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Harris tandem wins Fishers of Men title

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Anglers in the North Central Louisiana Division of the Fishers A Men National Tournament Trail recently returned to Kel’s Kove on Lake Claiborne for the fourth tournament of the 2012 season.
With only one tournament remaining, the battle for the season points championship was at the forefront of each team’s mind, as the field sped away from the launch site just after daybreak.
The pressure to perform was highest for Kenny and Courtney Harris, who entered the tournament with a marginal lead in the points race.
Practice day preparations paid off for the father/son duo as it was then that the anglers found what they needed to stave off the competition — a single location that produced over 20 fish on the day of the tournament.
With such success, the Harris duo was able to put together a stringer with a collective five-fish weight of 17.01 pounds and earn first place honors for the second tournament in a row. They collected a payout of over $1,000.
For the second place team of Patrick Daniel and John Ross, variety was the order of the day, as the anglers were able to catch fish in numerous locations across the lake, both shallow and deep, using topwaters, Rat-L-Traps and crankbaits.
The five largest fish, most of which were caught on crankbaits, tipped the scales at 16.34 pounds and produced earnings for the team of $420.
Ken Lantrip and Chad Pody, winners of third place overall, took advantage of the overcast and rainy conditions and stuck with a pattern of fishing topwater baits in the shallows throughout the day.
This approach netted a five-fish stringer of 14.38 pounds and a payout of $230.
Steve Danna and Charlie Watkins earned their payout for the tournament only five minutes into the day.
It was then that Danna, fishing a Carolina-rigged centipede, landed the first place big bass of the tournament weighing-in at 6.70 pounds.

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Hewitt, Washington to exchange vows

Mr. and Mrs. Ernie L. Hewitt, of Ruston, and T’leigha Ramonye-Diane Washington, of Shreveport, are pleased to announce the engagement and approaching marriage of Tierney Candace Hewitt to Ramon Alvis Washington, both of Shreveport.

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Bertles, Hennigan wed in Palm Beach

Katherine Conger Bertles and James Radian Hennigan were married April 21 at Bethesda by-the-Sea Episcopal Church in Palm Beach, Fla. The Rev. James R. Harlan officiated the ceremony.

The bride is the daughter of James and Lisa Bertles of Palm Beach. She is the granddaughter of the late E.R. Preston Jr. and Jean Bender Preston. Her paternal grandparents were the late William M. Bertles Jr. and the late Eileen Billet Bertles.

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Award winners for ‘Pitch, Hit, Run’

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Capturing awards for the Ruston Parks and Recreation Department at the recent section competition of the Major League Baseball “Pitch, Hit, Run” competition were Carter King, Kyle Russell, Jasmine Williams and Dalen Jones. King, Russell and Williams gained best overall awards and King and Russell were first place finishers in hitting, pitching and running. Williams was a first place finisher in running and hitting and Jones had a top finish in hitting. Williams competed n the 13-14 division, Jones in the 11-12 category, King in the 9-10 division and Russell in the 7-8 group.

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RPAR SCORES

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Results of recent Ruston Parks and Recreation Department softball action:
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LifeCare Specialty Hospital defeated Green Clinic 10-9; PTA defeated Kelly Waterworks 15-3; Bank of Ruston defeated Dawgzilla 8-4; Pass The Hit Stick defeated HGBC 13-10; Chili’s Bar and Grill defeated Hunt Guillot and Associates 16-15; Bank of Ruston defeated Rolling Hills Ministries 28-8;

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SNAPSHOT

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Jake Folden of Grace Methodist follows through on a pitch during a recent Ruston Parks and Recreation Department Church League softball game against Temple Baptist Church. Temple was a 17-3 winner.

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Smith: Perfect day at plate

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Ex-RHS star has three hits in ULL tourney loss
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By O.K. Davis
buddy@rustonleader.com
For ex-Ruston High School star Katie Smith, there was good news and not-so-good news regarding the NCAA softball championships in Tempe, Ariz., this weekend.
The good news: Smith had a big day at the plate with a perfect three-for-three performance that accounted for all but two of her team’s hits.
But the No. 7 nationally ranked Ragin’ Cajuns (53-6) were eliminated from the national tournament with an 8-0 loss to No. 2 ranked and defending national champion Arizona State (51-9).
The victory advanced the Sun Devils into next week’s NCAA College World Series.
All of Smith’s hits were singles and she also had four putouts from her left field position.
Track
The outcome was bittersweet for Northwestern State University freshman javelin thrower and former Cedar Creek High star Ashley Aldredge at the NCAA track and field East preliminaries held in Jacksonville, Fla., this weekend.
Aldredge made the cut from 48 East regional qualifiers down to 16 finalists, getting the No. 16 spot by an inch with a 141-9 mark on her first throw. She improved by a foot on her opening try in the finals, but did not move up in place, settling for No. 16 and falling shy of one of the 12 berths at the national semifinals in early June at Des Moines, Iowa.
Competing with a painful nerve problem in her right (throwing) forearm, Aldredge fouled on four of six throws and had her shortest mark (142-9 on her first of three tries in the finals) of the season. It would have taken 148-0 to finish No. 12. She had topped that in every meet this year.
Golf
On Friday, former Simsboro High School student Tessa Teachman and her LSU teammates took the Legends Club course in Franklin, Tenn., to its knees with a one-over par round of 289 at the 2012 NCAA women’s golf tournament, as LSU finished a program best third place for the second consecutive year.
Teachman, competing in her final collegiate tournament, struggled late in the final round with three bogeys before finishing with a birdie to tie for third overall at one-under 287 (69-74-70-74). Teachman was one of four golfers to post under par numbers for the 72-hole event.
Teachman, who at one point early in the round was tied for the lead, finished tied for third with Laura Gonzalez of Purdue with one-under 287 (67-76-74-70).

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Dietz selected for college Hall

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The National Football Foundation (NFF) announced on Tuesday that former Louisiana Tech University Head Coach William “Lone Star”” Dietz was one of the members of the College Football Hall of Fame 2012 Divisional Class.
The Divisional College Football Hall of Fame considers players and coaches from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, Divisions II, III and the NAIA for induction.
This year’s class will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame during the Enshrinement Festival, July 20-21, in South Bend, Ind.

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Legends reach title contest in tourney

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The newly formed Louisiana Legends’ AAU basketball team has started off its summer schedule by reaching the championship game of the recent North Texas AA& Super Regionals Qualifying tournament in Dallas.
In a back-and-forth game against the Thunder, the Legends were edged 61-58.
Pacing the scoring for the Legends were Jaquez Coleman (five), Tre’Vaun Calahan (two), Malik Henry (two), Davauhnte Turner (11), Martreyivous Tolston (14), Raheem Regis (16), Emanuel McNeal (five) and Tavares McNeal (three).

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‘Click It’ and cork it this holiday

Many residents will be off work on Memorial Day, and some may use this time to get in their cars to go to the lake or family gatherings.
Those who do get in a vehicle on Monday should refrain from drinking if they are driving, and if they are riding, ensure the driver has not consumed alcohol. And just as important, everyone in the car should have their seatbelt buckled.

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