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May 2nd, 2014

XTERRA off-road races set for Saturday

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Hundreds of competitors, spectators expected
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Lincoln Parish Park will yet again be crawling with outdoor enthusiasts as the 2014 XTERRA races are held on Saturday and Sunday.
Fred Phillips, race director with DLT Events, said the races have been held since 1997.
“We normally have about 120-150 competitors come out to the races,” he said. “As for spectators, I think we have averaged about 2.4 spectators for each competitor.”
Phillips said three races are set to take place over the course of the weekend. The races include the XTERRA Gator Terra, the XTERRA Epic and the Rustman Challenge.
Distances for the three events vary.

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RHS gears up for grads

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The annual post-graduation celebration for Ruston High School seniors has become a traditional event that draws graduates for more than just a fun evening.
Project Graduation 2014 will take place at Louisiana Tech’s Intramural Center on May 20 and will not only provide a safe place for teens to celebrate, but also one that gives them the opportunity to win prizes that will help them to embark on their next phase of life.

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Annual event set for Saturday

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Pitch, Hit and Run is the official skills competition of Major League Baseball and youth are invited to demonstrate their skills, competing in pitching, hitting and running abilities.
The competition is co-ed, but boys and girls will compete separately in four different age groups: 7-8, 9-10, 11-12 and 13-14. Age is determined as of July 17, 2014.
The competition is free and will be held on field No. 2 at the J. C. Love Softball Complex, located at 400 Ball Park Road.

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Entertainment abundant this week in Ruston

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I want to tell you about two great opportunities for entertainment in town that you shouldn’t miss!
First up, this weekend Louisiana Tech University’s Department of Theatre is performing “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” This show is a long one-act musical comedy written by Rachel Sheinkin, with music and lyrics by William Finn, and directed by Cherrie Sciro, coordinator of theatre at Tech.

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LPRE donates to Ruston Rehab

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On March 20, a group of retired educators of Lincoln Parish made a visit to the Ruston Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and distributed white socks and black footies to the residents on Hall C whom they have adopted and to many others at the facility. Among the group were Brenda Matthews, Shirley Stringfellow, Rosie Hodge, Mozell Anderson, Muriel Butler and photographer Ricky Burton, who is the only male member of the group. The Lincoln Parish Retired Educators group plans to bless the residents again in the future.

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Parks steps down as Tech golf coach

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Louisiana Tech head golf coach Jeff Parks announced Thursday that he is resigning effective at the end of the season.
Tech Athletics Director thanked Parks for his service and commitment to the University and said a national search for his replacement will begin immediately.
Parks will be completing his 11th year at Tech this season with six years as head coach after serving five years as an assistant coach under Jean Hall.

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Prep baseball playoffs continue today

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The Louisiana High School Athletic Association baseball playoffs continue this weekend with three of the five teams still in the chase playing home games today and the other two sitting out this weekend with opening-round byes.
Class 5A Ruston won its opening playoff game on Tuesday and will be at home for a best of three series against defending state champion Catholic of Baton Rouge that will start with Game One at 6:30 today.
Tickets for today’s game will cost $7 while tickets for Saturday’s 1 p.m. contest will cost $10 with Game Three following 45 minutes later if necessary.

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Piney Hills Bike Tour set for Saturday

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The Tour of Piney Hills will be begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at Ruston Junior High School. There will be staggered start times for different distances ridden. The options for the Tour include distances of 17, 25, 32 miles and the Metric Century, a little over 62 miles. The Tour is not only for experienced and serious cyclists riding the longer routes, but for families and children, wanting to experience the camaraderie and fun in biking, which can happen on the 6.75 mile Family Fun Route.

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Lady Cougars set for quarterfinals

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Hallie Rambin and the Cedar Creek Lady Cougars will take on Mangham at noon today in quarterfinal action of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association Class 1A playoffs in Sulphur. Downsville Charter School is also set for quarterfinal play against Kilbourne at 2 p.m. today in Sulphur.

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Tech baseball travels to Marshall

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With nine games remaining in the 2014 season and a winning streak to keep intact, Louisiana Tech is looking to continue its recent hot streak on the diamond, beginning with a three-game Conference USA series at Marshall this weekend.

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