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April 6th, 2013

Lagniappe ribbon cutting

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Ribbon-cutting ceremonies were held Feb. 28 for Lagniappe Auto Title, located at 1406 Farmerville Hwy. in Ruston. The ceremony was sponsored by the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce.

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Roma ribbon cutting

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Ribbon-cutting ceremonies were held March 27 for Roma Italian Bistro, located at 102 North Monroe St. in downtown Ruston. The ceremony was hosted by the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce.

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Mulkey’s been through some tough losses

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For members of the coaching profession, every loss is tough.
One point, 10 points or by whatever differential, getting beat is the pits.
But some losses are much tougher than others.
They enter into altogether different realm than others that a coach goes through in a lifetime.
If anyone could qualify as an unofficial “expert” on such low times in the job, it is Kim Mulkey.
For sure, I can name two such situations involving the former Louisiana Tech University Lady Techsters’ backcourt star.

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Dean camp gives back

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Willie Roaf wasn’t about to miss the Fred Dean “Hall of Fame Pro Day” on Saturday, even though it meant overcoming some logistical nightmares.
In less than 24 hours, the former Louisiana Tech University All-American and 11-time Pro Bowl offensive lineman in the NFL was on the road driving from Destin, Fla., then over to New Orleans and finally up to Ruston for the ninth edition of the football youth instructional camp that was being hosted by the Boys and Girls Club of North Central Louisiana.
He didn’t arrive to North Louisiana until the late hours of Friday night.

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Tech defense plays tough

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Louisiana Tech University’s defense showed its ability to make plays and prove that the group is improved from last season as it dominated in Tech’s second spring scrimmage Saturday morning at Joe Aillet Stadium.
The team scrimmaged for just over two hours and ran around 150 plays in all. Overall, the defense created 10 turnovers in 26 drives overall and had two touchdowns on the day with a pick-6 and a fumble returned for a touchdown. Overall, the offense scored 27 points to the defense’s 14.

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Bearcats outlast Rebels, 12-11

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Ruston High School took game No. 3 in its showdown for District 2-5A leadership on Saturday afternoon with a 12-11 victory against longtime rival West Monroe.
The Bearcats (21-5, 5-1) survived nine innings of an offensive battle against the Rebels (15-11, 6-3), who had forced a third and final contest in the series with a 10-2 win on Friday night. Ruston has prevailed, 11-9, on its own field Thursday and then won the series with the Saturday game that lasted nine innings.

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Antley leads Aggies

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Hunter Antley came through big at the plate and on the mound for Choudrant High’s baseball team on Friday.
Antley was the winning pitcher and produced for three hits in three at bats in aiding the Aggies to a 17-4 blowout of Grand Lake.
Choudrant improved its record to 15-9.
One of Antley’s hits was a home run, while Matthew Younse was a perfect two-for-two in adding more fuel to the offensive attack.

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Having a ball at Pro Day

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The hand placement drills with a gigantic ball was one of the most popular sessions held for youngsters who attended the “Hall of Fame Pro Day” held at the Louisiana Tech University practice field on Saturday morning.

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RJHS girls: Perfect again

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Perfect again.
So what else is new with the girls’ track and field program at Ruston Junior High School?
The Lady Bearcats have completed yet another perfect season, marking consecutive year No. 17 that they’ve done so during the head coaching stay of Kathy Steed.
Ruston Junior High captured their most recent meet title with a 169-point total at a meet hosted by Monroe Ouachita Junior High School.

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Bradshaw-Brooks event to aid Tech athletics

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The annual Terry Bradshaw-Kix Brooks Golf Tournament hosted at Squire Creek Country Club is set for April 14 while a pre-tournament event featuring a Kix Brooks concert is scheduled for Friday.
All proceeds from both events will go towards Louisiana Tech Athletics. The two events will also be held in conjunction with the annual T-Day Spring Game which is set for Saturday at 1 p.m. at Joe Aillet Stadium.

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