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Monday, October 20, 2003

Mendoza celebrates first birthday

Andres Mata Mendoza celebrated his first birthday with a party held in his honor at his grandparent's house.

Theme for the special event was "Winnie the Pooh" and friends and family were on hand to help him celebrate.

He received many gifts, but his favorite was a "Tigger" given to him by his Tio Felipe Mata and wagon with blocks given to him by his sister Cynthia Ramirez.

Andres is the son of Sarah Mata and Cruz Juan Mendoza.

Maternal grandparents are the late Ismael C. Mata and Adelina Mata.

WTAMU men nab second place

J.W. Todd remained in championship form and Cade Swor gave the West Texas A&M University men's rodeo team its first roping points of the season as the Buffs managed a solid second-place finish Oct. 9-11 at the Vernon College rodeo.

With 220 points for the weekend, second only to Tarleton State University's 245, the WTAMU men retained their grip on first place in the Southwest Region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA).

WTAMU has 786.33 points after three rodeos, while Tarleton sits in second place with 660 points. The regular season consists of 10 rodeos, four in the fall and six in the spring.

Todd, a senior applied arts and sciences major from Hornbeck, La., led the way for the WTAMU men with a first-place effort in saddle-bronc riding.

And Swor, a sophomore general business major from Winnie, earned second-place points in calf roping, a category in which success previously had eluded WTAMU. Swor also finished fifth in steer wrestling.

Also placing for WTAMU was Matt Bennett, a junior agricultural business and economics major from Checotah, Okla., who finished sixth in bareback riding. The Buffs may have missed a golden opportunity when Wes Burns, a freshman agricultural business and economics major from Sedan, N.M. and the saddle-bronc leader after the long go, had no score in the short go and did not place.

The WTAMU women were even less fortunate. Brandi Harrison, a senior pre-veterinary major from Pecos, was in first place in breakaway roping after the long go but had no time in the second round. And Kerbi Thiel, a sophomore marketing major from Belle Fourche, S.D., sat in third place after the opening round of barrel racing; however, she hit a barrel in the long go and the WTAMU women settled for 55 points at the rodeo.

The teams resume NIRA action Oct. 23-25 in Lubbock at the Texas Tech Rodeo, and the Buffs will get a boost when Marty Eakin officially joins the team. Eakin, a sophomore undeclared major from Amarillo, competes in five events. He is a former National High School Rodeo Association All-Around Champion Cowboy. Because he transferred to WTAMU with some eligibility remaining at a junior college, he had to sit out the first three rodeos this fall.

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