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Mullen To Play in Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Charity Golf Challenge

Bulldog Beat - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 3:37pm
GREENSBORO, Ga. – Mississippi State head football coach Dan Mullen will team up with former Bulldog Fred McCrary to compete in the ninth annual Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge charity golf tournament, April 26-28, at the Reynolds Plantation resort on Lake Oconee outside Atlanta.

Rangers women wear region crown

Twisted Rodeo - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 3:24pm

ALVA, Okla. – It’s been a long time coming for the Northwestern Oklahoma State University rodeo team.

For the first time in seven years, the Rangers have won the Central Plains Region’s women’s team title, clinching the championship this past weekend by winning the Fort Hays (Kan.) State University rodeo.

Through nine of 10 events – the final rodeo of the 2014-15 season will be this coming weekend at Oklahoma Panhandle State University’s Doc Gardner Memorial Rodeo in Guymon, Okla. – the Northwestern women have won five titles.

Stockton Graves

Stockton Graves

“I’m very proud of our women’s team this year,” said Stockton Graves, the Rangers rodeo coach. “We set our goal at the first of the year to win the region, and we’ve accomplished that. We have one more rodeo this season, and we’d like to close that one out with a win.”

That’s highly possible. Northwestern is 849 points ahead of the second-place team, rival Southwestern Oklahoma State University, and nearly 1,100 better than No. 3 Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Winning at least half the events in a 10-rodeo season is a major statement.

“Our team has really worked together, and we try to build each other up,” said Shayna Miller of Faith, S.D., who won goat tying in Hays to clinch the region title. “I’m pretty sure we all had that (team title) on our mind.”

Shayna Miller

Shayna Miller

In Hays, Miller won the first round with a 7.7-second run, then finished second in the final round to win the title with a two-run cumulative time of 15.9 seconds – half a second faster than the field, which included three other Rangers: Lauren Barnes of Buckeye, Ariz.; Elli Price of Leady, Okla.; and Tearnee Nelson of Faith, S.D. Barnes finished tied for third, while Price was sixth.

For the third time this season, Miller led the way for the Rangers.

“She’s had a huge impact on our women’s team,” Graves said of Miller. “She’s scored over 1,000 points in goat-tying. She’s a real hard worker and gives those girls something to look up to. She’s had a big influence on our team.”

That makes a difference, especially on a team that has seen some success in recent years. The last two seasons, the Northwestern women also qualified as a team to the College National Finals Rodeo by finishing second in the region.

“Even though I’m leading it, Karley (Kile) and Lauren have put a lot of points in there,” Miller said. “We wouldn’t be winning the region if it wasn’t for all of us together.”

That’s a great building block for the team’s future. Any time a group sees success, it helps each individual in the group see how the work pays off.

“It gives them some sort of pride and gives us something to look forward to and proves that we can do it,” Graves said. “They take pride in being one of the top two teams in the region and hopefully one of the top two teams in the nation.”

Other short-round qualifiers for the women were breakaway roper Samantha McGuire of Backus, Minn. and barrel racer Sara Bynum of Beggs, Okla. The Northwestern men were led by Laine Herl of Goodland, Kan., who placed in both heading and steer wrestling.

Herl won the short round in steer wrestling with a 5.4-second run and finished second in the two-run aggregate. He and heeler Chase Lako of Hunter, N.D., finished third in team roping. Another two-event star, Tyler Batie of Black Hawk, S.D., placed fifth in bulldogging and team roping, competing with heading teammate Edgar Fierro of Kingfisher, Okla. Another steer wrestler, Grayson Allred of Kanarraville, Utah, finished sixth.

The top Ranger in team roping was header Dalton Richards of Hawkinsville, Ga., who placed second with heeler Ben Whiddon of Southeastern. They finished in a tie for second place in the first round with Herl/Lako, then posted an 11.8-second run to finish second in the short round. Richards sits second in the region heading into the final event of the season.

“I’ve been this close before, so I’m not really trying to think about it too much,” said Richards, who will, “just keep roping my game and see how it goes.”

Categories: Twisted Rodeo

MSU Softball Field Era Concludes Wednesday vs. Memphis

Bulldog Beat - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 2:20pm
For its final game before its new facility is constructed this offseason, the Mississippi State softball team (31-16) will host Memphis (14-27) on Wednesday at 6 p.m. CT at the MSU Softball Field.

Howland Names Jason Ludwig As Director Of Operations

Bulldog Beat - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 12:59pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. — Jason Ludwig has joined Ben Howland's staff at Mississippi State as director of operations after spending the past two seasons in the same capacity at Arizona State.

