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Tech softball team halts Penn State, 4-2

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BATON ROUGE — Michelle Jones tossed a complete-game and Katelynn Hill hit her second home run in as many days, as Louisiana Tech defeated Penn State 4-2 Saturday morning at the LSU Tiger Classic.
Less than 18 hours after dropping a heart-breaking 7-6 decision to 15th ranked Michigan, Tech (1-1) bounced back in a big way with a win over the Nittany Lions, a team that participated in the NCAA Tournament last season and who won their opening game Friday against LSU.

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Millsap: Underrated, but valuable

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Ex-Tech star may not be high profile, but is extra productive

“He’s a tremendous all-around guy,” Jazz Head Coach Tyrone Corbin said. “He’s a great team guy. He does a great job of handling his responsibilities. He takes something away from guys on the defensive end and he’s quick enough to get up on a guy in the perimeter. Offensively, we can go to him at times. He’s just continued to work to expand his game on both ends of the floor.”
That work ethic has defined him throughout his career, but the importance of such an approach was driven home earlier in his career under former Utah Head Coach Jerry Sloan.

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Millsap: Underrated, but valuable

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Ex-Tech star may not be high profile, but is extra productive
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DALLAS — Go ahead and call Paul Millsap underrated. It’s a label he’s heard countless times through his first five NBA seasons and one he has no problem with.
However, a closer look at the 26-year-old Louisiana Tech product’s numbers reveals the 6-foot-8 power forward is definitely worthy of more notoriety. Through 19 games with Utah this season, he was averaging 17.1 points, 9.4 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.6 steals, heady numbers for a second-round pick in the 2006 NBA Draft.

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RPAR FOCUS

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Jonah Ukpal :: Soccer Coach
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1. Name one professional athlete that you would like to spend the day with to learn more about his or her success: Karl Malone.
2. What sports apps to you have on your smart phone? Soccer and basketball applications.

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Hayes sets two more school marks

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Louisiana Tech University’s Chelsea Hayes set two school records and reclaimed the national lead in the long jump at the Tyson Invitational on the University of Arkansas campus in Fayetteville, Ark., Friday.
Hayes jumped 21-8 in the championship division of the long jump division, beating the previous national leader — Purdue’s Leah Eber — by eight inches.

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Thomas tennis tourney proves successful again

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Fifty-two tennis players from throughout North Louisiana and South Arkansas participated in the third annual Eddie Thomas Memorial tennis Tournament held recently at the Louisiana Tech University courts.
The tournament is produced annually by the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce.
Division winners were as follows:

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Choudrant boys gain win No. 30

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Choudrant High’s moved into exclusive territory on Friday night.
The Aggies captured victory No. 30 for the 2011-12 season with a 59-32 romp past Quitman in a District 1-B contest held at the CHS gymnasium.
Coach Ryan Smith’s squad is now 30-7 overall and 7-1 in the district.
Choudrant has the highest ranking of any Lincoln Parish boys’ team in the weekly Louisiana Sports Writers Association poll at No. 8 in the Class B/C division.

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Lincoln Parish: Pipeline to pro Hall

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Roaf increases Tech, GSU membership to seven at Canton shrine
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Asked once about why Lincoln Parish universities have turned out so many players for the professional footall ranks through the years, former Grambling State University star Doug Wililams deadpanned:
“It’s probably something in the water.”
Well, that “water” has flowed with plenty of talent for too many years to count and particularly for supplying representatives in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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Squire Creek’s Pullin receives award

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So you’re an avid golfer who has visions of making life tough on your weekend partners and help is needed to improve your skills.
Brad Pullin is the one to dial up at the Squire Creek Golf and Country Club.
A familiar fixture at the Choudrant-based, award-winning Tom Fazio-designed course, Pullin has been chosen for a prestigious honor by PING, the nearly 60-year-old company in Phoenix, Ariz., that manifactures and markets a variety of golf equipment.

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State: Bumper year for trophy bucks

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The deer season that just ended in Louisiana goes down as a whopping success for me. No, I didn’t get my buck but I had the opportunity to interview and write about scores of other hunters who did.
I came away from this past season with enough evidence to validate that Louisiana takes a back seat to few other states when it comes to producing trophy bucks. True, some of the corn-fed giants in Iowa, Kansas and Canada can weigh as much as a Holstein heifer with rocking chairs on their heads but for overall quality, including body size and characteristics of head gear, we’re right up there with the best.

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