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Exclusive Young Alumni Season Ticket Offer

Bulldog Beat - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 4:45pm
Exclusive season ticket offer for young alumni of Mississippi State.

MSU Athletics, Bulldog Club Announce Partnership With PrimeSport

Bulldog Beat - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 12:00pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. - The Mississippi State Athletic Department, Learfield Sports' MSU Bulldog Sports Properties and the Bulldog Club have announced they have entered into a new fan travel partnership with PrimeSport, the leader in providing direct access to the biggest sporting events. This new partnership names PrimeSport as the "Official Fan Travel Partner" over the next three years and will provide Bulldog fans with travel options to follow the Bulldogs to various away games. For the 2015 season, an official travel package will be available for the away football game to Texas A&M University.

Mullen, Prescott To Represent MSU on SEC Network Takeover July 6

Bulldog Beat - Mon, 06/22/2015 - 4:43pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi State head football coach Dan Mullen and senior quarterback Dak Prescott will represent the Bulldogs as part of the SEC Network's 24 hours of programming devoted entirely to MSU Athletics on Monday, July 6.

Barnes finishes career with top finish

Twisted Rodeo - Mon, 06/22/2015 - 4:04pm

Northwestern-Logo-200ALVA, Okla. – When goat-tier Lauren Barnes arrived at Northwestern Oklahoma State University four years ago, she wanted a chance to compete for a national title.

She got her chance last week during the 2015 College National Finals Rodeo. She placed among the top 10 in each of the four go-rounds and finished tied for fifth in the final standings in Casper, Wyo.

“It was really good,” said Barnes, a senior from Buckeye, Ariz. “My plan was to be 6 (seconds) on all the first three rounds, and it was great to be able to do that. I wish I would’ve had a better run on the last one. My horse lunged when I swung my leg, and she doesn’t usually do that. I lost my balance a little and was longer than I wanted to be (on time).

“I think I still would’ve been fine, but my string came out of my belt loop, and it got stuck underneath the goat. That slowed me down a lot.”

She posted runs of 6.6, 6.7 and 6.4 seconds in the first three rounds to qualify for the championship round in the No. 2 position behind eventual national champion Loni Pearce of Southern Arkansas University. Barnes’ 7.6-second final run moved her into a two-way tie for fifth place to finish out her college career.

“I thought it was a good way to go out,” she said. “I would’ve loved to own a national title, but being fifth in the nation was pretty neat.”

Barnes was the top finisher among six Northwestern athletes who competed at the collegiate championship, which features the top two teams in the region and the top three regional individuals in each event. Barnes finished the 2014-15 Central Plains Region season No. 2 in the standings behind teammate Shayna Miller of Faith, S.D.

The Northwestern women won the Central Plains Region, so the Rangers had four women part of the CNFR lineup, including breakaway ropers Sammi Lee McGuire of Backus, Minn., and Karley Kile of Overbrook, Kan. The men’s team included team roping header Dalton Richards of Hawkinsville, Ga., and steer wrestler Grayson Allred of Kanarraville, Utah.

Barnes was the only Ranger to qualify for the championship round. Still, the Northwestern women earned 147.5 points and finished 15th in the team standings.

“It was awesome to be part of this team this year,” Barnes said. “These girls were great. I really knew we had the team to win the region this year, and every girl had that set on their minds. Everyone was there for each other. I’ve been part of a lot of other sports teams, but this was the greatest connection I’ve ever felt.

“The funny thing was it came in a sport where you’re actually trying to beat one another, but we were more of a team than any other sports team I’ve been on.”

That made for a special way to close out a career at a college that was more than a thousand miles from home.

“My career at Northwestern was great,” she said. “I learned so much about life going away from home and having to do a lot of things on my own. I grew up a lot. I met a lot of great people. I had a great coach in Stockton; he was just awesome, and I wouldn’t want any other coach.

“I learned how to win. I learned how to prepare myself for different situations and how not to let one thing keep me down. I learned how to keep going even when there’s a barrier in front of you. You have to learn to get around the barrier.”

Now the next barrier is in front of Barnes. She changed majors from marketing to elementary education, so she will transfer to Arizona State University to obtain her bachelor’s degree.

