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No. 42 State Women's Tennis Falls To No. 6 Georgia In SEC Quarterfinals

Bulldog Beat - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 6:07pm
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Following Thursday night's late upset win over 28th-ranked SEC Championship host South Carolina, the 10th-seeded Mississippi State women's tennis team came up short on Friday, falling 4-0 at the hands of the No. 2 seeded and sixth-ranked Georgia Bulldogs.

No. 20 MSU Tennis Ousts No. 17 Florida, Advances To SEC Semifinals

Bulldog Beat - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 5:57pm
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Under the Texas sun, revenge for a loss earlier in the season was obtained as the 20th-ranked and No. 3 seed Mississippi State Bulldogs (19-6) defeated the 17th-ranked and No. 6 seed Florida Gators (14-8) 4-3 in the quarterfinals of the 2015 SEC Championship Friday.

Wood Paces MSU On First Day Of SEC Tournament

Bulldog Beat - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 5:40pm
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – Junior Ben Wood fired an opening-round 69 to lead the Mississippi State men's golf team to a 289 Friday at the SEC Championships in St. Simons Island, Ga.

Bully XXI to take the field Saturday

MSU News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 11:51am

Miller’s mind is on the community

Twisted Rodeo - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 11:16am

BRIDGEPORT, Texas – Like everyone else who volunteers each year to help produce the Karl Klement Butterfield Stage Days Rodeo, Susan Miller’s focus is on the community and not for any rewards that might come her way.

She has received one anyway. In 2014, Miller was named the rodeo’s committee person of the year, an honor chosen by her peers as recognition for the time and talents she’s shared as a volunteer.

Susan Miller is one of numerous volunteers who help produce the annual Karl Klement Butterfield Stage Days PRCA Rodeo, set for May 8-9 in Bridgeport, Texas. (PERSONAL PHOTO)

Susan Miller is one of numerous volunteers who help produce the annual Karl Klement Butterfield Stage Days PRCA Rodeo, set for May 8-9 in Bridgeport, Texas. (PERSONAL PHOTO)

“I have spent seven years working on this rodeo, not for my own personal gain or to win an award, but for this community to have something special as this successful professional rodeo,” said Miller, whose full-time post is as the marketing director for James Woods Motors in the neighboring Texas communities of Denton and Decatur. “To be recognized for what I would have done to contribute to the success is absolutely awesome.”

The work continues as the committee prepares for this year’s rodeo, 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.

“Susan has the mentality of getting after it,” said David Turnbow, chairman of the rodeo committee. “I can call her and ask her for help, and she’s all over it. She’ll do anything at any time, and she never complains. The key is she does it with a smile on her face every time.

“It’s good to have people who enjoy volunteering and doing this.”

That’s Miller.

“I’ve always been a community-minded person,” she said. “I’m raising my kids in this community, and I want it to thrive, be prosperous and be a place they can be proud of. The rodeo is just one small part of the overall, picture, but when that event is successful, many other factors in the community during that weekend are also successful.

“I have a son that rodeos, so being involved specifically in this rodeo helps me better understand everything he participates in.”

She also has realized how much work goes into producing the Bridgeport rodeo. The planning began shortly after last year’s event concluded, and the labor has intensified over the last few months. The core group of volunteers handles everything necessary to make the one weekend a year a success. That means a lot of man-hours for each person on the committee.

“We don’t just show up out there on Friday and Saturday night of the rodeo weekend,” Turnbow said. “There are so many little things that take place, from having the right relationships with sponsors to making sure the promotion is done to setting up the arena.

“Everything that seems so flawless during the weekend of the rodeo has taken months to prepare. We wanted to go back to having the concert like we used to have, so having Phil Hamilton come in has been a big change. Somebody had to make sure it all happened.”

The work is a vital part of making sure the community benefits.

“Bridgeport may be a small town, but it is made up of people who have big ideas for our community,” Miller said. “Those ideas are not just talked about; they are considered to be done. We welcome growth, and we welcome new ideas. I think we prosper at the thought of innovation.”

Categories: Twisted Rodeo

State Women’s Tennis Upsets Host South Carolina 4-3 At SECs

Bulldog Beat - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 1:52am
COLUMBIA, S.C. – After a lengthy singles battle and equally tight doubles affair, the 10th-seeded Mississippi State women's tennis team pulled out a 4-3 thriller over No. 7 seed host South Carolina in the second round of the 2015 SEC Championship Thursday night, capping a long rain-soaked day overall at the tournament.

Cohen's Club Hosts No. 6 Gators As Part Of #SBW15

Bulldog Beat - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 11:52pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – The Mississippi State baseball team (22-16, 6-9 SEC) squares off against No. 6 Florida (28-10, 9-6 SEC) as part of Super Bulldog Weekend (#SBW15).

