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Matt Stevens


STARKVILLE - Without further ado:  




Item No. 1 - Mississippi State men's basketball news -  


According to the Twitter account of Bulldawgjunction, the plan for the MSU athletics department is to announce the new men's basketball coach on Twitter and specifically Scott Stricklin's Twitter account (@stricklinmsu). So MSU fans may want to give that Twitter feed a follow if you don't already.  




Item No. 2 - Mississippi State student-athlete news -  


MSU tennis player Louis Cant and soccer player Kim Pettit have been nominated for the H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Post-Graduate Scholarship and Bulldogs baseball player Caleb Reed and softball player Misty Flesher been nominated for the Brad Davis Community Service Post-Graduate Scholarship by Mississippi State University. 


The H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Post-Graduate Scholarship has been presented by the Southeastern Conference since 1986 to the league's top male and female scholar-athletes.  


The SEC Community Service Post-Graduate Scholarship was named for former Associate Commissioner Brad Davis. Davis succumbed to cancer on March 2, 2006. He had been a member of the SEC staff since 1988, first serving as an assistant commissioner until 1994 when he was promoted to associate commissioner. 


The Southeastern Conference will name the 2012 recipients of the H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Post-Graduate Scholarship on April 6 in conjunction with National Student-Athlete Day. The Davis Community Service Post-Graduate Scholarship winners will be announced on April 5. 


Highlights of the Bulldogs' nominees include: 


Louis Cant, Tennis (Male McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Nominee) 




- Will earn a B.S. degree in Kinesiology in Fall 2012 


- SEC Academic Honor Roll member 


- Three-time Intercollegiate Tennis Association Scholar-Athlete selection 


- MSU President's Scholar and Bulldog Honor Roll member 


- Has earned top 40 national ranking in singles and ranked 7th in doubles 


- Doubles champion, Southern Intercollegiate Championships 


- Member of Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America All-District Team 


- Participated in Bully's Book Blitz, reading to fourth-grade students and encouraging them to read 


- Volunteered for the SEC's "Together We Can" food drive 




Kim Pettit, Soccer (Female McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Nominee) 




- Will earn B.S. degree in Psychology in May 2012 


- Member of Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society 


- President's Scholar List and Bulldog Honor Roll at MSU 


- Member of SEC Academic Honor Roll 


- Member of SEC Soccer Community Service Team, 2011 


- President (2011-12), Vice-President (2010-11) and Treasurer (2009-10) of M-Club, - - -State's student-athlete community service organization 


- Two-year member of MSU Student-Athlete Advisory Council 


- Spokesperson for "Bully's Choice" campaign, created to talk about alcohol choices to high school students 


- Four-year letter winner and two year captain of Bulldog soccer team 




Caleb Reed, Baseball (Male Davis Community Service Nominee) 




- Will earn a B.B.A degree in Business Administration in May 2012 


- Member of SEC Baseball Community Service Team, 2011 


- Participated in the SEC's "Together We Can" food drive and the "Soles4Souls" campaign, collecting shoes to send to underprivileged kids in Kenya 


- Worked summer baseball camps, helping local kids learn to play the game 


- Participated in Bully's Book Blitz, reading to fourth-grade students and encouraging them to read 


- Has spoken to children at local church and youth groups, encouraging them to keep good grades and staying positive 


- Captain of this year's Bulldog squad and a pre-season All-American pitcher 


Second-team All-SEC, 2011 and was third in the league in earned run average and saves 


- Volunteered with Habitat For Humanity 




Misty Flesher, Softball (Female Davis Community Service Nominee) 




- Earned a B.S. degree (Cum Laude) in Elementary Education in December 2011 and currently enrolled in masters program in Instructional Technology at State 


- Helped with four-year-olds and kindergarten class at Akin Village Preschool 


- Tutored children at Sudduth Elementary School 


- Participated in Bully's Book Blitz, reading to fourth-grade students and encouraging them to read 


- Worked with young girls at summer softball camps at MSU and around state of Mississippi 


- Taught a fourth-grade class in Fall 2011 at East Oktibbeha County Elementary School 


- Co-President of MSU's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, 2009-11 


- Member of the National Collegiate Honorary Society, 2008-11 


- Organized and lead MSU's Thanksgiving can food drive, bringing in more than 4,000 pounds of food 


- Volunteered with Habitat for Humanity 


- Member of MSU's President's Honor Roll, Dean's List, - MSU Bulldog Honor Roll and SEC Academic Honor Roll 


- National Fastpitch Coaches Association Academic All-American, 2010-11 


- Member of Sigma Alpha Lambda National Leadership and Honors Organization, 2008-09 




The SEC Office will be releasing each of its institution's nominees periodically until the April 6 winners are announced.  




Item No. 3 - Mississippi State softball news -  




In today's edition of The Dispatch (please go pick up a copy - it makes my bosses happy), there's a front-page feature on Mississippi State assistant coach Kelsi Dunne and the unique situation she finds herself in. The former four-time All-America selection at the University of Alabama, who is currently completing grad school at Alabama, will be earning course credit through her internship with MSU softball to coach against the Crimson Tide this weekend.  


"It is ironic she is getting course credit (for this) but everybody has to do an internship in her program and her department head at Alabama was super excited about her having this opportunity," MSU softball coach Vann Stuedeman said. "She's looking forward to the weekend trust me." 


I'll be at the MSU softball complex starting with tonight's game at 7 p.m. as the Bulldogs look to knock off the nationally-ranked Crimson Tide. 




All of the Dispatch MSU Sports Blog readers: feel free to follow me on Twitter at http://twitter.com/matthewcstevens for up-to-date Mississippi State coverage.



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