The cowboy rides away ... all the way to nationals
Casey Crow of La Vernia competes during the state finals in the breakaway event. When the dust settled, Casey’s fourth-place finish qualified him for national competition in New Mexico.
Casey Crow competes in breakaway
Two Wilson County rodeo athletes are among the cowboys and cowgirls representing Texas during the national junior high rodeo competition held June 23-29 in Gallup, N.M. As reported in last week’s Wilson County News, two La Vernia athletes -- Casey Crow and last year’s rookie of the year, Shaye Lynn Jessee, qualified for national competition. See “Last year’s ‘Rookie of the Year’ wins at national” for more on Shaye Lynn and the other cowgirls who placed in state.
Casey Crow ranked 15th in Region 8 All Around. He garnered points by placing fifth in boys goat tying, seventh in ribbon roping, and eighth in boys breakaway.
In the Texas Junior High State Final Rodeo competition, held May 25 through June 1 in Gonzales, Casey’s fourth-place finish in the boys breakaway qualified him to advance to national competition.
In the first go, he timed a 2.93, followed by a second go of 2.79, concluding with a 3.82 in the third go. His average time for state competition was 9.540.
When the dust settled, Casey proudly represented the Lone Star State by placing 54th in the boys breakaway during the national competition in New Mexico. Kolton Mazoch of El Campo, the No. 1-seeded state boys breakaway champion, placed 25th in national competition.
Casey also competed in boys goat tying during the state competition and served as a roper on a ribbon roping team.
Sixth grade stand outs
While several returning junior high students are ranked among the top 15 in their regions in Texas, newcomers, including Cash Fretwell of Pleasanton, also fared well. He led the way in Region 8 boys’ breakaway and was runner-up in team roping. Stockdale’s Wells Mitchell shone in Region 6.
The All Around standings are determined by points accumulated by the cowboys in as many as 10 rodeos, with points earned for participating in each event.
Cash Fretwell, a sixth-grader at Pleasanton Intermediate Campus, ranked sixth in the All Around standings for Region 8. Cash, the son of Chuck and Kristine Fretwell of Pleasanton, led the way in boys breakaway and served as the header on the reserve champion team roping team during his first year on the junior high rodeo circuit. He also placed eighth in ribbon roping and ninth in boys goat tying.
Cash placed 16th in his first time at state during the boys breakaway competition. with a time of 4.45 in his first go.
He also competed in boys goat tying, served as a header in team roping, and served as a roper on a ribbon roping team.
Stockdale cowboy Wells Mitchell ranked fifth in Region 6 All Around. A sixth-grader at Stockdale Junior High School, Wells is the son of DJ and Shanna Mitchell of Stockdale. He ranked second in boys breakaway, fifth in team roping, sixth in boys goat tying, and seventh in ribbon roping.
Wells accumulated additional points in state competition in the boys breakaway, with a first go time of 4.140. He also competed in boys goat tying, served as a heeler during team roping competition, and participated as a roper in ribbon roping.
Top 10 all around
Rylan Tieken, an eighth-grader in the Nixon-Smiley Consolidated Independent School District, returned to the junior high rodeo arena, ranked fourth in Region 6 All Around. The son of Charles and Robin Zella of Nixon and Gene Tieken of Gonzales ranked second in team-roping and chute dogging, and third in boys breakaway.
Cameron Crow of Floresville was ranked fourth in Region 8 All Around honors. Cameron, an eighth-grader at Floresville Junior High School, is the son of Jim Bob and Susan Crow. He led the district in tiedown (calf roping) and ribbon roping and ranked second in boys goat tying. He also placed 12th in chute dogging and team roping.
During state competition, Cameron placed 16th in calf roping. He also competed in goat tying and was a roper in ribbon roping.
Hunter Underbrink of Pleasanton ranked eighth in the Region 8 All Around. Hunter placed second in ribbon roping, third in boys breakaway, fifth in team roping, and 12th in boys goat tying.
Hunter competed at state in boys breakaway with a time of 4.610 in the first go. He also was a roper in ribbon roping and served as the heeler on a team roping team.
More all around winners
Stockdale’s Mason Howard ranked 11th in Region 6 All Around. The son of Scott Howard and Kim Howard, Mason competed as a seventh-grader in the rodeo circuit. He ranked fifth in tiedown, sixth in ribbon roping, and placed seventh in boys goat tying.
In state competition, Mason competed in all of these events, while serving as a heeler in a team roping competition and a roper in ribbon roping.
Fisher Underbrink of Pleasanton ranked 11th in Region 8 All Around. He placed fifth in the tiedown and in team roping; and placed 11th in boys goat tying.
In state competition, Fisher competed in calf roping and served as the header on a team roping team.
Trace Herndon of Gonzales ranked 12th in Region 6 All Around. Trace qualified for state by placing ninth in boys breakaway and ribbon roping, and placed 10th in boys goat tying.
Stockdale’s Gregory Wilkison ranked 13th in Region 6 All Around. He led in the district’s boys breakaway and placed eighth in ribbon roping.
During state competition, Gregory placed 21st in boys breakaway. He also competed as a roper on a ribbon roping team.
Kaleb Macias of Floresville ranked 14th in Region 6 All Around. The son of Jaime Macias has picked up his father’s talent, and served as a heeler on the seventh-ranked team-roping team. The seventh-grader also placed seventh in tiedown and placed ninth in boys goat tying. He competed in all these events at state.
Miles Svoboda of Gonzales placed sixth in chute dogging, 11th in boys breakaway, and 13th in boys goat tying.
At state, Miles competed in boys goat tying and chute dogging, representing Region 6.
Tristan Pacheco of Pleasanton placed seventh in team roping, third in bull riding, and 14th in boys breakaway.
During state competition, Tristan placed 15th in bull riding. While representing District 8, Tristan also served as a heeler on a team roping team.
Mason Moore of Pleasanton placed ninth in team roping, 11th in tiedown, and 15th in boys breakaway. He represented District 8 during state competition in team roping and calf roping.
Cody Gillespie of Pleasanton placed seventh in boys breakaway, served as the header on the 11th-place team roping team, and placed 16th in goat tying.
He competed in state in boys breakaway and team-roping events.
Two Atascosa County cowgirls not mentioned in the July 17 article include Mayce Marek of Pleasanton (Region 6) and Rachel Schnelle of Jourdanton (Region 9). These young ladies competed in state competition in ribbon roping, both serving as runners when partnered with a cowboy.
Most of these young athletes will begin the new rodeo season in September, hoping for another chance to compete at the state level, while others enter the high school circuit for the first time.