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November 8th, 2014

College football, World Series provide thrills

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November has kicked off and that means two things:
1: College football’s regular season is in the stretch run.
2: The World Series is over.
And for both of the above, all I can add is “too bad” because for all of us who love sports, we will be missing some exciting moments.
Or appreciating what we’ve been fortunate to witness in recent weeks.
First, about the college gridiron season.
Hasn’t it been fun?
Seldom is the collegiate game not exhilarating, but this season has included some delicious icing on the cake.

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March through C-USA continues

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Tech tops UAB to remain undefeated in league play
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Cody Sokol threw for 200 yards and two touchdowns and Kenneth Dixon ran for three scores as Louisiana Tech overpowered the University of Alabama-Birmingham, 40-24, Saturday at Legion Field.
The win keeps Tech (7-3, 6-0 Conference USA) in the race for the C-USA West Division crown while UAB (5-5, 3-3) fell to 0-5 against the Bulldogs all-time.
Dixon’s three touchdowns and 79 rushing yards all came within the first half before he left with an undisclosed injury, pushing the junior into fourth all-time at Tech with 2,948 career rushing yards.

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Techsters take exhibition win

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Chrisstasia Walter recorded a triple-double and Whitney Frazier added a double-double as Louisiana Tech defeated LSU-Alexandria 91-36 Saturday night in the final exhibition tune-up before the start of the regular season.
Walter scored 11 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and dished out 10 assists while also adding five steals. Although the triple-double won’t count in the Lady Techsters official record book due to the fact it was an exhibition game, the feat is rare. Only three triple doubles have been recorded in the 40-year history of Tech women’s basketball.

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Tech falls in final home volleyball match

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Louisiana Tech (9-18, 1-12 Conference USA) had two players record double-digits in points, but it was not enough as the Lady Techsters fell to Middle Tennessee, 3-0 (22-25, 20-25, 18-25), on Senior Night for Maria Coelho, Jessie Ely and Rebecca Redgen Friday at the Thomas Assembly Center.

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Thurman leads RHS past Pineville

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PINEVILLE — Senior running back Qayshon Thurman has been great insurance for the Ruston High School football team all season long.
When starter Juwan Wright was lost for the season early on with a broken leg, Thurman moved over from the defensively secondary to use his quick feet on the offensive side of the ball.
Thurman again proved to be Ruston’s “Good Hands Man” Friday night as he rushed the ball 31 times for 205 yards to help lead the Bearcats to a 26-14 win over Pineville at Rebels Stadium.

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Gresham, Cougars close out in winning fashion

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ARCADIA — The Cedar Creek Cougars knew heading into Friday night’s game at Arcadia that they were unlikely to reach postseason play with the revised Division IV playoff format.
But that didn’t stop the Cougars from saving their best for last.
And that’s what Cedar Creek did as the Cougars roared to a 31-0 win at Hornets Stadium.
Senior running back Wes Gresham was the catalyst for the offensive explosion, rushing for 238 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries.

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Buddy's Blog: Holtz, Fobbs should garner league awards

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Please pass the envelope.
Announcing: the recipients of the Coach of the Year award in the Southwestern Athletic Conference and Conference USA for the 2014 football season.
Is a vote really necessary?
Barring unexpected developments during the next several weeks, the winners will be:
Grambling State University’s Broderick Fobbs in the SWAC.
Skip Holtz in Conference USA.
How do I know that this will (or should) happen, even if only a few games still remain in both leagues?
Well, some of it has to do with just having a hunch.

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Catching up with a NBA legend

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It’s been five years since I last interviewed the great Willis Reed for a magazine story that is, until last week.
Looking for an interview for my Glynn Harris Outdoors radio program on ESPN 97.7, I was scanning my address book when I ran across Reed’s name and the cell phone number he had given me back then.
Wondering if he still had the same number and if he would agree to an interview, I called the number and was delighted when Reed answered the phone. When he learned the purpose of my call, he readily agreed to do an interview.

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Sportsmen’s Alliance banquet set for Winnfield

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The Louisiana Sportsmen’s Alliance (LSA) will hold its annual banquet at 6 p.m. on Nov. 13 at the Winnfield Fair Grounds. The Public is invited.
Tickets including a chicken and sausage gumbo supper are on sale now for $10 each or they can be purchased at the door. Other activities will include raffles for bullet jewelry, a Browning Safari 30.06 deer rifle valued at $2.200, a $10,000 prize and numerous other prizes.
“Anyone can attend,” said Leroy Husser, LSA President. “The banquet is for the public and not just members.”

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Kittens crush Ringgold

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Jerome Hudson (carrying ball) and Grambling Laboratory High School pulled off a big win Friday in the regular season finale as the Kittens took a 46-6 road victory at Ringgold. The Kittens, 3-7 overall and 2-3 in District 1-1A, will find out their fate today as playoff pairings are announced.

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