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October 13th, 2014

Tech impressive at ITA Regionals

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TUSCALOOSA, Alabama — Louisiana Tech may have gone into the ITA Southern Regional Championships as a sleeper team, but they left having made a big impression on the other top regional programs.
With seven Lady Techsters competing in the biggest fall tournament of the season, Tech notched 10 total singles wins over players from Mississippi State, Auburn, LSU, Tulane and South Alabama.

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October 11th

A-Rod, Ali lead all-time interviews

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Over the span of 50 years, a sportswriter can deal with a variety of interviews from a myriad of subjects.
Such has been our good fortune with the Ruston Daily Leader.
No telling who might be the next athlete or coach on our question-and-answer list.
Two of the more interesting subjects have been Alex Rodriquez and Muhammed Ali.
Read on about them and others we’ve queried in this second installment of “What’s he like?”

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GSU holds off Alcorn St.

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GRAMBLING — It was an “Odyssey” that lasted nearly a year for the Grambling State Tigers.
And just as Odysseus did following his long journey, the Tigers came home as heroes.
Before Saturday, the Tigers’ last home game came in a 47-40 win over Mississippi Valley on Nov. 2 of last year, the only win GSU recorded during the 2013 season.
Make it two straight home wins for the Tigers and four straight this season as Grambling held off a tough Alcorn State squad 28-21 Saturday afternoon at Eddie G. Robinson Stadium.

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Louisiana Tech Sports Briefs

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Techsters drop volleyball match
Louisiana Tech (7-12, 0-6 C-USA) let an early lead slip away as UTSA (10-7, 6-0 C-USA) came from behind to notch a 3-1 Conference USA victory over the Lady Techsters on Friday night at the Thomas Assembly Center.
Despite an early lead in the match and a plus-.300 attacking percentage, Tech could not withstand the powerful offensive attack of UTSA over the course of four sets. The Roadrunners hit .299 as a team with 61 kills, while the Lady Techsters combined to hit .128 with 44 kills and 25 errors in the match.

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RHS upends NCHS

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NATCHITOCHES — Facing a tough Natchitoches Central squad Friday night on the road at M.L. Turpin Stadium, the Ruston High School Bearcats looked to their biggest offensive weapon.
Senior running back Qayshon Thurman came out firing, accounting for three of Ruston’s four scores to lead the Bearcats to a 27-13 win in the District 2-1A opener for both teams.
The win pushed RHS to 4-2 overall and 1-0 in district play while Natchitoches Central is now 2-3 and 0-1.

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Deer hunting season underway

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When we get to this time of year, things start happening fast. Better football teams like Louisiana Tech are moving up the charts with dreams of reaching postseason play growing more real by the day, and diminishing for those like LSU that stubbed their toes along the way.

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Buddy's Blog: Ruston High worthy of a Hall of Fame

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Ruston High School’s athletic success can match up against any prep program in the nation, much less our state.
Yes, I am slightly unobjective with this viewpoint, given that I am a proud graduate of dear ol’ RHS.
But with that said and the full disclosure admission out of the way, I have some facts to back up that first sentence in this story.
More of such details later, but what I am leading up to is this: there needs to be a lasting means of preserving this proud and impressive history in sports.
Why not have a Ruston High School Athletic Hall of Fame?

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Linzie Hebert captures state triathlon title

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Linzie Hebert is No. 1 again.
The former Ruston High School track star finished as the overall women’s champion at the annual Louisiana State Sprint Triathlon Championships held in Lafayette recently.
Hebert completed the 500-meter swim, 15-mile bike ride and 3.1-mile run with a time of 1:08.38.
Finishing second and third, respectively, were Ann Morris (1:1:.03) and Kelly Juneau (1:15.12).

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Britos advances to quarterfinals of ITA Regionals

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TUSCALOOSA, Alabama — Louisiana Tech sophomore Jazmin Britos notched two wins on Friday and two more wins on Saturday to put herself into the quarterfinals of the singles A draw at the ITA Southern Regionals hosted by the University of Alabama.
Britos defeated Naomi Tran of Mississippi State in the Round of 128 in straight sets before upsetting Auburn All-American Emily Flickinger, 6-1, 6-7, 6-3.

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RPAR athletes show pigskin prowess

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Leader photos by T. SCOTT BOATRIGHT
Top Left: The LSU Tigers talk things over during a Ruston Parks and Recreation Department 7-8 year-old tackle football game Saturday at Ruston Junior High School.
Top right: A rusher (No. 1 at right) for the Louisiana Tech looks for yardage as LSU defenders close in during the Bulldogs’ 37-18 win over the Tigers Saturday during a 7-8 year-old tackle football game.
Middle Left: A ball carrier for the Southern California Trojans (carrying football) picks up yardage against the Alabama Crimson Tide Saturday during a 9-10 year-old tackle football game.

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