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April 23rd, 2016

LSLA installs new officers and directors local businessmen recognized

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Andy McIntyre, McIntyre & Associates, Inc. in Ruston, and Andrew Maestrini, CIC, Southern States General Agency in Ruston, LA, were installed as Directors.
The Louisiana Surplus Line Association held its Annual Convention at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans on March 16-18, 2016 where the association installed its 2016 Board of Directors.
The 2016 Officers for the Louisiana Surplus Line Association are:
• President — Richard “Ricky” Jenkins, UIG, of Mandeville
• Immediate Past President — Bonnie Steen, CIC, Burns & Wilcox Ltd., of Metairie

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Can Butler equal Dean’s NFL legacy?

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Vernon Butler will make history for Louisiana Tech University’s football program this week.
He is projected to be the first-ever defensive lineman for the Bulldogs to be selected in the first round of the annual NFL Draft.
With all due respects to the outstanding pass rusher from Summitt, Mississippi, that doesn’t totally equate as being the best ever to patrol that area of the gridiron in Tech history.
That honor belongs to a legendary performer who was a second-round draftee.
Anyone who saw Fred Dean play in person or has logged on to Youtube will surely agree.

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ODU downs Diamond ’Dogs

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First pitch of deciding game of series set for 11 a.m. today
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Louisiana Tech’s bullpen allowed three runs in the seventh inning to break up a tied game as Old Dominion defeated the Bulldogs, 4-2, Saturday at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park.
The series between Tech and Old Dominion is now tied 1-1 heading into the rubber match that begins at 11 a.m. today at the Love Shack in Ruston.
With the loss, Tech fell to 22-13 overall and 9-8 in Conference USA, while Old Dominion moved to 25-14 with an 8-9 record in league play. Tech now sits at fifth in the conference standings with Old Dominion currently tied for sixth with Western Kentucky.

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Techsters sweep doubleheader over N. Texas

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DENTON, Texas — Bailey Allen was an out away from a perfect game and Preslee Gallaway retired 14 consecutive batters as LA Tech dominated North Texas (20-25, 3-14 Confernce USA) in a sweep of Saturday’s doubleheader.
Everything went right for Tech (26-16, 7-7 C-USA) as the Lady Techsters took down the Mean Green 12-0 in five innings in game one and 5-2 in game two.
Bailey Allen got the nod in game one and did not disappoint. The sophomore allowed just one hit over five innings pitched and that lone hit came with two outs and two strikes in the bottom of the fifth.

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Bearcats fall at Zachary

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The season came to an end for Kenzie Anderson (above) and the Ruston High School Bearcats Saturday as they fell 3-2 in Class 5A softball playoff action at Zachary. Anderson led RHS at the plate with a two-for-four performance with two RBIs while Brister Curry also turned in a two-for-four batting performance with two runs scored. Ruston ended its season at 14-12.

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Tennis Techsters fall in C-USA quarterfinals

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — No. 6 Louisiana Tech was attempting to pull off the first upset of the C-USA Tournament, but a tough doubles point loss and bad breaks in singles led to a 4-0 loss to No. 3 North Texas in the quarterfinals on Friday afternoon at the Adams Tennis Complex.
Tech (15-7) grabbed a win at No. 2 in doubles and had three match points at the No. 1 spot to try to steal the doubles point.
However, 71st-ranked North Texas (13-9) fought back to win it in a tiebreaker and then take straight sets victories on courts three, four and six.

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Tech’s McDonald, Hicks shine at LSU Alumni Gold track meet

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BATON ROUGE — Janiel recorded her second win in as many weeks and Jermey Hicks ran the nation’s ninth-fastest 100m dash time as Louisiana Tech posted 27 top-10 finishes at the LSU Alumni Gold meet Saturday.

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Dunkin’ Dogs add power forward

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Addition crucial following transfer intentions of former Tech F Merrill Holden
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Louisiana Tech’s men’s basketball beefed up in the post Friday, just in the nick of time.
Tech announced the addition of power forward Omar Sherman during the late signing period, a much-needed move after former Dunkin’ Dogs starter Merrill Holden, along with teammates Dayon Griffin and bench player DaShawn Robinson, requested releases from the program in order to transfer.
The 6-8, 250-pound Sherman played as a freshman at the University of Miami (Florida) in 2014-15 while Tech head coach Eric Konkol was an assistant coach for the Hurricanes.

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RHS girls take District 2-5A track and field title

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Walter’s three first-place finishes helps Bearcats boys to third-place showing
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A two-day rain delay didn’t prevent the Ruston Bearcats girls track and field team from taking the District 2-5A championship this week at L.J. “Hoss” Garrett Stadium.
Starting on Wednesday, the meet was finalized on Friday with the pole vault competition as Ruston totaled 133.5 points, edging past Natchitoches Central (129).
Alexandria (115), Ouachita Parish (73) West Monroe (59) and Pineville rounded out the girls’ competition.

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TSU evens series with Grambling

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HOUSTON — A slow start bit Grambling State University as Texas Southern University pulled off a 5-3 victory Saturday at McGregor Park, tying the weekend series at one each.
TSU (16-19, 10-10 Southwestern Athletic Confeence) closed Grambling State (19-19, 12-5 SWAC) out in a ninth inning that saw the G-Men get a chance at tying the game up.
First, GSU left fielder Nick Wheeler was hit by a pitch. Next, an unsuccessful pick off attempt at first base allowed Wheeler to steal second, but he kept going and was finally tagged out sliding into third.

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