Hill College rodeo teams ride into third competition of the season this week

  Jessyca Brown
  Wednesday, October 13, 2021 8:32 AM

Hillsboro, TX

The Hill College men’s and women’s rodeo teams will hit the road for their third rodeo of the fall season this weekend at Northeast Texas Community College in Mt. Pleasant.

Performances at the Panola College rodeo in September and the Southwest Texas Junior College rodeo earlier this month earned the teams a current overall ranking of fifth (men’s team) and seventh (women’s team) in the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) Southern Region.

“After two events, the Hill College men’s team needs to pick up momentum,” said rodeo coach and athletic director Paul Brown. “We have a few athletes sitting good in their respective events, but as a team, we are better than what we have shown. Our team members just need to not make little mistakes and draw good livestock. This is a really good team and should be fine at the end of the year.”

Several Hill College cowboys are showing signs of promise with current regional and national rankings. Sophomore Jarrod Hammons and freshman Cutter Kaylor are holding steady in their events with Hammons currently ranked second in saddle bronc riding and Kaylor ranked third in bull riding. Nationally, Hammons holds the No. 15 spot and Kaylor is ranked No. 22.

Freshmen Max Mathis and JB Collins are ranked fifth and sixth in the region, respectively, in tie down roping. Team ropers sophomore Chance Littleben and freshman Todd Sells are ranked fourth, and freshmen Cole Walker and Alden Dauer are ranked twelfth in steer wrestling.

“Jarrod Hammons is leading the team in points sitting a close second in the region title race, and he is a real contender for a national championship,” Brown said. “Max and JB have started the year off good in calf roping. Cutter is coming off injuries, but he should be a real threat this year. I expect several of these plus a couple of other athletes to really come around this year. Of these top athletes, Jarrod is the only returning team member.”

Freshman cowgirl Ainslee Morris is ranked fourth in breakaway roping and eleventh in goat tying in the region. Sophomores Fallon Hanson and Jordi Edens are both ranked thirteenth in breakaway roping.

“Newcomer Ainslee Morris had a great second rodeo winning second in a tough breakaway and placing in goat tying, as well as winning the reserve all-around title for the [Southwest Texas Junior College] rodeo,” said Brown.

Edens and ­­­­sophomore Brighton Bauman return to the women’s team after both barely missing qualifying for the College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) last year in the breakaway roping finishing fourth and fifth, respectively, in the region. Brown said he also expects freshmen Jessi Harris and Kalli McCall to make significant contributions to the women’s team this year.

“Jessi, whose parents both rodeoed for Hill College and her dad was my assistant for several years, is a real contender in the barrel race,” Brown said. “She lost her good horse this summer after qualifying for the NHSRA finals and is trying to get with a new horse. Kalli dominated her high school region last year in the barrels and should help us out as a two-event cowgirl.”

“I am super excited to see how this year ends up,” Brown added. “We have a lot of really good kids that are working hard at collegiate rodeo. It’s going to be a fun year.”

Last year, the women’s team finished sixth in the Southern Region. The men’s team finished as reserve regional champions and sent six team members to the CNFR. The men’s team ended their try at finals ranked No. 32 in the nation.

Hill College also has seven former athletes who will compete in the 2021 National Finals Rodeo (NFR), which is taking place in Las Vegas beginning Thursday, Dec. 2. Three first-year qualifiers include heeler Ross Ashford in team roping, bareback rider Zach Hibler, and calf roper John Douch. Other former athletes to watch at the NFR are steer roper Cody Lee and calf ropers Shane Hanche, Marty Yates, and Cory Solomon.

