SOURCE: Cellular South

May 15, 2007 10:00 ET

Cellular South Fans' Choice Award Voting Begins Today

Fans Text to Vote for Favorite Mississippi College Baseball Player

JACKSON, MS -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 15, 2007 -- Cellular South, the nation's largest privately held wireless provider, is giving Mississippi baseball fans the chance to step up to the plate and give their opinion on who they feel is the state's best college baseball player as voting begins for the Cellular South Fans' Choice Award.

The Cellular South Fans' Choice Award features Mississippi college baseball superstars who are named as finalists for the Cellular South Ferriss Trophy -- Mississippi college baseball's highest honor. While pro scouts, college coaches and a sports media representative decide who deserves the Cellular South Ferriss Trophy, hardball fans across the state can begin voting to determine which finalist is the fan-favorite and should win the Cellular South Fans' Choice Award.

From May 14 through May 21, Cellular South text messaging customers can vote for the following finalists by text messaging the identification number for their favorite player to "BUNT" (2868). For further information on the finalists, fans can visit the Cellular South Fans' Choice Award Web site at www.cellularsouth.com/fanschoice.

--  Zach Cozart, SS, Ole Miss (ID# 1)
--  Ed Easley, C, Mississippi State University (ID# 2)
--  Thomas Royals, IF, Belhaven College (ID# 3)
    
The winner of the Cellular South Fans' Choice Award will be announced in conjunction with the Cellular South Ferriss Trophy Award during the Cellular South Outstanding Player Awards Ceremony taking place Monday, May 21, at 7:00 p.m. at the Bologna Performing Arts Center on the campus of Delta State University and airing live on Mississippi Public Broadcasting Network (MPB). The Cellular South Fans' Choice Award winner will receive a check for $2,500 for winner's college athletic department.

For ticket information to the awards ceremony, please contact the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame & Museum at 1-800-280-FAME (3263), 601-982-8264 or generalinfo@msfame.com.

"Voting for the Cellular South Fans' Choice Award is sure to be a fierce competition among the fans and alumni of the schools represented by Ferriss Trophy finalists," explained Hu Meena, president of Cellular South. "It's impressive to see the community get so involved and exciting that they are able to provide input to help decide who's the best college baseball player in the state."

HOW TO VOTE

The voting lines are now open and Cellular South customers with text messaging features can follow these simple tips to step up to the plate for their top pick for the Cellular South Fans' Choice Award:

--  Rock the Vote. Between 6:00 p.m. on Monday, May 14 and 7:15 p.m. on
    May 21, fans can text message the player identification number to "BUNT"
    (2868).
--  Replay. Fans vote as often as they like to advance who they think is
    the best Mississippi College baseball player.
    
The Cellular South Ferriss Trophy and Cellular South Fans' Choice Awards are part of Cellular South's Outstanding Player Awards, administered by the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame & Museum. The award series also includes the Cellular South Howell Trophy, honoring Mississippi's best collegiate basketball player of the year, and the Cellular South Conerly Trophy, honoring Mississippi's best collegiate football player -- all announced during live broadcasts on MPB throughout the year. For more information on the Cellular South Fans' Choice Award and the entire Cellular South Outstanding Player Awards series, please visit http://www.cellularsouth.com/csopa. Standard text messaging fees apply to all text message voting.

The Cellular South Fans' Choice Award is managed by Cellular South as a separate program and has no bearing on the official judging of the Cellular South Ferriss Trophy Award.

About Cellular South

Cellular South is the largest privately held wireless provider in the U.S. The company is focused on providing the best service possible through its nationwide wireless voice and data network, m-commerce leadership, award-winning customer care, state-of-the-art wireless devices, and commitment to the communities it serves. Cellular South was honored with the 2006 Newcomen Award, and a concurrent resolution from the Mississippi Legislature commending its executives and employees for their extraordinary efforts in Hurricane Katrina's wake. This year, Cellular South was honored with another concurrent resolution for its continued investment and commitment to Mississippi. Most recently, Cellular South was awarded the State of Mississippi cellular contract, making it the state's exclusive cellular service provider. For more information, visit www.cellularsouth.com.

Contact Information

  • For more information, contact:
    Erin Conn
    CKPR for Cellular South
    312/616-2584
    Email Contact