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Fourteen New Scholarship Athletes Join NMSU Rodeo Teams

LAS CRUCES - Fourteen new rodeo team recruits will receive DuBois Rodeo Scholarships at New Mexico State University this fall.

The scholarship athletes are Bode Baize of Anthony, N.M.; Brooke Ezell-Wimberley of Bosque; Tommy Etcheverry of Carlsbad; Angelina Romero of Cedar Crest; Brandin Engle of Clint, Texas; Kyle Smith of Crownpoint; Allen Tacker of Fabens, Texas; Sunny Storer of Fort Wingate; Chelsee Byerley of Gallup; Keli Smith of Hobbs; MegAnne Casey of Great Falls, Mont.; Billy Corliss of Silver City; Katrina Stackpole of Tijeras and Janelle Manygoats of Winslow, Ariz.

The scholarship athletes include several prospects with impressive college and high school rodeo records in New Mexico, Texas, Arizona and Montana, said Frank DuBois, former secretary/director of the New Mexico Department of Agriculture, who helped establish rodeo scholarships at NMSU.

"I'm really pleased with the quality of recruits coach Jim Dewey Brown has attracted to NMSU," DuBois said. "Each one of these student athletes will contribute to the rodeo program."

Brown, who saw six NMSU team members qualify for the 2003 College National Finals Rodeo in his first year as coach, said he recruited students with experience and strong academic records.

"I'm a stickler for grades," he said. "They need a college education because, unfortunately, they can't rodeo forever."

The NMSU women's team, which finished 12th overall at the CNFR in June, has an infusion of new talent, he said.

Keli Smith, the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association's 2002 champion breakaway roper, transferred from New Mexico Junior College. Smith was a three-time world champion barrel racer, reserve world champion team roper and two-time reserve world champion all-around cowgirl in American Junior Rodeo Association competition. She will compete in barrel racing, breakaway roping and team roping. A junior majoring in clothing, textiles and fashion merchandising, she received the Singleton Ranches Scholarship.

Manygoats, a two-time qualifier for the CNFR, will compete in barrel racing and breakaway roping. The junior psychology major was the1998 Indian National Finals Rodeo reserve champion breakaway roper.

Byerley is a three-time New Mexico High School Rodeo Association barrel racing champion, winning titles in 2000, 2001 and 2002. She finished fifth in barrel racing at the National High School Finals rodeo in 2001. A freshman majoring in agricultural economics and agricultural business, she received the Hotch and Carolyn Manning and Family Scholarship.

Romero, a National Barrel Horse Association District II Champion, is a freshman animal science major. Storer, a freshman, also specializes in barrel racing and breakaway roping.

Casey finished fifth in breakaway roping and eighth in barrel racing in the 2003 Montana High School Rodeo Association standings. A freshman psychology major, she will compete in barrel racing, breakaway roping and team roping.

Other all-around cowgirls include Ezell-Wimberley, a sophomore who competes in breakaway roping, goat tying, team roping and barrel racing; and Stackpole, a freshman special education major whose events are breakaway roping, goat tying and team roping.

Two freshmen who competed together in Texas hope to build on NMSU's team roping reputation. Engle was the champion header from the Texas High School Rodeo Association's region II. The preveterinary major received the Prescott Colquitt Memorial Scholarship. Baize was the champion heeler in region II.

Tacker, a transfer student from Howard University, was the New Mexico High School Rodeo Association's champion header in 2000 and the World Junior Roping reserve champion header in 1999. The sophomore chemical engineering major will receive the Hamilton "Ham" Scott Memorial Scholarship.

Tommy Etcheverry, a freshman who competes in calf roping, steer wrestling and team roping, received the Giles M. Lee Scholarship. He joins his brother, John Pete, on the NMSU rodeo team.

Kyle Smith, a junior special education major, competes in steer wrestling and team
roping. In bull riding, the team will look to Corliss to contribute rough stock points. The junior special education major received the Harry Hopson Scholarship.

Two returning rodeo team members have been awarded new scholarships. Clay Snure, last year's all-around cowboy in the Grand Canyon Region, will receive the Hamilton "Ham" Scott Memorial Scholarship. He represented NMSU in calf roping and team roping at the CNFR in June.

Aaron Thomas, former champion heeler in the Grand Canyon Region, will receive the El Valle Eagles Scholarship.