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Seven Bulldogs Sign NFL Free Agent Contracts

Bulldog Beat - Mon, 05/04/2015 - 1:10pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Seven former Mississippi State Bulldogs inked undrafted free agent contracts following the 2015 NFL Draft on Sunday.

Long, Proctor end Guymon drought

Twisted Rodeo - Sun, 05/03/2015 - 6:25pm
Jake Long, left, and Coleman Proctor rope their final steer Sunday afternoon to claim the team roping title at the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo. (ROBBY FREEMAN PHOTO)

Jake Long, left, and Coleman Proctor rope their final steer Sunday afternoon to claim the team roping title at the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo. (ROBBY FREEMAN PHOTO)

GUYMON, Okla. – It’s been nearly a decade since team ropers Coleman Proctor and Jake Long have seen any success in the Oklahoma Panhandle.

They finally found redemption Sunday afternoon during the final performance of the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo, scoring a 6.8-second run to finish the three-run aggregate with a cumulative time of 20.0 seconds; they edged Colby Lovell and Kory Koontz by a tenth of a second.

“I know Jake was hungry for this one,” Proctor said. “The first time I headed was in college for Jake, and we won the college rodeo here. We’ve wanted to win the ProRodeo here, so today I just wanted to get him turned and give Jake a chance.”

The chance paid off, and it was a long time coming.

“This rodeo’s been rough on me in the past,” Long said. “That’s about the sixth steer in the last 10 years I’ve caught by two feet, and I happened to put three of them together this year. Coleman did a great job, and I feel very blessed and happy right now.”

He should. The longtime friends finished the 2014 season near the top of the world standings – Proctor was the fourth-ranked header, while Long was the No. 3 heeler. Prior to Pioneer Days Rodeo, they were inside the top 20. The victory and the $5,354 they each earned in the Oklahoma Panhandle should move them close to the top 10.

JoJo LeMond ropes his fifth-round steer to claim his first Guymon title, winning the steer roping championship. (ROBBY FREEMAN PHOTO)

JoJo LeMond ropes his fifth-round steer to claim his first Guymon title, winning the steer roping championship. (ROBBY FREEMAN PHOTO)

“We haven’t had the best start to this year, but we know if we keep plugging away, it’ll be good in the end,” Long said. “It’s a great rodeo to win. It works as a double dip for us, because the Prairie Circuit is our home circuit. Any time we can get some money together to get to our circuit finals and work our way to Florida, it’s a good thing.”

They also will continue to build off their Wrangler National Finals Rodeo run and all the experience they’ve gained over the years of roping together.

“If anything, what we did last year helps with finances,” Proctor said. “For all the times I went home broke and had to work to make ends meet and to get myself back on the road, it’s just reassuring to know that it was all worth it.”

Long and Proctor were joined in the winner’s circle on Sunday by steer roper JoJo LeMond, barrel racer Shali Lord and bull rider Chad German, whose 86-point ride on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Footloose put him in a tie with reigning world champion Sage Kimzey and Trevor Kastner.

Other winners were all-around cowboy Trevor Brazile; bareback rider Ty Breuer, who rode Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Good Time Charlie for 87 points on Saturday night; saddle bronc rider Taos Muncy, who posted the highest marked ride of the rodeo with an 88 on Saturday afternoon on Powder River Rodeo’s Miss Chestnut; steer wrestler Stan Branco; and 2013 tie-down roping world champion Shane Hanchey.

For LeMond, he finally worked through some Pioneer Days Rodeo demons to earn his first Guymon title.

“I’ve come back high call in team roping three or four times and had bad luck,” LeMond said, referring to owning the fastest cumulative time heading into the final round. “This is the first year I won it.”

A three-time NFR qualifier in heading, LeMond also qualified for the Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping in 2013. Now he has big plans for his 2015 season.

“This event is huge for me,” he said. “I’m going to try to make it to the National Finals in team roping one more time; I’m roping with Dakota Kirchenschlager this year. I always wanted to go in steer roping again. They have some signature series events this year that makes it to where a guy can afford it. I’m going to make a run at it for sure.”

Now he will be outfitted with the trophy belt that is awarded to the Guymon champions annually.

“I’ve always messed myself up for the opportunity to win one,” LeMond said. “Shay Good won one a few years ago on my horse, and I tried to con him out of that belt. Thankfully I have my own now.”

It will be on display for all to see for years to come.

Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days Rodeo
April 28-May 4
All-around champion:
Trevor Brazile, $2,849 in steer roping, tie down roping and team roping.

Bareback riding: 1. Ty Breuer, 87 points Good Times Charlie from Pete Carr Pro Rodeo, $3,359; 2. (tie) Tim O’Connell and Zachariah Philips, 85, $2,239 each; 4. R.C. Landingham, 84, $1, 231; 5. (tie) Jared Smith and Josi Young, 82, $ 672; 7. (tie) Wes Stevenson and Yance Day, 81, $ 392.