Hill College 2021 Fall Rodeo Schedule
Oct. 15-16            at Northeast Texas Community College

Oct. 29-30            at McNeese State University

Nov. 11-13           at Sam Houston State University

Hill College Rodeo Team Roster

Name                                    Event(s)                               Grade                   Hometown

Tanner Allen                           Saddle Bronc Riding              FR                        Clifton, TX
                                                Bull Riding          

LuLu Ashley                           Barrel Racing                        FR                        Midlothian, TX

Camden Baucom                    Saddle Bronc Riding              SO                        Midlothian, TX

Brighton Bauman                   Breakaway Roping,                SO                        Okeechobee, FL
                                                Team Roping

Rylee Barton                          Barrel Racing                        FR                         Kopperl, TX

Brayden Bruton                      Breakaway Roping                SO                         Grandview, TX
                                                Goat Tying

Sterling Bryant                       Team Roping                        FR                          Cleburne, TX

Landon Bynum                       Steer Wrestling                    FR                          Abbott, TX

J.B. Collins                             Calf Roping                          FR                          Rosenburg, TX
                                                Team Roping

Alden Dauer                           Steer Wrestling                    FR                          Azle, TX
                                                Team Roping

Jake Dollander                       Team Roping                        FR                         Granbury, TX

Jordi Edens                            Breakaway Roping,               FR                         Gatesville, TX
                                                Team Roping

Morgan Elder                          Barrel Racing                      SO                          Caddo Mills, TX

Cade Fedor                            Steer Wrestling                    FR                          Grandview, TX

Branna  Fischer                      Barrel Racing                       SO                          Canada

Cole Ford                               Calf Roping                         SO                          Louisiana
                                                Team Roping

Jarrod Hammons                    Saddle Bronc Riding             SO                          Stephenville, TX

Fallon Hanson                        Breakaway Roping                SO                          Oregon

Jessi Harris                            Barrel Racing                       FR                           Itasca, TX

Dylan Hoffman                       Team Roping                       SO                          Normangee, TX

Jamarcus Horace                    Calf Roping                         SO                          Conroe, TX

Cutter Kaylor                         Bull Riding                           FR                           Jasper, TX

Zane Kelly                             Calf Roping                         SO                          Combine, TX
                                                Steer Wrestling
                                                Team Roping

Kelly Kendrick                        Breakaway Roping               SO                          Omaha, NE

Ryland Kirk                            Bull Riding                          SO                          Carrollton, GA

Jensen Ladd                           Barrel Racing                      FR                           Minnesota

Chance Littleben                     Team Roping                      SO                          Arizona

Cooper Mathews                     Calf Roping                        SO                          Cleburne, TX
                                                Team Roping

Max Mathis                            Calf Roping                         FR                          Ben Wheeler, TX
                                                Steer Wrestling
                                                Team Roping

Kalli McCall                            Breakaway Roping               FR                          Lufkin, TX
                                                Barrel Racing

Brice Meyers                          Calf Roping                         SO                         Grandview, TX

Jahmal Moore                        Bull Riding                           FR                         Baytown, TX

Ainslee Morris                        Breakaway Roping                FR                         Belton, TX
                                                Goat Tying

Rhody Niles                           Bareback Riding                   FR                          Huntsville, TX
                                                Steer Wrestling

Wylie Rains                           Saddle Bronc Riding              SO                          Aquilla, TX

Cody Rose                             Bareback Riding                   SO                          California

Chase Rutherford                   Bareback Riding                   SO                          Itasca, TX

Sarah Scott                           Barrel Racing                        FR                         Cleburne, TX

Todd Sells                              Team Roping                        FR                         Arizona

Trinity Smith                         Breakaway Roping                 FR                         Krum, TX
                                                Goat Tying
                                                Barrel Racing

Kaylee Traylor                       Breakaway Roping                 FR                         Mississippi

Kendal Turner                        Breakaway Roping                FR                         Teague, TX
                                                Goat Tying

Cole Walker                           Steer Wrestling                    FR                         Springtown, TX

Peyton Walters                      Team Roping                        SO                        Justin, TX

Cassidy Watson                     Barrel Racing                       FR                         Wylie, TX

Chase Webster                      Calf Roping                         SO                         Utah
                                                Team Roping

Jaishaun Wofford                   Steer Wrestling                   FR                          Euless, TX

21-22 Rodeo Team