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March 7th, 2014

’Dogs C-USA champions

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HOUSTON — Make it another 25-win season and another conference regular season championship for Louisiana Tech.
Jaron Johnson and Chris Anderson combined for 33 points in leading the Bulldogs to a 70-48 victory over the Rice Owls on Thursday night inside Tudor Fieldhouse.
The win marked only the second time in program history that Tech (25-6, 13-3 Conference-USA) has posted back-to-back 25-win seasons and the first time since 1986-88 that the Bulldogs take home back-to-back regular season conference titles.

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GSU hoops team both fall in close games at Alabama State

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Antwan Scott (5, above left) led Grambling State University with 18 points as the Tigers fell 68-66 at Alabama State Thursday. The Tigers, 4-22 overall and 3-13 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference, will close out regular season play on Saturday at Jackson State. In women’s action, Joanna Miller (23, above right) scored 17 for Grambling along with Denissha Chambers, but the Lady Tigers still fell 78-77 to ASU. The GSU women head into Saturday’s game at Jackson State at 10-18 overall and 7-10 in the SWAC.

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No. 12 Baylor tops Lady Techsters

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WACO, Texas — For the second time in three days, Louisiana Tech fell to a Top 20 ranked team as No. 12 Baylor downed the Lady Techsters 10-1 in five innings Thursday night.
Against the hot hitting Bears (17-4), Tech (8-12) didn’t help itself, committing three errors and misplaying a number of other balls as Baylor scored multiple runs in each of the first three innings to pull away for the win.
Bears starter Whitney Canion kept Tech in check at the plate, allowing only two hits and one walk while striking out eight in 4.0 innings of action.

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District 5 sets 8-under tryouts

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Tryouts for the new District 5 8-and-under travel baseball team will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the smaller baseball fields behind the Ruston High School Stadium at the J.C. Love Baseball/Softball complex.
The team will be coached by former District 5 18-year-old team coach Eddie Parkman along with assistant Brandon Watts.
Players must not turn 9 years old before May 1 to be eligible for the team.
For more information, call Parkman at 318--243-2294 or Watts at 243-2326.

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Prep playoffs to continue

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Ron Abney (0) and the Simsboro Tigers travel to Anacoco today for a 7 p.m. Class B quarterfinal action. In other quarterfinal games tonight, Choudrant will play at Class B top-seeded Florien at 7 p.m. while New Living Word will play a 7 p.m. contest at Reeves in Class C action.

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Bulldogs to battle Texas A&M

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After 12 straight home games to open the season, the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs will pack their bags and hit the road for the first time this season for a three-game series against SEC foe Texas A&M beginning at 6:35 p.m. today at Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.
The two teams will then face off at the same time Saturday before wrapping up the series with a 1:05 p.m. first pitch Sunday afternoon in College Station.

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Bearcats blast Destrehan, 10-0

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Ben LeBlanc’s home run highlighted Ruston High School’s 10-0 defeat of Destrehan Thursday as part of the Trey Altick Classic. RHS (2-3) will play Lutcher at 5:30 p.m. today, St. Amant at noon Saturday and Holy Cross at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

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Organization helps young women

We’ve all seen them out and about the Ruston-Lincoln area working hard. The time of year has come for young girls to get out there in the hopes of raising the most money through selling cookies — but not just any cookies, Girl Scout cookies.
The mission of the Girl Scouts organization is to develop girls who have courage, confidence and character — who will one day make the world a better place.
Today, there are more than 3 million people involved — with roughly 2 million being actual Girl Scouts and the rest primarily volunteers.

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A man called ‘Cotton’

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Writer’s Note: Cotton Fuller passed away this week. I wrote this about him not too long ago. So long Cotton. May you rest in the arms of our Loving Savior.
Somebody once said that there were so many Colvins living in my hometown of Dubach that if you met a stranger on the sidewalk and greeted him by saying, “Hello, Mr. Colvin,” you had an 87 percent chance of being right. And if he frowned at you, you could correct your mistake by saying, “Excuse me, Mr. Fuller.”

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Time of year to support the babies

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This year 4 million babies will benefit from March of Dimes research, vaccines, education and breakthroughs.
In 2013:
• $23 million was invested in research to defeat premature birth and other infant health problems.
• 2.3 million moms, dads and health professionals received community services and education to improve babies health.
• 90,000 families in 131 hospitals were offered information and comfort through NICU Family Support.
• Nonmedically indicated early delivers in march of Dimes partner hospitals declined by 83 percent.

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