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April 15th, 2017

Tech players to keep eye on this season

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File away these names to remember when Louisiana Tech University kicks off its 2017 football season at home vs. Northwestern State University on Sept. 2:
J’MAR SMITH: Cody Sokol, Jeff Driskel, Ryan Higgins.
Head Coach Skip Holtz and his offensive staff have all but used Velcro name plates to designate their starting quarterback in recent seasons.
And while he hasn’t been officially designated as the No. 1 man behind center, J’Mar Smith is the odds on favorite to succeed 2016 Conference MVP Higgins with those duties.

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Techsters take series over UTEP

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Louisiana Tech made a little history on Saturday with its 8-0 five inning run-rule win over Texas-El Paso in Ruston, completing the Lady Techsters three-game softball sweep of the Miners.
It marked the second straight conference three-game sweep for Tech (29-16, 12-3 Conference USA), an accomplishment that no other Lady Techsters softball team ever achieved. The victory was also the 12th in conference play, tying the program record for the most league wins in a season (Tech has nine C-USA games remaining).

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Diamond ’Dogs downed at ODU

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NORFOLK, Va.— In a game filled with fireworks, Louisiana Tech found itself on the wrong end of a controversial play as Old Dominion eked out a 3-2 win on Saturday afternoon.
With the game tied in the bottom of the ninth, ODU had the winning run on third with two outs.
Kyle Battle hit a chopper that was originally foul, but Diaz waited for the ball to roll back fair and threw out Battle at first. Unfortunately for Louisiana Tech, the home plate umpire ruled the ball foul.
Old Dominion won the game on an RBI-single on the very next pitch.

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RHS’ Goldsmith set to jump to LA Tech

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One of the strongest female track and field performers in the state will move across Tech Drive to continue her athletic career as Ruston High School’s Kourtni Goldsmith signed scholarship papers on Wednesday to join Louisiana Tech University’s track and field team.
RHS track and field coach Allen Whitaker said Tech is getting a good one.

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Bearcats win finale over Ouachita

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This high-flying catch by Noah White helped Ruston to a win in game three of a District 2-5A baseball series on Friday against Ouachita Parish High School. OPHS won the opener 3-1 and game two 5-4. Ruston stands at 17-13 overall and 5-7 in district play heading into the final series of the season next week vs. Natchitoches Central.

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‘A Community Thrives:’ Board seeks public help with grant

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Members of the newly formed Cultural District Board are looking for ways to make Ruston and Lincoln Parish stand out.

Their newest project — A Community Thrives — is a new approach to social impact programs that was developed through a collaboration across the entire USA Today Network, according to the USA Today website.

“While most initiatives designate funds or give support to great charities, we’re going to instead fund and support great ideas,” the website says.

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Lincoln Parish celebrates Easter

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Lincoln Parish residents celebrated Easter with egg hunts and dyeing Easter eggs. Above, children search for eggs during the annual Easter Egg Hunt and Games on Saturday in Choudrant Park. Below, students from New Living Word listen as Daisy Smith, a teacher at the school, shows them how to dye their Easter eggs.

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College of Engineering, Science holds Commitment Day

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Louisiana Tech University’s College of Engineering and Science held its inaugural Commitment Day signing event recently, with more than 170 top-tier high school students from across the south committing to pursue their academic careers in engineering and science at Louisiana Tech.
Applicants who achieved qualifying scores on the ACT and their families were invited to attend a luncheon event where they could meet with Louisiana Tech faculty and leaders including President Les Guice, COES Dean Hisham Hegab and COES Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies Heath Tims.

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Cedar Creek’s Terral signs with Ole Miss

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Cedar Creek’s Mary Terral made it official Wednesday as she signed a national letter of intent to play college softball at Ole Miss.
Terral committed to Ole Miss last fall but didn’t sign during the early signing period, opting to take time to think things over. She also also recruited by Louisiana Tech, along with LSU and South Alabama.
“I kind of got a lot from South Alabama, but I never visited there,” Terral said. “I went to a camp at LSU but didn’t officially visit there.”

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Bearcat swimmer inks with Oklahoma Baptist

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The swimming pipeline between Ruston High School and Oklahoma Baptist University has strengthened after RHS senior Kelsey Swayze Davis signed recently to compete for the OBU swim team.
Swayze Davis, the daughter of Michael and Connie Swayze Davis, will join former RHS swimmer Madelyn Carson, who is finishing up her freshman year at OBU.
RHS swim coach Paulette Butterfield said it’s Swayze Davis’ attitude that will help her succeed collegiately.

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