North Zulch alum rides high

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Freshman Sonora Schueneman has been a regular in the lineup for the Texas A&M University rodeo club.

The North Zulch High School graduate said she is the lone freshman among the four gals regularly in the lineup to account for the team's scoring. "It's an honor," said Schueneman, who has participated in every event this year.

She placed second in goat tying at the Hill College rodeo. "It was good," she said. "I'll take it."

As of March 26, she ranked fourth in the goat tying standings for the Southern Region, according to the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association. She was third in goat tying during two consecutive October events and was fifth in her college debut.

Club coach Al Wagner is "absolutely" happy with Schueneman's performance, he said. "She is a outstanding young woman as well."

Schueneman said she has one more event to try to qualify individually for the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyo. She can qualify in goat tying if she finishes the season in the top three, she said.

The women's team was second in the standings as of March 26. It would qualify by finishing first or second, she said.

Schueneman has been pleased with her first year. "It's pretty much what I expected," she said. "It's been really good making sure you stay on top of your game."

She competes almost every weekend, including non-collegiate events, and will remain busy through summer. Last year, she said, "Our family was home maybe four weeks the whole summer."

Men's golf

James Guy Gierisch of Normangee shot a 170 (89-81) for Jacksonville College at the Hal Sutton Invite. He tied for 23rd and was sixth among the school's entries.

Send updates about area athletes to Barbara Boxleitner at jdanddoc@gmail.com

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