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Sports Briefs

By Staff
From Staff Reports
July 26, 2001
MSU's road game at Florida sold out
STARKVILLE  The Mississippi State athletic ticket office has announced it has sold its allotment of football tickets to the game at Florida, Sept. 29, and that the game is a sellout in Gainesville, Fla.
The contest, MSU's first road game of the 2001 season, is the Bulldogs' third sellout this season. It joins previously announced home sellouts against LSU (Oct. 20) and Ole Miss (Nov. 22),
The only remaining season tickets available are approximately 500 of the new club level seats, which can be purchased for $1,000 per seat plus the cost of the ticket.
Prather, Taylor both Thorpe finalists
A pair of in-state college football players have been chosen as Top 10 finalists for the Jim Thorpe Award, given annually to the nation's top defensive back.
Mississippi State's Pig Prather of Falkner and Ole Miss' Syniker Taylor of Gulfport have both been selected on the watch list.
Prather (6-2, 195) is a consensus preseason first-team All-SEC candidate and was named to the 2001 preseason Playboy All-America team in April.
Prather becomes the second straight Bulldog defensive back to receive lofty consideration from the Thorpe Award voters, joining MSU cornerback Fred Smoot, who was one of three finalists for the award last fall.
Taylor (6-0, 205) was chosen to the 2001 preseason All-SEC first team by the Birmingham News and also received preseason All-SEC recognition from Lindy's and Southeastern Post.
Hole-in-one recorded at Lakeview
Annette Palmer, using a driver on the 150-yard No. 7 hole at Lakeview Golf Course, fired a hole-in-one Tuesday.
Witness was Randall Palmer.
Hole-in-one reported at Northwood
Carl Carver used a 9-iron Wednesday to shot a hole-in-one on the No. 17 hole at Northwood Country Club.
Witnesses were Leon Bailey, Tom Morris, Cliff Henderson and George Harrington.
Local duo in international bowling tourney
Gene Derush and his daughter Alex Derusha from Toomsuba will be representing Mississippi in the 26th annual Qubica International Family Tournament bowling tournament beginning today through Sunday in Grapevine, Texas.
The duo will compete in the Adult/Tenn division against contestants from across North America who won their State competitions, qualifying them for an all expense paid trip to Texas where they will compete for $30,000 in scholarships, including a $3,000 first prize scholarship.
This is the only sporting event in the United States in whcih parents participate with children and youth for an International Championship and scholarship funds.

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