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Youth to tackle basketball skills challenge

Dribble, layups, jump shots, pass and receive and free throws. Participants must be able to perform each of these basketball skills to complete the iHoops Skills Challenge.
Are you up for the challenge?
iHoops Skills Challenge will allow boys and girls to showcase dribbling, passing and shooting proficiency in a timed, half-court obstacle course. Youngsters will compete in three age groups: 8 - 10, 11 - 12 and 13 – 14. Girls and boys compete separately.

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Club offers After-School KidzLit

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The Boys and Girls Clubs of North Central Louisiana has begun another year with After-School KidzLit being at the forefront of their programs.
After-School KidzLit is a reading enrichment program that motivates youth in kindergarten through eighth grades to read, builds their literacy skills and develops the core values of helpfulness, fairness, personal responsibility and respect for others.
This year, the After-School KidzLit was launched with Grambling State University and the Louisiana Tech University Men’s Basketball teams. Players read stories to youth of all ages, and they also stressed the importance of staying in school and having good grades. The assistant coaches spoke to the club members about being responsible individuals, having great attitudes and always doing the right thing.

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Swanberg to speak at FBC

Dennis Swanberg, the nationally known humorous storyteller and motivator, will speak at First Baptist Church, Ruston, at both the 8:30 a.m. and 11a.m. services on Sunday.
At the 6 p.m. service, he will share his humor with encouragement for everyone to “give the gift of laughter” to others.
Swanberg provides entertainment that can be shared with anyone at any age.

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RHS, Creek open playoffs at home

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‘Cats faces Denham Springs, Cougars meets Southern Lab
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So much for the regular season.
An entire new football “season” kicks off on Friday for Ruston High and Cedar Creek High.
The Bearcats (6-4) and Cougars (8-2) will be among the Louisiana High School Athletic Association member schools involved in first-round state playoff games.
Ruston (6-4) will play host to Denham Springs (7-3) in Class 5A and Cedar Creek (8-2) will be at home against Baton Rouge Southern Lab (7-3) in 1A, both starting at 7 p.m.

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Jessie’s Jottings

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Boxing will never forget Frazier
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First off, as a sports fan and history buff, regards must be given to “Smokin” Joe Frazier. For those who are reading who do not have a good sense of sports history, Frazier started out his career as an Olympic boxer. He competed in the 1964 Olympic Summer games and came home with a gold medal. In 1965, Joe turned to the ranks of professional boxing and began a marathon run as an athlete.

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Tech bowling team No. 1 at invitational

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The Louisiana Tech Lady Techster bowling team won a school record 16 straight games on its way to claiming the 2011 Southern Invitational this weekend in Baton Rouge.
Tech entered Sunday’s baker match play as the top seed out of the seven-team field after recording the highest pin total over the first two days, besting second seed and Top 20 ranked Prairie View by 177 pins.
Sunday’s final day started rough as LA Tech fell to the loser’s bracket after Prairie View A&M (4-2) defeated the Lady Techsters in the best of seven match. However, Tech responded by winning a school record 16 straight games to sweep Southern, Tulane, Mississippi Valley State and Texas Southern for the championship title.

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Jones leads Techsters past Delta State

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Senior Whitney Jones scored 14 points while Jasmine Bendolph added 12 and Shantale Bramble-Donaldson 10 as Louisiana Tech defeated Division II power Delta State 61-48 Tuesday night at the Thomas Assembly Center in exhibition action.
The Lady Techsters open the regular season Friday when they host Missouri State at 7 p.m. at the Thomas Assembly Center.

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Grambling tandem earns SWAC awards

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GRAMBLING — A pair of Grambling State Tigers have been named Southwestern Athletic Conference football “Player of the Week” award winners for their efforts in last weekend’s 26-23 win at Jackson State University.
Sophomore running back Dawrence Roberts was named the “Offensive Player of the Week “after rushing for 201 yards and two touchdowns on 23 attempts as GSU upset No. 1 Jackson State.

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Choudrant tourney begins

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CHOUDRANT — Choudrant High School’s basketball program will begin its annual tournament today and extending through Saturday at the school’s gymnasium..
Action tips off today with girls’ games featuring Dubach-Doyline at 3:30 p.m. and Summerfield-Forest at 6 p.m. and boys’ contests that will have Forest playing Doyline at 4:45 p.m. and Simsboro battling Summerfield at 7:15 p.m.
The rest of the tourney schedule will include:

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Pink Pearl Tea presented at LPL

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Attendees learn about healthy lifestyles, talk with breast cancer survivors
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Ladies dressed in pink from all over — New York, California, Arkansas, Texas and surrounding communities — jam-packed the room at the recently held Pink Pearl Tea at the Lincoln Parish Library.
The Tea was sponsored by More Than Conquerors Breast Cancer Support Group. Their mission is to stop the silence and put an end to breast cancer.
The ladies had an opportunity to taste many types of teas and food, have Girl’s Talk with breast cancer survivors, listen to presenter, Kimberly Bowden Moore about healthy lifestyles, receive satin hand massages by Bernice Buggs, and were offered an opportunity to participate in a Jewels in Our Genes study by Mattye Willis.

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