Team roping: First round: 1. Jake Cooper/Tyler McKnight, 5.9 seconds, $1,924; 2. David Key/Martin Lucero, 6.2, $1,673; 3. Chase Thompson/Richard Durham, 6.3, $1,422; 4. (tie) Turtle Powell/Dakota Kirchenschlager, Colby Lovell/Kory Koontz and Coleman Proctor/Jake Long, 6.4, $920 each; 7. Dustin Davis/Will Woodfin, 6.6, $418; 8. Chris Francis/Cade Passig, 6.7, $167.Second round: (tie) Brian Dunning/Jesse Jolly and Joel Bach/Allen Bach, 5.6 seconds, $1,799 each; 3. Bubba Buckaloo/Ryan Motes, 5.9, $1,422; 4. Jesse Stipes/Billie Jack Saebens, 6.2, $1,171; 5. Tyler Milligan/Brady Norman, 6.3, $920; 6. Tom Richards/Cesar de la Cruz, 6.5, $669; 7. (tie) Justin Turner/Chase McAlvain and Colby Lovell/Kory Koontz, 6.6, $293 each. Third round: 1. Brian Dunning/Jesse Jolly, 6.6 seconds, $1,924 each; 2. (tie) AJ Fuchs/Sloan Hendley and Coleman Proctor/Jake Long, 6.7, $1,548; 4. (tie) Clayton Hass/Logan Medling and Luke Brown/ Kollin VonAhn, 6.8, $1,046; 6. Chad Masters/Travis Graves, 6.9, $669; 7. Colby Lovell/Kory Koontz, 7.1, $418; 8. (tie) Calvin Brevik/Wade Masters and Turtle Powell/Dakota Kirkenschager, 7.2, $84. Average: 1. Coleman Proctor/Jake Long, 20.0 seconds on three runs, $$2,886; 2. Colby Lovell/Kory Koontz, 20.1, $ 2,510; 3. Jake Cooper/Tyler McKnight, 21.0, $2,133; 4. Chade Masters/Travis Graves, 21.9, $ 1,757; 5. Calvin Brevik/Wade Masters, 22.6, $1,380; 6. Chace Thompson/Richard Durham, 22.8, $1,004; 7. Anthony Lucia/Wesley Johnson, 24.1, $627; 8. AJ Fuchs/Sloan Hendley, 24.2, $251.

Steer roping: First round: 1. Rocky Patterson, 14.9 seconds, $1,840; 2. Brodie Poppino, 16.0, $1,523; 3. Dari Suit, 17.5, $1,206; 4. Mike Chase, 17.8, $888; 5. (tie) Blake Deckard, Ora Taton and Jason Evans, 18.0, $296 each. Second round: 1. Scott Snedecor, 13.9 seconds, $1,840; 2. Shay Good, 16.0, $1,523; 3. Jason Evans, 17.0, $1,206; 4. Brian Garr, 17.8, $888; 5. (tie) Jay Sellers and Brodie Poppino, 18.4, $444 each. Third round: 1. Ralph Williams, 13.9 seconds, $1,840; 2. Jess Tierney, 15.6, $1,523; 3. Tyrel Taton, 17.4, $1,206; 4. Leo Campbell, 17.5, $888; 5. Marty Jones, 18.2, $571; 6. Slick Ellis, 18.8, $317. Fourth round: 1. Trevor Brazile, 11.7 seconds, $1,840; 2. Brad Starks, 14.4, $1,523; 3. Will Gasperson, 15.7, $1,206; 4. Chris Glover, 16.6, $888; 5. Fred Brown, 16.8, $571; 6. (tie) Trey Wallace and Chance Kelton, 16.9, $159 each. Fifth round: 1.(tie) Brodie Poppino and Chris Glover, 11.3 seconds, $1,681 each; 3. Rocky Patterson, 11.8, $ 1,206; 4. (tie) Chance Kelton and Will Gasperson, 12.2, $730; 6. Trevor Brazile, 12.6, $ 317, no other qualified times. Average: 1. JoJo Lemond, 106.8 seconds on five runs, $5,520; 2. Tuf Cooper, 106.9, $4,568; 3. Vin Fisher Jr., 129.6, $3,617, 4. Brodie Poppino, 64.0 on fou runs, $2,665, 5. Scott Snedecor, 68.8, $1.713; 6. Chance Kelton, 69.6, $952.

Saddle bronc riding: 1. Taos Muncy, 88 points on Powder River Rodeo’s Miss Chestnut, $3,562; 2. Will Smith, 87, $2,731; 3. Isaac Diaz, 85, $2,018; 4. (tie) Dalton Davis and Allen Boore, 83, $1,068; 6. Steven Dent, 82, $594; 7. Bradley Harter, 81, $475; 8. (tie) Audy Reed, Travis Nelson and Brody Cress, 79, and $119.

Steer wrestling: First round: 1. Hunter Lewis, 3.4 seconds, $1,946; 2. Jason Lahr, 4.3, $1,692; 3. (tie) Stan Branco and Brad Loesch, 4.4, $1,311 each; 5. (tie) Brandon Volker, Mitchell Gardner and Kyle Irwin, 4.5, $677 each; 8. Dean Gorsuch, 4.9, $169.Second round: 1. Darrell Petry, 4.0 seconds, $1,946; 2. Jacob Talley, 4.3, $1,692; 3. Rody Parrott, 4.4, $1,438; 4. Ryan Swayze and Ty Erickson, 4.5, $1,058 each; 6. San Branco, 4.6, $677; 7. (tie) Forest Sainsbury, Josh Frost, Jordan Wiseman, Les Shepperson and Tyler Pearson, 4.8, $118 each. Third round: 1. Jason Thomas, 3.6 seconds, $1,946; 2. Wade Sumpter, 3.9, $1,692; 3. Trell Etbauer, 4.2, $1,438; 4. (tie) Michael Bates Jr. and Blake Mindemann, 4.6, $1,058 each; 6. Forest Sainsbury, 4.7, $677; 7. (tie) Kyle Irwin and Sean Mulligan, 4.8, $296 each. Average: 1. Stan Branco, 13.9 seconds on three head, $2,919; 2. Tyler Pearson, 15.4, $2,538; 3. (tie) Jacob Talley and Hunter Lewis, 15.7, $1,967 each; 5. Jon Herl, 16.0, $1,396; 6. Kyle Irwin, 16.1, $1,015; 7. Jason Thomas, 16.2, $635; 8. Glen Clark, 16.5, $254.

