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February 23rd, 2013

Parish teams advance

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When the regional round of the 2013 Louisiana High School Athletic Association boys’ basketball playoffs tipped off Friday night, there were five Lincoln Parish teams still alive.
After those games were played, well, there’s still five in the hunt to make it all the way to the semifinal/final round of the postseason tournament to be held next month in Monroe.
Ruston, Simsboro, Dubach, New Living Word School and Choudrant all took wins in the regional round.

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RHS balance aids 12-1 tourney win

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NEW ORLEANS — Cannon Brasuell had three hits and Ben Leblanc, Lain Kranz and Ivan Wilson, Jr., two each to lead Ruston High’s baseball team to a 12-1 rout over Archbishop Shaw at the annual New Orleans Tournament Friday.

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Maton hurls Tech past ORU

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Sophomore right hander Phil Maton threw a two-hit shutout and struck out 11 batters, as Louisiana Tech University defeated Oral Roberts University, 2-0, in the home opener Friday night at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park.
But Saturday afternoon, ORU (2-4) came back to score three runs in the eighth inning and take a 5-4 victory over the Bulldogs (2-4).

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Tech soccer: Huge signing class

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Last season, head coach Kevin Sherry took the Louisiana Tech University soccer team to new heights.
The Lady Techsters registered a 12-5-4 overall record which included an 11-game unbeaten streak, a 1-1 tie with No. 19 ranked Denver and a fourth place finish in the Western Athletic Conference standings.

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Closing out prep career

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Shortstop Lain Kranz is one of the senior members of the Ruston High School baseball team who will be winding up his prep career this spring. The 2012 All-District 2-5A and All-Lincoln Parish member has earned an academic scholarship to Louisiana Tech University, where he plans to go out for the Bulldogs’ squad. Kranz has a 3.85 grade point average and an ACT score of 30. He’ll be in action for the Bearcats this week when play begins Thursday in the annual Trey Altick Classic.

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Dameron brings ‘smarts’ to Bulldogs’ defensive unit

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Well, Louisiana Tech University’s defense will be a smarter unit simply by association as it moves to Conference USA, right?
Regardless, first-year Tech head coach Skip Holtz recently announced that he has hired Kim Dameron as his new defensive coordinator.
Dameron has spent the past two seasons at the Ivy League’s Cornell, the last as defensive coordinator.

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Building character in outdoors

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You want to build character and add special memories to the lives of kids today? Get them involved in the outdoors. It worked a long time ago and it still works today.
Although there were a number of memorable outdoors things we did growing up out on the rural route, there was one activity that stands out and is still vivid in my memory. That activity was being on hand for the cooking of a squirrel mulligan down at the Old Landing on Saline Bayou near where I grew up.

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I.A. Lewis hoops’ team gains sixth grade crown

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MONROE — The I.A. Lewis School boys’ basketball tam recently won the sixth grade division of the Middle School Multi-State tournament held at the University of Louisiana-Monroe and St. Frederick High.

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Tech ‘Inside’ show set Monday

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Louisiana Tech University basketball women’s Head Coach Teresa Weatherspoon and men’s Head Coach Michael White will preview upcoming action for both the Techsters and the Bulldogs on the Centric Federal Credit Union’s “Inside Tech Basketball” show presented by Miller Light as part of the Tech Sports Network Monday starting at 6 p.m. at Scott’s Catfish.
The hour-long show will feature a half hour segment with Weatherspoon and the “Voice of the Lady Techsters” Malcolm Butler and a half-hour segment with White and the “Voice of the Bulldogs” Dave Nitz.

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Finding joy, contentment in life through God

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Periodically, I run across a news article that is both humorous and sad. Yesterday, someone forwarded me one such article (thanks, Mom!). It was discussing the findings of a research study from the University of Vermont that tracked popular words used on Twitter. By using something called the mechanical Turk language assessment word list, they were able to determine certain towns or areas of the country that were “happiest” or “saddest” based upon how frequently certain words were used. According to the research results, two of the top five saddest towns in all of America are Shreveport and Monroe. That is remarkable to me! What isn’t surprising, however, is that there are so many people that choose to express their displeasure in a public forum.

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