Ropin' and diggin'

Becky White splits her September between rodeo and volleyball

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To get a picture of what Moffat County senior Becky White's life had been like this fall, just watch her on the volleyball court for one or two games.

White is used as the team's libero, which is a player who is allowed to sub in and out without stopping the game. Volleyball coach Becky Jackson gives White a nod and she quickly runs onto the court to replace a player. Then after a few rotations, White will run back off the court between serves. In just one game, she'll run back and forth from the bench to the court a dizzying amount of times.

Sound hectic? Welcome to White's fall.

In addition to running back and forth from the court to the bench, she's been splitting her time between volleyball and rodeo.

"I've had a lot of late nights. ... Sundays are usually my day off, but I don't have that with my schedule now," she said. "During the week I practice volleyball, then I get home and ride for a couple of hours, and then I do homework."

And that's just on a regular school night.

With volleyball and/or rodeo on Saturday and Sunday, White hasn't had a break all fall.

Counting today's rodeo in Craig, the senior has competed in seven rodeos and six volleyball matches in September. That means 13 of the 24 days of this month she has been in a competition. Ten of those thirteen competitions have been on the road.

"I'll be glad when rodeo is over this fall so I can concentrate on volleyball," she said.

After the fall rodeo season ends this weekend, volleyball will be the main focus. But in the long run, rodeo is her top priority.

"I feel bad if I have to miss a volleyball game because I feel like I let my team down," she said. "But I'm going to go further in rodeo, and my coach and my team understands that."

White qualified for the Nat-ional High School Rodeo Fin-als as a junior, and she hopes to pursue rodeo in college. So when it comes to deciding when the two sports conflict, rodeo is the top priority.

Today and Sunday the Moffat County High School rodeo team is hosting the final rodeo of the fall season. White was in Delta on Friday for volleyball, and she had to leave the team to be back this morning for the rodeo. She is missing the team's match against Palisade today. It was only one of two volleyball games she had to skip out on this fall.

Her most hectic weekend was last weekend, when she had to go from Glenwood Springs on Saturday down to Gunnison for the rodeo Sunday. She joined up with Kacey Bull, a Steamboat Springs freshman who is pulling the same double, for a ride to the rodeo.

Despite the hectic travel and practice schedule, White is doing well in both sports.

She's currently sixth in the girls all-around of rodeo. She's also in the top 10 in goat tying, barrel racing and breakaway roping and 12th in pole bending.

"The fall is important bec-ause colleges look at those stats for scholarships," she said. "My goal is to make it to the short go in every one of my events at state and qualify for nationals again this year."

In volleyball, the senior is a defensive specialist on one of the best defensive teams in the Western Slope League.

"It's fun because I like both sports," she said. "It's just a little hectic."

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