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March 6th, 2013

March madness at Ruston Parks and Recreation

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Sixty-eight teams bidding for the championship title. After the opening weekend, then it is off to the “Sweet 16," the "Final Four" and then the "Big Dance."
What are we talking about? It’s March Madness — the NCAA men’s division basketball championships.
So, who came up with these expressions? The “March Madness” cliché was coined by Henry V. Porter in 1939 to describe an Illinois high school basketball tournament. Porter, an athletic administrator, inventor and coach, wrote "A little March madness may complement and contribute to sanity and help keep society on an even keel."

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Yard of the Month

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The Ruston Garden Club has selected the home of Son and Van Le at 342 Jefferson Oaks as their March Yard of the Month.

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Be prepared for bad weather

On Monday, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in conjunction with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, launched its second annual National Severe Weather Preparedness Week, which will run through Saturday.
And as we found out last week with the wailing of tornado sirens in the area, this is especially the time of year — when cold fronts clash with warm fronts — that we must be prepared for severe weather.

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Enjoying a dignified dinner

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The band played “Hail to the Chief” as the dignitaries filed in and took their places at the two-tier head table. As 400 people stood silent and still, the honor guard walked noiselessly down the red-carpet runway, their commander issuing sharp orders as they posted the U.S. and Louisiana flags.
The invitations carried the official seal of the President of the United States. This was an occasion of state, the first Lincoln Parish School District White House Dinner, honoring fourth-grade students from Cypress Springs and Ruston Elementary schools.

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Simsboro, MPA decide ‘B’ title

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Simsboro High got to last year’s Louisiana High School Athletic Association Class B state championship game by defeating favored Madison Prep Academy.
Tonight, the Tigers can win the title by beating the same opponent.
Whatever year you’re speaking about, however, Simsboro (28-6) has a tall task ahead.
Just as it featured during the 2012-13 campaign, top-seeded Madison Prep Academy (41-3) has a “forest” of tall players, chief being 6-9 LSU bound Jarell Martin.

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Techsters need a boost

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Two-game home stand might be answer
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Back-to-back conference losses and the dismissal of the team’s top scorer and rebounder.
The past week hasn’t exactly been one for celebrating around the Louisiana Tech University women’s basketball program.
But as Head Coach Teresa Weatherspoon told the media Tuesday afternoon, “the fight goes on.”
And it will resume hopefully in a positive manner Thursday night when the Lady Techsters (12-15, 8-8) host New Mexico State University in a 7 p.m. Western Athletic Conference game at the Thomas Assembly Center.

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Miller earns SWAC award again

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GRAMBLING — For the third consecutive week, Joanna Miller of Grambling State University is the women’s basketball Player of the Week for the Southwestern Athletic Conference.
The junior guard from Los Angeles, Calif., earned her latest honor after helping guide the Lady Tigers to two wins during the past week.
Miller averaged 28.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.5 steals in two games. She had 28 points in a 70-67 victory over Alabama A&M and 29 points in a 68-64 victory over Alabama State.

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Hancock, Nutt pace Choudrant to 9-0 triumph

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John Paul Hancock led the offense and Lane Nutt turned in a solid pitching performance to lead Choudrant High School’s baseball team to a 9-0 victory over Quitman Tuesday afternoon.
Hancock collected two hits in three at bats and Nutt was credited with the mound decision to help boost the Aggies to an early season record of 5-4.
LADY COUGARS WIN: Cedar Creek High School’s softball team stayed perfect Tuesday afternoon with a 5-2 win over Monroe Ouachita Christian in a District 2-1A opener for both schools.
The Lady Cougars improved to a 9-0 overall record.

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Bulldogs lose to Baylor, 4-2

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WACO, Texas — Louisiana Tech University couldn’t overcome four errors that led to three runs in the bottom of the first inning, as the Bulldogs dropped a 4-2 decision at Baylor Ballpark in Waco Tuesday night.
Three of the four errors by Tech (3-9) came in one at bat with Tech’s defense dropping two foul pop-ups. Baylor (6-6) capitalized, scoring three of its four runs in the first frame and tacking on an insurance run in the fifth inning.

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GSU baseball team defeated

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GRAMBLING — Grambling State University’s baseball team fell to Central Arkansas at Wilbert Ellis Field at R.W.E. Jones Park Tuesday afternoon.
The Tigers (3-9) were an 11-1 victim of the University of Central Arkansas.
Second baseman Elias Todman was the leading offensive contributor for Grambling with two hits in three at bats, while outfielder Kris Minter drove in the Tigers’ only run.
Grambling State had four hits.
Taking the loss on the mound was starter Zach Moreau.

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