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Peach Pet Show brings furry fun

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It was a barking good time for attendees of the 2011 Squire Creek Peach Festival Pet Show.
Despite the scorching temperatures, a crowd gathered in Railroad Park to watch pets prance across the stage and show off their best tricks.
The show featured everything from a tiny hamster to a large goat. Pet owners told the crowd a little about their pets, and showed the judges their canines, felines and other pets.

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O.K.’s Corral

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Shows’ run to success is remarkable
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NATCHITOCHES — Ever since it was announced earlier this year that Don Shows would be among the inductees into the 2011 class of the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame, there has probably been a collective groan in various parts of the state.
In all likelihood, the main culprits are the coaching staffs and fans of teams who have had to put up with Shows and his year-in and year-out winning program at West Monroe High School.

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State Hall: Road to glory

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Newest members overcome challenges for prestigious honor
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NATCHITOCHES — One crossed the ocean.
Another crossed numerous rows of cotton patches.
But Morten Andersen and Donald “Slick” Watts reached the same illustrious event on Saturday night: the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremonies at the Natchitoches Events Center.
So did Don Shows, Kyla Hall Holas, Vaughan Johnson, Buford Jordan, Todd Walker and the late Skipper Heard.

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Jones named All-Louisiana

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Ex-RHS star among Tech honorees in track
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Prior to this weekend, Larry Jones already had compiled an impressive collegiate resume in track and field.
On Saturday, it got even better.
The senior weight throwing standout at Louisiana Tech University was named to two different events on the 2011 All-Louisiana track and field squad announced by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.

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Cousin Sambo hooks bass, blonde

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Sambo and his brother, Doug, grew up on one hill; my brother, Tom and I on the next hill, a quarter mile apart. Our hills were located a mile outside the city limits, if you could call Goldonna a city. It was more like a village, actually.

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Big catfish caught

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Brendan Hood, of Ruston, recently snagged this 6.5-pound catfish with a cricket at a pond in Ruston. He is the son of Mike and Charlie Hood and grandson of Ila Hood, all of Ruston.

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Boat’s Buzz

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Name game part of the fun for Saints’ fans
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Finding out NBA standout Ron Artest is planning to legally change his name to Metta World Peace started me thinking Friday afternoon.
I don’t know why, but I’ve always been somewhat fascinated by athletes’ names. Does a name make an athlete? I have my doubts, but it sure seems like there have been some wild ones over the years. And I’m not talking about legally changed names like Chad Ochocinco. I’m talking about real names, believe it or not.

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BAC has high finishes

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Ruston swim squad gains honor at Shreveport meet
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SHREVEPORT — The Bulldog Aquatic Club recently battled more than 500 swimmers from five states over the weekend in the Damon McCoy Invitational swim meet at Shreveport, finishing No. 14 of the 21 teams.
Thirteen Bulldog Aquatic Club swimmers tasted their first long-course competition as part of a 32-swimmer local contingent competing at the event. Most of the events had more than 80 swimmers competing for the top six places. Teams from Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Mississippi were represented at the meet.

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Williams honored in Washington D.C.

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GSU football coach presented with Thomas Gardiner Corcoran Award
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GRAMBLING — As a Super Bowl MVP quarterback for the Washington Redskins, Grambling State University football coach Doug Williams has always found a comfort zone in our nation’s capital.
So Williams felt right at home earlier this week as he was honored with the Thomas Gardiner Corcoran Award at the 30th Annual Athletes Dinner Awards presented by The University Club of Washington D.C.

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GSU catcher earns berth at Nike camp

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GRAMBLING — Grambling State softball team’s senior catcher, Taylour Smith, has been selected to participate in The Nike Internship Program starting July 14 and continuing through Aug. 19.
This program is designed to provide college students with an opportunity to gain hands-on experience in real world situations and apply their academic knowledge in a world-class business environment.

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