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San Angelo short round will be great

Twisted Rodeo - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 5:37pm

Tonight’s championship round of the San Angelo (Texas) Stock Show will be a showcase of Pete Carr bucking stock.

SanAngelo-LogoThe short go-round will begin at 7:30 p.m. Central time in the west Texas community and features the top 12 contestants from preliminary rounds. In the mix will be world champions and regular Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifiers.

Most of the roughstock cowboys will have an opportunity to win big money on Carr animals. In fact, there are 27 Carr horses and bulls. Of those, 15 have been selected to perform at the NFR.

There are some fantastic match-ups on tap, too, including:

BAREBACK RIDING
Austin Foss-First Kiss
Brian Bain-Cool Change
Bobby Mote-Ladies Man
Bill Tutor-River Boat Annie
Tanner Aus-Betty Boop

SADDLE BRONC RIDING
Cody DeMoss-Gold Coast
Sam Spreadborough-Miss Congeniality
Cody Taton-Lori Darling
Bradley Harter-Sweet Maria

BULL RIDING
Howdy Cloud-Poker Face
Brennon Elred-Thunder Cat
Corey Maier-Half Nuts
Lon Danley-Hokey Pokey
Dalan Duncan-Missing Parts

It should be a fantastic show.

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Giving the Elderly a Lift -- In Their Home

Lifestyles - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 2:45pm
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(NewsUSA) - Although home may be where the heart is, for older people, it may not be where they are able to stay.

This need (and recognition) to downsize, yet not wanting to because of the memories associated with the home (after all, it's where they have lived for decades and may have raised their families), can be a problem. It may also be impractical due to today's still sluggish housing market.

So, what to do? Instead, you might want to consider a stairlift to make your current home more practical.

While there are a whole host of reasons to install a stairlift, the most common is that someone has become too infirm to walk up and down the stairs because of age, illness or injury.

For Cornelius Rice, 80, of Wilkins, Pennsylvania, it took a nasty fall to admit he needed help from a stair lift to deal with his balance problem.

"[A stairlift] makes it convenient for me to get around, and makes it easy on the wife," Rice told the Pittsburgh-Post Gazette in an interview. "She doesn't have to take me here or there now, or be lifting me."

Unlike chair lifts of old, new models like those sold by Orlando-based Acorn Stairlifts are powered by two small 12-volt batteries under the seat or by regular house current. The chair and built-in footrest typically fold up when not in use, allowing for easy passage on the stairs. All lifts have sensors around the perimeter of the foot platform that will stop the lift when a sensor is triggered -- be it by a child's toy, a pet or a foot that has slipped off the platform.

For Tim McCool, VP of Sales and Marketing for Acorn, having a built in stairlift makes sense for the elderly.

"When I first started with Acorn Stairlifts over 10 years ago as a sales rep, one of my first customer interactions was with a woman suffering from ALS," said McCool. "She had to be carried up the stairs just to use the restroom. I talked with her for over an hour, and it's stuck with me all these years, and it's why I'm so committed to what we do to improve people's lives."

The biggest challenge, say experts, is getting older folks to admit they need one. Once installed, however, many find they wished they'd done it earlier, said one consultant, who added that older people sometimes don't want to spend the money on this kind of thing because then they have to admit they have a disability.

For more information, visit www.acornstairlifts.com.

Bulldogs Travel To USC Looking For Another Road Win

Bulldog Beat - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 11:00am
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Following a hard-fought contest against the top-ranked team in the nation, Mississippi State hits the road for a Palmetto State showdown against South Carolina.

Young champ is in a starring role

Twisted Rodeo - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 10:21am

KIMZEY IS READY FOR THE NEXT STEP AT KANSAS STAR CHUTE OUT

MULVANE, Kan. – In his first two decades on this earth, Sage Kimzey has made quite a name for himself in the world of bull riding.

He stamped his place in the sport’s history last season, winning two world championships: He secured the Championship Bull Riding title in July, and then completed 2014 with the gold buckle in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.

Sage Kimzey

Sage Kimzey

“Those two championships, and being able to do it in my rookie year, just validated my career and what I’ve been able to do,” said Kimzey, 20, who will test his skills at the Kansas Star Chute Out, set for 8 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at the Kansas Star Arena in Mulvane. “It made me feel like all the work I’ve put in my whole life paid off.”