“I have a colt that’s pretty good in barrels, so I’ll rodeo some,” she said. “I’ll finish school and go to some rodeos, then get a career.”

Categories: Twisted Rodeo

MSU Football Managers To Serve Mission Trip in Africa

Bulldog Beat - Sun, 06/21/2015 - 2:50pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- When it comes to the Mississippi State football program there is a group of people that work behind the scenes. Their hours are long and their work goes unseen. They are the first ones there and the last to leave. They are the equipment managers.

McDonald Named A Nominee For 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year

Bulldog Beat - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 7:28pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – After a four-year career in the Maroon and White that stands among the best in school history, Mississippi State women's golf standout Ally McDonald has been named a nominee for the 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year award, the NCAA announced Friday.

Pecos rodeo a big part of community

Twisted Rodeo - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 4:53pm

PECOS, Texas – The history is there in this West Texas town of more than 8,700 people.

Next week will mark the 133rd year of the West of the Pecos Rodeo, the oldest event in the sport. It takes more than a history book to tell the tale of the big-time rodeo. A lesson in current events is also a valuable tool.

You see, the West of the Pecos Rodeo is the perfect combination of traditional Western values mixed with modern showmanship, thanks in large part to the staff from Pete Carr Pro Rodeo, a Dallas-based livestock company that produces the rodeo. It’s just what fans expect when they show up for this year’s event, set for 8 p.m. Wednesday June 24-Saturday, June 27, at Buck Jackson Arena.

PecosLogo“One of the things Pete has helped us with tremendously is because he’s got such a good livestock lineup, he’s got the quality of animals that brings the top cowboys,” said Joe Keese, chairman of the volunteer committee that produces the annual rodeo. “The good news for the fans that follow the sport of rodeo is that no matter what night they come to our rodeo, they’ll get to see their favorite guys go.”

Carr has a world-class lineup of bucking stars. In fact, no other stock contractor in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association has taken more animals to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo than Carr, who, in each of the past two years, has had 27 animals selected to buck at ProRodeo’s grand championship.

Most of those will be part of the action in Pecos, which is a major stop on the rodeo trail for the greatest cowboys in the game. In fact, Pecos champs are often among the elite that qualify regularly for the NFR.

“The cowboys like coming because of the tradition,” Keese said. “We do lot of things at our rodeo that are to the cowboys’ benefit, and I think they like that.”

“With this arena and our set up, it’s a test of the cowboy’s skills, and it’s tradition. People want that Pecos buckle.”

This year’s event also will feature Justin Rumford, the three-time reigning PRCA Clown of the Year. Rumford grew up in a rodeo family and has done nearly everything possible in and around a rodeo arena. Now he carries that experience into the role as a key piece of the entertainment pie and the event’s funnyman.

But he’s just a small part of a big puzzle that is the Pecos rodeo.

“An awful lot of the cowboys filled their permits in Pecos,” Keese said, referring to the development stage of ProRodeo whereby permit-holders must earn a minimum amount of money through competition to be eligible to become members of the PRCA. “A lot come back here every year because they came with their granddad, then their dad, and they want to keep that going.”

Categories: Twisted Rodeo

MSU Women’s Tennis Adds Transfer Madison Harrison For 2015-16

Bulldog Beat - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 7:24pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – After a historical 2014-15 season, the Mississippi State women's tennis Bulldogs hit the ground running in the offseason, adding transfer Madison Harrison from Kansas, head coach Daryl Greenan announced Thursday.

Alison Owen's NPF Journal - June 18

Bulldog Beat - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 5:20pm
Throughout the 2015 NPF season, former MSU pitcher and current graduate assistant Alison Owen will submit journal entries on her season as a member of the Akron Racers. Stay tuned to HailState.com for all of the entries.

Alison Owen's NPF Journal - June 18

Bulldog Beat - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 5:20pm
Throughout the 2015 NPF season, former MSU pitcher and current graduate assistant Alison Owen will submit journal entries on her season as a member of the Akron Racers. Stay tuned to HailState.com for all of the entries.
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