Tie-down roping: First round: 1. Sterling Smith, 7.2 seconds, $1,989; 2. Jake Pratt, 7.6, $1,730; 3. Michael Otero, 8.0, $1,470; 4. Cory Solomon, 8.1, $1,211; 5. Blair Burk, 8.2, $951; 6. Marty Yates, 8.3, $692; 7. Tyler Prcin, 8.5, $432; 8. Randall Carlisle, 8.6, $173.Second round: 1. Blain Cox, 7.3 seconds, $1,989; 2. (tie) Dillon Holder and Shane Hanchey, 7.4, $1,600 each; 4. Josh Peek, 7.6, $1,211; 5. (tie) Blake Deckard, Jake Pratt and Trevor Brazile, 7.7, $692 each; 8. (tie) Reese Riemer and Ace Slone, 7.9, $86 each. Third round: 1. Michael Otero, 7.3 seconds, $1,989; 2. Cade Swor, 7.4, $1,730; 3. Shane Hanchey, 7.9, $1,470; 4. Cody Quaney, 8.0, $1,211; 5. Reese Reimer, 8.1, $951; 6. (tie) Sterling Smith and Will Howell, 8.3, $562; 8. Caleb Bullock, 8.5, $173. Average: 1.Shane Hanchey, 24.8 seconds on three runs, $2,983; 2. Reese Reimer, 25.7, $2,594; 3. (tie) Cory Solomon, Sterling Smith and Michael Otero, $1,816; 6. Tyler Prcin, 26.3, $1,038; 7. Jake Pratt, 26.5, $649; 8. Blane Cox, 27.5, $259.

Barrel racing: First round: 1. Sabrina Ketcham, 17.00 seconds, $2,115; 2. Mary Walker, 17.01, $1,813; 3. Cassidy Kruse, 17.03, $1,511; 4. Shali Lord, 17.07, $1,310; 5. Andrea Cline, 17.08, $1,007; 6. Calyssa Thomas, 17.18, $806; 7. Callie DuPerier, 17.25, $604; 8. Brittany Pozzi, 17.27, $403; 9. Britany Diaz, 17.28, $302; 10. Kasey Etbauer, 17.29, $201. Second round: 1. Calyssa Thomas, 16.89 seconds, $2,115; 2. Paige Conrado, 16.93, $1,813; 3. Heather Clayton, 16.94, $1,511; 4. Shali Lord, 16.97, $ 1,310; 5. Britta O’Keeffe, 17.1, $1,007; 6. Jacki Ganter, 17.11, $806; 7. Mary Walker, 17.12, $604; 8. Kassidy Cruse, 17.15, $403, 9. (tie) Carley Richardson and Laura Kennedy, 17.19, $252. Average: 1.Shali Lord, 34.04 on two runs, $2,115; 2. Clayssa Thomas, 34.07, $ 1,813; 3. Mary Walker, 34.13, $1,511; 4. Cassidy Kruse, 34.18, $1,310, 5. Paige Conrado, 34.27, $1,007. 6. Britta O’Keeffe, 34.48, $806; 7. Brittany Pozzi, 34.52, $604; 8. Sammi Bessert, 34.53, $403, 9. (tie) Jackie Ganter and Ivy Conrado, 34.70, $251.84.

Bull riding: 1. (tie) Trevor Kastner on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Sazerac, Sage Kimzey on Lancaster & Pickett’s Sam Crow, and Chad German, on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Footloose, 86 points, $2,983 each; 4. Brett Stall, 84, $ 1,406; 5. (tie) Chris McCombs, 83, $767; 7. Josh Koschel, 82, $511; 8. Scottie Knapp, 80, $384.

Categories: Twisted Rodeo

State Unable to Take Series at South Carolina

Bulldog Beat - Sun, 05/03/2015 - 2:23pm
A trio of home runs in the fourth inning and a hit parade in the sixth was all that South Carolina needed to beat Mississippi State, 9-1 in six innings, on Sunday.

Thomas scores the round lead

Twisted Rodeo - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 11:16pm
Jason Thomas wrestles his third-round steer to the ground in 3.6 seconds on Saturday night to take the steer wrestling lead at the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo. (ROBBY FREEMAN PHOTO)

Jason Thomas wrestles his third-round steer to the ground in 3.6 seconds on Saturday night to take the steer wrestling lead at the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo. (ROBBY FREEMAN PHOTO)

GUYMON, Okla. – Jason Thomas is ready to return home.

Thomas makes his living on the rodeo trail, a pathway that takes ProRodeo cowboys down a winding path that crisscrosses North America. On Saturday night during the third performance of the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo, he put on quite a show and can return to Benton, Ark., on a high note.

“I’ve been in California for a month, so I’m ready to go home for a while before we head out for the summer,” said Thomas, who posted a 3.6-second run to take the third-round lead in steer wrestling. “I had a really good steer today; Jason Lahr ran that steer and was 4.3, and Stan (Branco) came back and was 4.5.

Ty Breuer

Ty Breuer

“I was 12th-13th coming back, so I knew I had to run at it for the round and try to place in the average.”

Pioneer Days Rodeo features three go-rounds in team roping, tie-down roping and steer wrestling, with money paid in each round and for the top cumulative times in the three-round aggregate. Thomas sits fourth with a total time of 16.2 seconds; if that holds, he’ll likely collect another good check out of the Oklahoma Panhandle.

