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April 20th, 2015

Russian National Ballet Theatre to perform ‘Swan Lake’

The Louisiana Tech Concert Association will host the Russian National Ballet Theatre for an exclusive performance of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake” at 7:30 p.m., April 29 in the Howard Center for the Performing Arts on the Louisiana Tech campus.
Directed by Elena Radchenko, artistic director for the Russian National Ballet Theatre, ‘Swan Lake’ illustrates the story of Odette, a young woman cursed by the evil sorcerer Rothbart to become a swan during the day. To break the curse, Odette must find love, however, any betrayal will result in her remaining a swan forever.

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April 18th

Offenses shine for Tech football

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Two-point conversion the difference as Team Bulldogs wins spring game
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For Louisiana Tech head football coach Skip Holtz, Saturday’s spring football game was all about letting his players have fun and showcase their individual skills.
And after the game, new quarterback Jeff Driskel, a recent transfer from the University of Florida, was nothing but smiles.

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Mantle, Mays: who gets vote as best ever?

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If I had a time machine at my disposal and could choose a certain era to visit in sports history, my first choice would be in the 1950s.
And it would have to land me in the city where this golden era shined at its very brightest: New York.
Oh, what I would’ve given to be a sportswriter wearing a credential for one of the city’s newspapers back in those days. And to have been assigned to be a beat writer covering Major League Baseball.

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Dunkin’ Dogs add Florida A&M transfer

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Louisiana Tech men’s basketball head coach Michael White announced Saturday the signing of combo guard Jermaine Ruttley out of Florida A&M to a financial grant-in-aid.
Ruttley, with a solid frame of 6-feet-3-inches and 200 pounds, joins recent signee Justin Leon as another spring addition to the Bulldogs and will have one year of eligibility at Tech after producing a tremendous season with the Rattlers.
“Jermaine brings us age and immediate Division 1 experience in the backcourt,” White said.

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Diamond ’Dogs snuff out Blazers

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Behind a solid pitching performance by Phil Maton, Louisiana Tech took advantage of four UAB errors and put together a four-run inning late in the game to defeat the Blazers, 7-2, and tie the series at one game apiece on a rain-soaked night at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park.
Tech (17-18, 4-12 Conference USA) led 2-1 over UAB (22-15, 9-8 C-USA) after three and a half innings when the long-awaited thunderstorms made their way to Ruston and forced a 43-minute lightning delay.

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Bulldogs armed with weapons again

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Will there be more high-octane weaponry on Louisiana Tech University’s football team this fall?
It sure looks like that way.
A Bulldogs’ squad which scored 30 or more points seven times en route to a victory in the Heart of Dallas Bowl last year has some turbocharged players in tow to keep such scoreboard dismantling intact.
Here’s a Super Seven to file away during the off-season and keep handy once the 2015 campaign kicks off (we’ll take a look at a defensive Super Seven in the next blog):

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RHS competes in Jonesboro

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The Ruston High School track teams competed in a meet at Jonesboro-Hodge High School Friday, with Gabrielle Wheeler (top photo) taking first place in the girls pole vault and Michael Courtney (bottom photo) taking first in the boys javelin.

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Techsters sign goalie

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The Louisiana Tech soccer team received more depth at the goalkeeping position with the signing of Jezabelle Rubalcava, head coach Kevin Sherry announced last week.
With the recent loss of backup keeper Anna Lensing who is returning home to Germany, the coaching staff felt like they needed to increase the talent pool at such a critical position.

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A memorable gobbler encounter

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Because this turkey season has basically gone south for me so far, I have to find solace in remembering some hunts that are memorable. It’s helpful to recall some of those exciting experiences with gobblers that have been much more successful.
One of the most exciting hunts I ever made occurred on opening day, March 21, 2008, on my Jackson Parish hunting club.

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Bassmaster Classic champion kicks off FOM Open

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On April 3, a crowd of more than 150 anglers, tournament staff, friends and family members gathered at the Monroe Convention Center for the kickoff of the fourth Annual Big Bass Open organized by the North Central Louisiana Division of the Fishers of Men. Randy Howell, 2014 Bassmaster Classic Champion, made the jaunt from his hometown of Springville, Alabama to serve as guest speaker for the event’s pre-tournament dinner. Over the course of his message, Howell shared the story of how his faith guided him to victory in the Bassmaster Classic.

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