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Tuesday, July 9, 2002

Saddle bronc winner Bail now first in 2002 earnings

Jesse Bail didn't do badly last week at the West of the Pecos Rodeo. But the South Dakota native did even better at rodeos further to the north during the busy Fourth of July holiday.

Bail moved into first place in the All-Around Cowboy standings this week, passing Cash Myers in the overall standings after collecting $33,456 at seven rodeos. Of that total, $3,845 came from his first place finish in Saddle Bronc riding last Wednesday in Pecos. But his biggest payout, of $11,409, came from the Greeley (Colo.) Independence Stampede.

The $33,456 is the second-highest weekly payout ever, behind only Ty Murray's $37,630 total for the Fourth of July week back in 1999. It gave Bail a total of $122,961 in earnings for the year, moving him ahead of Cash Myers, who has earned $116,123 so for in 2002.

Greeley is one of several rodeos to the north and to the west that have boosted their payouts in recent years and attracted some of the top cowboys away from the West of the Pecos Rodeo.

Myers skipped Pecos this year, even though his dad, Rope Myers, was in competition here. He picked up $18,365 last week in several rodeos to the west, with most of his money coming from Greeley and Prescott, Ariz.

Runner-up for the All-Around Cowboy title in Pecos, Brent Lewis, is in fourth place nationally in the All-Around competition. Lewis picked up $4,656 in team roping and steer roping here, and is at $60,343 for the year.

Most of the top cowboys in the Saddle Bronc and Steer Roping events did make the trip to Pecos. Bail is in second place overall there, behind Dan Mortenson, while runner-up in Pecos, Tom Reeves, is in fifth place overall and third place finisher Steve Dollarhide is in sixth in the total money winnings.

Steer Roping winner in Pecos on Saturday, Brice Davis, failed to crack the Top 20 in winnings, despite earning nearly $4,500 here, while runner-up Jay Sellers is in 10th place in the rankings, and 17-time national champion Guy Allen remains in first place overall, at $22,984. Allen qualified for the short go-round in Pecos on Saturday, but failed to post a time in the finals.

Little Leaguers' tournament games rescheduled

The Pecos Little League All-Stars will try to dig themselves out of a hole on Friday and avoid a series of weekend games in the District 4 11-12 year old Tournament.

Pecos' game with San Angelo Northern was suspended on Sunday with Northern holding a 6-1 lead. The Little Leaguers had just scored on hits by Timo Reyes and Chris Sotelo to open the third inning when thunderstorms forced suspension of play.

The teams will pick up their game at that point on Friday, beginning at 5 p.m. in San Angelo, and the teams will have to turn around and play again later that evening in either a championship or an elimination round game. The winner will advance to the tournament's semifinals against the winner of the other half of the area bracket, scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday, while the loser will face the winner of the Ballinger-Winters game, also at 8 p.m.

The elimination bracket teams would also have to play two games on Saturday in order to reach the tournament finals, which are scheduled for Sunday. San Angelo Lake View, San Angelo Western, North Concho and San Angelo Southern are the other teams entered in the District 4 Tournament.

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