“This is the best winter I’ve ever had,” he said, noting that he started competing full time two seasons ago after competing at Panola Community College in Carthage, Texas, and McNeese State University in Lake Charles, La.

Thomas has considerable support for his business, from his primary mount, Frosty, to his traveling partner, 2013 world champion Hunter Cure.

“I’ve had Frosty since the ninth grade,” he said of the 17-year-old gelding. “He was my heeling horse and the first horse I ever hazed on when I was about 13, so I’ve had him a long time.

“It’s been a big help for me to go with Hunter. I feel better about my situations. You can’t pay for that kind of knowledge and help going up and down the road.”

While Thomas has been flourishing through the early part of the season, bareback rider Ty Breuer of Mandan, N.D., is just getting back to business. The 2013 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier suffered a broken back at Denver nearly four months ago and has been on the sideline since then. His ride Saturday was the first since January.

It worked out pretty well, too. Breuer matched moves with Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Good Time Charlie for 87 points to take the bareback riding lead.

“Anytime you can get along with one of the best horses around, it’s a big confidence booster,” he said. “I knew that horse would just be good. That’s the perfect horse to come back on.”

Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days Rodeo
April 27-May 3
Results through the first performance
Bareback riding leaders:
1. Ty Breuer, 87 points on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Good Time Charlie; 2. (tie) Zachariah Phillips and Tim O’Connell, 85 each; 4. Wes Stevenson, 81; 5. Mason Clements, 80; 6. (tie) Devan Reilly, Richmond Champion and Joe Gunderson, 78.

Team roping: Third round leaders: 1. Brian Dunning/Jesse Jolly, 6.6 seconds; 2. A.J. Fuchs/Sloan Hendley, 6.7; 3. (tie) Clayton Hass/Logan Medlin and Luke Brown and Kollin VonAhn, 6.8; 5. Colby Lovell/Kory Koontz, 7.1; 6. (tie) Turtle Powell/Dakota Kirchenschlager and Calvin Brevik/Wade Masters, 7.2; 8. Jake Cooper/Tyler McKnight, 7.5;. Aggregate leaders: 1. Colby Lovell/Kory Koontz, 20.1 seconds on three runs; 2. Jake Cooper/Tyler McKnight, 21.0; 3. Calvin Brevik/Wade Masters, 22.6; 4. Anthony Lucia, 24.1; 5. A.J. Fuchs/Sloan Hendley, 24.2; 6. Jess Tierney/Jace Crabb, 24.6; 7. Turtle Powell/ Dakota Kirckenschlager, 26.3; 8. Jason Arndt/Chad Mathes, 26.8.

Steer roping: Fifth round leaders: 1. Brodie Poppino, 11.3 seconds; 2. Rocky Patterson, 11.8; 3. (tie) Chance Kelton and Will Gasperson, 12.2; 5. Thomas Smith, 13.1; 6. Jess Tierney, 13.4; 4. Shay Good, 13.6; 5. Scott Snedecor, 14.3; 6. Wade Shoemaker, 15.0; no other qualified times. Aggregate leaders: 1. Tuf Cooper, 106.9 seconds on five runs; 2. Brodie Poppino, 64.0 seconds on four runs; 3. Scott Snedecor, 68.8; 4. Chance Kelton, 69.6; 5. Jess Tierney, 74.4; 6. Will Gasperson, 87.4.

Saddle bronc riding leaders: 1. Taos Muncy on Powder River Rodeo’s Miss Chestnut, 88 points; 2. Isaac Diaz, 85; 3. (tie) Dalton Davis and Allen Boore, 83; 5. Bradley Harter, 81; 6(tie) Tyler Corrington, Wade Sundell and Jace Angus, 78; 4. (tie) Chet Johnson, Cort Scheer, and Zeke Thurston, 77; 5. Jade Blackwell and Tyrel Larson, 76; 6. Chase Bennett, 75; 7. Chanse Darling, 73; 8. Casey Maddox, 70.

Steer wrestling: Third round leaders: 1. Jason Thomas, 3.6 seconds; 2. Wade Sumpter, 3.9; 3. (tie) Michael Bates Jr. and Blake Mindemann, 4.6 each; 5. Forest Sainsbury, 4.7; 6. Sean Mulligan, 4.8; 7. (tie) Stan Branco and Laine Herl, 4.9. Aggregate leaders: 1. Stan Branco, 13.9 seconds on three runs; 2. Hunter Lewis, 15.7; 3. Laine Herl, 16.0; 4. Jason Thomas, 16.2; 5. Blake Mindemann, 16.6; 6. Brad Johnson, 19.0; 7. Forest Sainsbury, 19.4; 6. Chance E. Howard, 20.1.

Tie-down roping: Third round leaders: 1. Michael Otero, 7.3 seconds; 2. Cade Swor, 7.4; 3. Shane Hanchey, 7.9; 4. Cody Quaney, 8.0; 5. (tie) Sterling Smith and Will Howell, 8.3; 7. Trey Young, 8.8; 8. Cory Solomon, 9.1. Aggregate leaders: 1. Shane Hanchey, 24.8 seconds on three runs; 2. (tie) Cory Solomon, Sterling Smith and Michael Otero, 26.0 each; 5.Jake Pratt, 26.5; 6.Blane Cox, 27.5; 7. Will Howell, 27.6; 8.Cade Swor, 27.7.

