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March 12, 2001

Lee wins calf scramble at Houston Show

PECOS, March 12, 2001 - Katie Lee of Pecos, took the Reliant Astrodome spotlight was one of 14 winners in the calf scramble March 2, at the Houston Livestock Show.

Lee, a Reeves County 4-H student at Crockett Middle School, was one of 28 contestants who attempted to catch one of 14 elusive calves, halter it and bring it into the winners' square in the middle of the 1.86-acre arena.

In exchange for successfully capturing one of the calves, Lee will receive a $1,000 calf purchase certificate donated by Harris/Holley-Norfolk. The certificate will be used for the purchase of a registered beef heifer which she will raise under the supervision of Terry Holder, her county extension agent.

"Each calf scramble participant has worked hard to earn his or her place on the arena floor and each is winner before the scramble even starts," said Tom Baker, chairman of the Calf Scramble Committee and one of nearly 13,000 volunteers who make the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo a success.

"Those like Katie who are successful in the scramble have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. For her, this is the just the beginning of a year full of challenges, hard work and excitement," added Baker. "Many times the scrambler and his or her donor become lifelong friends because of the bond they have formed during the scramble year."

Although the scramble itself is entertaining, the serious side of the even begins once the show is over. The heifer becomes the basis of a year long project in which the scrambler must personally raise the heifer, groom, fit, feed and care for her. Next year, the scrambler will bring the heifer back to the Houston Livestock Show to participate in a special competition.

Throughout the year, the student must keep accurate and detailed records of the animal's progress, submitting records to both the Show and the donor chronicling the heifer's development. The winner's agricultural science teacher or county extension agent must supervise the entire project.

OC sets hours for Spring Break

PECOS, March 12, 2001 - Odessa College will be closed for spring break beginning today, March 12 through Saturday, March 17.

The OC Sports Center will observe special hours during spring break. The Sports Center will be open 7-10 a.m. and 4-8 p.m., Monday-Thursday, March 12-15, and 7-10 a.m., Friday, March 16. The pool will be closed during spring break for Aquatic Academy classes.

For more information about Sports Center spring break hours and activities, call 335-6348.

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