Mexia rodeo icon reflects on accomplishments

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L.N. “Sonny” Sikes, shown here at his ranch outside Huntsville, is a legend in the rodeo world. The Mexia native has dedicated his life to the sport, as a competitor, coach and role model. He won four national titles as a student at Sam Houston State University, where he is still active in the rodeo program. Contributed photo/Brian Blalock

Editor’s note: Sam Houston State University created this feature on Mexia native and SHSU rodeo legend Sonny Sikes, which they graciously allowed to be shared with readers of The Mexia News. The article was written by SHSU student writer Marissa Nuñez.

By Marissa Nuñez
SHSU

On the wall of Sam Houston State University alumnus L.N. “Sonny” Sikes’s home is a collage made up of black-and-white photographs of his siblings, nephews, in-laws and himself roping, surrounding a picture of his mother and father with the words “Sikes Family Legacy” printed across it.

Indeed, that is what the Sikes family has become in the world of rodeo—a legacy.

The sport of rodeo runs deep in the heart of the Sikes family and the name has become an institution in the rodeo world. Family members, both past and present, have become pioneers of the sport in their own right.

That legacy was honored in June, when the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association established the L.N. “Sonny” Sikes Pioneer Scholarship Award. Senior interdisciplinary studies major Stormie Haynie received the first scholarship.

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