Barrel racing: Second round leaders: 1. Paige Conrado, 16.93 seconds; 2. Heather Clayton, 16.94; 3. Britta O’Keeffe, 17.10; 4. Mary Walker, 17.12; 5. (tie) Laura Kennedy and Carley Richardson, 17.19; 7. Sammi Bessert, 17.23; 8. Ivy Conrado, 17.24; 9. Brittany Pozzi, 17.25; 10. Fallon Taylor, 17.29. Aggregate leaders: 1. Mary Walker, 34.13 seconds on two runs; 2. Paige Conrado, 34.27; 3. Britta O’Keeffe, 34.48; 4. Brittany Pozzi, 34.52; 5. Sammi Bessert, 34.53; 6. Ivy Conrado, 34.70; 7. Emily Holton, 34.73; 8. Jaime Hinton, 34.74; 9. Chelsey Kleinvackter,34.75; 10. Sidney Forrest, 34.79.

Bull riding leaders: 1. Trevor Kastner, 86 points on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Sazerac; 2. Sage Kimzey, 86; 3. Brett Stall, 84; 4. (tie) Chris McCombs and Bryce Barrios, 83 each; 6. Josh Koschel, 82; 7. Scottie Knapp, 80; 8. Tanner Bothwell, 79.

Categories: Twisted Rodeo

HECK YEAH! Bulldogs Walk-Off Against No. 1 LSU In 12 Innings

Bulldog Beat - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 10:36pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Seth Heck's RBI-single in the home half of the 12th inning lifted the Mississippi State baseball team to its second victory against a top-ranked team this season.

Record Five Bulldogs Taken Through First Six Rounds of NFL Draft

Bulldog Beat - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 8:57pm
CHICAGO – Three Mississippi State players were selected in the sixth round of the 2015 NFL Draft on Saturday afternoon, bringing the Bulldogs' three-day draft total to five.

Bougard Breaks MSU High Jump Record

Bulldog Beat - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 8:33pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Wrapping up the 2015 Mississippi State outdoor track and field regular season at home, Erica Bougard ended on a high note breaking the high jump record and earning three event wins.

Softball Breaks Home Run Record in SEC Win

Bulldog Beat - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 6:49pm
Courtesy of a two home run and six RBI outing from sophomore Mackenzie Toler, Mississippi State jumped ahead of South Carolina early on Saturday and didn't look back.

Reunion pays off for Muncy

Twisted Rodeo - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 6:17pm
Taos Muncy rides Powder River Rodeo's Miss Chestnut for 88 points to take the lead at the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo. (ROBBY FREEMAN PHOTO)

Taos Muncy rides Powder River Rodeo’s Miss Chestnut for 88 points to take the lead at the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo. (ROBBY FREEMAN PHOTO)

BY TRISHA PRICE
Rodeo Media Relations

GUYMON, Okla. – No stranger to winning or the Guymon community, two-time world champion saddle bronc rider Taos Muncy of Corona, N.M., has made a name for himself in the rodeo industry.

“This is where it all started for me,” Muncy said referring to Guymon, home of this week’s Pioneer Days Rodeo.

Muncy rodeoed for Oklahoma Panhandle State University, just 10 miles down the road in Goodwell.

Tuf Cooper competes in steer roping on Saturday afternoon. He leads the five-round aggregate. (ROBBY FREEMAN PHOTO)

Tuf Cooper competes in steer roping on Saturday afternoon. He leads the five-round aggregate. (ROBBY FREEMAN PHOTO)

“As soon as I came here for the bronc school my freshman year of high school, I knew where I wanted to go to college and where I wanted to hang out,” he said.

As an Aggie, he won the college and world championships in bronc riding as just a sophomore in 2007, becoming just the third cowboy in the history of the sport to win the two titles in the same event in the same calendar year; he joined bull rider Matt Austin and all-around cowboy Ty Murray.

An 88-point ride aboard Powder River Rodeo’s Miss Chestnut put Muncy in a position to take home his second championship title in Guymon – he won Pioneer Days in that magical 2007 season. He has encountered that horse before while winning the title in Caldwell, Idaho.

“I had a pretty good idea of what he was and I was really excited it was nice weather to get on him,” Muncy said.

The sunny, 80-degree weather made it the perfect saddle bronc riding conditions at the Saturday afternoon performance for Muncy.

He was joined in the winner’s circle Saturday by two other world champions who also took the lead in each of their events. Three-time and defending tie-down roping champion Tuf Cooper of Decatur, Texas, took the lead in the steer roping with an aggregate time of 106.9 seconds on five runs, and reigning bull riding world champion Sage Kimzey of Strong City, Okla., took the lead in the bull riding with a 86-point ride.

Cooper, a seven-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier, is excited about taking the lead in the steer roping, an event he began competing in just a year ago.

“To win one of my first big steer roping’s would be a big breakthrough for me and give me a lot of confidence,” Cooper said. “I’ve placed in some rounds won enough to stay in the all-around but nothing big.

“This is one of the bigger steer ropings; it’s a five-header, so you have to keep roping because a lot of guys can go out. My dad has won it plenty of times, my uncle has won it and my brother-in-law so it would be cool to win.”

His father is eight-time world champion Roy Cooper, who won rodeo’s Triple Crown in 1983 by claiming the all-around, tie-down roping and steer roping gold buckles.

Now Tuf Cooper is carrying on a family tradition.

Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days Rodeo
April 27-May 3
Results through the first performance

Bareback riding leaders: 1. (tie) Zachariah Phillips, on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Cool Change, and Tim O’Connell, on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Fancy Free, 85 points each; 3. Wes Stevenson, 81; 4. Mason Clements, 80; 5. (tie) Devan Reilly and Richmond Champion, 78 each; 7. Will Martin, 77; 8. Kody Lamb, 74.

