The Huntsville Item, Huntsville, TX

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May 23, 2010

SHSU rodeo team building on tradition

HUNTSVILLE — Coach Bubba Miller keeps working to build the SHSU Rodeo Team.

A lifelong cowboy himself, Miller, now in his second year as SHSU Rodeo Coach, has been making the rounds at rodeos nationwide for the last year, searching for the latest and greatest talent to bring to Bearkat Rodeo.

Just last week, he secured another gifted cowboy in Jake Hebert, an 18-year-old star from Egon, La., proficient in both roughstock and time rodeo events.

The two first met at the 2009 National Little Bridges Rodeo in Pueblo, Colo. where Miller was impressed both with Hebert’s diversity and his ability to perform well even while injured.

“I got to meet Jake and his family and see his skills in the ring,” Miller said. “He had the toughness to win injured, which is something I admired a lot.”

Hebert’s credentials as a rodeo star are growing by the month. He took Reserve All Around Champion as a sophomore and All Around Champion as a junior in the Louisiana High School Rodeo Finals, and is a definite contender for the all around championship again this year, currently leading in saddle bronc riding and ranked high in bull riding.

Most recently he took first in steer wrestling and second in saddle bronc riding at the Cameron Parish High School Rodeo May 7 and 8, and third in steer wrestling and first in saddle bronc riding at the DeRidder High School Rodeo.

Miller was particularly impressed by Hebert’s proficiency in four different events: bull riding, saddle bronc riding, steer wresting and team roping, a combination not often seen in rodeo.

“It’s pretty rare for us to get guys who are good in both the timed event area and the roughstock area,” Miller said. “Jake’s proven to win on both ends of the ring.”

When he visited Huntsville May 17 to sign his letter of intent to attend SHSU, Hebert said the thing that drew him to the school most was the feeling of comfort it gave him.

“I got to talk with Bugga, and he was the coolest on I got to talk to,” Hebert said. “I just felt more at home over here. It was a laid back thing.”

Hebert, who says he’s been a cowboy since he could walk, plans to study ag business with a minor in animal science while at SHSU. He also plans to win.

“I’m excited,” he said. “I’m here to get stuff done.”

“I just want the community to know that we’ve got some phenomenal athletes coming in,” Miller said. “We’ve got big things ahead next year.”

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