athlete on our team is quite an experience,” Moore said. “The dedication and sacrifice necessary to be competitive in both sports shown by Miss Bondurant is staggering. She truly has no off-season or down time. In the fall, once rodeos have completed, she reports to basketball and as soon as the regional hoops tournament is over, she’ll travel to the first college rodeo of the spring.

“Being a multi-event athlete, as well as a dual-sport athlete, is an undertaking that most people couldn’t handle.  She is a tough cowgirl.”

As a member of the Spartans basketball team, the 6-foot Bondurant played in 24 games as a freshman, averaging 2.6 points and 2.1 rebounds a game. She scored a season-high 6 points against Salt Lake City Community College on Jan. 24. Colorado Northwestern Community College finished 3-28.

“I feel like I took a downhill road there for a little bit last year,” Bondurant said. “My game kind of fell apart in terms of scoring. Last year I was just a defensive player because I couldn’t get my life together on the offensive end. I already feel like my game is making strides back to where I was in high school.

“Some of my goals are to score more points, get more offensive rebounds, get more putbacks.”

Bondurant’s basketball training schedule on Mondays and Wednesdays includes weightlifting late in the afternoon and practice from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, she has study hall late in the day with the team and then practice from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

“Hope is a vital part of our team as a returning sophomore,” coach Sherryl Klosterman said. “We are counting on her for rebounding and being a strong presence in the post. She has gotten a ton stronger from last year. Being a two-sport athlete takes a lot of organization and a tremendous work ethic, especially at the collegiate level. Hope has really developed a strong work ethic.”

The Spartans open their season on Nov. 1 at a tournament in Rock Springs, Wyoming.

Bondurant, who is taking mostly agricultural classes, plans to attend Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction next year and pursue certification as a veterinarian tech.