Team roping: Third round leaders: 1. (tie) Clayton Hass/Logan Medlin and Luke Brown and Kollin VonAhn, 6.8 seconds; 3. Colby Lovell/Kory Koontz, 7.1; 4. (tie) Turtle Powell/Dakota Kirchenschlager and Calvin Brevik/Wade Masters, 7.2; 6. Jake Cooper/Tyler McKnight, 7.5;. Aggregate leaders: 1. Colby Lovell/Kory Koontz, 20.1 seconds on three runs; 2. Jake Cooper/Tyler McKnight, 21.0; 3. Calvin Brevik/Wade Masters, 22.6; 4. Jess Tierney/Jace Crabb, 24.6; 5. Turtle Powell/ Dakota Kirckenschlager, 26.3; 6. Brandon Webb/Kaleb Driggers, 29.8; 7. Clayton Hass/Logan Medlin, 30.0; 8. Zayne Dishion/Tommy Zuniga, 30.7.

Steer roping: Fifth round leaders: 1. Rocky Patterson, 11.8 seconds 2. Chance Kelton, 12.2; 3. Jess Tierney, 13.4; 4. Shay Good, 13.6; 5. Scott Snedecor, 14.3; 6. Wade Shoemaker, 15.0; no other qualified times. Aggregate leaders: 1. Tuf Cooper, 106.9 seconds on five runs; 2. Scott Snedecor, 68.8 seconds on four runs; 3. Chance Kelton, 69.6; 4. Jess Tierney, 74.4; 5. JoJo LeMond, 93.2; 5. Vin Fisher Jr., 110.2.

Saddle bronc riding leaders: 1. Taos Muncy on Powder River Rodeo’s Miss Chesnut, 88 points; 2. Isaac Diaz, 85; 3. (tie) Tyler Corrington and Wade Sundell, 78; 4. (tie) Chet Johnson, Cort Scheer, and Zeke Thurston, 77; 5. Jade Blackwell and Tyrel Larson, 76; 6. Chase Bennett, 75; 7. Chanse Darling, 73; 8. Casey Maddox, 70.

Steer wrestling: Third round leaders: 1. Wade Sumpter, 3.9 seconds; 2. Michael Bates Jr., 4.6; 3. Forest Sainsbury, 4.7; 4. Sean Mulligan, 4.8; 5. (tie) Stan Branco and Jon Herl, 4.9; 7. Ace Campbell, 5.1; 8. Dean Stermer, 5.8.Aggregate leaders: 1. Forest Sainsbury, 19.4 seconds on three runs; 2. Darrell Petry, 20.5; 3. Sean Mulligan, 24.0; 4. Wade Sumpter, 25.4; 5. Dean Sterner, 26.2; 6. Dean Boldon, 28.2; 7. Juan Alcazar Jr., 31.4; 8. Hunter Lewis, 8.4 seconds on two runs.

Tie-down roping: Third round leaders: 1. Cade Swor, 7.4 seconds. 2. Shane Hanchey, 7.9; 3. Sterling Smith, 8.3; 4. Trey Young, 8.8; 5. Cory Solomon, 9.1; 6. Jess Woodward and Dane Kissack, 9.7; 8. Robert Mathis 9.8. Aggregate leaders: 1. Shane Hanchey, 24.8 seconds on three runs; 2. Cory Solomon, 26.0; 3. Sterling Smith, 26.0; 4.Jake Pratt, 26.5; 5.Blane Cox, 27.5; 6.Cade Swor, 27.7; 7. Dane Kissack 28.9; 8.Trey Young, 29.8.

Barrel racing: Second round leaders: 1. Heather Clayton, 16.94 seconds; 2. Mary Walker, 17.12; 3. (tie) Laura Kennedy and Carley Richardson, 17.19; 5. Ivy Conrado, 17.24; 6. Brittany Pozzi, 17.25; 7. Fallon Taylor, 17.29; 8. Rebecca Hughes, 17.30; 9. Lanita Peirce, 17.31; 10.Chelsey Kleinvachter, 17.32. Aggregate leaders: 1. Mary Walker, 34.13 seconds on two runs; 2. Brittany Pozzi, 34.52; 3. Ivy Conrado, 34.70; 4. Jaime Hinton, 34.74; 5. Chelsey Kleinvackter,34.75; 6. Fallon Taylor, 34.81; 7. Natalie Bland, 34.87; 8. Karisa Brookshire, 34.93; 9. Jenna Waggoner, 34.94; 10. Rebecca Hughes, 34.96.

Bull riding leaders: 1. Trevor kastner, 86 points on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Sazerac; 2. Brett Stall, 84; 3. Chris McCombs, 83; 4. Chris McCombs, 82; no other qualified rides.

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Claremore rodeo focuses on fans

Twisted Rodeo - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 2:39pm

CLAREMORE, Okla. – Rodeo is much more than a sport.

It’s a true showcase, the perfect piece of family entertainment. That is the mindset taken by the by the volunteers who organize the Will Rogers Stampede PRCA Rodeo and the staff at Pete Carr Pro Rodeo, which produces the annual rodeo, set for 7:45 p.m. Friday, May 22-Sunday, May 24, at Will Rogers Stampede Arena.

“We try to have the theatrical portion of our show not interfere with the competition side,” said John Gwatney, a production supervisor for Carr rodeo. “We try to run a good, fast, clean performance without interfering with the competition.

“That’s where we’re different from other rodeo companies. If we’re not ready, the cowboy has to wait. When it comes time for that cowboy to compete, we’ve done everything we can to make that animal ready for that cowboy, so all he has to do is nod his head.”

