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Posted: Wednesday, December 26, 2012 4:00 am

Heading into the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR) ranked as number five in the world, Marana’s Sherry Cervi, 37, said she discovered her love for barrel racing at a young age.

Being around her parents who participated in the rodeo, Cervi quickly found herself on a horse and riding in competitions around the age of 7. She rode in multiple events such as roping, tying goats and barrel racing.

Cervi became a part of the high school rodeo team while attending Marana High School.

After high school she continued to compete and made it to her first NFR in 1994. The next year, she became the world champion of barrel racing and won in 1999 and 2010 as well.

Throughout the year Cervi competes locally in Marana and in out-of-state competitions. Most of the time she competes against the same people and then ends up seeing them at nationals. She has traveled as far north as Canada and has competed mostly west of Mississippi. This year is the 15th time that Cervi has made it to the finals.

“I am very fortunate to be competing here,” said Cervi. “Even though this is not the rodeo I would have wanted.” Cervi has made $37,000 so far, which she said is not that bad. One year she made $45,000, but said the amount of money varies from year to year.

Although this competition wasn’t her strongest, Cervi said being a part of the rodeo is a lifestyle and one that she continues to enjoy.

“This is how I’ve made a living for 20 plus years,” said Cervi. “It’s nice getting the prize money and you get to travel and see a lot of cool places.”

After the 2012 NFR final results were released, Cervi finished eighth in the world standings.

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Boys Golf (@ 3 p.m.)

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Mountain View, Ironwood Ridge, Catalina at Amphi (Silverbell GC)

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Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

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Girls Golf (@ 3 p.m.)

Rincon at CDO

Ironwood Ridge, Desert View at Flowing Wells (Silverbell)

Cross Country (@4:30)

Salpointe at Catalina Foothills

Palo Verde, Nogales at Marana

Rincon, St. Gregory at CDO

Sahuarita, Pueblo, Pusch Ridge at Desert View

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Empire at Marana (4:30, 5:30, 6:30)

CDO at Queen Creek

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Walden Grove at Pusch Ridge

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Boys Golf

Sahuaro and Salpointe at Ironwood Ridge

CDO, Rincon, Sunnyside at Tucson High

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Marana at Sahuarita

Ironwood Ridge at Sahuaro (4:30, 5:30, 6:30)

Catalina Foothills at Rincon

Pusch Ridge at San Manuel

Swimming (4 p.m.)

Marana vs. Tucson at Quincy Douglas Pool

Cienega at Marana

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Amphi

Catalina Foothills at Sahuaro

Freshman Football (all games at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Flowing Wells at Marana (4 p.m.)

Desert View at Mountain View

Cienega at CDO

Ironwood Ridge at Buena

Catalina Foothills at Sahuarita

JV Football (all games at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Amphi at Marana

Santa Cruz Valley at Pusch Ridge

Mountain View at Desert View

CDO at Cienega

Buena at Ironwood Ridge

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Cross Country

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Football (@7 p.m.)

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Cross Country

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