Writer: Elisa French
LAS CRUCES-Twenty-one new rodeo team recruits will receive the DuBois Rodeo Scholarship at New Mexico State University this fall.
"Coach Jim Dewey Brown has done an excellent job of recruiting, and I'm very excited about the quality of student athletes we are bringing to NMSU," said Frank DuBois, former secretary/director of the New Mexico Department of Agriculture, who helped establish rodeo scholarships at NMSU.
The scholarship athletes are Daren Albrecht of Veyo, Utah; Tim Baker of Payson, Ariz.; Brian Bell of Fort Lupton, Colo.; Brett Berry of Redondo Beach, Calif.; Dusti Franklin of Ruidoso; Meghan Jo Frie of Virden; Brian Garrett of Winston; Matt Garza of Mesilla Park; Bailey Gow of Roseburg, Ore.; Clay Houston of Seminole, Texas; Nate Mortensen of Virden; Krista Norell of Meeker, Colo.; Dusty Penrod of Thatcher, Ariz.; Wylene Penrod of Laveen, Ariz.; Victor Perez, of Corona; Clint Phillipps of Douglas, Wyo.; Ty Trammell of Alamogordo; Wacey Walraven of Datil; Kayla Weiss of Great Falls, Mont.; Dan Whitworth of May, Idaho; and Lacy Wilson of Artesia.
"For two years in a row NMSU has had the champion men's and women's team in the Grand Canyon Region, and I certainly hope we can continue that tradition of being the top team in the region," DuBois said.
Albrecht, a freshman majoring in civil engineering, is a bull rider. He placed fifth at the National High School Rodeo Finals in 2001.
Baker, a transfer from Central Arizona College, is a team roper. He is a senior majoring in civil engineering. Baker has made two trips to the College National Finals Rodeo, placing third in the third round in 2004.
Bell, a junior agricultural business major, transferred from Central Arizona College. He competes in team roping.
Berry, a team roper, transferred from Central Arizona College. He is a junior majoring in communications.
Franklin, a freshman biology major, competes in barrel racing and breakaway roping. She is a six-year 4-H barrel racing champion and a four-year all-around champion.
Frie, who competes in barrel racing, breakaway and goat tying, is a freshman animal science major. She was a contestant at the National High School Rodeo Finals and a member of the Wrangler All-Star team.
Garrett, a freshman agricultural business major, competes in team roping and calf roping. He received the El Valle Eagles Scholarship.
Garza, a freshman team roper and calf roper, is majoring in business administration. He was a U.S. Team Roping Championships national qualifier. He received the Hotch and Carolyn Manning Scholarship.
Gow, a freshman agricultural business major, competes in barrel racing, goat tying, team roping and breakaway roping. She is a four-time Oregon High School Rodeo Association All-Around Cowgirl and the 2001 National High School Rodeo Finals Rookie All-Around Cowgirl. She received the Singleton Ranches Scholarship.
Houston, a bareback rider, transferred from Mesalands Community College. He is a junior majoring in agricultural business.
Mortensen, a freshman team roper, is majoring in general studies.
Norell, a junior agricultural business major, competes in barrel racing, breakaway roping and goat tying. She transferred from Central Wyoming College. She was the Wyoming state champion in goat tying.
Dusty Penrod, a freshman team roper, is majoring in general studies.
Wylene Penrod, a sophomore, competes in barrel racing and breakaway roping. She transferred from Central Arizona College. She was the 2004 regional barrel racing champion. She received the Pete and Lucy Leach Scholarship
Perez, a team roper, is a freshman majoring in agricultural business. He was the 4-H state champion team roper and placed in the top 10 in high school rodeo. He received the Charlie Lee Memorial Scholarship.
Phillipps, a junior in agricultural business, competes in saddle bronc.
Trammell, a junior majoring in engineering, competes in team roping and calf roping. He transferred from Odessa College. He is a two-time national high school rodeo qualifier in calf roping. He received the G.B. Oliver Jr. Memorial Scholarship.
Walraven, a freshman agricultural business and agricultural economics major, competes in calf roping and team roping. He has qualified for the national high school rodeo.
Weiss, a transfer from Miles Community College, is a junior biology/pre-veterinarian major. She competes in barrel racing, breakaway roping, team roping and goat tying. She placed fourth in goat tying in 2003 and 2004 in the Big Sky Region.
Whitworth, a junior business major, competes in calf roping and team roping. He transferred from Central Arizona College. He has qualified for the College National Finals Rodeo in 2002 and 2003.
Wilson, a freshman psychology major, competes in breakaway roping and barrel racing. She placed fifth in barrels in the New Mexico High School Rodeo Association.
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