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April 13th, 2013

Tech offense sparkles

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’Dogs total 65 points in spring game
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By O.K. Davis
buddy@rustonleader.com
Louisiana Tech University’s offense came out of its spring hibernation at Joe Aillet Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
After being inconsistent for much of the time in workouts or scrimmages since mid-March, the Bulldogs’ offensive production and numbers ballooned during the annual “T-Day” showdown that was held in front of an estimated 2,000 fans.
Final score: LaTech 38, Bulldogs 27.
If that’s confusing with those team names, that’s the way Head Coach Skip Holtz and his staff labeled their units to put an extra touch of a Tech connection to the nearly two-hour game held under sunny, clear skies and temperatures in the mid-70’s.
Whatever they were called, the offensive stats were impressive enough to leave first-year boss Holtz pleased.
In addition to a combined 65 points, the other head-turning digits included a combined 791 offensive yards, with 505 yards via passing and another 286 yards on the ground.
““I thought overall it was a really productive day,” Holtz said. “We are coming out of it relatively healthy and I like the attitude and the way they worked. There was some good hitting going on out here today. As soon as you watch a touchdown pass, you go, ‘Yes, it’s nice to see us execute it.’
“Then you have to turn around and look at it and say that is our corner or our secondary. It is hard to really get an evaluation with where you are, but I thought it was great to get this many plays in today.”
And especially on offense, where there was a nice blend of the run and the pass, leaving defensive coordinator Kim Dameron saying that “when you’re a defensive coordinator, you don’t like to see an offense put points on the board, even if it’s just two points.
“It doesn’t leave you very happy.”
And much of it had to do with the strong performance of Texas Tech transfer Scotty Young, who completed 15-of-20 passes for 161 yards and three touchdowns.

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Haddox: Guarding rich tradition

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Ruston native serving as gallery keeper at Masters
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AUGUSTA, Ga. — Like millions of other fans of golf, Ruston’s Greg Haddox will watch the 2013 Masters today.
But like only about 300 others, he’ll do it as a gallery guard at Augusta National Golf Club.
This is the ninth straight year Haddox has taken a week off his own job to serve as a volunteer on the course during Masters Week. He’s always loved ball: he played basketball at Centenary College after graduating from Cedar Creek, then coached college hoops before going into private business. He’s an avid golfer, and the game is as glorified and honored at ultra-exclusive Augusta National as it is anywhere.

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Masters set for big finish today

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Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of stories about the 2013 Masters Golf Tournament.
AUGUSTA, Ga. — Unless there’s another overnight ruling and score change, Brandt Snedeker and Angel Cabrera will lead the 2013 Masters by a stroke over a power-packed leaderboard going into today’s final round.

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Bearcats go 3-0 in league series

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Ruston High’s baseball team “batted” a thousand against District 2-5A foe Natchitoches Central this weekend.
The Bearcats completed a three-for-three sweep over the Chiefs on Saturday with wins of 11-1 and 7-2 on Saturday.

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Bourgeois, Simsboro on road

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Ninth grader Landon Bourgeois will be trying to help guide Simboro High School to a bi-district round Class B Louisiana High School Athletic Association softball victory at Converse High School on Monday starting at 4:30 p.m. The Lady Tigers have a 10-14 record and No. 24 seed, while the Lady Wildcats are seeded No. 9 and 19-8 on the season.

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Robinson, Cedar Creek at home

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Halie Robinson, an eighth-grade catcher/outfielder, will be one of the key players in Cedar Creek High School hosting Northwood-Lena in the Class 1A Louisiana High School Athletic Association softball playoffs on Monday beginning at 5 p.m. The Lady Cougars have a 25-2 mark and are the No. 1 seeded squad in the classification. The No. 32-seeded Lady Gators are 8-12.

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’Cats chop Chiefs in 2-5A contest

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Too much David Michael Burkhalter, Lain Kranz, Ivan Wilson, Jr., and the rest of the Ruston High School offense on Friday night.
That’s what Natchitoches Central High had to deal with in a 6-0 loss to the District 2-5A leading Bearcats (22-5, 6-1).

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Parish teams start playoffs

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Three schools face bi-district tests Monday

A “second season” begins Monday afternoon for three Lincoln Parish high school softball teams.
That’s when the 2013 Louisiana High School Athletic Association lifts off its postseason competition.
The parish’s representatives will include Cedar Creek, Choudrant and Simsboro.
All have their bi-district round challenges set for Monday.

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Bradshaw escorts champ Graydar

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Bradshaw escorts champ Graydar
Former Louisiana Tech University All-American and four-time Super Bowl champion Terry Bradshaw (right) escorts jockey Edgar Prado and two-year-old Graydar after a first-place performance at the recent 400,000 guaranteed New Orleans Handicap GRII held at the annual Louisiana Derby. Graydar represents Twin Creeks Racing Stable LLC, which is co-owned by Bradshaw and Ruston businessman Steve Davison. Bradshaw and country and western singing artist Kix Brooks will host their annual Tech fundraising golf tournament at Choudrant’s Squire Creek Golf and Country Club today.

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It’s Miller time again for honors

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Thank goodness for postseason honors.
It’s making up for what proved to be a tough regular season for the Grambling State University women’s basketball program.
Thanks to Joanna Miller, however, the Lady Tigers are continuing to reap some positive attention after going 9-23 overall and 6-12 against Southwestern Athletic Conference foes.
The junior guard was announced for her second Newcomer of the Year award on Saturday, this time being voted on by members of the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.

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