The young cowboy earned more than $400,000 last season between the CBR and the PRCA. He plans to add a little Kansas Star cash in late March.

“With the CBR, you get the most exciting event in rodeo with bull riding,” said Kimzey, of Strong City, Okla. “Rodeo is a true cowboy sport, and this will be an exciting two hours for everybody involved. It’s a fun event to be part of, so I’m looking forward to it.”

He will be one of five world champions in the mix, joining CBR titlists Cole Echols, Josh Barentine and Clayton Foltyn and 2012 PRCA champ Cody Teel. They will be matched with some of the top bulls in the game, including some from Arkansas City, Kan.-based contractor Brad Vogele, the 2010 CBR Stock Contractor of the Year.

“You’ll get to see the top 24 guys in the world and the top 24 bulls in the CBR matched up,” Kimzey said, who pointed to the opportunity to earn $20,000 in one night. “It’s a great show.”

It’s a show that Kimzey plans to share with his family and friends, many of whom will make the trip to the Kansas Star Arena from western Oklahoma.

“It’s always great to ride close to home,” he said. “The Kansas Star is a great facility that puts on a great event. Hopefully all the fans and my family will get to come out and enjoy it.”

Tickets start at $17 and are available at the Kansas Star Arena Box Office or at www.KansasStarArena.com.

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No. 11 State Falls At No. 2 South Carolina In Women's Hoops

Bulldog Beat - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 9:45pm
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Mississippi State competed hard against one of the nation's elite teams but could not find enough offensive firepower for victory.

MSU Announces Contract Extension For Football Coach Dan Mullen

Bulldog Beat - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 9:21pm
JACKSON, Miss. – Mississippi State Director of Athletics Scott Stricklin announced a contract extension through the 2018 season for head football coach Dan Mullen on Thursday evening at the Central Mississippi Alumni Chapter's ‘Evening in Maroon." 



Baseball Looks To Win 10-Straight For First Time Since 2013

Bulldog Beat - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 7:37pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – No. 13 Mississippi State (9-0) continues its season-opening homestand this weekend with four games at Dudy Noble Field.

SEC Play Begins As No. 41 MSU Men’s Tennis Travels To Alabama

Bulldog Beat - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 2:23pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Conference play has arrived, as the No. 41 Mississippi State Bulldogs (8-3) open up Southeastern Conference action on Friday, Feb. 27, in Tuscaloosa against the Alabama Crimson Tide (2-7).

Women’s Track & Field Begins Postseason With SEC Championships

Bulldog Beat - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 2:20pm
STARKVILLE, Miss., - Postseason for the No. 18 Mississippi State women's track and field team will kick off with the SEC Championships Friday and Saturday.

Savannah Carter Named To SEC Community Service Team

Bulldog Beat - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 2:05pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Savannah Carter made an immediate impact on the Starkville community when she arrived on campus. That impact has earned her a spot on the 2015 SEC Community Service Team that was announced Thursday by the league.

Bulldog Softball In Orlando For Citrus Classic

Bulldog Beat - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 11:22am
In the midst of its first road trip of the 2015 season, the Mississippi State softball team (13-2) will face tough competition with five games over three days, two against top-25 teams, Friday through Sunday at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

Lerwill returns to Pioneer Days

Twisted Rodeo - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 10:59am

GUYMON, Okla. – Troy Lerwill is a combination of things: athlete, daredevil and comedian.

It all comes together in the Oklahoma Panhandle the first weekend in May for the Pioneer Days Rodeo, set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 1; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 2; and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 3, at Henry C. Hitch Pioneer Arena.

“Troy is one of the funniest guys out there, not just in rodeo,” said Pete Carr, owner of Pete Carr Pro Rodeo, a Dallas-based livestock firm that serves as the primary stock contractor in Guymon. “I try to get him as often as I can, because he brings a whole new dimension to each show. He’s the best entertainer in rodeo because of how he handles the crowd.

Troy Lerwill makes a jump during his act while performing at the 2012 Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days. He returns to the Oklahoma Panhandle this May, and the fans are ready. (ROBBY FREEMAN PHOTO)

Troy Lerwill makes a jump during his act while performing at the 2012 Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days. He returns to the Oklahoma Panhandle this May, and the fans are ready. (ROBBY FREEMAN PHOTO)

“Then you add his motorcycle act into the mix, and it’s just over-the-top. Everybody wants to come back the next day just to see it again.”

