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May 11th, 2013

Don’t forget to study up on college savings vehicles

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Another school year is drawing to a close — so if you have young children, they’re one year closer to the day when they head off to college. And both you and your children need to prepare for that day. Your kids can do so by developing good study habits. As for you, it’s never too soon to start preparing for the high costs of higher education.

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Lincoln Parish resident wins pickup

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Armand Burch, store manager at Crow Burlingame in Ruston, attended the 2013 Bumper to Bumper conference in Branson, Mo., the first week of April. Burch was one of 16 people to qualify for the AC Delco truck giveaway contest. The contest was open to Bumper to Bumper store managers in the south central U.S. area that had more than 100 percent quota in sells. Thanks to the Ruston store customers, not only did he qualify, but Burch won the 2013 Chevy Silverado LT pickup donated by AC Delco.

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Overall, WAC has been good for Tech Nation

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I’ll go ahead and admit it.
There is a little sadness surrounding this corner of the sports world with the soon-to-be official departure of Louisiana Tech University from the Western Athletic Conference.
That actually won’t happen until early July when Tech Nation enters into its long-awaited and highly-anticipated membership with Conference USA.

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Techsters’ season ends

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Of all times for the bats to go silent.
But they did for Louisiana Tech University in the 2013 Western Athletic Conference softball tournament.
During the regular season, the Lady Techsters (27-26) were the No. 1 ranked team for batting average (.296) against league teams only.
Individually, Tech had four of the WAC’s Top 10 hitters in conference games.
But in the double-elimination tourney that concluded on Saturday after a four-day stay at the Techsters’ complex?
Tech managed only two runs and 10 hits in three games, with its final appearance resulting in only four hits (three singles) during a 6-1 elimination loss against Texas State University.
“It’s frustrating,” said Tech first-year Head Coach Mark Montgomery. “No one wants to end the season with a loss. But as far as I know only one team gets to end it with a win. My honest hope is that they will step away from this moment and be proud of what they accomplished.
“You have to be reflective on these moments and know that what you were doing when you were wearing that uniform today represents more than just today’s game. If they can do that, I think they will be very proud of wearing that uniform.”
Some things to be proud of for a squad that will lose six seniors include:
• The program’s first winning season since 2010.
• The fourth winning record (11-10) against WAC foes only since joining the league in 2001.
• A No. 3 seed that was the club’s best ever in the postseason tournament.
“Before the season started we knew this year could go two different ways,” Montgomery said. “Led by our six seniors, everyone could buy in and we could build a foundation for this program or we could fight change and it would be a wasted year. This group bought in and we took some great steps forward. I’m proud of what these seniors have done and am excited about the future of this program.”

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SJSU is champ

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A one-hit, complete game performance by Amanda Pridmore was all top-seeded San Jose State needed to win its first Western Athletic Conference softball title on Saturday, as the Spartans stopped No. 2 seeded New Mexico State 4-0 at the Louisiana Tech University Softball Complex.
Pridmore, a senior righthander from Modesto, Calif., gave up only a single to centerfielder Staci Rodriguez to help give the Spartans (42-15) a postseason league crown to go with their regular season title.

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Cox sets Bulldogs’ mark

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Ex-Creek star wins gold in javelin at WAC meet
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So much for finishing as the runner-up in the javelin at the 2012 Western Athletic Conference track and field championship meet.
That’s all in the past now for Josh Cox, who claimed the gold medal for the event on Friday at the 2013 league meet hosted by the University of Texas-Arlington.
The former Cedar Creek High standout not only won the event, but — appropriately — held off the competitor (Idaho’s Mike Marshall) who beat him out for the title in 2012.

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Running catch by Birdwell

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University of Texas-San Antonio freshman Victoria Birdwell sprinted to make this catch from her outfield position during play at the 2013 Western Athletic Conference softball tournament held at the Louisiana Tech University Lady Techsters’ Complex this week.

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Winter makes grab behind plate

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Louisiana Tech University sophomore infielder/catcher Hailey Winter (right) reaches to make a catch on a pitch to home plate during action in the 2013 Western Athletic Conference softball tournament that was hosted by the Lady Techsters. At the plate for the Aggies of New Mexico State University is senior utility player Tehani Kaaihue (8) of New Mexico State University.

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Perfect in discus

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Daniel Yates, an eighth-grader at Ruston Junior High School, had an undefeated season in the discus throw for the Bearkittens’ track and field program this spring. He finished No. 1 in every meet that RJHS entered and had a personal best mark of 119-11. Coached at the school by Glen Kyle and tutored by 2012 Summer Olympic Games’ discus thrower and former Louisiana Tech University star Jason Morgan, Yates plans to continue competing with a regionally-based squad.

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Exciting grid season in works for C-USA

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There's excitement ahead for the 2013 Conference USA football season.
At least that’s an early prediction being made by Britton Banowsky, commissioner of the league.

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