Heck, McDonald MSU Nominees For McWhorter Award

Bulldog Beat - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 12:34pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi State All-American golfer Ally McDonald and baseball shortstop Seth Heck have been nominated for the H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Post-Graduate Scholarship.

Rodeo queen among elite in Guymon

Twisted Rodeo - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 10:10am

GUYMON, Okla. – Lauren Heaton is quite proud to represent the state of Oklahoma as she travels the rodeo circuit in 2015.

Lauren Heaton

Lauren Heaton

She is the first Miss Rodeo Oklahoma to win the Miss Rodeo America title, and she will be in the Oklahoma Panhandle for the Guymon 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.

“I was raised in Oklahoma rodeo,” said Heaton, a 2013 Oklahoma State University graduate from Alva, Okla. “It gave me so much. It created so much of who I am today. I want to take so much of what Oklahomans are. There’s such a spirit to Oklahomans.

“I really hope to take that across the country and showcase that to the rest of the rodeo industry.”

Heaton was crowned last December during the pageant that took place in conjunction with the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. She’s spent the last five months as the sport’s primary ambassador.

Now she’s adding a home state rodeo to her list of events this season.

“We’re very excited to have Lauren coming back to Guymon this year,” said Becky Robinson, a longtime member of the Pioneer Days Rodeo committee. “It was important to us to have the first Oklahoman Miss Rodeo America in Guymon.”

Heaton is one of many rodeo queens who will be part of the festivities. It’s just part of the overall package that is Pioneer Days Rodeo, which will feature seven straight days of competition with “slack” beginning at 8 a.m. through the weekdays – steer roping will take place Monday, April 27, and Tuesday, April 28; team roping, steer wrestling and tie-down roping will be Wednesday, April 29, and Thursday, April 30; and barrel racing will be Friday, May 1.

In all, nearly 1,000 cowboys and cowgirls will be battling through the week for Oklahoma Panhandle cash. Guymon is a major stop on the ProRodeo tour.

Taos Muncy

Taos Muncy

“We take a lot of pride in being a rodeo that the cowboys want to come to,” said Jim Quimby, chairman of the rodeo committee. “We have a great history of more than 80 years, and the contestants know that we’re going to cater to them.”

It makes sense. After all, cowboys with ties to the Oklahoma Panhandle have earned 12 gold buckles: saddle bronc riders Billy Etbauer (5), Robert Etbauer (2), Taos Muncy (2), Tom Reeves and Jeffery Willert join heeler Jhett Johnson as world champions. All six cowboys were part of the rodeo team at Oklahoma Panhandle State University in nearby Goodwell, Okla.

But there are many more contestants with ties to Texas County that are or have been NFR regulars, including two-time reserve world champion saddle bronc rider Cort Scheer, another Panhandle State rodeo team alumnus.

“We’re very proud of the cowboys and cowgirls that are from here and look forward to seeing them every year when they come back for our rodeo,” Quimby said. “To me, it shows everyone that we have some of the best cowboys in the world from right here.”

Categories: Twisted Rodeo

25 Diamond Dawgs In Professional Baseball

Bulldog Beat - Mon, 04/20/2015 - 3:29pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Twenty-five former Mississippi State baseball players are currently in professional baseball, including four currently playing in Major League Baseball.

Lineup Set For Road Dawgs 2015 Tour, Begins May 4

Bulldog Beat - Mon, 04/20/2015 - 11:24am
STARKVILLE, Miss. – The Mississippi State Road Dawgs 2015 Tour, featuring athletic department officials and coaches, will make 10 stops throughout the region beginning with Meridian on Monday, May 4.

Bridgeport benefits from rodeo

Twisted Rodeo - Mon, 04/20/2015 - 10:57am

BRIDGEPORT, Texas – Commitment to the community is the key reason several locals are part of the volunteers who orchestrate the Bridgeport rodeo.

“With Butterfield Stage Days, we try to draw some people from all walks of life to come and see what all we have to offer,” said Katherine Hudson, now in her 20th year as one of the volunteers for the Karl Klement Butterfield Stage Days Rodeo set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 8, and Saturday, May 9, at Sunset Retreat Arena, formerly the Bridgeport Riding Club Arena.

“With the rodeo and the festival, we want to have enough to do to attract not just those who are in the rodeo, but the people who follow the rodeo. We have something for them to do during the day time.”

David Turnbow

David Turnbow

The rodeo will feature a brilliant mix of true athleticism and family entertainment, showcased by the brightest stars in professional rodeo. That includes the likelihood of Wise County world champions like Trevor Brazile and his brother-in-law, Tuf Cooper, both of whom brought more gold buckles home to north Texas in 2014.

But there’s so much more to the rodeo than the incredible competition; for the first time in the event’s history, highly decorated entertainer Troy “The Wild Child” Lerwill will showcase his talents and brand of comedy for the Bridgeport crowd.

