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March 9th, 2013

Hadnot captures bronze medal

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Ex-RHS star gives Tech third place at NCAA meet

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Louisiana Tech University sprinter Trey Hadnot smashed his own school record and finished third in the 200-meter dash at the NCAA indoor track and field championships Friday at the Randall Tyson Track Center.
Hadnot ran 20.48 in the finals to finish third overall, beating his own school record of 20.81 ran earlier this year in Fayetteville.
The junior from Ruston ran 20.83 in the semifinal round.
“I just felt it (in the finals),” Hadnot said after the race that was hosted by the University of Arkansas.
“I told coach that my second race is always my better race and it was again tonight. They started me in the top lane (six) and I just felt it coming down out of the curve.”
This marks the first time in three tries that Hadnot has advanced to the finals at an NCAA Championship event.
Hadnot finished in the semifinals of the 200-m dash at the 2011 NCAA outdoor championships and at the 2012 NCAA indoor championships.
“I just felt a sigh of relief,” Hadnot said of finally making the finals. “I finally got there. It was just a mental thing because I knew I could physically do it.
“My training was there this year, my body is in top shape and getting to the finals was just a matter of breaking that mental barrier for me.”
Advancing to the finals comes with a first team All-America honor, to be officially bestowed on Hadnot by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Monday. That will mark an all-time No. 54 All-America team honor won by a Tech track and field athlete and the third for Hadnot.
Of the 54 All-America honors, 35 (65 percent) have come while Gary Stanley has been head coach.
“That was a huge performance for Trey Hadnot,” said head coach Gary Stanley.
“It was a very composed effort for him, especially it being his first time in the finals at an NCAA Championship event.

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Brasuell boosts Bearcats

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Cannon Brasuell is becoming a pest for pitchers opposing Ruston High School’s quick-starting baseball team.
The early All-State candidate had a lights out performance Friday when the Bearcats powered past Haughton 10-1. Brasuell drove in all but two of the Bearcats’ runs and did so with a multi-hit show that included two home runs, a double and a triple.

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Grambling State’s Miller, Rose receive SWAC honors

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GRAMBLING — Grambling State University basketball teams have salvaged something from their regular season struggles with the recognition of two players for individual awards on the 2012-13 All-Southwestern Athletic Conference squads announced by the league office Friday afternoon.

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Maton keeps winning ways going for Tech

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Phil Maton struck out eight batters and the Bulldogs’ pitching staff posted a complete game shutout as Louisiana Tech University took the first game of the series versus Nebraska, 5-0, Friday night at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park in Ruston.
Tech exploded for four runs in the third inning after Taylor Terrasas ripped a ball down the left field line with the bases loaded to put the Bulldogs ahead 4-0 over the Cornhuskers.

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Gun rights: A controversial issue

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When I was a little bitty guy, I found a special gift from Santa under our tree, a pair of pistols with matching holsters and a belt. My brother and I spent the better part of Christmas day sneaking around the yard, taking out bad guys, until the roll of red paper caps ran out.
I graduated to a BB gun but the Red Ryder began gathering dust in the corner the day my dad bought me a second-hand Winchester 22 single shot rifle. I joined the ranks of some of the other six year old boys in our town who also had their first squirrel guns.

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In the time of conclave, understanding the pope

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You never know when a current pope will pass on, not to mention when and if one will resign. It’s been a little over a week since Benedict XVI left the Chair of St. Peter vacant, by his own choice. This hasn’t happened in more than 600 years. Whenever a papal vacancy takes place, interest in the personalities that have filled that chair, or will fill it, intensifies. “What was he really like?” or “Who is the new guy, really?”

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Lincoln Social

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Author to speak about Camp Ruston at museum

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Camp Ruston was located on the property that was once the Ruston State School. This property is seven miles west of Ruston between Grambling and Simsboro. Camp Ruston sprawled over 750 acres and the camp was built in accordance with plans developed by the United States War Department.
The camp had more then 360 buildings and at its peak housed more than 5,000 people. This population included American soldiers and the prisoners of war, and it truly was a small city within itself. The T. L. James Company of Ruston was awarded the construction contract. The total cost was $2,500,000.

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Native receives university appointment

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Dr. Lynda Brown-Wright, a native of Ruston, was recently appointed as the founding associate provost for Faculty Affairs at Georgia State University. Her responsibilities are to attend to all matters related to faculty, including faculty appointment, promotions, tenure, faculty orientation and development, administration development, faculty awards, appeals and grievances. She is also responsible for increasing the recruitment and retention of diverse faculty at Georgia State University.

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Buck to accept Eagle Scout award

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The Louisiana Society of the Sons of the American Revolution will present its coveted SAR Eagle Scout Award to Alexandre Harrison Buck on April 6 at their annual meeting to be held at the Landing Restaurant, 530 Front St., Natchitoches. Buck is also the local winner of the Monroe, Benjamin Tennille Chapter’s Eagle Scout Recognition and Scholarship Competition.

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