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February 27th, 2014

Grambling races to SWAC title

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Lovell named Indoor Track and Field Coach of the Year
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The 2014 Southwestern Athletic Conference Indoor Championship ended with Grambling State lifting the title crown on Sunday at the Birmingham Crossplex. The Tigers have now won four out of the last league championships.

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Techsters, Old Dominion to renew rivalry

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NORFOLK, Va.— Louisiana Tech and Old Dominion ruled women’s college basketball during the late 1970s and early ’80s as the Lady Techsters and Lady Monarchs combined to win six national championships during a 10-year span.
The two programs will play for the 21st time at 6 p.m. tonight — the first as conference foes — when Tech travels to the Ted Constant Convocation Center to face Old Dominion. The game can be heard on the LA Tech Sports Network

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Bulldogs to host UALR in midweek action

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Louisiana Tech continues its 12-game home stand as the Bulldogs play hosts to the University of Arkansas-Little Rock in the first midweek matchup of the season at 6 p.m. today at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park.
Tech comes into tomorrow’s game 2-4 on the season and are coming off a 5-2 win over Conference USA foe Tulane at home. This is the first of two meetings between Louisiana Tech and UALR this season. The Bulldogs will travel to Little Rock, Ark., on April 15 for the second game at Gary Hogan Field.

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Fourth annual Soccer Fun Fest highlights Tech slate

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Louisiana Tech is gearing up for five weekends of soccer this upcoming spring season, highlighted by the fourth annual Soccer Fun Fest which will have a little extra fun to it as the team celebrates the 10th anniversary of the program.
The youthful roster is coming off a 2013 fall season which resulted in a 9-10-1 record and came within one win of earning a berth to the Conference USA tournament in their first season in the highly competitive league.
Offseason workouts have since led the team to the spring slate which opens on March 15 at Moore Park in Lafayette at the Louisiana Cup.

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February 25th

Boys basketball brackets set

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Ruston, Grambling, Simsboro to start out with home games
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Ruston High School, Grambling Laboratory High School and Simsboro High School will all start the 2014 boys basketball playoffs at home as Louisiana High School Athletic Associations brackets were released Monday.
The Bearcats (20-9), seeded No. 12 in the 5A bracket, are set to play host to 12st-seeded Jesuit (14-10) at 7 p.m. Friday in first-round action.
“Jesuit is a very good team,” RHS coach Bakari Beckwith said. “There is parody across the board in 5A this year. This will be a challenge for us, we will have to bring our ‘A’ game.”

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SHS girls sink Saline

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SIMSBORO — The Simsboro High School Lady Tigers moved on to the Class B basketball quarterfinals Monday as they defeated Saline 59-47 at the SHS gym.
Eighth grader Jesse Anderson led SHS with 18 points, senior T’keya Murphy added 13 points, junior Emari Gipson hit for 12 points and eighth grader Jade Anderson chipped in with seven.

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Duck Commander to sponsor Indy Bowl

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On Wednesday, the Independence Bowl, will unveil its latest title sponsor, Duck Commander.
The news conference will come less than two months after the bowl’s title sponsorship relationship with AdvoCare ended.
It’s also the second big sponsorship this month for Duck Commander, which only weeks ago announced a three-year title sponsorship agreement for its spring race with Duck Commander, the brand of best-selling duck calls and Robertson family-owned company featured on the A&E show “Duck Dynasty.” The deal is for the spring race at the track.

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Tech’s Tufi honored

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Louisiana Tech freshman Pauline Tufi was named the Conference USA Player of the Week following her performance in the Lady Techsters five games this past week. Tufi, who hails from Anchorage, Alaska, helped lead LA Tech to a 4-1 record on the week while batting .600 with nine hits in 15 at bats. She registered four doubles, three runs scored and nine RBIs in the five games while recording four multi-hit games and three-multi RBI games.

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Johnny Jam delivers to students

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Richard Dieter, Walter Moss and Cain Budds (left to right) performed at Sundown Tavern Saturday as part of the 15th annual John Simoneaux Memorial “Johnny Jam” held Friday and Saturday at Sundown Tavern and Ponchatoula’s. Proceeds from the event go to help provide scholarships for Louisiana Tech guitar students. Simoneaux, who died in a car accident in 2000, was a Louisiana Tech music graduate.

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Passion and purpose

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Osborne discusses his road to the Boys, Girls Club
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For 13 years Eldonta Osborne has put in time and effort into the Boys and Girls Clubs of North Central Louisiana.
But if it wasn’t for his past — playing football in junior high and on into the National Football League — Osborne might not have had what it takes to fulfill his duties.
“I wouldn’t trade what I do now for a Super Bowl ring,” Osborne said. “Watching these youth grow each and every day — you can’t put a price tag on that. And being able to do something positive in their lives, it’s great.”

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