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Heck, Gridley Earn Southeastern Conference Honors

Bulldog Beat - Mon, 05/18/2015 - 4:00pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Two Mississippi State baseball players earned All-Southeastern Conference honors in a vote by the league's 14 head coaches, the league announced Monday.

Miss Rodeo America to appear at Drysdales

Twisted Rodeo - Mon, 05/18/2015 - 11:49am

CLAREMORE, Okla. – Miss Rodeo America Lauren Heaton will have a meet-and-greet with rodeo fans beginning at 11 a.m. Friday, May 22, at Drysdales Western Wear on 71st Street in Tulsa.

Lauren Heaton

Lauren Heaton

Heaton, the first Miss Rodeo Oklahoma to win the title of Miss Rodeo America, grew up in Alva, Okla., and graduated from Oklahoma State University. This marks the second straight year she is part of the festivities at the Will Rogers Stampede PRCA Rodeo, which will have three action-packed performances set for 7:45 p.m. Friday, May 22-Sunday, May 24, at Will Rogers Stampede Arena.

As Miss Rodeo Oklahoma in 2014, Heaton was a major part of last year’s Will Rogers Stampede. She has included Claremore in her schedule that includes national rodeo appearances as the primary ambassador for the sport.

Claremore’s rodeo was recognized as the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s 2014 Small Rodeo of the Year, an honor voted on by the members of the organization. The rodeo also will feature several other award-winning entities: 2012 and 2013 Dress Act of the Year Tomas Garcilazo; 2014 Comedy Act of the Year John Harrison, who also won the 2014 Coors Man in the Can for his work as a funnyman/barrelman; and Pete Carr Pro Rodeo, one of the top five stock contractors in the PRCA and the 2014 Women’s Professional Rodeo Association’s Stock Contractor of the Year.

Discounted tickets will be available at Drysdales during the meet-and-greet and also can be found on the rodeo’s website, www.WillRogersStampede.com; fans can follow the rodeo on Facebook and Twitter.

Categories: Twisted Rodeo

Softball Eliminated from Lafayette Regional by Baylor

Bulldog Beat - Sun, 05/17/2015 - 9:05pm
Playing in a Lafayette Regional that was greatly affected by weather throughout the weekend, Mississippi State was eliminated from the NCAA Tournament on Sunday.

Weather Suspends MSU Elimination Game

Bulldog Beat - Sun, 05/17/2015 - 12:11am
A combination of lightning and rain caused an elimination game between Mississippi State and Weber State to be suspended on Saturday at Lamson Park.

Hearn Crowned SEC 400m Hurdle Champion

Bulldog Beat - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 11:14pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Entering the 400m hurdles, Scottie Hearn was ranked second in the SEC. With the SEC Track & Field Championships now in the books, he's No. 1.

2015 Season Ends With Gut-Wrenching 3-2 Loss At Tennessee

Bulldog Beat - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 7:14pm
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Mississippi State could not hold a ninth-inning lead in its baseball season finale Saturday afternoon.

Diamond Dawgs Fall At Tennessee In Game Two Of Series

Bulldog Beat - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 11:01pm
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Mississippi State could not overcome an early deficit as it dropped a Southeastern Conference baseball series to Tennessee.

Softball Falls to Baylor to Open Lafayette Regional

Bulldog Beat - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 10:43pm
Despite a balanced offensive attack, Mississippi State was unable to open the Lafayette Regional of the 2015 NCAA Softball Tournament with a win over No. 18 Baylor.

Bougard Sets SEC Heptathlon Record To Earn First

Bulldog Beat - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 10:13pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Going into the final day of the 2015 SEC Championships, both Mississippi State teams are in the Top 10, with Erica Bougard setting the SEC Championships meet record and the school record in the heptathlon.

Women’s Tennis’ Tran Named Capital One Academic All-District

Bulldog Beat - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 9:25pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Wrapping up an impressive career in the Maroon and White, Mississippi State's Naomi Tran earned Capital One Academic All-District women's at-large honors, CoSIDA announced on Thursday.

MSU’s Agarwal, Lakat Named Capital One Academic All-District

Bulldog Beat - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 9:22pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Thanks to dominating performances on the court and in the classroom, Mississippi State's Rishab Agarwal and Florian Lakat were named to the 2015 Capital One Academic All-District men's at-large team, CoSIDA announced Thursday.

5 Ways to Keep Your Home Clean During a Remodel

Lifestyles - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 1:59pm
Five words or less

(NewsUSA) - Maybe you're finally updating your 1970s kitchen to one that's more sleek and modern. Perhaps it's as simple as remodeling a bathroom. Whatever the room, home renovations can be pretty hectic and messy.

To get through your renovation, home organization is the key. The following tips should help you stay on top of the chaos.

* Have files for everything. Paperwork should be kept in one place. Inexpensive file folders that are portable can help you stay structured. Create a file for all receipts, and as you post them to a budget, move them to another file labeled "posted." Permits and papers from the city should be kept together. Just for fun, create a folder of design ideas and pictures from magazines to keep you inspired.

* Cover it up. One word: plastic. No, not credit cards. Use it to cover all heavy furniture that can't be moved from the room. This will prevent dust and debris from getting into the cracks and crevices and keep the finish on the furniture looking shiny.

