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Brazile leads a fast fourth round

Twisted Rodeo - Sun, 03/08/2015 - 1:02am

GUTHRIE, Okla. – The fourth go-round of the Timed Event Championship of the World was fast and exciting.

In fact, four of the top six fastest round times of the weekend happened Saturday night at the Lazy E Arena. It’s making for an exciting sprint to the finish Sunday afternoon.

Trevor Brazile

Trevor Brazile

“I usually try to not watch much of the other competition, but when it’s as good watching as it is here, the fan in me comes out,” said leader Trevor Brazile, who has posted a 20-run cumulative time of 212.2 seconds, on pace to set a new record for the fastest aggregate. “It’s fun. There are a lot of good runs. There is a lot to be watching for.”

Brazile led the way again Saturday night, posting a 45.8-second go-round – it is the second fastest round so far this weekend behind the 43.7 he posted Friday night. Kyle Lockett, a two-time champion, scored a 48.7, followed by Russell Cardoza’s 51.1 and Jess Tierney’s 52.8.

It all happened before another large crowd.

“They have raised the stakes,” Brazile said, referring to the increased purse of $200,000, of which $100,000 is paid to the average champion. “They doubled first place. That’s a game-changer. You can see it by the contestants and the fans.”

Brazile owns eight of the top 10 fastest times in the Timed Event’s 31-year history, including the top six. He is also the event’s only six-time champion.

“When I have a chance (to post a fast round), and it comes down to the steer roping, it makes me a touch more aggressive,” he said, noting that bonuses are paid to the top six fastest rounds each year. “I didn’t come here to win anything in the rounds. If I have a chance, I try to capitalize on it.”

Brazile owns a 22.5-second lead over the man in second place, defending champion Paul David Tierney, whose older brother, Jess, is third.

RESULTS
AVERAGE LEADERS: 1. Trevor Brazile, 212.2 seconds on 20 runs; 2. Paul David Tierney, 234.7; 3. Jess Tierney, 238.5; 4. Erich Rogers, 272.1; 5. Josh Peek, 298.6; 6. Clay Smith, 315.4.
ROUND 4: 1. Trevor Brazile, 45.8 seconds; 2. Kyle Lockett, 48.7; 3. Russell Cardoza, 51.1; 4. Jess Tierney, 52.8; 5. Paul David Tierney, 55.9; 6. Erich Rogers, 59.8.
FASTEST ROUND LEADERS: 1. Trevor Brazile, 43.7; 2. Trevor Brazile, 45.8; 3. Kyle Lockett, 48.7; 4. Russell Cardoza, 51.1; 5. Erich Rogers, 51.6; 6. Jess Tierney, 52.8.

Categories: Twisted Rodeo

Bulldogs Topple Mizzou On Senior Night

Bulldog Beat - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 10:30pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Senior night provided a rewarding conclusion to four Mississippi State seniors' careers, as the Bulldogs knocked off the Missouri Tigers 52-43 Saturday.

No. 48 Bulldog Men’s Tennis Sweeps Pair of Saturday Contests

Bulldog Beat - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 10:26pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – In their final doubleheader of the season, the 48th-ranked Mississippi State Bulldogs (11-3, 2-0 SEC) swept a pair of matches on Saturday, including a conference victory against No. 55 Arkansas.

Quality Start By Sexton Gives No. 7 MSU 4-2 Win Against USD

Bulldog Beat - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 8:11pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi State bounced back into the win column with a 4-2 baseball victory over San Diego Saturday afternoon at Dudy Noble Field.

Bulldogs Jump Into Top 5 After Day Two

Bulldog Beat - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 6:43pm
Hilton Head, S.C. – Coming off a challenging first round on Friday, the Mississippi State Women's golf team battled some of the nation's top teams to end day two in fourth place.

Bulldog Women’s Tennis To Host Arkansas Sunday

Bulldog Beat - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 6:31pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Fresh off of claiming its first SEC win of the season, the 59th-ranked Mississippi State women's tennis team will continue its homestand on Sunday, as the No. 44 Arkansas Razorbacks come into town.

Bulldogs Look For Third Straight Top-5 Finish At The Tiger Invitational

Bulldog Beat - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 6:14pm
OPELIKA, Ala. – Following last week's eighth place finish at the Louisiana Classics, the Mississippi State men's golf team is looking to continue its success at the Tiger Invitational after winning the tournament in 2013 and placing third last year.

Tierney brothers just behind Brazile

Twisted Rodeo - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 5:29pm

GUTHRIE, Okla. – Between them, the Tierney family owns five Timed Event Championship of the World gold buckles.

Patriarch Paul Tierney earned four in his hall-of-fame career, while youngest son Paul David Tierney is the reigning champ. The Tierneys are tied with K.C. Jones with the second most titles in the “Ironman of ProRodeo” and trail just one man, six-time winner Trevor Brazile.

