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LAS CRUCES - More than a dozen new rodeo team recruits, including four female team ropers and several rough stock athletes on the men's team, will receive the DuBois Rodeo Scholarship this fall at New Mexico State University.
Coach Jim Dewey Brown wants to strengthen the rough stock side of the men's team this season, and said because the rules have changed in how team roping is scored, more team ropers will be included in the NMSU team competition at each rodeo.
Frank DuBois, who helped establish rodeo scholarships at NMSU, said top coaching and a record of success are attracting skilled athletes.
"They're excited to be at New Mexico State," said DuBois, former secretary/director of the New Mexico Department of Agriculture. "They know two things: It's a quality school so their degree will be marketable, and they're excited to be a part of the NMSU rodeo program. There's a tradition here of regional championships and national placings."
The new scholarship athletes include Brooke Conner of Willcox, Ariz.; Megan Corey of Bremerton, Wash.; Julie Etchegaray of Eureka, Nev.; Daniel Etsitty of Kayenta, Ariz.; Jake Greenwood of Big Piney, Wyo.; Katie Hooper of Elko, Nev.; Lindsey Hughes of Cornville, Ariz.; Robby Jundt of Elfrida, Ariz.; Kevin Lozares of Mountain View, Calif.; Aaron Moyers of Moriarty; J.W. Nicholson of Bosque Farms; Brittany Striegel of Aztec; Lucas Vaughan of Yerington, Nev.; and Megan Wilkerson of Sonoita, Ariz.
The 14 scholarship recruits have joined 27 returning scholarship athletes on the 70-member team.
"Based on the performance of last year and the new recruits, our women's team will be super tough," DuBois said. "With the influx of student athletes on the men's team, I expect they will take the regional championship."
Conner, a freshman, will compete in breakaway roping and goat tying. She was the champion in goat tying at the 2004 Arizona State Fair Rodeo and a 2005 National High School Finals Rodeo qualifier.
Corey is a transfer from Cochise College in Douglas, Ariz. She competes in barrel racing, breakaway roping and goat tying. She is the 2005 reserve champion in goat tying in the Grand Canyon Region and a two-time College National Finals Rodeo qualifier.
Etchegaray, a freshman majoring in nursing, will compete in breakaway roping, goat tying, barrel racing and team roping. She was the Nevada state high school rodeo barrel racing champion, the Nevada reserve all-around cowgirl and a 2005 National High School Finals Rodeo qualifier.
Etsitty is a transfer from Cochise College who competes in bareback riding and bull riding. He is a two-time College National Finals Rodeo qualifier.
Greenwood is a junior majoring in agricultural business who transferred from National American University in Rapid City, S.D. He is a bull rider and bareback rider who competed last year in Professional Bull Riders competitions.
Hooper is a freshman majoring in athletic training. She competes in barrel racing, team roping and breakaway roping. She was a three-year qualifier to the National High School Finals Rodeo.
Hughes is a freshman who competes in breakaway roping, goat tying and team roping. She was the breakaway roping champion at the 2004 Arizona State Fair Rodeo and competed at the National High School Finals Rodeo in 2005.
Jundt is a transfer from Cochise College who competes in bull riding. He was a College National Finals Rodeo qualifier in 2004.
Lozares is a sophomore agricultural business major who transferred from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, where he was a member of the men's golf team. He competes in calf roping and team roping.
Moyers is a freshman team roper. He received the Hotch and Carolyn Manning Scholarship.
Nicholson is a freshman biology major who competes in steer wrestling. He finished in fourth place in steer wrestling at the National High School Finals Rodeo in 2005, and was the steer wrestling champion at the 2005 New Mexico High School Finals Rodeo. He received the Singleton Ranches Scholarship.
Striegel is a freshman chemistry major who competes in breakaway roping, barrel racing and team roping. She was the champion in goat tying at the 2005 New Mexico High School Finals Rodeo and was a member of the Wrangler All-Star Team. She received the F.F. "Chano" Montoya Memorial Scholarship.
Vaughan is a freshman biology major who competes in calf roping, team roping and steer wrestling. He was a National High School Finals Rodeo qualifier in 2005 and took sixth place in team roping at the Silver State International Rodeo.
Wilkerson is a freshman agricultural business and agricultural marketing major who competes in breakaway roping, team roping and barrel racing. She was the breakaway roping reserve champion at the Arizona Junior Rodeo and the state barrel racing champion.
Scholarship athletes returning to the team are Clay Acuna of Santa Fe; Daren Albrecht of Veyo, Utah; Audrey Baeza of El Paso; Bode Baize of Anthony, Texas; Chelsee Byerley of Gallup; MegAnne Casey of Great Falls, Mont.; Dusti Franklin of Ruidoso; Meghan Jo Frie of Virden, N.M; Matt Garza of Mesilla Park, who received the El Valle Fraternal Order of Eagles Scholarship; Bailey Gow of Roseburg, Ore., who received the Pete and Lucy Leach Scholarship; Clay Houston of Seminole, Texas; Kayla Lange of Great Falls; Nate Mortensen of Virden; Krista Norell of Meeker, Colo.; Victor Perez of Corona, who received the Charlie Lee Memorial Scholarship; Clint Phillipps of Douglas, Wyo.; Callie Rios of Clint, Texas; Katrina Stackpole of Tijeras; Allen Tacker of Fabens, Texas; Casey Talbot of Malaga, N.M.; Monte Topmiller of Silver City; Ty Trammell of Alamogordo, who received the G.B. Oliver Jr. Memorial Scholarship; Rachael Van Cleve of Bosque Farms; Chance Van Winkle of Alto, who received the H.W. "Bud" Eppers Memorial Scholarship; Sterling Walker of Aztec; Wacey Walraven of Datil, N.M.; and Lacy Wilson of Artesia.
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