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April 28th

‘Big Ben’ finds his place

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Former LSU star directing Grambling State’s O-line
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GRAMBLING — Take heed, NFL draft prospects. If you weren’t picked in this week’s seven rounds of selections from headquarters in New York City, do not despair.
Sure, it’s a bummer not be chosen when you’ve been touted for a phone call from one of the league’s 32 teams.
But things all work out in the long run, both from a playing and life perspective.
Ben Wilkerson says so and he’s a perfect example of overcoming obstacles, believing in oneself and persevering when things might not have gone as originally planned.
And as a senior at LSU in 2004, things certainly didn’t go as charted for the Port Arthur, Texas, native.

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Creek tops at regionals

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Cedar Creek High School’s traditionally strong golf team recently won a Class 1A regional championship in the Louisiana High School Athletic Association. The Cougars featured individual champion Matt Moss (right) and an overall team total of 321 strokes to take top honors in the tournament. Moss had an individual medalist total of 77 and the Cougars also featured Top 10 finishers in Scott Barron, second, 79; Brandon Newton, third, 80; Jordan Cole, fifth, 85; and Johnny Maxwell, No. 10, 97.

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Tech soccer: International flavor

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European recruits boost program’s 2012 class

Louisiana Tech University soccer coach Kevin Sherry has announced three new additions to the class of 2012 with the signings of Rosie Lethbridge, Mette Rudolfsen and Ingrid Andrea Weng to national letters of intent.
Lethbridge, a native of Brockham, England, is a forward that is transferring from the University of Portsmouth in England after playing for one season. She lettered four years at Reigate Sixth Form College under coach Lianne Wilkinson. In 2010, Lethbridge helped lead Reigate to the Surrey County Colleges Cup.

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Tech golfers add on highly toued signee

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Louisiana Tech University head golf coach Jeff Parks has announced the addition of one of the top amateurs in South Africa as Victor Lange has signed an NCAA national letter-of-intent to play for the current Top 100 nationally-ranked Bulldogs’ program.
Lange is currently ranked No. 9 in the South African Amateur rankings and No. 609 in the world amateur rankings.
“Victor is one of the top players in South Africa,” said Parks. “He is coming to Louisiana Tech with an impressive resume.

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Roaf at top of Saints’ list

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Ex-Tech star picked as team’s best-ever draftee
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He may have finished his Pro Bowl career with another franchise, but William Roaf will always be remembered as a New Orleans Saints’ legend.
And the inaugural, highly readable and information-loaded NFL Magazine isn’t letting fans (and all of those defensive linemen who had to deal with him) forget about it.
In its predraft issue that arrived in our mail box recently, “The Official Magazine of the NFL” ranks the all-time top seven draftees of each team.
Roaf, the best offensive lineman ever to play at Louisiana Tech University and one of the NFL’s best-ever at left tackle, is No. 1 on the Saints’ list.

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RHS parent has a field of memories

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Kim Spangler recounts special times following son, teammates
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We have been playing baseball in our family for over a decade now and, soon, our oldest son (Pierce) and four of his closest friends — also senior Bearcats — will be winding down their careers at Ruston High School.
Here’s a glimpse into our journey with a sport I grew to love.
We have traveled to 10 states and played in the middle of tobacco and cornfields and a field near Opelousas that resembles the Sandlot.

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Yepson shares top 2-1A award

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Cedar Creek High’s Lauren Yepson was a first unit Class 1A Louisiana Sports Writers Association All-State pick in 2011.
This spring, the senior first baseman is the co-Most Valuable Player for District 2-1A.
Yepson led a large group of Lady Cougars’ representatives on the team that was picked by the league’s head coaches. She shares the MVP award with Monroe Ouachita Christian senior pitcher Carly Thaxton.

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Tech lifters No. 2 at nationals

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The 2012 USA Powerlifting Association national collegiate championships were recently held in Baton Rouge and featured Louisiana Tech as a second place finisher.
Former Monroe Ouachita Christian star Jordan Dunn led with the Tech team and registered record-setting marks. His father, Butch Dunn of ex-Tech powerlifting acclaim, serves as a coach for his college alma mater.

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Bearcats’ freshmen have 12-1-2 record

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Ruston High School’s freshmen have a 12-1-2 record after registering recent wins of 8-2 and 11-0 over Monroe Ouachita Christian High School.
Jordan Reggio and Chris Bishop were the winning pitchers for the Bearcats. The offensive leaders included Graham White, Ben LeBlanc, Peyton Spangler, Reid Bowen and Trevor Pesnell and the defensive pacesetters consisted of Damion Cheffin, Chevuante Modest, Seth Maxwell, Harrison Long, Kelby Glover and Bankston Summersbill.

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Tech football ticket plan has deadline slated for Monday

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Louisiana Tech University football fans wanting to take advantage of the three-month payment plan are reminded that the deadline for ordering season tickets is Monday.
The three-month payment plan is the last of two payment plans available (the five-month plan’s deadline was April 1) and allows Tech fans to break up an already low season ticket price into three monthly installments. Season tickets for 2012 are available now for as low as $90.

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