Trevor Brazile

Trevor Brazile

Through three go-rounds of this year’s championship, Paul David and Jess Tierney sit Nos. 2 and 3 in the average standings and trail just one man, Brazile, who has roped, tied and wrestled 15 head in 166.4 seconds. Paul David is second in 178.8, and Jess has scored 185.7. They are well ahead of the rest of the field: the fourth-place cowboy, Erich Rogers, is 212.3.

“Anybody here is capable of being 2-3 at any time,” Jess Tierney said. “If you get on top of the cattle, you’ve got to take advantage of them.”

Drawing good calves and steers makes a difference in this unique championship, in which each contestant must compete in heading, heeling, tie-down roping, steer wrestling and steer roping.

Jess Tierney

Jess Tierney

“We’re trying to take advantage of a good situation,” he said.

They are, and so is Brazile, a 21-time PRCA world champion who also owns a record 12 all-around gold buckles. He also has had considerable success inside the Lazy E Arena.

“He’s always been the gatekeeper around here,” Jess Tierney said. “He’s such a great cowboy. Even when I’m competing against him, I’m always watching him, trying to learn something. He’s the best.

“He’s an inspiration just watching him.”

The Tierneys grew up with a pretty inspiring person in their father. When they’re at home in South Dakota, they practice all five disciplines that make up the Timed Event. Between that, working on the ranch and having a father who competed in the Lazy E Arena every March for so many years, they are tailor made for the rugged championship.

“Dad always tells us that you’ve got it one run at a time. You’ve just got to look at what you’re doing right then,” Jess Tierney said. “You’ve just got to look at what you’re doing right then. Based on that, we’re staying steady and not trying to get ahead of ourselves much.”

RESULTS
AVERAGE LEADERS:
1. Trevor Brazile, 166.4; 2. Paul David Tierney, 178.8; 3. Jess Tierney, 185.7; 4. Erich Rogers, 212.3; 5. Josh Peek, 224.8; 6. Clay Smith, 241.7
ROUND 3: 1. Trevor Brazile, 56.3 seconds; 2. Paul David Tierney, 57.5; 3. Josh Peek, 58.8; 4. Erich Rogers, 59.3; 5. Jess Tierney, 67.1; 6. Landon McClaugherty, 67.6.

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State Falls In Five To No. 8 Georgia

Bulldog Beat - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 5:27pm
Competing with No. 8 Georgia (21-2, 2-0 SEC) for the second day in a row, the Mississippi State softball team (17-5, 0-2 SEC) was not able to match its opponents offensive play falling, 9-1 in five innings, on Saturday afternoon at the MSU Softball Field.

No. 11 Bulldogs Fall To Kentucky In SEC Tournament Quarterfinal

Bulldog Beat - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 1:00am
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – No. 11 Mississippi State saw a 15-point lead slip away in a Top 15 showdown with No. 12 Kentucky at the Southeastern Conference women's basketball tournament.

Brazile sprints to the Timed Event lead

Twisted Rodeo - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 12:52am

GUTHRIE, Okla. – Trevor Brazile owns eight of the 10 fastest go-rounds in the history of the Timed Event Championship of the World.

One of those came during the second go-round Friday night at the Lazy E Arena, where the Decatur, Texas, cowboy roped, tied and wrestled five cattle in 43.7 seconds, just two-tenths of a second off the record time he owns. It helped catapult the six-time Timed Event winner to the lead after the opening day with a 10-run cumulative time of 110.1 seconds.

Trevor Brazile

Trevor Brazile

“It feels good, but I don’t mind steer roping being the last event” in a round, said Brazile, a 21-time Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association world champion who owns five steer roping gold buckles. “I feel like I can turn it up in steer roping if I had to. I just didn’t want to do something to set myself up for failure, to be sure to look at the big picture as well as the round.”

He finished Friday night’s round with an 11.1-second steer roping run, which followed a solid 5.6 in steer wrestling, the one event that’s not his focus in ProRodeo. Brazile also owns world titles in tie-down roping and heading and has also qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in heeling, one of just two men in the sport’s history to qualify for the finale in all four roping disciplines.

“This is one of the few events, with the exception of steer wrestling, that everything else is what I do at home,” he said. “This is an event I get ready for every day year-round. I enjoy being well-rounded.”

It has showed. Nobody has won more Timed Event titles than Brazile, who first won the championship in 1998 when he was 21 years old. Now 38, he continues to prove why he’s one of the greatest cowboys to have ever played the game, and this weekend, he’s competing in a field that includes 19 other elite cowboys.

“I just want to thank the Lazy E and the McKinney family for putting up the money,” he said, referring to the $200,000 purse, of which half goes to the average champion. “They stepped up an event that was so good, but they caught it up to the times. There is a lot of competition this month, and they stepped up to the plate. I think the cowboys did as well. There are a lot of NFR qualifiers here now, and I just like to see that. I want to see the guys that are competing on the biggest stages to come do this, and that’s what it’s enabled them to do.”

