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First-round leaders so far in Lovington

Twisted Rodeo - Wed, 08/05/2015 - 6:07pm
Wade Sumpter

Wade Sumpter

Steer wrestling: 1. Wade Sumpter, 3.9 seconds; 2. Seth Brockman, 4.1; 3. (tie) Trevor Knowles and Tyler McCormick, 4.2; 5. Clayton Hass, 4.4; 6. (tie) Cole Fulton and Billy Bugenig, 4.5; 8. Dakota Eldridge, 4.7.

Tie-down roping: 1. Riley Pruitt, 8.2 seconds; 2. Trell Etbauer, 10.0; 3. Trevor Brazile, 10.3; 4. Jerrad Hofstetter, 10.4; 5. Quay Howard, 10.7; 6. Todd Saulsberry, 11.2; 7. Joeseph Gements, 11.5; 8. Chase Williams, 11.7.

Team roping: 1. JoJo LeMond/Dakota Kirchenschlager, 5.9 seconds; 2. Edward Hawley Jr./Ty Romo and Matt Sherwood/Quinn Kesler, 6.8; 4. Ethan Shelley/Corban Livingston, 7.2; 5. (tie) Billy Bob Brown/Garrett Jess and Luke Brown/Kollin VonAhn, 10.8; 7. Kory Bramwell/Cole Jackson, 15.5; no other qualified times

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Soccer Opens Preseason Camp

Bulldog Beat - Wed, 08/05/2015 - 5:55pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Wednesday officially began Mississippi State's third season under head coach Aaron Gordon, as the Bulldogs welcomed 10 newcomers to the MSU Soccer Field for preseason training.

Summer Ball Q&A: Junior Outfielder Cody Brown

Bulldog Beat - Wed, 08/05/2015 - 3:38pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. - For the months of July and August, will interview select Mississippi State baseball players competing across the country in summer leagues.

Prescott on Sports Illustrated Cover, Bulldogs Tabbed No. 25 by SI

Bulldog Beat - Wed, 08/05/2015 - 12:31pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – For the third time since last October, senior quarterback Dak Prescott graces the cover of a national magazine as Sports Illustrated unveiled its college football preview issue with the preseason All-American and Mississippi State mascot Bully XXI "Jak", the publication announced Wednesday.

How to Become More Confident in Public

Lifestyles - Wed, 08/05/2015 - 11:42am
Five words or less

(NewsUSA) - What's holding you back? You know, that reason you always have to drag a sidekick with you when you go to parties, or why you'll never try parasailing even though you know you'd have a blast.

Now imagine for a second that those reasons suddenly disappeared. Imagine a life where you feel more confident in public. Imagine that you have the confidence to try that new sport with your friends, to take the riskier business deal or to ask for the raise we both know you deserve.

Is it possible to beat your own insecurities? We think so. So much so, actually, that we've listed a few ways that you can break out of your insecure cycle and start feeling more confident, today.

Stand Tall

Turns out Mom was onto something when she nagged you about poor posture. It is now a proven fact that great posture equals greater confidence. So, stand tall. Use your body to trick your mind, and before long, you'll be one inch closer to a more confident version of you.

Play the Mental Game

Think about that one moment that you really rocked it. We know you have at least one. Like that time you gave that perfect speech at your friend's wedding or landed that sweet summer gig. Just a few minutes thinking back on these high times can boost your confidence, helping you arrive anywhere feeling your best.

Speak Up

What's hurts confidence more than being caught totally off guard? Don't be afraid to ask the host questions in order to get the answers you need. Is the party BYOB? What is the dress code? Knowing these types of details is what allows you to be one step ahead of the game from the moment you arrive.

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MSU students, alumna recognized by national business career student organization

MSU News - Wed, 08/05/2015 - 1:00am

Contact: Sasha Steinberg

STARKVILLE, Miss.--Two current students and one recent Mississippi State graduate were among 2015 participants at an annual gathering of the world's oldest and largest business career student organization.

Senior Jarmel R. Lewis of Manteo, North Carolina, and sophomore Heather L. Yost of Franklin, Tennessee, recently represented the university at the Phi Beta Lambda National Leadership Conference in Chicago. Lewis is a political science/pre-law major, while Yost is a business administration major.

