That’s exactly what Louisiana Tech Dunkin’ Dogs senior Alex Hamilton did Saturday night in what will likely be his final home game in the Thomas Assembly Center. The only way Hamilton will play again on Karl Malone Court is if the Bulldogs ended up hosting a game in the National Invitational Tournament.
So Hamilton went out in style in his final game in the TAC, recording 25 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists in leading Louisiana Tech to an 88-69 win over Rice in front of 5,527 fans, the largest home crowd of the season.
Now that Lincoln Parish students are back in school this week, they can return to their lesson plans, hopefully with peace of mind.
With December’s mass shooting that killed multiple children at an elementary school in Connecticut, local school leaders and law enforcement officers have enhanced their efforts to ensure that the school environments are safe.
High temperatures in recent weeks have been in excess of 100 degrees. As bad as it is to be out working or exercising in the heat, there is a worse place to be — trapped inside a car.
According to a study by a San Francisco State University professor, 29 children in the United States have already died this year of heat stroke from being in hot vehicles. Since 1998, there have been 475 such cases.
It’s impossible to know just how many children are left in hot cars, since many parents or guardians make it back before the real damage is done. Just last week, a Ruston woman was charged with child desertion after she allegedly left her three children under the age of 10 unattended in a vehicle in the Walmart parking lot.