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February 28th, 2015

Paul Millsap continues elite NBA career

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I am going to make a confession this morning about one of the many great basketball players to come out of our neck of the woods.
And before I proceed any farther, may I suggest you check out “Buddy’s Blog” in today’s sports section to get another idea about how just incredibly blessed North Louisiana is to have so many great hoopsters through the years.
Now, about one of those players.
A young man (he recently turned 30) by the name of Paul Millsap.
Yep, I figured you would be familiar with the name if you had just a smidgen of knowledge about our local sports heroes.

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Three times lucky for Bulldogs

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Louisiana Tech is hoping the third time will be the charm for as the Bulldogs defeated Texas-San Antonio 76-66 on Saturday before a crowd of 5,238 at the Thomas Assembly Center.
Tech’s victory to seal at least a share of a third straight regular season conference title, something that has only ever been done one other time in the program’s history, wasn’t easy against a physical Roadrunners defense.
After seeing a 12-point advantage in the second half evaporate, the Bulldogs had to battle back after UTSA took a one-point lead with 8:54 left.

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Bearcats bring in Baugh as OC

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Ruston High School has hired Jerrod Baugh as the new offensive coordinator for the Bearcats football program.
Baugh replaces Chris Gatlin, who served as the offensive coordinator at RHS since 2012.
“The paperwork has been signed,” RHS head coach Brad Laird said of Baugh. “I told the other coaches on Friday and Coach Baugh begins working at Ruston on Monday.”
Baugh is no stranger to Laird — the two coached together under Pat Collins at Ouachita High School during the 1999 season and then at Longview High School in Texas.

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Lady Techsters to play at UTSA today

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SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Louisiana Tech tries to shake off two straight losses at noon today as the Lady Techsters play at UTSA.
Tech enters the contest after dropping its last two games, a heart-breaking last second loss at home against Old Dominion and a disappointing 13-point loss at UTEP on Friday.
The Lady Techsters — like the rest of the Conference USA schools — are trying to position themselves for the best seed possible in the upcoming league tournament in Birmingham.
Tech currently in a tie for fifth place and could still finish anywhere from the four seed to the nine seed.

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Kittens advance

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Freshman Emerion Holland (heaving up shot) and the Grambling Laboratory High School Kittens took a 48-34 first round Class 1A boys basketball playoff win Friday night. Tylan Dean led the Kittens with 20 points while Derion Brantley added eight points and 10 rebounds for Grambling, which will play host to Lafayette Christian in second-round action next week.

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Diamond ’Dogs defeat ORU

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Louisiana Tech was aggressive from the start as the Bulldogs earned their second series victory in two weeks in a doubleheader sweep over Oral Roberts on Saturday at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park in Ruston.
Tech (5-5) pitchers struck out a total of 25 Golden Eagle batters in two games on Saturday, while the Bulldogs’ bats responded with 17 combined runs to sweep the doubleheader versus Oral Roberts (5-3), 11-3 in Game 1, followed by a 6-4 win in the second game.

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GSU splits hoops DH at UAPB

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PINE BLUFF, Ark. (AP) — JoVaughn Love scored 17 points and grabbed six rebounds as the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff beat Grambling State 66-57 on Saturday night.
A’Torri Shine scored 21 points with seven rebounds and Mark Gray added 17 points and six boards for the Tigers (2-23, 0-15), who remain winless in the SWAC.
Grambling hit on 41.3 percent of its shots from the field overall and 66.7 percent from the free-throw line and outrebounded the Golden Lions 35-27.
In women’s action, GSU defeated UAPB 59-45.

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Ruston wins first round playoff game

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BATON ROUGE — When Ruston’s previously gone over the late-game situations in practice guard Tykeem Anderson is seldom the hero in waiting.
That all changed with the Bearcats’ season hanging in the balance.
Anderson drove nearly the length of the floor for a driving layup with 3.7 seconds left, lifting No. 21 Ruston to a 42-41 upset Friday of No. 12 Catholic High-Baton Rouge in the first round of the Class 5A state playoffs.

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Simsboro shoots down Maurepas, 74-40

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SIMSBORO — Simsboro High School had a tough enough Class B first-round opponent Maurepas to open the Louisiana High School Athletic Association playoffs.
The Tigers also had to battle Old Man Winter and the loss of its top player.
But the Tigers overcame all obstacles Friday night, roaring to a 74-40 win at the SHS game.
Simsboro coach Lance Waldron said the win wasn’t as easy as it looked.

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Buddy's Blog: All-Time North Louisiana team is super

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Our recent All-Time Louisiana Tech University Bulldogs basketball team has sprouted some “legs.”
As such lists can often do, they have led to “expansion” ideas.
Loyal Tech fans Jason Jones of Ruston and Dwayne Woodard of Minden have been following our picks for the best Bulldogs ever and tweeted out some thoughts about compiling an All-North Louisiana team.
Oh my, an All-North Louisiana team, you say?
The possibilities are endless and intriguing.
And downright intimidating for any team that would have to play them.

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