The motorcycle act involves Lerwill’s alter-ego, “The Wild Child,” who jumps a Bloomer trailer and a Ram pickup in a showcase of comedy mixed with athleticism.

“It’s funny every time I see it,” said Ken Stonceipher, the production manager for Pioneer Days Rodeo. “There’s just something magical in that entire act.”

It’s the magic that has been on display at Hitch Arena before. Fans in the Oklahoma Panhandle have been asking about Lerwill’s return, so the rodeo committee and Carr made sure he is part of this year’s showcase.

“For one, he’s a great funnyman,” said Jesse James Kirby, one of the top saddle bronc riders in the country. “He’s also a great motorcyclist. He can do things on that motorbike that you can’t even imagine people doing. It’s just really great, and he’s a great entertainer.

“On top of that, Troy is just a good person to be around. You can tell he’s doing something he enjoys doing. He puts on a show and makes it look good.”

That happens nationwide. Lerwill is one of the most celebrated acts in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. He’s been the barrelman at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo three times, has twice been named the Coors Man in the Can, and he’s been named the PRCA Act of the Year six times.

All those awards are nice, but what makes Lerwill one of the most sought-after entertainers in rodeo is what he does in the arena – in addition to his fantastic daredevil act, the Payson, Utah, man has the timing of a comedic genius.

It comes quite naturally to Lerwill, the son of a roper who grew up going to rodeos in Utah and Colorado with his father. Though he never competed, Troy Lerwill was hooked … even if it took a few years for him to realize it.

“I had a Shetland pony growing up, and I always like horses,” Lerwill said. “I roped with my dad when I was little, but I always wanted a motorcycle.”

His parents realized he was pretty good at maneuvering the machine and began taking him to desert races. By the time he was 12, Lerwill was excelling at motocross.

“It just evolved from there,” he said.

Racing was a big part of Lerwill’s life for a long time. But at age 24, Lerwill had begun riding mountain bikes through the Utah trails instead of the motorized ones over the quick jumps and turns of motocross. Through all that, he found a new rush: Bullfighting. The rodeo arena was drawing him back. He went to a bullfighting school, and a new career was born.

“I got my PRCA card in 1993,” he said. “I started doing the comedy stuff in ’95.”

It didn’t take long for Lerwill to step up his game. He has become one of the most sought-after acts in ProRodeo, and there’s good reason.

“People just love to watch Troy, because he’s that good,” Carr said. “He can bring people to your rodeo to see what he can do; that’s a true entertainer.”

For Lerwill, life is about reaching out to people and sharing his passion for the rodeo way of life. He may go about it in different terms than most cowboys, but there is a distinct passion involved in everything he does.

“I really don’t want the Western heritage and lifestyle, and the tradition of cowboy to go away, and I want young people to enjoy it like I did,” Lerwill said. “Rodeo is a huge chunk of our history.

“Even though I take a motorcycle to a rodeo and do a stunt, I hope it makes fans of people and they come back.”

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Teen finds a Royal passion

Twisted Rodeo - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 10:14am

KANSAN CLAY ECKERT UTILIZES CALF SCRAMBLE WIN TO PUSH FORWARD IN LIVESTOCK SHOWING

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Clay Eckert appears to be the typical freshman at Hutchinson (Kan.) High School.

He is active, possibly more than many 15-year-olds. Instead of spending his off time playing video games, the young man has opted for a little more work showing livestock. It’s paid off.

Clay Eckert

Clay Eckert

In the fall of 2013, Clay was part of the American Royal Calf Scramble, where students ages 10-14 have to opportunity to catch and halter a young heifer during the Royal’s ProRodeo. He was one of the winners, earning a $1,250 voucher to purchase a heifer of his choosing in order to start a beef operation.

“I’ve learned so much, from taking care of things to how to be responsible,” said Clay, who also competes in football, basketball and track for the Salthawks. “I’m so involved with things I can’t get into trouble.”