RESULTS
AVERAGE LEADERS:
1. Trevor Brazile, 110.1 seconds on 10 runs; 2. Jess Tierney, 118.6; 3. Paul David Tierney, 121.3; 4. Erich Rogers, 153; 5. Clay Smith, 158.6; 6. Josh Peek, 166.0.
ROUND 1: 1. Paul David Tierney, 63.7 seconds; 2. K.C. Jones, 64.6; 3. Dustin Bird, 64.7; 4. Jess Tierney, 64.8; 5. Trevor Brazile, 64.8; 6. Daniel Green, 76.0.

Categories: Twisted Rodeo

Baseball Drops Series Opener To San Diego

Bulldog Beat - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 10:01pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – On a cold night at Dudy Noble Field, No. 7 Mississippi State could not get the bats heated up as the Bulldogs dropped a 2-1 decision to San Diego Friday.

Softball Drops SEC Opener, 6-1, To No. 8 Georgia

Bulldog Beat - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 8:41pm
Facing a balanced and offensive-minded opponent in its Southeastern Conference opener, Mississippi State softball (17-4, 0-1 SEC) fell to No. 8 Georgia (20-2, 1-0 SEC), 6-1, on Friday afternoon at the MSU Softball Field.

State Women’s Tennis Blanks Missouri, 4-0

Bulldog Beat - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 8:20pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – After opening conference play by dropping a pair of top 25 matchups on the road last weekend, the 59th-ranked Mississippi State women's tennis team rebounded in a big way on Friday, defeating Missouri 4-0 in its SEC home opener.

MSU Women’s Golf Finishes First Round In Top 10

Bulldog Beat - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 6:05pm
Hilton Head, S.C. – Despite a challenging day on the greens against the top teams in the country, the Mississippi State women's golf team still found a way to finish the opening round of the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate with a Top 10 card, as it fired a 16-over-par 300 to finish tied for ninth.

Reigning champ leads TEC after Round 1

Twisted Rodeo - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 5:33pm

GUTHRIE, Okla. – Paul David Tierney of Oral, S.D., is proving just why he is the reigning champion of the Timed Event Championship of the World.

Paul David Tierney

Paul David Tierney

On Friday afternoon, Tierney posted a 63.7-second opening round to take the early lead in the 2015 “Ironman of ProRodeo” event. He leads a contingent of veterans, including three other past Timed Event winners: five-time titlist K.C. Jones is second with a 64.6, followed by Dustin Bird, 64.7; Jess Tierney, 64.8; six-time winner Trevor Brazile, 66.4; and three-time champ Daniel Green, 76.0.

“I just wanted to get out of the barrier and go out and make smooth runs,” Paul David Tierney said, meaning he wanted to avoid any penalties for breaking the barrier and not allowing the cattle an appropriate head start. “I almost accomplished it if I wouldn’t have had my steer wrestling steer ball up on me.”

The top 20 timed-event contestants in ProRodeo are part of this elite field competing in one of the most challenging championships in the sport. They compete in heading, tie-down roping, heeling, steer wrestling and steer roping. In Tierney’s run, the bulldogging steer did not fall flat as he needed to make a fast run. The animals are meant to be a test for the cowboy’ skills.

“You don’t’ need to have pups out here,” said Tierney, who, like older brother Jess, is following in the footsteps of their hall-of-fame father, Paul Tierney, a four-time Timed Event titlist. “What helped is growing up doing all these events.

“Doing it all and having my dad to help me come here and do these events.”

Dustin Bird

Dustin Bird

Jess Tierney and Bird are the only two cowboys among the top six who don’t own championships in this unique competition, but they’re bringing a good portion of experience into play. Jess Tierney is a four-time qualifier to the Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping, while Bird is a three-time heading qualifier to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

“A few things I could’ve done better, but for the most part, it’s going pretty decent,” said Bird of Cut Bank, Mont. “It’s not easy; it’s a lot of work. I prepared myself a lot better this year because I knew what to expect. I had some guys help me with some different areas I was not as strong in.”

That’s important, especially if cowboys want to add their name to the prestigious list of champions.

RESULTS

1. Paul David Tierney, 63.7 seconds; 2. K.C. Jones, 64.6; 3. Dustin Bird, 64.7; 4. Jess Tierney, 64.8; 5. Trevor Brazile, 64.8; 6. Daniel Green, 76.0.

Categories: Twisted Rodeo

No. 48 Bulldog Men’s Tennis Set For Saturday Doubleheader

Bulldog Beat - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 5:02pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – After a month on the road, the No. 48 Mississippi State Bulldogs (9-3, 1-0 SEC) return home to host No. 55 Arkansas (11-5, 1-1 SEC) and Nicholls State (1-6, 0-1 SLC) in a Saturday twinbill at the A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre.

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