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February 3rd, 2015

LHSAA honors Leader’s Davis

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Louisiana High School Athletic Association Marketing Director Jacob Doyle (far right) was in Ruston Monday to present Ruston Daily Leader Executive Sports Editor O.K. “Buddy” Davis (center) with the orgnaization’s 2014 Prep Journalism Award. On hand to see Davis honored was RHS football coach Brad Laird (far left), RHS principal Ricky Durrett (second from left) and RHS athletics director Billy Laird (second from right).

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Lady Tigers scorch Delta Devils

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Grambling State held Mississippi Valley State scoreless the first eight minutes of the contest Monday night at the Frederick C. Hobdy Assembly Center as the Lady Tigers roared past Mississippi Valley State 62-31 in Southwestern Athletic Conference play. Yosha Watson led the way for GSU (7-13, 4-5 SWAC) with 13 points while Shakierya McLendon (5 above) and Dierra Ely added 10 points each.

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Smith earns dual honors

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Tech senior G named state, C-USA Player of Week
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Kenneth Smith recorded double-doubles in victories over Western Kentucky University and Marshall which earned him Conference USA and Louisiana Sports Writer’s Association Player of the Week honors announced Monday.
On Thursday night in the 69-56 win against the Hilltoppers, the senior point guard dished out a season-high 12 assists while also scoring 11 points.
Smith turned around on Saturday evening and nearly notched a triple-double with matching the same assist total to go along with 12 points and a season-high eight rebounds in an 81-57 win over the Thundering Herd.

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MVSU edges past Tigers

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GRAMLBING (AP) — Jeffrey Simmons scored 19 points and Mississippi Valley State edged Grambling State 68-65 on Monday.
Grambling came back from a 15-point halftime deficit and tied the game at 65 with 38 seconds left following a three-point play and then two free throws by Richard Freeman.
But Jordan Washington made 1 of 2 from the line, and after A’Torri Shine missed a 3-pointer, DeAngelo Priar hit two free throws with 22 seconds left to put MVSU up by three.
Mark Gray’s 3-point attempt with two second on the clock was off the mark.

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Super Bowl XLIX lives up to hype

Congratulations to the NFL for pulling off one of the best Super Bowl spectacles ever over the weekend.
After two weeks of treading troubled waters in the wake of the “Deflategate” scandal, it was smooth sailing for Super Bowl XLIX. From pregame festivities to the stunning halftime show to the nailbiting finish, this one had something for everyone.
An estimated 114.4 million people watched the New England Patriots’ thrilling win over the Seattle Seahawks, making it the fifth time in six years that a Super Bowl game has set a record as the most-watched event in U.S. television history.

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Climbing Driskill Mountain

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Driskill Mountain, named after James Christopher Driskill, is the highest natural summit in Louisiana. I learned that in my seventh grade Louisiana History class. That’s also where I learned that my home state had been shopped around a little before Jefferson purchased it from Napoleon in 1803.
I can only imagine how that negotiation went:
Napoleon: I’ll take $15 million for Louisiana.
Jefferson: Swamp, alligators, mosquitoes and humidity. I’ll bet you would.
Napoleon: How about I throw in some nutria and a mountain?
Jefferson: What’s a nutria?

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Tech Percussion Ensemble to perform

Louisiana Tech University’s department of music continues its concert schedule Monday with a performance by its Percussion Ensemble.
Directed by percussion faculty member Gregory Lyons, the Percussion Ensemble will perform selections by composers Per Andreasson, Blake Tyson, Michael Colgrass, Manu Delago, Henry Cowell, Susan K. Powell, John Cage/Lou Harrison and Emmanuel Séjourné.

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NELA History Day planned

Northeast Louisiana History Day for all sixth-12th grade students in northeast Louisiana will be March 28 at Chennault Aviation and Military Museum in Monroe, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
History Day is a national program that begins with local students researching and presenting a historical topic of their choice at the area location in Louisiana. Complete information is on websites: http://www.nationalww2museum.org and historyday@nationalww2museum.org.

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Tech No. 8 most underrated college

Business Insider, the Internet’s largest business news and information website, has ranked Louisiana Tech University No. 8 in its list of the “50 Most Underrated Colleges in America,” recently released.
Tech was the only higher education institution in the state to make the list.  The 50 Most Underrated Colleges in America rankings primarily used information from U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 Best Colleges list and the latest data from PayScale.com’s College Salary Report rankings of both average early career and mid-career salaries.

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February 2nd

Second time the charm of Tech’s Allen

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Ryan Allen doesn’t seem to have the patience to allow for the idiom “The third time’s the charm” to take hold. For Allen, waiting for the second time is long enough.
That was proved again Sunday night when Allen became the 13th former Louisiana Tech player to win a Super Bowl championship as New England defeated Seattle, 28-24, in Super Bowl XLIX in Glendale, Arizona. He won that championship in just the second year of his National Football League career.

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