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Thirty MSU Student-Athletes Named To SEC Fall Honor Roll

Bulldog Beat - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 4:59pm
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Thirty Mississippi State student-athletes were named to the Southeastern Conference Fall Academic Honor Roll, the league office announced Wednesday.

Baseball Announces Schedule Changes For Opening Weekend

Bulldog Beat - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 4:05pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – To ensure an enjoyable fan experience for baseball fans, the Mississippi State baseball team has moved up the times of its first three games of the season at Dudy Noble Field.

MSU Climbs Four Spots To No. 15 In USA Today Coaches Poll

Bulldog Beat - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 3:26pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – A day after climbing four places into the Top 15 of the Associated Press Top 25 poll, the Mississippi State women's basketball team made a similar rise to 15th in Tuesday's USA Today Coaches Poll.

NFR legacy strong in Guymon

Twisted Rodeo - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 1:04pm

GUYMON, Okla. – There is a powerful rodeo legacy in Texas County, Okla.

It might be the vast grasslands or the Western heritage that encompasses the landscape. It might be that there is a terrific proving ground just miles away from the county seat, at Oklahoma Panhandle State University.

Cort Scheer

Cort Scheer

The reality, though, is that this vast land is home to many of the greatest cowboys who have ever made a living on the rodeo trail. Those that still compete are already making their plans to return home 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 love that rodeo,” said Cort Scheer, the 2014 Reserve World Champion Saddle Bronc Rider from Elsmere, Neb. “I’ve never won it, but that’s on the bucket list. In fact, it’s closer to the top of the bucket list. It’s pretty much a hometown rodeo.”

Scheer is a four-time qualifier to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo and is one of five men who competed in Las Vegas this past December with ties to the area. He was joined by Taos Muncy, Tyler Corrington, Joe Frost and Trevor Brazile.

Trevor Brazile

Trevor Brazile

Brazile, the 21-time world champion who earned steer roping and all-around gold buckles in 2014, grew up near Gruver, Texas, just south of Guymon. He is the King of the Cowboys with world titles in three of four roping disciplines and a record 12 all-around championships. In Vegas, Brazile won more than $191,000 in team roping and tie-down roping.

Now living in Decatur, Texas, he is a multi-time Pioneer Days Rodeo champion. That’s one of a couple of comparisons he shares with Muncy, a two-time world champion saddle bronc rider from Corona, N.M. While a sophomore at Panhandle State, Muncy won the college bronc riding championship, then followed it up in December with the world title.

Joe Frost

Joe Frost

He added another championship in 2011. His run in 2014 was worth a sixth-place finish. He is one of just three men to have won a college championship and a world championship in the same discipline in the same calendar year, joining all-around titlist Ty Murray and bull rider Matt Austin.

Frost had a chance at that run. As a junior at Panhandle State, he won the college bull riding title, then qualified for the NFR. From Randlett, Utah, he pocketed nearly $105,000, winning two go-rounds and finishing second in the average. He also finished as the Reserve World Champion.

Corrington is from Hastings, Minn., but now lives near Gruver. He earned more than $26,000 in Las Vegas and finished 11th in the world standings. His traveling partner, Scheer, had a big payday in the City of Lights, cashing in for more than $93,000. He won the opening round and finished second in the average.

Now they’re eyes are set on Texas County the first weekend in May. For Scheer, he’ll carry on a strong legacy that comes with being a Panhandle State rodeo team alumnus.

“With that, you’ve got motivation and pressure,” he said. “You want to make them all proud. I don’t know if I’ll ever do what they did, but I’m dang sure going to try.”

That’s quite a quest. In all, cowboys with ties to the Oklahoma Panhandle own 12 gold buckles: saddle bronc riders Billy Etbauer (5), Robert Etbauer (2), Muncy (2), Tom Reeves and Jeff Willert, and team roping heeler Jhett Johnson.

“It’s an honor to ride in front of those guys,” Scheer said. “Guymon is made for bronc riding. A lot of guys say it’s South Dakota, but after the Etbauers moved down here from there, this is bronc riding territory. There are a lot of old guys around this area that rode broncs and rode them right.

