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May 1st, 2013

Pierian: A Ruston treasure

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Back in 1933, a casual stroll through Railroad Park resulted in the idea that led to the planting of a rose garden that for years was the signature spot in downtown Ruston. The beds were the length of the city block between Vienna Street and Trenton Street, and lay parallel to the Kansas City Southern tracks.
Everybody knew the rose garden was a project of, and was tended to by the Pierian Club. Even after the garden was moved to the grounds of the city’s Central Fire Station on East Georgia Avenue, club members continued to take care of it. The Pierian ladies still do.

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RHS cruises, Creek wins thriller

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No problem for the streaking Bearcats.
For the Cougars, a last-inning thriller.
But both Lincoln Parish teams remained upright in the 2013 Louisiana High School Athletic Association baseball playoffs with victories on Tuesday night.
At Ruston High’s diamond on Ball Park Road, the Bearcats (30-5) extended their win streak to 11 games with a convincing 10-0 bi-district round Class 5A romp past Slidell Northshore High (13-18).
Over at the Cougars’ facility on Cedar Creek Drive, it was much closer.

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Aggies halted

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CHOUDRANT — Choudrant High (21-10) had its 2013 baseball season come to a close on Tuesday afternoon with a 12-4 loss to Glenmora (15-7) in the regional round of the Class B Louisiana High School Athletic Association playoffs.
Choudrant had an 11-game winning streak stopped.Hunter Antley had two of the Aggies’ hits and Lane Nutt and Brian Bond collected one hit each.

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Cougars’ golfers win state crown again

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SHREVEPORT — Cedar Creek High’s golf team made its latest state championship a no-doubter.
The Cougars captured their fifth consecutive Louisiana High School Athletic Association Division IV title with a dominating performance at the East Ridge Country Club course on Tuesday.
Cedar Creek totaled 648 strokes for a 33-stroke advantage over its nearest competitor, Ascension Episcopal (381).
Jordan Cole, who has signed to play collegiately at Hinds (Miss.) Community College, was the leader for the Cougars and the tournament’s overall medalist with a 78-75-153.

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Findley joins Bulldogs

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Ruston High School’s BJ Findley (seated, center), a key member of the Bearcats’ District 2-5A championship team this season, recently signed to continue his baseball career at Louisiana Tech University. Joining Findley for the ceremonies were (seated, left) Stephanie Findley, mother; Stacy Findley, father; (back row, from left) Josh Beckham, Ruston High assistant coach; Dan Gressett, Ruston High assistant coach; Toby White, Ruston High head coach; and Billy Laird, athletics director.

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Manning: bright future with Cedar Creek tennis

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Maggie Manning had her outstanding 2013 season end on Tuesday afternoon.
But it won’t be the last time anyone hears about the freshman tennis player at Cedar Creek High.
One of North Louisiana’s top performers this spring — regardless of the classification — lost 6-2, 6-1 in the No 1 singles for Class 1A at the annual Louisiana High School Athletic Association state tournament held on the campus of the University of Louisiana-Monroe.
The loss came against highly-regarded Kennan Johnson, a junior from Baton Rouge Ascension Christian.

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GSU loses

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Grambling State University dropped to a 16-27 baseball record with a 6-2 loss to Texas A&M on Tuesday.
Brock Baker went five innings as the Tigers’ starter and fell to a 2-5 record. He was the first of four Grambling pitchers.
Catcher Jose Longoria (single, RBI), first baseman Brandon Kiser (single, RBI), second baseman Elias Todman (double) and right fielder Korey Hall (two singles) were the offensive leaders for the G-Men.
Pending weather conditions, GSU is scheduled to host Alcorn State University at 6 p.m. tonight.

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Tech golfers No. 9 at WAC tournament

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HENDERSON, Nev. — Three Bulldogs shot a 5-over-par 77 and Louisiana Tech moved into ninth place, as the second round concluded at the 2013 Western Athletic Conference Golf Championship at the Rio Secco Golf Club on Tuesday afternoon.
Tech finished the second round in ninth place with a 305-310-615 and entering today’s final round.
Victor Lange joined Sam Forgan and Ben Robinson in shooting a 5-over-par 77 and leading Tech on the day.

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White: Perfect mark for RHS tennis

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With its top boys’ singles player still unbeaten, Ruston High School will begin postseason tennis competition with the Louisiana High School Athletic Association Class 5A tournament today.
Caleb White will lead the way for the Bearcats of Head Coach Lora Higginbotham with a No. 1 singles’ record of 8-0.
Overall, the boys’ team at RHS produced a record of 7-0-1 and qualified three players for the state tournament.
Also earning qualification was the doubles’ team of Matt Oakes and Hayden Smithey.

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James Henry Alexander

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James Henry Alexander, 88, of Russellville, AR, went home to be with his Lord Monday, April 29, 2013. The son of Frances and Ella Alexander, he was born November 4, 1924 in Ruston, LA. He honorably served in WWII on the USS Princeton Independence Class Aircraft Carrier and U.S.S. Bremerton Heavy Crusier. After returning from the war he married the love of his life for 65 years, Blanche Fetterolf. In 1972 they moved from Ruston, LA to Russellville where he was a farmer.

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