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February 24th, 2014

Navari pitches Tech past Tulane, 5-2

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Senior righthander Richie Navari put together his best pitching performance as a Bulldog and helped lead Louisiana Tech to a 5-2 win over Tulane for the team’s first win in Conference USA Sunday afternoon at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park.
Despite allowing two runs through the first three innings of play, Navari was lights out the rest of the way and did not allow a base hit by Tulane (6-1, 2-1 C-USA) at any point after the third inning for the first complete game of his Tech (2-4, 1-2 C-USA) career.

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SHS, NLW girls set for second round

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The Simsboro High School and New Living Word School girls’ basketball teams hit the court for second round Louisiana High School Athletiic Association playoff action tonight. Antoinette Harris (54) and the Simsboro Lady Tigers, seeded No. 7 in Class B, will play host to 10th-seeded Saline at 6 p.m. tonight while New Living Word, the No. 10 seed in Class C, will play at seventh-seeded Calvin at 6 p.m. The LHSSA is slated to release its boys’ playoff brackets today.

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Tech’s Ellis, Enemkpali set to participate in NFL Combine today

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Louisiana Tech defensive lineman Justin Ellis (above) and linebacker I.K. Enemkpali (below) are scheduled to showcase their skills as the NFL Combine continues today in Indianapolis. Ellis posted 102 total tackles in his four-year career at Louisiana Tech with 9.5 tackles for a loss of 21 yards. He forced two fumbles and recovered two fumbles in his career and was credited with three QB hurries and three pass break-ups. A first team All-Conference USA and All-Louisiana honoree, Enemkpali started all 12 games for the Bulldogs at right end.

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Inside Tech Basketball slated to air tonight

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Centric Federal Credit Union’s Inside Tech Basketball radio show presented by Miller Lite will air at 6 o’clock tonight from Scott’s Catfish in Ruston.
The one-hour radio show will air live on the LA Tech Sports Network on ESPN 97.7 FM. The show will feature a half hour segment with Lady Techster coach Teresa Weatherspoon and Malcolm Butler and a half hour segment with Bulldog coach Michael White and Dave Nitz.
Weatherspoon and White will both review the past week of Conference USA play while previewing the upcoming week.

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Tech tennis team nets win over McNeese St.

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LAKE CHARLES — Three hours before the first serve was to be hit, the skies were pouring down rain and the Louisiana Tech tennis team was unsure if Sunday’s match at McNeese State was going to be played.
With help from head coach Chad Camper and others in squeegeeing the courts, the match began at 4 p.m. under sunlight and finished under the court lights over four hours later.

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Tech’s Lange finishes second at Houston golf tournament

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HOUSTON — Louisiana Tech sophomore Victor Lange fired a 1-under-par 71 on the final day of the Bayou City Collegiate Championship Sunday as he finished tied for second and was named to the Bayou City All-Tournament Team.
A sophomore, Lange was the only golfer on the All-Tournament team not to play for co-host Houston or Texas.
“This was a good tournament,” Lange said.
“The weather was perfect, the course was great and I really couldn’t have asked for a better venue. It is one of my favorite courses I have played on.”

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Pet of the week

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Duke is a happy-go-lucky fellow looking for a place to call home. He gets along with everyone, and likes all the other dogs. He is gold and yellow, and around 1 year old.
Duke’s adoption fee is $65. Call 251-DOGS for more information. See all our dogs at the 4 Paws Shelter, located at 290 Rodeo Road.
The office is open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday or by appointment.

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Local Korean Karate champs

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Ruston Parks and Recreation congratulates Jordan’s Korean Karate program winners. They recently competed at the United States Karate Association Regional Championships.
Regional champions included Lawson Stevens, Harley Cooper, Owen Frick and Olaric Garner. Runner up was Logan Stevens; third place was Severin Kirbow; and fourth place winners were Savannah Pesnell, Grace Ferrell and Dylan McKey. Harley Cooper led the team placing in all four divisions.
For more information about RPAR classes, contact Dr. Jordan at drdjordan@suddenlink.net or 255-0198.

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Springtime brings out DART’s season of giving

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There may still be frosty mornings and predictions of a wintry mix, but at DART, we are already planning for spring. For us, that means one thing: Radiothon!
We have already had two planning meetings for our 13th Annual Radiothon, and since this marks DART’s 20th Anniversary, we want it to be our best year ever.

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LPDC garden grows change

Last year was a pretty historic one for the Lincoln Parish Detention Center.
After several years of commercial management, the commission in charge of the facility decided it was time for a change. So far, the management change seems to be going well.
And, Warden Jim Tuten seems to be excited about continuing to make positive changes at the facility, which will improve the lives of inmates and the community. Last week, for example, the detention center broke ground on its first-ever garden.

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