But he isn’t a farm kid who was raised around agriculture. He’s chosen to follow a family tradition, even though it means traveling 30 minutes three to four days a week to neighboring McPherson County to the Goering Farm, where Greg, Tammy, Taylor and Trenton Goering have been instrumental in Clay’s passion for raising livestock. Taylor Goering has shown at the American Royal and has served as Clay’s mentor.

“Taylor and her family have helped me so much with everything,” Clay said. “I was, and still am very lucky to get hooked up with them.”

So did that American Royal voucher. Clay raised his heifer, then showed her during the 2014 American Royal Calf Scramble Show. The animal was named the supreme heifer, and Clay was the champion senior showman among his Calf Scramble peers.

“About two weeks ago, which is the whole purpose of the program, my heifer had her first calf, so it’s going back into the herd,” he said.

The young man began the lifestyle by following in the footsteps of his father, Bret Eckert, a longtime track coach at Hutch High who still teaches and is an assistant coach for the football program.

“I started because my dad showed sheep,” Clay said. “I won sheep showmanship, and I got to be in the round-robin, so I got to work with cows.”

The progression has been thorough and award-winning. Not many can claim to such a prestigious title from the American Royal, one of the largest and best known livestock shows in the United States.

But that, in essence, is what the Royal is about. Over the course of each year, the association provides more than $1.4 million in support of youth and agriculture. By being involved in the Calf Scramble, Clay has taken advantage of the opportunities.

“My experience with the American Royal has helped me in many ways,” he said. “It’s helped me get to know so many great people, and I’m learning new things every day.

“You have to work for what you get. It’s hard to do school and sports and showing, but it’s what I choose to do so I try to make it work.”

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Top-Ranked Kentucky Remains Undefeated WIth Win At MSU

Bulldog Beat - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 10:00pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi State battled undefeated Kentucky in a hard-fought SEC men's basketball game Wednesday night at Humphrey Coliseum, but n the end, the top-ranked Wildcats had too much offensive firepower as they pulled away to a 74-56 victory.

Baseball Announces Schedule Changes For This Weekend

Bulldog Beat - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 4:18pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. –Mississippi State baseball has moved up the first pitch times for this Friday and Saturday's games scheduled at Dudy Noble Field.

4-H Grown: Alumni Asked to Stand Up and Support STEM Education

Lifestyles - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 2:47pm
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(NewsUSA) - For almost a decade, there has been a dramatic shift by educators to increase kids' interest in careers in science, technology, engineering and math fields (STEM).

In fact, one of America's largest youth-development organizations (it's been around for almost 115 years), 4-H, along with HughesNet, the leading satellite Internet service provider, are throwing their collective weight behind 4-H Grown -- an interactive campaign that invites the estimated 25 million 4-H alumni across the U.S. to help direct sponsorship funding to their state by checking in at www.4-h.org/4hgrown/, tagging friends, and casting votes to bring more science innovation experiences to youth in their communities.

Through 4-H Grown, the two organizations hope to bring STEM learning experiences to youth across the country, including small communities where resources for interactive learning may be limited.

"In our first year of partnership, National 4-H Council and HughesNet helped thousands of young people experience the excitement of STEM, [and] I am thrilled that our new 2015 program will engage even more young people and expand our reach to 4-H alumni to show STEM can be rewarding and fun," says Jennifer Sirangelo, president and CEO, National 4-H Council.

The partnership is also giving a $10,000 "Innovation Incubator" Science Sponsorship to the state with the largest number of votes. This sponsorship is new and requires youth across the nation to design innovative science solutions to solve real community challenges. States compete to receive a science sponsorship. Additionally, two young innovators will be selected to receive an all-expense-paid trip to the flagship 4-H National Youth Science Day event in Washington, D.C., where they will participate in the world's largest youth-led science experiment.

"Exposing thousands of children to the excitement of STEM is priceless," says Mike Cook, senior vice president, Hughes North America Division. "We're thrilled to continue our work with 4-H to make a difference in kids' lives."

For more information, or to support your state in 4-H Grown, visit www.4-h.org/4hgrown.

No. 11 Bulldogs Wrap Road Slate Thursday At No. 2 South Carolina

Bulldog Beat - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 1:28pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – No. 11 Mississippi State faces its biggest test of the season Thursday night when it travels to Columbia for an important SEC showdown against second-ranked South Carolina.
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