Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Monday, October 20, 2003
Mendoza celebrates first birthday
Andres Mata Mendoza celebrated his first birthday with a party held
in his honor at his grandparent's house.
Theme for the special event was "Winnie the Pooh" and friends and
family were on hand to help him celebrate.
He received many gifts, but his favorite was a "Tigger" given to him
by his Tio Felipe Mata and wagon with blocks given to him by his sister
Andres is the son of Sarah Mata and Cruz Juan Mendoza.
Maternal grandparents are the late Ismael C. Mata and Adelina Mata.
WTAMU men nab second place
J.W. Todd remained in championship form and Cade Swor gave the West
Texas A&M University men's rodeo team its first roping points of
the season as the Buffs managed a solid second-place finish Oct. 9-11
at the Vernon College rodeo.
With 220 points for the weekend, second only to Tarleton State
University's 245, the WTAMU men retained their grip on first place in
the Southwest Region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association
WTAMU has 786.33 points after three rodeos, while Tarleton sits in
second place with 660 points. The regular season consists of 10 rodeos,
four in the fall and six in the spring.
Todd, a senior applied arts and sciences major from Hornbeck, La.,
led the way for the WTAMU men with a first-place effort in saddle-bronc
And Swor, a sophomore general business major from Winnie, earned
second-place points in calf roping, a category in which success
previously had eluded WTAMU. Swor also finished fifth in steer
Also placing for WTAMU was Matt Bennett, a junior agricultural
business and economics major from Checotah, Okla., who finished sixth
in bareback riding. The Buffs may have missed a golden opportunity when
Wes Burns, a freshman agricultural business and economics major from
Sedan, N.M. and the saddle-bronc leader after the long go, had no score
in the short go and did not place.
The WTAMU women were even less fortunate. Brandi Harrison, a senior
pre-veterinary major from Pecos, was in first place in breakaway roping
after the long go but had no time in the second round. And Kerbi Thiel,
a sophomore marketing major from Belle Fourche, S.D., sat in third
place after the opening round of barrel racing; however, she hit a
barrel in the long go and the WTAMU women settled for 55 points at the
The teams resume NIRA action Oct. 23-25 in Lubbock at the Texas Tech
Rodeo, and the Buffs will get a boost when Marty Eakin officially joins
the team. Eakin, a sophomore undeclared major from Amarillo, competes
in five events. He is a former National High School Rodeo Association
All-Around Champion Cowboy. Because he transferred to WTAMU with some
eligibility remaining at a junior college, he had to sit out the first
three rodeos this fall.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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324 S. Cedar St., Pecos, TX 79772
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