“There ain’t no sugar-coating going on around here. You have a lot of world champions on the back of the bucking chutes. You can just get better because of the level of competition.”

Categories: Twisted Rodeo

William Named SEC Freshman Of Week; MSU Up To No. 13 In AP Poll

Bulldog Beat - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 4:36pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Following a thrilling overtime win against then-No. 13 Texas A&M, Mississippi State's Morgan William was named SEC Freshman of the Week while the Bulldogs jumped to No. 13 in this week's Associated Press Top 25 Poll.

Second Annual Baseball #CowbellYell Set For Tuesday Night

Bulldog Beat - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 2:16pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi State baseball has partnered with the MSU Student Association to host the second annual baseball #CowbellYell Tuesday, Feb. 10, at Dudy Noble Field on campus.

Griffin, Pottmeyer race to RNCFR

Twisted Rodeo - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 12:48pm

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story was written for Women’s Pro Rodeo News, the official publication of the WPRA. It appears in the February edition of the magazine.

 

When Sarah Griffin looks down at her No. 1 barrel horse, she sees more than the beautiful black mane.

“He’s such an amazing horse,” Griffin said of Dash N Sparks, a 19-year-old black gelding out of Savanah Hit Song by Dash For Perks. “People know him everywhere. It’s unreal that he’s in my barn. I still wake up and can’t believe I own Dash N Sparks.”

It’s a good thing she does. Even though she rodeos only part time – “I went to the minimum number of rodeos you could go to in order to qualify for the (Ram First Frontier) Circuit Finals,” she said – she took advantage of the opportunity Jan. 15-17 in Harrisburg, Pa., by winning the average championship and earning the automatic qualification to the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo.

WPRA-logo“I went in third in the standings, a little over $3,000 behind Alicia Pottmeyer,” said Griffin, of Buffalo, N.Y. “I knew if I wanted to go to Kissimmee (Fla.), I had to win the average. I knew trying to win the year-end title would be very hard. I just focused on making three solid runs, and I did.”

She and Sparky rounded the cloverleaf pattern in a three-run cumulative time of 43.01 seconds, 35-100ths of a second ahead of runner-up Jennifer Oberg. Griffin also won the first two go-rounds and finished second in the final, pocketing nearly $5,300 in the process.

“To be able to qualify for the RNCFR is a great opportunity,” she said. “We don’t have those types of events up here. It’s very gratifying to know that I have an opportunity to compete against the best in the country.

She also will showcase her great gelding, which she acquired three years ago.

“He was trained by Bo Hill,” Griffin said, referring to the well-known trainer. “He’s very quirky. He’s very high maintenance. He has to get to know you, and he doesn’t like a lot of change.

“We hit it off immediately. I placed at one of the very best barrel racings I went to. It’s almost like he knows who he is. I just think he throws out that kind of attitude. He’s one of the greats.”

A strong ego seems to work in Sparky’s favor.

“He loves the attention in a way; it’s very bizarre,” she said. “Everybody that’s ridden says it’s like a crazy ride. He runs so hard and uses his whole body. It’s wild, but it’s so fast. It’s not smooth. He’s like a sports car.”

Griffin grew up in New York, and she annually attended the rodeo in Attica, N.Y., with her father. That’s where she first noticed affection for barrel racing. She was in the sixth grade when she started running but didn’t start rodeoing until she got to college at the University of Tennessee-Martin, where she qualified for the College National Finals Rodeo.

This past September, she married Tom Griffin. Now she leans on her husband for that support.

“It’s not easy, because I do work full time,” she said. “When anybody does something really good, they make it look so easy. I think it’s so amazing to be able to communicate with a horse. It’s a constant challenge for me, and it gives me the drive to do it well.

“My husband is an amazing support to me. I wouldn’t be able to do what I do without him. I owe a lot of my success to him.”

While Griffin had the lion’s share of success in Harrisburg, Pottmeyer had enough gusto to hold on to the year-end championship. Pottmeyer and her horse, Nick Of Shine, placed in two of three go-rounds and finished third in the average. She earned $2,800 maintain her spot atop the standings and join Griffin in Kissimmee in March.

