Pluemer, other rodeo stars excel

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The points standings at the end of the fall portion of the New Mexico High School Rodeo Association's season tell some stories — but not others.

The points indicate which cowgirls and cowboys have been the most consistent during the early-fall rodeos, both in attendance and performance. There will be many changes once the 2011-12 season resumes with a March 17-18 rodeo in Farmington, but some of the early leaders will likely still be in contention for state titles next summer.

Points in each event determines which four New Mexicans advance to nationals once the state finals are complete. Valencia County's only national qualifier on the girls side last year was Leia Pluemer, a Bosque Farms resident who's a junior at Albuquerque's Hope Christian High.

Pluemer picked up where she left off, and is second in overall girls points after the fall season. She has 258 points to the 298 by leader LeighAnn Scribner of Edgewood.

Pluemer has a narrow lead in the points standings in pole bending and barrels. She's also second in cutting and third in goat tying.

As the defending state champion in pole bending, Pluemer had more success this fall, especially in the final two rodeos of October.

She took home All-Around Cowgirl honors at both, while Scribner had that distinction at the other three rodeos of the fall.

At a Moriarty rodeo the weekend of Oct. 8-9, Pluemer didn't place first in weekend average in any of her events. However, she placed fourth or better on every run in three events.

The fall ended with an Oct. 22-23 rodeo at Lovington. Pluemer had the best average score in both the poles and the barrels, and was fifth and sixth on her two goat-tying runs to grab the all-around title.

Lindsey Adcock, a Belen resident and also a Hope Christian junior, accrued points this fall as well. She's eighth overall and has earned points in pole bending, breakaway roping and team roping.

Kacy Wilcox is ranked seventh in overall points with 99. She's second in the breakaway behind Scribner, and has earned team-roping and pole-bending points.

Morgan Gonzales is 15th overall. She's ninth in goats and is tied for sixth in the breakaway. She, too, had team-roping points.

All 22 of Meghan Meeks' points have come in the breakaway.

On the boys side, the county's other national qualifier was Cody Mathews Jr. of Bosque. He's ranked fifth in bull-riding points after the five fall rodeos.

Lorenzo Lara isn't among the boys overall leaders, but he does have 65 points. He accrued most of those in steer wrestling, where he's ranked sixth, and in calf roping and team roping.

Wesley Henderson has earned team-roping points.

After the spring portion of the season opens in March in Farmington, it also features stops in Carlsbad, Las Cruces, Las Vegas and Gallup. There are no Albuquerque or Valencia County rodeos on the circuit for a second consecutive school year.


-- Email the author at jbrooks@news-bulletin.com.