No. 20 MSU Opens 2015 SEC Championship Against No. 17 Florida

Bulldog Beat - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 6:59pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – With two days of practice in the books in College Station, the 20th-ranked and No. 3 seed Mississippi State Bulldogs (18-6) are set to take on the 17th-ranked and No. 6 seed Florida Gators (14-7) in the quarterfinals of the 2015 SEC Championship on Friday.

State Squares Off vs. No. 12 Tennessee for #SBW15

Bulldog Beat - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 6:37pm
For the 2015 installment of Super Bulldog Weekend, the Mississippi State softball team (31-13, 9-9 SEC) will play its fourth-straight ranked foe in No. 12 Tennessee (32-11, 8-7 SEC) this weekend at the MSU Softball Field.

Thursday's Soccer Exhibition Vs. Samford Cancelled

Bulldog Beat - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 5:51pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – April showers have struck the Mississippi State soccer team for the second-straight day.

MSU Looks For Continued Success At The SEC Championship

Bulldog Beat - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 4:40pm
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. - Following its best finish of the season, the Mississippi State men's golf looks to add a third Top 5 at the SEC Championship in the last four years.

Women's Golf To Tee Off SEC Championship Friday

Bulldog Beat - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 3:05pm
Starkville, Miss. – Following the best regular season of golf to date in Mississippi State history, the No. 9-ranked women's golf team will begin play in the SEC Women's Championship in Birmingham, Ala., on Friday.

Phil Hamilton takes music to Bridgeport

Twisted Rodeo - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 1:04pm

BRIDGEPORT, Texas – If music is deep in Phil Hamilton’s heart, Texas music is his soul.

He will put it all on the line Saturday, May 9, during a special concert as part of the annual Butterfield Stage Days celebration. The two-day gathering also features 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.

Phil Hamilton will perform Saturday, May 9, after the second performance of the Karl Klement Butterfield Stage Days PRCA Rodeo.

Phil Hamilton will perform Saturday, May 9, after the second performance of the Karl Klement Butterfield Stage Days PRCA Rodeo. (PUBLICITY PHOTO)

Hamilton originally is from Burleson, Texas, about an hour southeast of Bridgeport. His style of music is the perfect fit for the Butterfield Stage Days celebration, and it’s why event organizers made plans for the Texas native to be part of the show.

“We’re very excited to have Phil Hamilton being the entertainment Saturday night,” said Susan Miller, a key member of the volunteer committee that produces the annual rodeo. “It’s generated a great deal of excitement for us, and I think the community feels the same way.”

Hamilton has loved music since childhood, growing up in a musical family. His grandmother sang opera, and his aunt sang country. As a young adult, he discovered Texas acts like Robert Earl Keen, Charlie Robison and Pat Green, and Hamilton found his niche.

“I started writing some originals, but it didn’t come natural to me at first,” Hamilton said in his biography. “Back then I hadn’t had enough experiences with love and loss and all that stuff to make great songs.”

He continued to practice his writing skills and focusing on it.

“That’s when things started to take off,” he said. “The next thing I knew I was being offered a deal with Winding Road Music to record a full record.”

Nothing To Lose was released in 2009 and featured two singles that reached the top 15 on the Texas charts. His second album, Renegade Rock N Roll, featured three No. 1 songs: “Bad,” “Running” and “Back of a ’73.” He followed that with a third album from a legendary Fort Worth, Texas, club, Live At The Whiskey Girl Saloon.

“I was excited to show what we do live,” Hamilton said. “My only rule was that it had to be real authentic and 100 percent live, not re-cut or re-tracked, and we did it that way and it worked. It was just a phenomenal experience, and we captured the music just the way I wanted.”

When he’s not on the road playing before raucous audiences, Hamilton enjoys his time at home in Grandbury, Texas, where he combines his passion for music with the outdoors. It’s a great place for him to unwind and open the possibilities for his songwriting.

“I live on the road, but I don’t write on the road,” he said. “There are too many things going on, and it’s too tough for me to put my thoughts down out there. Hunting and the outdoors are my main things. When I’m home, half of the week I’m always out in the woods hunting or fishing.”

Categories: Twisted Rodeo

State Rallies, But Falls To No. 22 South Alabama, 3-2

Bulldog Beat - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 11:57pm
Playing its fifth-straight game against a ranked opponent, the Mississippi State softball team (31-13) rallied, but dropped its contest with No. 22 South Alabama (32-7), 3-2, on Wednesday night at the MSU Softball Field.

Bulldogs Celebrate Historic Season; Hand Out Team Awards

Bulldog Beat - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 11:52pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – To cap a memorable 2014-15 campaign, several Bulldogs were recognized for their season's efforts Wednesday night at the team's annual Hail State Hoops Awards Banquet.
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