* Keep a list. No matter how good your memory, things are going to fall through the cracks. Hanging a clipboard on a nail in the area you are working in will help you to stay on task about people you need to contact, or things you need to do or buy for the next day.

* Have a place for everything. If you're doing the remodel yourself, there is going to be a certain amount of chaos and upheaval. One thing that will help reduce your stress level is keeping your tools in one place. Create a space, such as a table, where all small tools are kept. The larger tools can sit on the floor under the table. Every time you're finished with a tool, put it back.

* Contain your stress. If you're a person who turns to cigarettes or smokeless tobacco in times of stress, try your best to keep things clean by going outside to smoke or by carrying a portable spittoon. After all, you don't want a fresh burn mark or stain from a spill to end up on your brand new floors. FLASR has created a one-of-a-kind pocket-sized spittoon that allows users to open and shut it with just one hand, making it an ideal solution for taking your snuff, dip or chew into any room that's being renovated. In addition, the Atlanta-based company's spittoon, has an advanced closing mechanism, ensuring that it stays securely closed when not in use, eliminating the risk of spill and leaks often seen with cups and bottles. For more information, visit www.flasr.com. Market listing: FLASR (OTCQB: FLSR).

Bougard Has Record Setting Day At SEC Championships

Bulldog Beat - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 11:12pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Opening day of the 2015 SEC Outdoor Track and Field Championships was nothing short of entertaining for Mississippi State, which saw Erica Bougard break the high jump record en route to scoring the most points in the heptathlon on Day 1 in championship history.

Baseball Drops Series Opener At Tennessee

Bulldog Beat - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 10:43pm
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Mississippi State failed to cash in on early scoring opportunities and it cost them dearly in Southeastern Conference baseball action Thursday night.c

Harrison returns to Claremore rodeo

Twisted Rodeo - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 5:20pm
John Harrison, the 2014 Coors Man in the Can and PRCA Comedy Act of the Year, returns to Claremore for the award-winning Will Rogers Stampede. (PHOTO COURTESY OF JOHN HARRISON)

John Harrison, the 2014 Coors Man in the Can and PRCA Comedy Act of the Year, returns to Claremore for the award-winning Will Rogers Stampede. (PHOTO COURTESY OF JOHN HARRISON)

CLAREMORE, Okla. – Will Rogers Stampede PRCA Rodeo organizers aren’t settled on the past.

Sure, being named the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s 2014 Small Rodeo of the Year is quite an honor; now it’s time to look ahead.

“We didn’t want to rest on our past accomplishments, no matter how proud we are of them,” said David Petty, chairman of the volunteer committee that produces the annual rodeo. “We wanted to step it up a little more because our fans deserve it. We want to give them the best show, the best rodeo they’re going to find anywhere.”

John Harrison

John Harrison

That’s one of the reasons why the committee is bringing back John Harrison, one of the top entertainers in ProRodeo. In 2014, the Soper, Okla., man was honored as the Coors Man in the Can for his exploits as a rodeo barrelman and funnyman. He also won the PRCA’s Comedy Act of the Year.

“I love packing the barrel and being there for the cowboys,” Harrison said, pointing to his role as an in-arena protection for fallen bull riders.

But there’s so much more to Harrison’s tasks at each rodeo performance. He is one of many award-winning pieces to the Claremore rodeo’s puzzle. The rodeo is set for 7:45 p.m. Friday, May 22-Sunday, May 24, at Will Rogers Stampede Arena. Discounted tickets can be found on the rodeo’s website, www.WillRogersStampede.com; fans can also follow the rodeo on Facebook.

He will be joined by charro Tomas Garcilazo, a two-time winner of the PRCA’s Dress Act of the Year, and the championship livestock from Dallas-based Pete Carr Pro Rodeo. The Carr firm has been nominated as PRCA Stock Contractor of the Year each of the past two seasons; in 2014, it was named the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association’s Stock Contractor of the Year.

Harrison, though, adds the comedy to the event, helping add to the family friendly atmosphere that is the sport of rodeo.

“John is a true entertainer, and I love the fact that he’s from Oklahoma,” Petty said. “There aren’t many rodeos in Oklahoma that can boast of two great acts, but we can.

In addition to hysterical acts that showcase Harrison’s talent, the Oklahoma man serves as a valuable piece of the puzzle that helps make for a near-flawless performance each time he speaks.

“John is good, clean family fun,” said John Gwatney, Carr’s production supervisor. “It’s his rodeo background, because he grew up in this sport. For us, he helps us with the timing of our production. When you know what needs to be done and have someone that doesn’t have a big ego, then he’s willing to do work and willing to do that for the production.”

That’s the key reaching fans with a variety of entertaining items. Whether it’s a trick riding display that will leave fans in awe or his parody of rodeo queens, Harrison has a lot of ammunition.

“I do this for the love of the sport,” he said. “Growing up with it, you enjoy it. Now I can actually make a living at it, so that helps.”

Categories: Twisted Rodeo

Bulldogs Open vs. Baylor in Lafayette Regional

Bulldog Beat - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 3:34pm
Making its fourth-consecutive NCAA Tournament, the Mississippi State softball team (35-19) will begin its road to Oklahoma City at the Lafayette Regional for the second-straight year.
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