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January 17th, 2015

Tech begins sidewalk construction

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Along with finishing up construction of the South End Zone Project for the football stadium, Louisiana Tech has broken more ground close by for another project, a sidewalk near Thomas Assembly Center.
Triad Builders Construction Company has applied a work zone lane closure on West Alabama Avenue due to installation of a new sidewalk.
“The sidewalk is going to provide good access to Hideaway Park,” said Samuel Wallace, assistant vice president of administration and facilities.
The project is expected to be complete by the end of the month.

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Forget the ‘spin,’ Driskel destined as Bulldogs’ QB

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On paper, there will be a battle among four candidates for the starting quarterback job at Louisiana Tech University this fall.
But for all intents and circumstances, that job is Jeff Driskel’s to lose.
He is, quote-unquote, the “designated starter” until something truly bizarre happens.
Something such as Wyly Tower being converted to dorm space, Starbucks having a slow day with its drive-thru window and zero traffic backed up on the Cooktown Road Bridge at rush hours.

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Bulldogs outlast MTSU

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Sometimes to earn a win you just have to go get it.
And that’s exactly what Louisiana Tech junior guard Alex Hamilton did Saturday night as he sparked the Bulldogs to a 75-68 win over Middle Tennessee State before a Operation Sellout 2.0/White Out crowd of 6,214 fans at the Thomas Assembly Center.

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Techsters fall on road to Blue Raiders

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Olivia Jones scored 28 points to lead Middle Tennessee as the Blue Raiders pulled away late to defeat Louisiana Tech 82-59 at the Murphy Center Saturday night.
Tech (8-8, 3-2 Conference USA) trailed 60-52 with just under eight minutes to play before Jones hit back-to-back 3-pointers as the Blue Raiders (10-5, 4-1 C-USA) finished the game on a 22-7 run to snap the Lady Techsters three-game winning streak.

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Gotch turns in record jump

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Louisiana Tech redshirt junior Jarvis Gotch made his mark in a big way Saturday as he won the long jump at the Texas A&M Team Invitational with a jump that broke a school record and currently ranks second in the world this season.
Gotch’s jump of 26-2.75 (7.99m) set a new meet record as he claimed the event title while also ranking first in the nation and second in the world this season. He also finished fifth in the 60m dash with a personal record time of 6.74.

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TSU tops Grambling

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HOUSTON (AP) — Madarious Gibbs and Chris Thomas had 13 points apiece as Texas Southern held off Grambling State 60-51 on Saturday night, improving to 4-0 in Southwestern Athletic Conference play.
Tonnie Collier added 11 points for Texas Southern (7-10, 4-0).

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Tech’s Bates named All-Bowl player

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It was a fairy tale ending for Houston Bates with 4.5 sacks and 5.5 tackles for a loss over Illinois as he was named Most Valuable Player in the Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl. But his fairy tale ending is adding an epilogue.
After his standout performance in the bowl game, Bates has received All-Bowl honors from the Associated Press, Sports Illustrated and NFL.com and was recently selected to participate in the College Gridiron Showcase All-Star Game in Arlington, Texas, which kicks off at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 31.

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Buddy's Blog: Tech’s Driskel: New chance at stardom

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One last opportunity and Jeff Driskel hopes to make the most of it.
And hopefully for the 19-year-old native Floridian, no more what-might-have-beens, second guessing, criticism or less than comforting critiques from the “experts” in social media.
Driskel is turning over a new page in his college football career, having recently been granted a release by the University of Florida to play for Louisiana Tech University during the 2015 season.
It’s a change that the native of Oveido, Florida, and Tech Nation hope is for the better.

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Siblings bag big bucks after Dad’s snafus

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David McGehee is a Ruston-based pediatrician whose family owns a prime piece of property, Spring Bayou, in Madison Parish. His two adult children, son Daniel who lives in Dallas and daughter, Brittany, a resident of Covington, don’t have the opportunity to deer hunt on the property as often as their dad.
Thankfully, both Daniel and Brittany were able to waylay trophy bucks this season and they were successful because their dad suffered “equipment malfunction” when earlier, he had an opportunity to take both bucks.

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Congratulations go out to honor recipients

Lincoln Parish is without a doubt one of the best parishes in Louisiana for citizens who go above and beyond to make this a loving and caring community.
From our local law enforcement officers that keep us safe to our educators who help enhance the opportunities for our children’s futures and the community volunteers who dedicate their countless hours of community service, each and every one of you continue to make this a better place.

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