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Memorial event provides pause for reflection

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The good die far too young sometimes.
And in the case of an individual who proudly wore the red and blue of a Louisiana Tech University uniform, we were unfortunately reminded of that thought once again this weekend.
Tyrone Duplessis, a young man with a smile that stretched from here to El Paso and a personality that could deflate the most cynical of human beings, recently passed away at the age of 21.

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Duplessis: A final tribute

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Somewhere up in the reserved seat section of heaven, Tyrone Duplessis surely had a big smile on his face late Friday afternoon.
He just had to because, well, that was just him.
But in all likelihood, he was probably also grinning— and wondering— what all the “fuss” was about when all of his former football teammates at Louisiana Tech University and countless others gathered on the Karl Malone Court of the Thomas Assembly Center to talk about how much of a difference he had made in their lives and how he had the grit and determination of a warrior.

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Techsters, Lady Tigers gain wins

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Louisiana Tech University’s Lady Techsters held back a late second half effort by Idaho to take a 61-57 Western Athletic Conference victory in Moscow, Idaho on Saturday night.
The Lady Techsters (13-11, 6-3) had as much a 10-point lead twice (54-44, 58-48) against the Vandals (8-17, 3-6) in the final half before the host team got to within 60-54 with just under a minute remaining.
But Tech held on to win its second WAC road game in a three-day span.

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Tech softball team halts Penn State, 4-2

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BATON ROUGE — Michelle Jones tossed a complete-game and Katelynn Hill hit her second home run in as many days, as Louisiana Tech defeated Penn State 4-2 Saturday morning at the LSU Tiger Classic.
Less than 18 hours after dropping a heart-breaking 7-6 decision to 15th ranked Michigan, Tech (1-1) bounced back in a big way with a win over the Nittany Lions, a team that participated in the NCAA Tournament last season and who won their opening game Friday against LSU.

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Millsap: Underrated, but valuable

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Ex-Tech star may not be high profile, but is extra productive

“He’s a tremendous all-around guy,” Jazz Head Coach Tyrone Corbin said. “He’s a great team guy. He does a great job of handling his responsibilities. He takes something away from guys on the defensive end and he’s quick enough to get up on a guy in the perimeter. Offensively, we can go to him at times. He’s just continued to work to expand his game on both ends of the floor.”
That work ethic has defined him throughout his career, but the importance of such an approach was driven home earlier in his career under former Utah Head Coach Jerry Sloan.

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Millsap: Underrated, but valuable

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DALLAS — Go ahead and call Paul Millsap underrated. It’s a label he’s heard countless times through his first five NBA seasons and one he has no problem with.
However, a closer look at the 26-year-old Louisiana Tech product’s numbers reveals the 6-foot-8 power forward is definitely worthy of more notoriety. Through 19 games with Utah this season, he was averaging 17.1 points, 9.4 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.6 steals, heady numbers for a second-round pick in the 2006 NBA Draft.

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RPAR FOCUS

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1. Name one professional athlete that you would like to spend the day with to learn more about his or her success: Karl Malone.
2. What sports apps to you have on your smart phone? Soccer and basketball applications.

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Hayes sets two more school marks

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Louisiana Tech University’s Chelsea Hayes set two school records and reclaimed the national lead in the long jump at the Tyson Invitational on the University of Arkansas campus in Fayetteville, Ark., Friday.
Hayes jumped 21-8 in the championship division of the long jump division, beating the previous national leader — Purdue’s Leah Eber — by eight inches.

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Thomas tennis tourney proves successful again

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Fifty-two tennis players from throughout North Louisiana and South Arkansas participated in the third annual Eddie Thomas Memorial tennis Tournament held recently at the Louisiana Tech University courts.
The tournament is produced annually by the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce.
Division winners were as follows:

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Choudrant boys gain win No. 30

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Choudrant High’s moved into exclusive territory on Friday night.
The Aggies captured victory No. 30 for the 2011-12 season with a 59-32 romp past Quitman in a District 1-B contest held at the CHS gymnasium.
Coach Ryan Smith’s squad is now 30-7 overall and 7-1 in the district.
Choudrant has the highest ranking of any Lincoln Parish boys’ team in the weekly Louisiana Sports Writers Association poll at No. 8 in the Class B/C division.

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