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June 2nd

Monroe Sam’s Club reopens

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The Monroe Sam’s Club celebrated a grand re-opening of its newly-expanded club. The results of the three-month remodel were unveiled May 24. The expanded Monroe Sam’s Club will feature 142,000 square feet and will offer members everything from meats and dishes to home decor and baked items. The Monroe Sam’s Club is hiring approximately 30 new employees as a result of the expansion.

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Yes, football publications already here

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A cornucopia of thoughts and observations on the sports world while wondering if there’s any hope of our Yankees making it to the World Series:
• Here it is, barely June, and already the preseason football publications are reaching the newsstands.
I thought I was seeing things the other day when I was browsing through the sports magazine section of Books-a-Million and there, right in front me, stared the front cover of the 2012 Lindy’s Southeastern Conference football magazine.

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SPORTS IMAGE

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Returning honorable mention Class 1A Louisiana Sports Writers Association and first team All-District 2-1A defensive back Jeff Carroll (with football) and his Cedar Creek High teammates could keep opponents on the run again during the 2012 season. Carroll was one of the leading defensive contributors in the Cougars’ 40-0 first round Louisiana High School Athletic Association playoff win over Baton Rouge Southern Lab last year.

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Creek building on ‘mo’

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Cedar Creek has the “mo” going with its football program.
After two years under former Cougars’ baseball star Ben Haddox, the Cougars have cemented their reputation as one of the top Class 1A teams in the Louisiana High School Athletic Association.
In 2011, the Creek ranked No. 5 in the final Louisiana Sports Writers Association state poll for its class after compiling an 8-2 regular season record.
A 40-0 victory was achieved in the first round of the state playoffs before the Cougars fell to semifinalist Mangham.

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Tech: Clear favorite for WAC title

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It’s Louisiana Tech University and then everybody else in a follow-up mode.
That’s the way the 2012 Western Athletic Conference football race is shaping up and Lindy’s Sports is the first national preseason magazine to weigh in on the Bulldogs’ projected domination of the league race.
In it’s annual national preview edition that began reaching newsstands in the past week, Lindy’s Sports had as its headline for the WAC roundup section:
“Watered down WAC is Tech’s to lose.”

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Creek field receives ‘haircut’

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Turfplaning project will have Cougars’ surface in tip-top shape
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During the memorable “monsoon” football season of 2009, hardly a Friday night went by when Cedar Creek High or another North Louisiana-based team was taking a “mud bath” on a rain-pelted field.
The turf at Cougar Stadium certainly got a wet workout, among the more notable occasions being against Delhi in which the sloshing sound of cleats and coaches’ boots became as prevalent as fans and cheerleaders yelling their teams on to a victory.
With so much rain over the course of the entire season, drainage woes on the field became as difficult to slow down as a fleet-footed running back.

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Curry: Thriving on challenges

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Luke Curry doesn’t have the words “quit” or “give up” in his vocabulary.
No way.
Once he starts something, be assured that he plans to finish it..
Take the time when he was attending Western Kentucky University and working out at a gym in Bowling Green.
Curry was doing some bench presses and was approached by a fellow lifter.
“He told me I had a lot of ability and should start entering some world competitions,” Curry recalled.

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RPAR FOCUS

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Grambling State University soccer players gave back to the community this spring by serving as coaches for the U-5 and U-12 divisional soccer league teams in the Ruston Parks and Recreation Department.
The “RPAR Focus” reporter recently caught up with several of the Lady Tigers to ask them various questions on sports topics (name of the player who answered is listed in parentheses):

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Ledet: Plan ‘B’ works for bass

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The trouble with some people is their determination to stick to an original plan in an endeavor in which they’re involved, even if the plan is not working. Successful people are able to abandon a plan that worked for them in the past for something different. Jason Ledet is such a person.
Fishing an American Bass Anglers (ABA) tournament on Caney Lake a couple of weeks ago, Ledet had found a pattern while pre-fishing the event that was producing some good bass. However, on tournament day, he couldn’t buy a bite.
I had been on the lake the week before and found the bass around stumps out on the flats. I caught several over the slot in 8-10 foot water on big plastic worms, crank baits and jigs. This is where I headed on the day of the tournament,” Ledet explained.

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June 1st

Remembering 1950s Ruston, accident

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Monday, June 4, 1956, dawned as the official first day of summer for school kids all over Ruston. Billboard’s top song on this day was “Heartbreak Hotel” by Elvis and World Champion boxer Floyd Patterson appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

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