The “Cowboy Way” is the only lifestyle that high school rodeo star Dakota Tawater has ever known.“I didn’t know there was any other way of life,” said Tawater, a roper and a Ponder High School senior who will enter this weekend’s North Texas High School Rodeo Association Finals with a commanding lead in the boys all-around title race.Tawater, 18, lives on a ranch. He’s also the NTHSRA’s defending boys all-around champion and he specializes in roping events.“I was good at playing football, but I’ve realized I’m never going to be a very big person, so I expect to have more of a future in rodeo,” said Tawater, who is 5-foot-10 and weighs about 175 pounds.Tawater leads the boys’ all-around race in the NTHSRA with 3,091 points. Parker Slate of Decatur is second with 2,666.In the girls all-around race, Madison Goforth has clinched the title after earning 4,185 points. Morgan Winkler is in second place with 3,220. Goforth, a freshman, also has clinched the NTHSRA’s girls rookie title.Goforth and Winkler helped North Hills Private School clinch the NTHSRA’s 2012-2013 team title, which is earned during the regular season. North Hills finished atop the standings with 9,500 points and Northwest came in second with 9,229.The NTHSRA Finals performances are Friday (7 p.m.), Saturday (6 p.m.) and Sunday (1 p.m.) at Fort Worth’s Will Rogers Memorial Center. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $15 for box seats. For more information, visit www.nthsra.org or call 817-232-2855.PBR updateSilvano Alves of Decatur is on pace to win an unprecedented third consecutive world title on the Professional Bull Riders circuit.The Brazilian native is ranked first in the Built Ford Tough Series world standings after winning a high-profile tour stop last weekend in Las Vegas called Last Cowboy Standing. He also pocketed a $112,400 reward for the win.Alves is ranked first in the world standings with 6,641.66 points. Marco Eguchi is ranked second with 5,321.75, and Shane Proctor is in third place with 5,283.37.FWSSR secretary diesMildred Farris, 79, who served as the Fort Worth Stock Show Rodeo secretary since the mid-1980s, died from pancreatic cancer Monday at her Addington, Okla., home.As a barrel racer, Farris qualified for the National Finals Rodeo 12 times, and was a runner-up three times. She was named Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Secretary of the Year nine times.She and her husband, John, a chute boss, were inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs, Colo., in 2006. She also became a member of the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame in Fort Worth in 2012.Ryon roping scheduledThe 40th Windy Ryon Memorial Roping is scheduled for May 24-26 in Fort Worth. For more information, visit windyryon.org.