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March 1st, 2014

Tech softball beats SFA, falls to Ark.

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — After opening the day with a 9-1 loss to 24th ranked Arkansas, Louisiana Tech bounced back to defeat Stephen F. Austin 5-3 in the third place game of the 2014 Wooo Pig Fastpitch Classic.
Tech (8-10) finished the tournament 2-2 with a pair of wins over the Lumberjacks.
LA Tech 5,
Stephen F. Austin 3
Bianca Duran and Kristen Miles each recorded three hits and Anna Cross drove home three runs as Louisiana Tech came-from-behind to defeat Stephen F. Austin 5-3 in the third place game of the Wooo Pig Fastpitch Classic.

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SHS nabs playoff win

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SIMSBORO — Simsboro High School advanced to the second-round of the Class B prep boys playoffs Friday as the Tigers topped Hathaway 93-58 at the SHS Gym.
Leading scorers for SHS were sophomore Zach Taylor with 21 points, senior Xavier Ogunyemi with 17, senior Jamarco Brown with 17, senior Ron Abney with 12 and eighth-grader Deonte Levingston with 10.
Simsboro will next play host to Centerville at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

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Tech honors winter quarter graduates

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“Be strong but not rude, kind but not weak, bold but not a bully and proud but not arrogant.”
That was the charge presented to 324 graduates by keynote speaker Rob Shadoin during Saturday’s winter quarter graduation at Louisiana Tech University, the 207th commencement exercises held at the school.
Shadoin, state representative for District 12 and a Tech graduate himself, talked much of his own days as a college student while speaking to the crowd at the Thomas Assembly Center.

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Common Core unveiled

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State representative Rob Shadoin is one of several Louisiana legislators trying to pass a bill to either slow down or stop the implementation of Common Core Standards in the state’s public education system.
“I don’t think we should stop Common Core altogether,” Shadoin said. “We just need to slow it down so our educators aren’t overwhelmed.”

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Pastor shares her journey of changing paths

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For nine years, Edith Hill has served as the pastor of the Presbyterian Church of Ruston. But being a pastor wasn’t always the plan.
Originally from North Carolina, Hill said she studied accounting in her undergraduate educational career.
“As graduation grew closer, I wasn’t really sure if that was what I wanted to do,” she said. “So I went back to school to get a masters in Christian Education.”
After graduating, Hill said she married and worked as a Christian educator for many years.

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City aldermen to vote on proposed amendments

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Ruston’s Board of Aldermen will vote Monday evening on a package of more than 60 proposed amendments to the city’s zoning ordinance.
The board convenes at 5:30 p.m. at city hall.
Prior to voting on the amendments, aldermen will take another round of public comment — the third since the revision process began early this year.
The suggested updates are part of a periodic review promised by city officials when the zoning ordinance was enacted two years ago. All of the modifications lessen restrictions in the existing code.

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Malone, Green era Bulldogs still the best

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With 20-plus wins and honorable mention votes in the national polls in recent weeks, Louisiana Tech University’s men have been attracting large crowds at home and well-deserved media attention.
Plus, this question from long-time followers of the program: how does this club rank among the school’s best ever?
They make the Top 10 and possibly the Top Five, depending on how this season plays out.
The best teams I have ever seen and covered at Tech spanned nearly 15 years apart.

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Bearcats battle back for win

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Holtz’s big trey leads Ruston to first round playoff win over Jesuit
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It’s never easy facing a basketball team that plays with a totally opposite tempo.
But that’s the task the Ruston High School Bearcats had at hand on Friday night at the RHS Gym.
And despite trailing for most of the contest, the Bearcats finally decided to pick up the pace on Jesuit High School’s slow-down game, with the move paying dividends in the second half.
Ruston, the No. 12 seed in the Class 5A playoffs, overcame a 10-point third-quarter deficit to pull off a late 42-39 comeback win over the 21st-seeded Blue Jays.

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Perry leads Techsters to victory on road

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DENTON, Texas — Lulu Perry came off the bench to score 19 points, including 14 in a 25-3 first half run, to lead Louisiana Tech to a 67-54 victory over North Texas Saturday afternoon at The Super Pit.
After North Texas (12-16, 6-9 Conference-USA) opened the game by scoring the first nine points, Perry ignited the Lady Techsters, hitting four 3-pointers and leading the Lady Techsters (9-19, 4-11 C-USA) to its second road win over the year.

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Tech men finish second, women fourth

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Despite projected to finish seventh and only score 52 points, Louisiana Tech’s men’s track and field team was led by Trey Hadnot’s two gold medals and Jermey Hicks’ all-star performance as the Bulldogs finished second at the Conference USA Indoor Track and Field Championships at the CrossPlex Saturday evening.
Hadnot broke his own Conference USA record in the 200m and Hicks was named the league’s Freshman of the Year as the Bulldogs recorded their highest finish at a conference meet since placing second at the 1999 Sun Belt Indoor Championships.

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