They were joined by Alicia M. Ward of Amory, a May cum laude business administration graduate. In student competition that is part of the conference program, she received a third-place award of excellence in the human resource management category.

Lewis competed in the justice administration category; Yost, the statistical analysis category.

Mississippi State's campus chapter is sponsored by the College of Education's Department of Instructional Systems and Workforce Development.

Vicki Keel, Instructional Systems and Workforce Development instructor and PBL chapter adviser, accompanied the students to Chicago.

According to Keel, the three university students first competed during the school year at state leadership conferences, from which top winners are eligible to attend the national conference held each summer.

"We are so proud of the accomplishments of these students both at the state level and the national level," Keel said.

Founded nearly 80 years ago, Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda is a nonprofit association of a quarter-million members and advisers in more than 6,500 middle school-higher education chapters worldwide. Membership is open to any full-time student enrolled in at least one business or education class. For more about the Reston, Virginia-based organization, visit

"Step Up to the Challenge" was the theme for this year's gathering of more than 1,600 students. Participants also attended educational workshops and were provided numerous opportunities to enhance their business and networking skills through meetings with current professionals.

MSU, the state's flagship research institution, is online at,,, and, using hashtag #WeRingTrue.

Win moves Eldred to No. 1 spot

Twisted Rodeo - Wed, 08/05/2015 - 12:23am

LOVINGTON, N.M. – Brennon Eldred knew the Lea County Xtreme Bulls was a good event.

He had no idea that his victory on Tuesday night would push him to the No. 1 spot in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association world standings.

Brennon Eldred

Brennon Eldred

Eldred, of Sulphur, Okla., rode two bulls for a cumulative score of 175.5 points, pocketing $10,102. That padded his season earnings to $100,464. He now owns a $5,000 lead over reigning world champion Sage Kimzey in the bull riding world standings.

“This is my first DI win,” he said, referring to the top level of the Xtreme Bulls Tour. “I’ve been waiting for a long time to get one, and I finally got it here in Lovington.

“It’s one of the greatest bull ridings of the year. Everybody looks forward to it, and everybody comes here ready to ride. Praise God it worked out tonight, and I’m walking out healthy.”

Well, somewhat healthy. Eldred limped out of the arena with a strained groin muscle, an injury he’s dealt with for a few weeks. But the victory is a major plus for the Oklahoma cowboy.

Eldred finished third in the opening round with an 87-point ride on Lancaster & Pickett’s Blowing Smoke. Brett Stall of Detroit Lakes, Mich., won the first round with a 90-point ride on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Tobasco.

The championship round is where Eldred took the title. He matched moves with Salt River Rodeo’s Good Cop for 87 points. He added style points to his ride by spurring with his left leg.

“It’s kind of how I ride, but I got a little behind,” he said. “When you get behind, you’ve got to kick loose instead of clamping up; you’ve got to keep moving. I knew I needed to kick loose if I wanted to stay on.”

He was one of just two cowboys to ride two bulls – Guthrie Murray of Miami, Okla., scored 76.5 points to finish second in the final round and the two-ride aggregate.

“The committee’s great, and they work their tails off to take care of us,” Eldred said. “It always makes it fun to come to New Mexico for an event, and to get my first DI event win here is awesome.”

Lea County Xtreme Bulls
Lovington, N.M.
Aug. 4
First round:
1. Brett Stall, 90 points on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Tobasco, $3,405; 2. Aaron Pass, 87.5, $2,611; 3. Brennon Eldred, 87, $1,930; 4. Chandler Bownds, 85.5, $1,249; 5. Guthrie Murray, 83.5, $795; 6. Steve Woolsey, 83, $568; 7. Joe Frost, 82.5, $454; 8. (tie) Bart Miller and Trevor Kastner, 81.5, $170 each. Final round: 1. Brennon Eldred, 88.5 points on Salt River Rodeo’s Good Cop, $2,497; 2. Guthrie Murray, 76.5, $1,892; no other qualified rides. Average: 1. Brennon Eldred, 175,5 points on two rides, $5,675; 2. Guthrie Murray, 150, $4,351; 3. Brett Stall, 90 points on one ride, $3,216; 4. Aaron Pass, 87.5, $2,081; 5. Chandler Bownds, 85.5, $1,324; 6. Steve Woolsey, 83, $946; 7. Joe Frost, 82.5, $757; 8. (tie) 81.5, $284.

