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May 4th, 2013

On road for quarterfinals

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Junior catcher/pitcher Austin McNeill will be one of the Cedar Creek High starters in Monday’s 5 p.m. Class 1A Louisiana High School Athletic Association quarterfinal round playoff game at Monroe Ouachita Christian (29-5). McNeill had a game-winning, two-out single in the bottom of the sixth inning to lift the Cougars (22-9) to a 9-8 regional round victory over Ville Platte Sacred Heart earlier this week.

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Hosting regional battle

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Senior Garrett Patterson will be trying to make some key contributions for Ruston High (30-5) in its Class 5A Louisiana High School Athletic Association regional round home playoff game against Sulphur (23-11) on Monday starting at 5 p.m. Patterson had a single and triple in the Bearcats’ 10-0 bi-district round home victory over Slidell Northshore High earlier this week.

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XTERRA loves parish park

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There’s nothing like home and for the XTERRA off-road adventure series, “home” is Lincoln Parish Park.

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Techsters clinch tourney berth

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SEATTLE — Louisiana Tech University made sure this weekend that it would be participating in the 2013 Western Athletic Conference softball tournament that will be held at the Lady Techsters’ Complex starting on Wednesday.
The Lady Techsters (26-24, 11-10) captured wins of 4-3 and 7-3 on Friday and then was a 6-5 come-from-behind winner on Saturday against Seattle University (20-33, 8-13).
With the wins, Tech clinches a berth in the league tournament.
Kristen Miles had a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning to bring in the decisive run in Saturday’s game after trailing earlier.

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Brad Laird era kicks off Monday

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For Brad Laird and Ruston High School’s football squad, the wait is over on Monday.
That’s when the former Bearcat star makes his first on-the-field a Laird, who quarterbacked RHS to a Class 4A Louisiana High School Athletic Association state title in 1990, will be sending approximately 100 Bearcats out for their first session of spring drills at 2:30 p.m.

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Creek’s Bennett is state champ

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BATON ROUGE — Blair Bennett of Cedar Creek High captured a Class 1A state championship in the girls’ discus at the 2013 Louisiana High School Athletic Association track and field meet held on Friday at Bernie Moore Stadium on the campus of LSU.
Bennett took the title with a mark of 100-4 to beat out Monroe Ouachita Christian’s Anna Mulhern, who had a throw of 97-2.
Cedar Creek High finished No. 10 as a team in the girls’ division with 20 points and the school’s boys shared No. 22 with Grambling High and Oberlin with seven points each.
Other state meet finishers for Cedar Creek and Grambling High included:
• BOYS: Chase Murphy, CC, pole vault, No. 6, 10-6; Jordan Williams, CC, 800-meter run, No. 4, 2:08.93; Ryan Dwyer, CC, No. 5, 400-m dash, 53.57; Mosanto Nelson, GHS, No. 3, 3,200-m run, 10:27.64.
• GIRLS: CC, No. 4, 400-m relay, 52.45; Ann-Marie Kimble, 300-m hurdles, No. 3, 48.87.

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State sports legends: New home

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NATCHITOCHES — Opening the doors to the spectacular Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Museum provides an unprecedented highlight for the annual Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Induction Celebration June 27-29 that will honor an 11-member 2013 class comprised of state sports greats.

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Tompkins is golf champion

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Evan Tompkins of Ruston recently won the junior division (13-14 age group) of the Links on the Bayou Junior Classic held at the Links on the Bayou course in Alexandria. The event is one of several hosted by Arrowhead, Jr., Golf Tour, a regional tournament trail that hosts events from Florida to Texas. Tompkins, an eighth-grade student at Ruston Junior High School, registered rounds of 79 and 80 to take first place and followed by Cameron Little (79-81) of Baton Rouge and Marshall Laborde (85-76) of Shreveport.

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Wilson signs with Grambling

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Ivan Wilson, Jr., (seated, center) of Ruston High has signed an NCAA national letter-of-intent to play baseball at Grambling State University. Attending the ceremonies held at RHS were (seated, from left) Ebony Felder, Quanita Wilson, mother; (standing, from left), Ivan Wilson, Sr., father; Josh Beckham, RHS assistant baseball coach; Dan Gressett, RHS assistant baseball coach; Toby White, RHS head baseball coach and Billy Laird, RHS athletics director.

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Doris Robinson: Big birthday fete

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GRAMBLING — D.J. Williams tacked on another 94 “birthdays” for Doris Robinson during a reception honoring the widow of the late and legendary Eddie Robinson of Grambling State University football fame earlier this week.

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