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October 19th, 2013

Lincoln Parish Park lake officially named for Hoogland

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There’s a new lake in Lincoln Parish — Hoogland Lake at the Lincoln Parish Park.
Past and present city and parish officials gathered at the park Friday morning to officially name the 30-acre lake in honor of Fredric Hoogland, the former Lincoln Parish police juror responsible for the park’s creation.
“It was his vision, his untiring efforts and his enthusiasm for what you see around you as Lincoln Parish Park that is and will be his lasting legacy,” former Parish Administrator Reagan Sutton told about 40 people gathered on the lakeshore.

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ALA students ‘publish’ stories

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The Advanced Learning Academy at both Cypress Springs Elementary and Ruston Elementary schools recently celebrated the completion of original student stories with a “Publishing and Punch” event. The students have been working through Lucy Caulkins’ Writing Workshop with the first unit centered on personal narratives. Teachers Pat Albritton (CSE) and Beth Foster (RES) used mentor texts for the students to study examples of good leads and endings.

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Homecoming heartbreaker

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Louisiana Tech’s early Homecoming celebration was short-lived Saturday as big plays by North Texas and a struggling Bulldogs offense crashed the party in the second half.
For the first 26 minutes, Tech seemed to be on th way to its second Conference USA win of the year.
But a 61-yard TD pass on a broken play from North Texas quarterback Derek Thompson to receiver Brelan Chancellor and a 56-yard interception return for a score by Zac Whitfield only 90 seconds later proved to be the difference as the Eagles took a 28-13 victory over the Bulldogs before 20,317 fans at Joe Aillet Stadium.

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Romo not ready for NFL’s Top Five QB list

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Say it ain’t so, Roger.
As much as I admire former Dallas Cowboy quarterback and All-Pro Roger Staubach, I have to wholeheartedly disagree with his recent assessment of the legion quarterbacks in the National Football League.
Would you believe Roger “The Dodger” has Tony Romo listed among the five best quarterbacks in the league?
Tony Romo is a good quarterback but he’s certainly not among the Top 5 in the NFL.
In fact, I’m not so sure he makes the Top 10.

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Rebels roll past Bearcats

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West Monroe takes 23rd straight win over RHS, 34-13
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Last week Ruston High School won big in a defensive battle turned blowout.
On Friday night, the Bearcats felt the negative side of such a contest.
West Monroe took its 23rd straight win over the Bearcats at L.J. Hoss Garrett Stadium as the Rebels slowly but surely wore down the RHS defense in the second hald to take a 34-13 District 2-5A win.
Ruston managed 105 yards of offense — 2.8 yards per play — and only one offensive touchdown that came with 26 seconds remaining in the contest.

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Cedar Creek falls to No. 1 Haynesville, 33-0

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Cedar Creek High School head coach Ben Haddox knew Haynesville High School was going to be a tough matchup.
“This week was huge for us and we put a lot of effort into this game,” Haddox said.
It proved not to be enough though, and the Cougars of Cedar Creek lost to the Golden Tornadoes of Haynesville, 33-0.
“I think our kids played extremely hard,” Haddox said. “We limited them to a few possessions in the first half, got to the red zone twice and held them to a fourth and goal.” 


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Tech volleyball dropped in straight sets

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Louisiana Tech (7-14, 1-5 Conference USA) fell to Middle Tennessee (12-7, 4-2 C-USA) 3-0 (25-23, 25-18, 25-21) as the Blue Raiders overpowered the Lady Techsters offensively Friday night in Memorial Gym.
The defeat marked the third consecutive loss for Louisiana Tech, while Middle Tennessee has now won two straight matches in league play.

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Tech soccer claims 3-0 shutout win over UTEP

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In a battle of west division foes, Louisiana Tech rose to the occasion in a 3-0 shutout win over UTEP on Friday night at the Lady Techster Soccer Complex.
Tech (8-7-1, 3-3 Conferecne USA) made the most of its five shots on goal, netting three from three different players to give the Lady Techsters their third victory in the last four matches.

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Tech cross country places 12th in Crimson Classic

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala.— Paul Sakit recorded a top-30 finish as the Louisiana Tech men’s cross country team finished 12th at the Crimson Classic Friday afternoon at Harry Pritchett Course in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
The Crimson Classic featured 23 teams and 187 runners from across the country. Louisiana Tech finished ahead of all other Louisiana foes, including LSU, Louisiana-Monroe, Tulane and Loyola.
“I thought our guys competed hard out there this afternoon,” head coach Gary Stanley said. “It is always fun to go out there and compete and beat your in-state rivals.”

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‘Old Codgers’ still winning bass tournaments

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Do you consider guys in their mid-50s and mid-60s “old codgers”? I don’t since I’ve reached that plateau, and then some.
However, Ruston team bass anglers, Martin Elshout (he’s 63) and Mark Price (a spry 54) are now considered to have attained that status by younger competitors on the team fishing circuit.
Elshout recalled an incident that pegged them in the senior citizen category.

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