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Thursday, July 6, 2000

Pecos Rodeo gets four new leaders

PECOS, July 6, 2000 -- There were new leaders in four events, while Tuesday’s leaders held onto their spots in the others, as the official opening night of the West of the Pecos Rodeo was held Wednesday at the Buck Jackson Arena.

Fourteen-time world’s champion Guy Allen regained the lead he held following the first go-round of steer roping on Monday, while the first rider of the night in the ladies’ barrel race, Phyllis Newton, took the lead in that event with a 17.50 time.

Jeffrey Collins and Rancy Bray are the new leaders in the bareback and saddle bronc riding, with three more nights of competition to go. The second performance is scheduled to begin about 8:30 p.m. this evening; with the final two shows set for 8:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Roper and steer wrestlers are battling to get into the Top 12 by Friday, in order to qualify for a spot in the finals on Saturday.  Allen, who took the lead with an 11.9 second effort on Monday, did 12.2 in the third go-round last night, and the Lovington, N.M., cowboy’s combined 38.4 second time put him 6.4 seconds ahead of Joe Talbot of Pendleton, Ore., and Trevor Brazile of Decatur.

Talbot is tied for second with a 44.8 time despite not having placed among the top six in any of the three go-rounds so far, while Brazile, a two-time West of the Pecos All-Around champion, had some problems last night, after going 25.3 on his first two steers.

Newton, from Carlsbad, N.M., took the lead in barrel racing by six seconds over Donna Dugosh, who posted a 17.56 time Tuesday, during the first round of competition. The only other rider last night to get in among the leaders were Tammy Key of Ledbetter, who stands eighth after an 18-flat ride.

Rancy Bray of Dumas rode “Cecelia” to the lead in the saddle bronc competition. His 84 point score was four higher than last year’s winning total by Ty Murray and two more than defending National Finals Rodeo champ Billy Etbauer, who scored 82 points on board “Centerfold” on Wednesday.

Former Pecosite T.J. Kenney tied for the No. 3 spot with Jeff Miller of Coleman. Both scored 74 points Wednesday, Kenney in a re-ride on “Born to Be Wild” and Miller riding “Copenhagen Vogue” The opening night leader, Bryan Wright, is tied for fifth with Cody Demoss, both with 73 points.

Bareback riding had just one competitor on Tuesday, and all of the leaders rode last night. Jeffrey Collins of Redfield, Kan., scored 81 points riding “Black Betty” to grab first for now, four points ahead of Trey Fisher of Madisonville and Robert Bowers of Brooks AB, Calif. Fisher scored 77 points on “Skoals Free Ride” and Bowers rode “Little Sister”

In calf roping, both Blair Burke and Charley Russell maintained their leads in the second go-round and the overall average. Burke, of Durant, Okla., leads the second go with a 9.2 second time, while Russell, of Shamrock, is tops overall at 19.7 seconds, though Shawn Felton on Stephenville took over second place in the average, with a 20.3 time for two rides.

John Schuenman of Madisonville posted the best single time so far in steer wrestling, taking down his steer in 4.3 seconds last night. That put him in the lead in the second go-round over former NFR champ Byron Walker, though Walker, of Ennis, still leads in the average with a combined 9.7-second time. Schuenman, is in third place at 10.2 seconds, just behind Snyder’s Luke Richards, who is at 10.1 for two attempts.

Felipe Aragon maintained his lead in the bull riding competition, with the 87 point effort during Tuesday’s special bull riding session that earned him an extra $1,000, but Rusty Burford of Balch Springs took over second place, scoring 86 points on “Twilight Zone.”
Garrett Frey, who also rode Tuesday, dropped down to third, and Spud Whitman took over fourth place, scoring 78 points Wednesday on board “Funky Town”

Bull rider Tony Booth was treated for bruises at Reeves County Hospital, after he fell off “Boogie Man,” which then fell on him. Rodeo announcer Curt Robinson said Booth wasn’t seriously hurt, “He just wanted to be checked out, because another cowboy had gotten hurt the same way,” Robinson said this morning.

In team roping, Tee Woolman of Llano and Mike Beers of Powell Butte, Ore., tied for fourth place in the average with a combined 15.2-second time following Wednesday’s performance, where they placed second with a 6.6 time. They’re tied with Travis Bard and Vic McKinley, while David Motes and Mickey Gomez hold both the average lead, at 15.1 seconds, and the second go-round lead, at 6.3 seconds.

Kevin Stewart of Glen Rose and Martin Lucero of Stephenville had an 8.1 time and are in third place in the average, at 15.3 seconds. Scott Snededor and Randy Halbert, the first go-round winners, are second in the average, at 15.2 seconds.

Tonight’s rodeo performance will feature former world’s champion Deb Greenough and 1997 Pecos Rodeo champ Chad Klein in the bareback competition; 2000 College All-Around champ Jessie Bail and Coleman rodeo winner Yancy Jones in bull riding, steer wrestler Marty Musil, calf roper Jeff Yates, team ropers Johnnie Philipp and Neck Rowland and Turtle Powell and Wayne Folman and barrel racers Gail Hillman and Ember Stewart.

Little League squads take on Crane in openers

PECOS, July 6, 2000 -- It wasn't what they were promised, but at least it is a home game.

The Pecos Little League All-Stars went without a game at home last season, having to play all their District 4 Tournament contests either in Crane or the San Angelo area. This year, Pecos was scheduled to host the opening weekend of one of the three district sectional tournaments, but that plan fell apart when two of the four teams _ Sonora and Big Lake _ dropped out of tournament play.

That left Pecos and Crane, and while District 4 officials still won't let Pecos play at night due to the height of their light towers, they are letting the Little Leaguers host their first game in two years, against Crane starting at 6 p.m.

That's the same time the 9-10 year old Little Leaguers will be starting play in Crane, in a rematch of last year's District 4 championship game.

Most of that team is gone, but just under half are members of the 11-12 year old squad playing in Pecos tonight, while six others return from last year's team that lost their opener to Sonora, and were eliminated by San Angelo Northern later in the first week of play.

Coaches Fred Paz and Pete Garcia said one of the returning players from a year ago, Eddie Vela, would start on the mound tonight for Pecos, as for the rest of the team, Garcia said, "We know who he (manager Vaughn Garnto) will have on the infield, but we're not sure about the outfield yet."

Jonathan Garcia, Edward Valencia and Chris Garnto will start at first, second and third base respectively, while Isaiah Rayos will start at shortstop and Thomas Paz will be at catcher.

The winner of this evening's game will travel to Carlsbad, north of San Angelo, on Saturday to face Coke County (Robert Lee) in an 11:30 a.m. game, while the loser will play on the same day and at the same site, starting at 5:30 p.m. in an elimination game against either Ballinger or Winters.

Pecos' Junior Leaguers were also supposed to host a section of the District 4 Tournament this weekend, but that was changed due to teams dropping out. They were then scheduled to play their first game Saturday afternoon at Nathan Donsky Field on Knickerbocker Road in San Angelo, but coach Lee Serrano said that's been moved up to 11 a.m. Saturday, against either Ballinger or North Concho. A win would move the 13-14 year olds into a 5 p.m. quarterfinal game that same afternoon at Donsky Field, which is the home field for San Angelo Central High School.

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