That’s very attractive for everyone involved. Fans love it, which makes the experience perfect for local organizers.

“We have a lot of true rodeo fans in this part of Oklahoma,” said David Petty, chairman of the Will Rogers Stampede, which is the 2014 Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Small Rodeo of the Year. “The last few years, we’ve had an outstanding rodeo, and it shows in a lot of things that we’re doing in Claremore.

“It helps a lot that Pete Carr is our stock contractor, because he’s one of the very best in rodeo. Our fans know he has great bucking horses and bulls, and that, in turn, helps us draw the top contestants to our rodeo.”

The overall package is set up for everyone involved. The Carr team works hard with local orgaanizers to make it a fair competition for the cowboys and cowgirls, then puts in a concerted effort to put together a production that will have fans talking long after the final bull is bucked.

“We micromanage our program ahead of time,” Carr said. “We can’t be perfect, but we can dang sure get as close as we can. We’re always striving to be better, identifying the weaknesses and taking constructive criticism. It’s an everyday challenge, but I think trying to be better is just trying to take it to the next level.

“I’m proud of what we do, but I know we can always find ways to improve things. I like that the people I work with have that same mindset, too.”

The proof is in what happens at each rodeo performance.

“We have a weekend full of rodeo that is wild and fun and full of the top cowboys and cowgirls,” Petty said. “That’s what our fans want to see, and that’s what they can expect to see again this year.”

It’s a start-to-finish project for the entire Carr staff.

“What starts the production is our version of Americana,” Gwatney said. “We’re looking to get peoples’ emotions up, get them on the edge of their seats so when that first animal bucks, the height of the excitement is already up.”

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Diamond Dawgs Drop Game Two Of Home Series Against No. 1 LSU

Bulldog Beat - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 1:22am
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi State pitching allowed 17 hits Friday night as the Bulldogs fell 11-4 to No. 1 LSU in a Southeastern Conference baseball contest played at Dudy Noble Field.

Smith, McKinney Chosen In Round Two of 2015 NFL Draft

Bulldog Beat - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 12:15am
CHICAGO – For the second time in three years, Mississippi State football produced multiple picks in the first two rounds of a draft as defensive end Preston Smith and linebacker Benardrick McKinney were selected in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft on Friday night.

Guymon has been good for Koontz

Twisted Rodeo - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 11:19pm
Colby Lovell, right, and Kory Koontz took the third-round lead at the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo with a 7.1-second run. They also lead the three-run aggregate. (ROBBY FREEMAN PHOTO)

Colby Lovell, right, and Kory Koontz took the third-round lead at the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo with a 7.1-second run. They also lead the three-run aggregate. (ROBBY FREEMAN PHOTO)

GUYMON, Okla. – The magic number for Kory Koontz is 20.

He’s one of the greatest ropers in ProRodeo and might just be the best heeler to have never won a world championship. Over the course of his storied career, the Sudan, Texas, cowboy has qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo 19 times. He’d like 2015 to mark his 20th trip to the sport’s grand finale.

Kory Koontz

Kory Koontz

“For a long time, the number in my mind that I had was that I wanted to make 20 of them,” he said, referring to the 10-round finale that takes place in Las Vegas each December. “I’ve missed it the last three years.”

On Friday night, he made another significant move in his plan to return by taking the third-round and average lead at the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo with header Colby Lovell. The tandem posted a 7.1-second run during the first performance; their cumulative time of 20.1 seconds through three go-rounds gives them a significant advantage with three performances remaining in Oklahoma’s richest rodeo.

“I think I’ve won it twice,” said Koontz, who just resumed his partnership with Lovell in the last couple of months. “I’ve been here at least 20 times.”

Now he’d like to win his third Pioneer Days Rodeo trophy belt with Lovell; the two roped together in 2010, the first of four straight NFR qualifications for Lovell. Since then, Koontz has teamed with Erich Rogers, Brock Hanson and Chad Masters, while Lovell has partnered with York Gill, Russell Cardoza and Martin Lucero.

Colby Lovell

Colby Lovell

They quickly found success in 2015 as partners, so they decided to stick it out.

“Our plan is to stay in Texas and here in Oklahoma and get some money,” Koontz said. “When it’s time to go to Reno (Nev.) and get going for the summer, we’ll give it a run and try to get back to the NFR.

“Now we’ve got our game face on, and we’re going to give it everything we’ve got to go back there.”

As long as they continue to find success like they have in the Oklahoma Panhandle this week, their chances are good.

“We’re just doing our job,” Koontz said. “We drew just medium-type steers, and we did what we do. My partner did a good job, and I came around there and heeled all three of them. It was almost like we made the same runs three times in a row.”

That seems to be a winning combination.

Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days Rodeo
April 27-May 3
Results through the first performance
Bareback riding leaders:
1. (tie) Zachariah Phillips, on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Cool Change, and Tim O’Connell, on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Fancy Free, 85 points each; 3. Mason Clements, 80; 4. (tie) Devan Reilly and Richmond Champion, 78 each; 6. Will Martin, 77; 7. Kody Lamb, 74; 8. Anthony Tomas, 73.

