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May 14th, 2016

Diamond ’Dogs split games at USM

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. — Louisiana Tech could not hang on to an early lead as No. 16 Southern Miss evened the series at one game apiece with a 7-3 victory over the Bulldogs Saturday afternoon at Pete Taylor Park in Hattiesburg.
Despite the Bulldogs jumping out to a 3-0 lead in the second, Southern Miss responded with one run in the bottom half of the inning before putting up three in the third to take a 4-3 lead. The Golden Eagles led the rest of the way and tacked on runs in both the sixth and eighth innings to hold on to the lead late in the game.

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Techsters put three on all-tourney team

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DENTON, Texas — While the season may be over, three Lady Techsters are still bringing home hardware from the 2016 Conference USA Tournament as Taria Page, Morgan Turkoly and Krysta Tutsch were all named to the All-Tournament team as announced by the league office on Saturday afternoon.
All three Lady Techsters blasted crucial home runs during Louisiana Tech’s three games at the conference tournament held in Denton, Texas.
Krysta Tutsch became the hero of game one, as the senior blasted a two-out, three-run home run against Marshall, to send Louisiana Tech to the quarterfinals.

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Tech’s Butler signs contract

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Panthers have signed first-round draft pick Vernon Butler, a defensive tackle from Louisiana Tech.
Terms of the deal were not immediately available after he signed on Friday.
Butler was the last of Carolina’s five draft picks to sign a contract.
Butler said before rookie minicamp that he was excited to have the contract done and out of the way so he could concentrate on football.
The 6-foot-4, 323-pound Butler is expected to be in a rotation behind starting defensive tackles Kawann Short and Star Lotulelei.

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Lady Bearcats fourth at 5A Championships

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BATON ROUGE — The Ruston High School girls track and field team finished fourth while the Bearcats boys squad placed 28th at the Class 5A state Track and Field Championships held last weekend at Bernie Moore Track.
Kourtni Goldsmith took a second-place overall finish for the Lady Bearcats in the girls high jump with a mark of 5-feet, 6-inches, and ran the first leg of the girls 800m relay that finished third with a time of 1:41.64. Zoria Findley, Ebenae Eddy and Gariandra Dupree were the other three members of that relay team.

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All team members contribute to Simsboro championship

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BATON ROUGE — All eight Simsboro High School athletes put up points last weekend as the Tigers captured the Class B boys track and field championship at Bernie Moore Stadium.
The RHS 800-meter boys relay team of Zach Taylor, Jamar Kimble, Jakemin Abney and Brendan Jackson took first place with a time of 1:35.66 while the 400m relay team of Kimble, Eli Calhoun, Abney and Jackson finished third with a time of 46.65.
Calhoun added a first-place finish in the javelin with a throw of 155-01 while Kimble finished sixth in the 400m run with a time of 54.85.

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Sensory overload on Toledo Bend

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It might take awhile for me to thank everybody responsible for making my recent trip to Toledo Bend a resounding success.
I’ll start with thanking Johnny Wessler, Executive Director for Louisiana North, a marketing company that promotes tourism for 29 north Louisiana parishes. Fortunately for me, I was on the list of outdoor writers invited to visit several lakes around north Louisiana to sample what each lake has to offer.

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GSU valedictorian honored at ceremony

California native graduates with 3.98 GPA, kinesiology degree
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Grambling State University recently announced Brianna Phillips, a 21-year-old senior kinesiology major, as the valedictorian of the spring class of 2016.
She graduated with a 3.98-grade point average Friday at the Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center.
“I am completely shocked,” Phillips said, “I wasn’t expecting this, but I am very excited.”
Phillips is a native of Fairfield, California, and the daughter of Charles and Desiree Phillips.

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Club News: Littera Club

Littera Club concluded their club year with a picnic lunch in the home of Teri Fulton with Mary Ayres, Emily Baugh and Kathey Roane serving as co-hostesses.
The carefully coordinated spring decorations, good food and good friends made a beautiful setting for a delightful conclusion.
There was a brief meeting beginning with Mary Alice Moore leading the Pledge of Allegiance and Club Collect.
The president made a few brief comments about several committee duties that would be taken care of this summer.

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Club News: Ruston Junior Guild

The Ruston Junior Guild held their Spring Picnic at the Lincoln Parish Museum May 5.
The Hostesses for this festive event were Jane Ball, Mary Ann Woods and Dorothy Hoogland.
The following members who were in attendance were Shirley and Gerald Cobb, Linda and Bill Graham, Jo Ann Johnston, Miriam Savage, Susan and Henry Shirley, Sarah and A. L. Williams, Jane and Jimmy Ball, Dorothy and Jimmy Hoogland and Woods.
After having a meal prepared by Capatori Catering, Cobb called the group together for a brief business meeting to announce the following officers for the 2016-17 club year.

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Tech Engineering and Science Foundation elects officers, directors

The Louisiana Tech University Engineering and Science Foundation recently announced the election of new officers and directors for the 2016-17 academic year.
Foundation members met in Ruston last week to elect officers, directors and associate directors.
Zeffrey Lucas will serve as the next president of the ESF Board of Directors.
Lucas is a petroleum engineering graduate from Tech and the former director of Wood Group PSN in Houston, Texas.
He will succeed former ESF Board President Tim Petrus, executive vice president of MorningStar Partners in Fort Worth, Texas.

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