“You learn something new every year, and you learn things you can do to make it better,” said David Turnbow, chairman of the volunteer committee. “We want to bring in things that will interest the crowd and try to get the whole community out there.”

When competition and entertainment are combined, it makes for quite an entertaining two days.

“I enjoy putting on something in a small city that brings out a wide variety of people that like to watch but don’t go anywhere else to watch,” Hudson said. “They have a chance at watching a professional cowboy that they might not have seen.”

The local rodeo typically features regular qualifiers to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. Take the 2014 event, for example: Three-time world champion Will Lowe won the bareback riding title in Bridgeport, while Brazile – who owns a ProRodeo record 21 world titles – won the all-around crown. Other winners included National Finals qualifiers like saddle bronc rider Jacobs Crawley and steer roper Chet Herren.

“Our rodeo and the festival downtown are pretty darn huge for the community,” Turnbow said. “Just the tax dollars that this thing brings in is incredible, with people staying in hotels, eating in the local restaurants and stopping at our fuel stations.

“I think the rodeo and the festival goes hand in hand very well and does some great things for our community.”

Categories: Twisted Rodeo

Natural Health Care From Down Under Poised to Make U.S. Debut

Lifestyles - Mon, 04/20/2015 - 8:55am
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(NewsUSA) - Eating healthy and getting fit seem to be the mantra these days. After all, the First Lady has made childhood obesity a priority with her "Let's Move" campaign. Plus, the diet industry isn't showing any signs of slowing down, with Americans spending more than $60 billion annually, according to U.S. News and World Report.

Despite that, obesity continues to plague the U.S. and remains a serious health concern for the country. Underscoring this point is that, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one-third or 78.6 million U.S. adults are obese, and in 2008, the last year that numbers were reported, obesity cost the U.S. $147 billion in annual medical expenses.

For those looking to lose a little or a lot of weight, choosing between lifestyle products that assist with weight management can seem daunting.

"With so many products that assist in weight management to choose from, it's difficult to know which ones will work," said Simon St. Ledger, managing director of Rapid Nutrition, producer of U.S.-made natural health care supplements that have seen huge success in Australia. "This is why we are so focused on being our customers' first choice for their health and well-being needs, and establishing that there are companies that make choice products."

Rapid Nutrition was established on the back of its proven science-based supplements, SystemLS, that are now being sold in Australia's biggest retailer (Woolworth's) but will soon be available worldwide -- including the U.S.

The best part? All ingredients, according to the company website, are 100 percent natural, organic, gluten-free and designed to support natural weight management. The scientifically formulated SystemLS includes six products that have undergone stringent testing. The formula is high in fiber, antioxidants, omega 3's, whole-food-based vitamins, probiotics and high-quality whey protein. In addition, SystemLS offers a unique weight-loss-coach phone app to provide ongoing motivation, training and support.

"We are well positioned to help more people tackle the challenge of weight management with a system that works," said St. Ledger.

To learn more about SystemLS products and the phone app, visit

Bulldogs Conclude 2015 SEC Championship

Bulldog Beat - Mon, 04/20/2015 - 12:02am
Birmingham, Ala. – After another weather-delayed day, the Mississippi State women's golf team finished the final round of the SEC Championship in 12th place, firing a 897 three day total.

Diamond Dawgs Drop Game Three Of Florida Series 10-5

Bulldog Beat - Sun, 04/19/2015 - 9:31pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi State could not match the offensive firepower of Florida in the final game of Super Bulldog Weekend Sunday.

MSU Inks Top Standouts Teaira McCowan and Roshunda Johnson

Bulldog Beat - Sun, 04/19/2015 - 9:09pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – A historic 2014-15 campaign has landed the Mississippi State women's basketball team signatures from two of the nation's top players during the spring signing period.

Grant Shoots 69, Bulldogs Finish 14th At SEC Championship

Bulldog Beat - Sun, 04/19/2015 - 5:57pm
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – Freshman Taylor Grant fired a final round one-under-par 69 to lead the Mississippi State men's golf team to a 297 and a 14th-place finish at the SEC Championships on Sunday.

Gentle Goes Yard Twice, Bulldogs Drop Series Finale

Bulldog Beat - Sun, 04/19/2015 - 3:23pm
An early offensive flurry from No. 12 Tennessee was enough to secure the win on Sunday afternoon at the MSU Softball Field.

McBride Wins 800m Run At Mt. SAC Relays

Bulldog Beat - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 10:44pm
WALNUT, Calif. – Concluding day three of the Mt. SAC Relays, junior Brandon McBride provided on the many highlights by placing first in the 800m run.
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