Team roping: Third round leaders: 1. Colby Lovell/Kory Koontz, 7.1 seconds; 2. Jake Cooper/Tyler McKnight, 7.5; 3. Bobby Boyd/Johnny Folmer, 11.6; 4. Logan Olson/Jordan Olson, 11.7; 5. Caleb Smidt/Mickey Gomez, 13.0; 6. Brandon Webb/Kaleb Driggers, 13.3; 7. Brett Christensen/Chase Boekhaus, 16.5; no other qualified runs. Aggregate leaders: 1. Colby Lovell/Kory Koontz, 20.1 seconds on three runs; 2. Jake Cooper/Tyler McKnight, 21.0; 3. Brandon Webb/Kaleb Driggers, 29.8; 4. Logan Olson/Jordan Olson, 37.7; 5. Bobby Boyd/Johnny Folmer, 41.2; 6. Caleb Smidt/Mickey Gomez, 43.0; Brett Christensen/Chase Boekhaus, 53.0; 8. Coleman Proctor/Jake Long, 13.3 seconds on two runs.

Steer roping: Fifth round leaders: 1. Chance Kelton, 12.2 seconds; 2. Shay Good, 13.6; 3. Scott Snedecor, 14.3; 4. J. Tom Fisher, 19.8; no other qualified times. Aggregate leaders: 1. Scott Snedecor, 68.8 seconds on four runs; 2. Chance Kelton, 69.6; 3. Tuf Cooper, 90.3; 4. JoJo LeMond, 93.2; 5. Vin Fisher Jr., 110.24; 6. Brodie Poppino, 52.7 seconds on three runs.

Saddle bronc riding leaders: 1. (tie) Tyler Corrington, on Lancaster & Pickett Rodeo’s Wild Flower, and Wade Sundell, on Lancaster & Pickett Rodeo’s Badlands, 78 points each; 3. (tie) Chet Johnson and Cort Scheer, 77; 5. Jade Blackwell, 76; 6. Chanse Darling, 73; 7. Casey Maddox, 70; 8. Nick Shenold, 59.

Steer wrestling: Third round leaders: 1. Wade Sumpter, 3.9 seconds; 2. Forest Sainsbury, 4.7; 3. Sean Mulligan, 4.8; 4. Dean Stermer, 5.8; 5. Billy Boldon, 5.9; 6. Darrel Petry, 6.0; 7. Juan Alcazar Jr., 17.9; no other qualified times. Aggregate leaders: 1. Forest Sainsbury, 19.4 seconds on three runs; 2. Darrell Petry, 20.5; 3. Sean Mulligan, 24.0; 4. Wade Sumpter, 25.4; 5. Dean Sterner, 26.2; 6. Dean Boldon, 28.2; 7. Juan Alcazar Jr., 31.4; 8. Hunter Lewis, 8.4 seconds on two runs.

Tie-down roping: Third round leaders: 1. Shane Hanchey, 7.9 seconds; 2. Cory Solomon, 9.1; 3. Robert Mathis, 9.8; 4. Tyson Durfey, 10.2; 5. (tie) Jake Pratt and Cheyenne Stanley, 11.2 each; no other qualified times. Aggregate leaders: 1. Shane Hanchey, 24.8 seconds on three runs; 2. Cory Solomon, 26.0; 3. Jake Pratt, 26.5; 4. Robert Mathis, 32.5; 5. Cheyenne Stanley, 34.8; 6. Tyson Durfey, 34.9; 7. Tyler Prcin, 16.6 seconds on two runs; 8. (tie) Blane Cox and Reese Reimer, 17.6.

Barrel racing: Second round leaders: 1. Heather Clayton, 16.94 seconds; 2. Mary Walker, 17.12; 3. (tie) Laura Kennedy and Carley Richardson, 17.19; 5. Brittany Pozzi, 17.25; 6. Fallon Taylor, 17.29; 7. Rebecca Hughes, 17.30; 8. Lanita Peirce, 17.31; 9. Jaime Hinton, 17.33; 10. Sherrylynn Johnson, 17.34. Aggregate leaders: 1. Mary Walker, 34.13 seconds on two runs; 2. Brittany Pozzi, 34.52; 3. Jaime Hinton, 34.74; 4. Fallon Taylor, 34.81; 5. Natalie Bland, 34.87; 6. Rebecca Hughes, 34.96; 7. Andrea Busby, 35.11. 8. Kaylee Gallino, 35.19.

Bull riding leaders: 1. Trevor kastner, 86 points on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Sazerac; 2. Brett Stall, 84; 3. Chris McCombs, 83; 4. Chris McCombs, 82; no other qualified rides.

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Bulldogs Conclude Day One Of Jace LaCoste Invite

Bulldog Beat - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 11:05pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Opening night of the Jace LaCoste Invitational led to success for the Mississippi State track and field teams, capturing its first win of the invite from Sydney Rodkey in the pole vault

Bulldogs Unable to Contain Hot South Carolina Bats

Bulldog Beat - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 8:40pm
A four-run fourth was too much for Mississippi State to overcome vs. South Carolina on Friday night.

McDonald, Peng Tabbed All-SEC In Women's Golf

Bulldog Beat - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 4:00pm
Starkville, Miss. – Success on the golf course has parlayed into deserving recognition for Mississippi State standouts Ally McDonald and Jessica Peng, as the two earned All-SEC accolades on Friday.

Ketcham leads Guymon barrel racing

Twisted Rodeo - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 1:22pm
Sabrina Ketcham

Sabrina Ketcham

First round: 1. Sabrina Ketcham, 17.00 seconds, $2,115; 2. Mary Walker, 17.01, $1,813; 3. Cassidy Kruse, 17.03, $1,511; 4. Shali Lord, 17.07, $1,310; 5. Andrea Cline, 17.08, $1,007; 6. Calyssa Thomas, 17.18, $806; 7. Callie DuPerier, 17.25, $604; 8. Brittany Pozzi, 17.27, $403; 9. Britany Diaz, 17.28, $302; 10. Kasey Etbauer, 17.29, $201.

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