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March 14th, 2015

No glass slipper for ’Dogs

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Bid to ‘Big Dance’ unlikely after loss to UAB
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — For a second straight night, Louisiana Tech University’s Dunkin’ Dogs became the Cardiac ’Dogs.
But Friday’s outcome was painfully different than Thursday’s game.
A day after a down-to-the wire win over Rice, the Bulldogs battled back from a 16-point deficit to push the game into overtime, only to fall 72-62 to host school Alabama-Birmingham in Conference USA semifinal action at Legacy Arena.

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No. 10 Owls get walk-off win over Tech

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HOUSTON — For the second day in a row, the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs have experienced a heartbreaking defeat at the hands of No. 10 Rice after the Owls took the series with a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth to defeat the Bulldogs, 8-7, on Saturday at Reckling Park.

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Lady Techsters split DH with Florida Atlantic

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Pauline Tufi hit a pair of home runs and freshman Bailey Allen pitched a complete-game gem as Louisiana Tech split its Conference USA series doubleheader against Florida Atlantic Saturday at the Lady Techster Softball Complex.
Florida Atlantic (20-7-1, 1-1 C-USA) — which entered the series receiving Top 25 votes — used a four-run fifth inning to win the first game of the day 5-4 while Louisiana Tech (16-6, 1-1 C-USA) used a four-run fifth inning to claim the second game 6-1.

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Lions capture second straight 5A title

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LAKE CHARLES — For a second-straight straight season, the New Living Word Lions are kings of Class C in Louisiana boys’ basketball.
The Lions pulled away in the third quarter of Friday’s game at Barton Coliseum and never looked back as they roared to a 62-51 win over Atlanta, their 2014 semifinal opponent.
“I’m excited for our seniors because they’ve invested a whole lot into this program and to see them go out on top is great,” said Lions coach Jerry Baldwin.
Those four seniors are championship game MVP Javier Roper, Xavious Williams, Alijwon Mason and Kwantavious Harris.

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Tech’s Lange finishes third at San Diego Classic

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SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Victor Lange gave the nation’s top-ranked golfer a serious challenge in the final round of the Lamkin San Diego Classic last week but fell one stroke short of a major upset and a chance at an individual title.
Washington’s Cheng-Tusng Pan — currently ranked as the No. 1 individual golfer in the country — trailed Lange for several holes during Tuesday’s final round but Pan would eventually leapfrog Lange and finish in a tie for first with his Husky teammate, No. 79 Corey Pereira.

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Buddy's Blog: North Louisiana backups talented, too

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Imagine this starting lineup:
Jackie Moreland, Calvin Natt, Larry Wright, Jimmy Jones and Bob “Butterbean” Love.
Only trouble is this:
On our All-Time North Louisiana teams, they are on the second squad.
And the following names have to settle for a third unit berth:
Paul Millsap, P.J. Brown, Orlando Woolridge, Glynn Saulters and Bob “Lil’ Abner” Hopkins.
Is that downright awe-inspiring or what, to have some of the most successful and decorated players in hoops history be assigned second/third team slots?

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Introducing kids to hunting crucial

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When most guys my age were growing up, it was a no-brainer. Come fall and winter, we went hunting. Our dads did; our grandpa’s did; our cousins and neighbors did. As a result, it was a natural coming of age for youngsters back then to take to the woods and fields with rifle or shotgun.

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PARCC testing begins Monday

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Louisiana public schools will start the mathematics and English tests developed by the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers tests on Monday.
The controversial test, which is replacing the LEAP and iLEAP, is a standardized test for students in grades third through eighth that will assess students, said Mike Milstead, chief academic officer for Lincoln Parish School Board.

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Ruston listed as ‘Top City’

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Site Selection magazine has listed Ruston among the top cities of its size for economic development during 2014. The designation was based on business expansion projects at Mortgage Contracting Services and Roseburg Forest Products.
“Any time we can get Ruston in a top tier, that’s a pretty big deal,” said Kristi Lumpkin, the city’s economic development director. “We can utilize this to continue the momentum of things that are happening.”

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Shadoin appointed to appropriations committee

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First-term lawmaker Rep. Rob Shadoin, R-Ruston, has been appointed to the state House Appropriations Committee.
His appointment was made Thursday by House Speaker Chuck Kleckly. Shadoin is taking the place of Rep. Henry Burns, R-Haughton, who switched to the House Ways and Means Committee.
The appropriations committee is considered one of the most powerful legislative panels because the state budget falls under its jurisdiction.
“My first thought was how humbling is this? What an honor,” Shadoin said Friday in reacting to his new appointment.

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