“It’s pretty surreal,” said Pottmeyer, a 2014 rookie who leaned heavily on her horse, Nick, a 7-year-old sorrel gelding. “I had no idea it was even possible a year ago. I’d never been to a ProRodeo, so I was pretty intimidated.”

Once she got to work in the arena, the cowgirl didn’t show any worry. She placed a lot throughout the year, all while traveling to the First Frontier Circuit events from her. She travels with her fiancé, Zach Kilgus, a team roping header who won the circuit finals average title with Justin Yost.

“I’ve been riding horses as long as I can remember,” Pottmeyer said. “I grew up team roping. I’ve been on rope horses my whole life. I didn’t take barrels real serious until later.”

It’s a good thing she did, because she has something special in the little red gelding. which stands just 14.1 hands tall.

“He’s really little, but he has a huge attitude,” she said of Nick. “He makes the exact same run every time. I can count on one hand the number of barrels I’ve hit on him. He handles any kind of ground. He runs harder the madder he is. If he’s in a good mood and being lazy, I know he’s not going to run very fast.”

Nick ran fast to earn the trip to Florida, and she’ll make the trek with her fiancé.

“That was my biggest goal,” said Pottmeyer, who works full time as an oil and gas abstractor. “It was my fiancé’s goal, too. It’s a big deal to both of us. We might not get to do this very often.

“We live out of the circuit, and it takes eight hours for us to get to Cowtown (in Pilesgrove, N.J.), so it’s 16 hours round trip.”

Still, she finds the time to make the trips worth it.

“It’s an addiction; it’s a way of life,” she said. “I wouldn’t change it for the world.”

Nor should she.

Categories: Twisted Rodeo

Tide Visits The Hump For Key SEC Showdown

Bulldog Beat - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 11:30am
STARKVILLE, Miss. – One of the SEC's oldest rivalries is renewed Tuesday when Mississippi State and Alabama battle in a pivotal SEC showdown at Humphrey Coliseum.

Mitt Romney: 'America needs heroes'

MSU News - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 11:28am

MSU signee Thoren Wins Prestigious Tournament

Bulldog Beat - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 6:54pm
PORT ELIZABETH, SOUTH AFRICA – Mississippi State golf signee Bianco Theron won't be competing on the collegiate level until August, but what a resume she'll bring with her when the heralded recruit arrives.

Rooker And Gordon Hit Three-Run Home Runs Sunday

Bulldog Beat - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 6:13pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Brent Rooker and Cole Gordon each hit three-run home runs in the third inning, leading Gray to a 10-6 victory against Maroon Sunday.

No. 17 Bulldogs Upset No. 13 Aggies On Vivians' Overtime Triple

Bulldog Beat - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 6:00pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Victoria Vivians' lone 3-point basket of the game proved to be the game-winner Sunday afternoon as No. 17/19 Mississippi State won a 63-61 overtime thriller against No. 13/14 Texas A&M in a Southeastern Conference game played before a crowd of 4,651 at Humphrey Coliseum.

Ward Powers Through Six-Inning Start in 8-3 Win

Bulldog Beat - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 5:48pm
On the final day of the 2015 Bulldog Kickoff Classic, Mississippi State softball defeated Saint Louis 8-3 on Sunday, finishing their weekend 5-0 at the MSU Softball Field.

No. 28 MSU Men’s Tennis Sweeps Saturday Doubleheader

Bulldog Beat - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 8:07pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – In their last home non-conference matches of the 2015 season, the Mississippi State Bulldogs (7-2) earned a pair of sweeps at the A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre on Saturday.

Winkfield Delivers To Keep MSU Softball Unbeaten

Bulldog Beat - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 7:35pm
On a picturesque day for softball, Mississippi State softball stayed undefeated after beating Saint Louis 3-2 and Austin Peay 8-0 on the third day of the 2015 Bulldog Kickoff Classic.

State Falls On Road At Arkansas In Men's Hoops

Bulldog Beat - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 6:30pm
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Early offensive struggles proved too much for the Mississippi State men's basketball team to overcome Saturday afternoon.
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