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February 18th, 2017

Diamond ’Dogs open season with two wins

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Three-game series vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff to wrap up starting at 1 p.m. today
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The Louisiana Tech bats came alive on Saturday afternoon at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park, as the Diamond ’Dogs compiled 15 hits in a 13-3 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
Chase Lunceford and Cody Daigle combined to drive in seven of the 13 runs, while Brent Diaz also drove in two more himself. On Friday night only five Bulldogs registered a hit, but on Saturday afternoon five Bulldogs registered multiple hits.

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Grambling women make it eight straight

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JACKSON, Miss. — Grambling State University made it eight straight wins Saturday as the G-Women held off a fierce Jackson State rally in the final stanza to escape with a 60-57 win at the Lee W. Williams Athletic Center.
The win keeps GSU atop the Southwestern Athletic Conference at 12-12 overall and 10-3 in the SWAC while JSU fell to 8-15 and 2-11.
Jazmine Torian led GSU with 17 points while Shakyla Hill added a double-double for the G-Women with 14 points and 11 rebounds along with three assists and six steals.

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Ribeiro’s late 3-pointer pushes G-Men past JSU

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Ervin Mitchell scored 18 points, Nigel Ribeiro scored the game-winning 3-pointer in overtime, and Grambling State beat Jackson State 62-59 on Saturday night for its first Southwest Athletic Conference road win of the season.
JSU’s Janarius Middleton scored a layup for a 52-50 lead in overtime, but Grambling State pulled ahead 59-56 after Mitchell’s two free throws. Edric Denis tied it at 59 with a 3-pointer, then Ribeiro — who scored nine points — hit his 3 with three seconds left. Denis’ missed a long 3 at the buzzer.

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Cougars defeat Downsville

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Chandler Hay led the way with 17 points Friday as Cedar Creek took a 60-44 home win over Downsville.
Mitchell Spillers chipped in with 12 points for the Cougars.

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LA Tech starts strong at Conference USA meet

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Tamario Lattin earned two medals on the day while Gregory Ballard broke his own school record Saturday as Louisiana Tech wrapped up the first day of competition at the 2017 Conference USA Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Birmingham CrossPlex in Birmingham, Alabama. Ballard (pictured above), a junior for the Bulldogs, broke his own school record in the pole vault with a mark of 16-01.75 (4.92m) to earn bronze at the indoor championships. Lattin turned in second-place finishes in both the high jump and the long jump.

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Ruston ‘prophet’ has national honors

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As I was reading my morning devotionals this week, I ran across a phrase from the New Testament, Mark 6:4 in the Living Bible and I thought of my friend, Dr. James Dickson. The passage reads … “A prophet is honored everywhere except in his own home town …”

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Crappie Masters set for next weekend in Farmerville

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FARMERVILLE — Up to 200 fishermen from across the country and around the region will be in Farmerville Friday and Saturday for the Bass Pro Shop Crappie Masters Louisiana State Championship.
It’s the third stop on the 17-tournament trail that ends with the National Championship on Sept. 20-23 in Greenville, Mississippi.
This is the third year Crappie Masters has come to Lake D’Arbonne and the second year for the Louisiana State Championship on the 15,000-acre lake.

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GSU professor’s art on display

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After more than five years, one local Grambling State University criminal justice assistant professor decides it was time to start creating again.
Herbert Simmons’ artwork is currently on display until Thursday at the Dunbar Art Gallery on GSU’s campu.
“The Work of Dr. Herbert Simmons Jr. & Selections from the Simmons Collection of African American Art” includes Simmons’ work and collected pieces by prominent artist William Tolliver, Simmons said.
Simmons, from Jonesboro, volunteered to share his work after visiting a Black History Month art exhibit.

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Youth of the Year to be honored

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Boys & Girls club to recognize area youth

At 6 p.m. Tuesday, the Boys and Girls Clubs of North Central Louisiana will host a program in which one member will be named the local Youth of the Year in the elementary, middle school and high school categories at the Lincoln Parish Library Events Center.

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Peach fans, it’s your turn

Louisiana Peach Festival fans, this one’s for you — literally. The fate of the 2017 festival poster in your hands, or more aptly, at your fingertips.
For years, the festival committee has chosen the poster design from annual contest entrees. But not any more. A new tradition is about to begin. Festival fans will pick the winner.
Here’s how it works: The planning committee will narrow this year’s 12 entrees down to the top three. Then the online voting begins. The poster receiving the most “likes” wins.

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