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Two Crossroads students corral calves at Houston scramble

By Jessica Rodrigo
March 25, 2014 at midnight
Updated March 24, 2014 at 10:25 p.m.

Haden Haas, 14, of Cuero, was one of the successful calf scramble participants March 9 during the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Haden stands with the donor of his calf, an employee of Briargrove Animal Clinic.

Two Crossroads students put their skills to the test during the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and came out on top.

Kraegan Matula, 15, of Hallettsville, and Haden Haas, 14, of Cuero, participated in the calf scramble March 8 and 9.

"I was kind of nervous," said Haden, a freshman at Cuero High School.

Both boys earned $1,500 when they won, which will be used to purchase a calf of their own.

Haden has an older brother who also participated in the calf scramble and has a younger brother that will follow the tradition, too, his mom, Kecia Haas, said.

Haden goes to Cuero High School and is part of DeWitt County 4-H. He also plays right tackle for the football team, which he said might have come into play when he was in the arena.

"I just kind of knew what to do," he said. "I went in there and did it."

Kraegan, a freshman at Hallettsville High School, used his skills with track to help him nab a calf.

"It was a memorable experience," he said. "It's kinda just something that you do. You try your hardest."

He said his training for running hurdles and the 4-by-4 meter relay helped him win during the event.

This was Kraegan's first year participating in a calf scramble, he said. He participated at the San Antonio Rodeo and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, where he was successful in both competitions.

He plans to use his winnings from both calf scrambles to purchase a heifer that he will bring back to both shows and compete with. He has experience showing steers with Hallettsville Junior FFA and is continuing with the high school division.

Haden also has plans to bring his heifer to the Houston show next year and is looking forward to the project, his mom said.

"He has a lot of work to do," Haas said.

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