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Owen Accepts Assistant Position at EMCC

Bulldog Beat - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 7:23pm
Mississippi State softball alumna and 2015 graduate assistant coach Alison Owen has accepted a position to become the assistant coach in charge of pitching at East Mississippi Community College.

Wickett, Brazile win early in Lovington

Twisted Rodeo - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 7:19pm
J.P. Wickett

J.P. Wickett

J.P. Wickett won the first round and Trevor Brazile the second round on Tuesday morning at the Lea County Fair and Rodeo.

First round: 1. J.P. Wickett, 13.1 seconds, $1,869; 2. Bryce Davis, 13.3, $1,625; 3. Rod Hartness, 13.5, $1,381; 4. Chet Herren, 13.7, $1,138; 5. Will Gasperson, 14.0, $894; 6. Trey Wallace, 14.1, $650; 7. Roger Branch, 14.5, $406; 8. (tie) Shay Good and Casey Sisk, 14.7, $81 each. Second round: 1. Trevor Brazile, 11.3 seconds, $1,869; 2. Bryce Davis, 12.0, $1,625; 3. Vin Fisher Jr., 13.0, $1,381; 4. Chet Herren, 13.5, $1,138; 5. Jarrett Blessing, 13.6, $894; 6. Walter Priestly, 13.8, $650; 7. Ty Herd, 13.9, $406; 8. Jason Evans, 14.2, $163. Third round leaders: 1. (tie) Chance Kelton and Tom Smith, 11.3; 3. Scott Snedecor, 12.0; 4. J.P. Wickett, 12.1; 5. Mike Outhier, 12.2; 6. Jess Tierney, 12.5; 7. Martin Poindexter, 12.6; 8. Dane Noyce, 13.2. Average leaders: 1. Chet Herren, 44.3 seconds on three runs; 2. Kim Ziegelgruber, 47.9; 3. Ralph Williams, 53; 4. J.P. Wickett, 25.2 seconds on two runs; 5. Bryce Davis, 25.3; 6. Chance Kelton, 26.6; 7. Trey Wallace, 29.2; 8. Trevor Brazile, 29.6.

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Agency Finds Niche for Clients With Small Budgets

Lifestyles - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 1:11pm
Five words or less

(NewsUSA) - It goes without saying, but the advertising industry has taken a hit over the last 20 years and has had the difficult job of reinventing itself. To its credit, it has found a foothold through the millennium's new favorite buzzword: branding. It's not just a slogan (although the words may be interchangeable), but something short and snappy that embodies an organization, such as "Got Milk?" "Just Do It" or "I'm Lovin' It."

While these Fortune 500 companies have deep coffers to spend on promotional advertising, be it a national campaign or a one-time million dollar Super Bowl ad, your average business does not.

So what's a fledgling business with a small budget to do? Well, if you're smart, you consider matte releases like those written and produced by Washington D.C.-based NewsUSA.

For those unfamiliar with this underused but effective marketing technique, a matte story is a preformatted feature article that print and online editors can use when they don't have enough copy to fill the space.

"When companies don't have million dollar budgets, how do you show investors and your sales team what you're doing? This is where NewsUSA comes in," said Rick Smith, founder and CEO of NewsUSA.

For a small fee, Smith said a client is guaranteed somewhere between 1,000-1,400 placements per story with media outlets in all 50 states. Clients are sent the tear sheets and screenshots to prove the placements. Currently, Smith said NewsUSA guarantees to place its clients' content on television sites and hundreds of digital and print newspapers.

Smith said NewsUSA will write and format the content based on the message the client wants to get across and provide images for client approval.

"Everything is a competition," he said. "For clients who have small budgets, but want to get their message nationwide, what are their options?"

In terms of mass marketing to the consumer for that amount of money, "you don't," Smith said.

In this way, Smith said he believes he's created a nice niche for people who are trying to do something, but may not have a big media budget.

"It's not surprising that clients who have even a modest budget will spend it with us," he continued. "We're a pretty attractive alternative."

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Football Completes First Practice of Preseason Camp

Bulldog Beat - Mon, 08/03/2015 - 11:24pm
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