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January 17th, 2015

Techsters fall on road to Blue Raiders

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Olivia Jones scored 28 points to lead Middle Tennessee as the Blue Raiders pulled away late to defeat Louisiana Tech 82-59 at the Murphy Center Saturday night.
Tech (8-8, 3-2 Conference USA) trailed 60-52 with just under eight minutes to play before Jones hit back-to-back 3-pointers as the Blue Raiders (10-5, 4-1 C-USA) finished the game on a 22-7 run to snap the Lady Techsters three-game winning streak.

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Gotch turns in record jump

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Louisiana Tech redshirt junior Jarvis Gotch made his mark in a big way Saturday as he won the long jump at the Texas A&M Team Invitational with a jump that broke a school record and currently ranks second in the world this season.
Gotch’s jump of 26-2.75 (7.99m) set a new meet record as he claimed the event title while also ranking first in the nation and second in the world this season. He also finished fifth in the 60m dash with a personal record time of 6.74.

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TSU tops Grambling

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HOUSTON (AP) — Madarious Gibbs and Chris Thomas had 13 points apiece as Texas Southern held off Grambling State 60-51 on Saturday night, improving to 4-0 in Southwestern Athletic Conference play.
Tonnie Collier added 11 points for Texas Southern (7-10, 4-0).

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Tech’s Bates named All-Bowl player

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Senior defensive end headed to College Gridiron Showcase All-Star Game
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It was a fairy tale ending for Houston Bates with 4.5 sacks and 5.5 tackles for a loss over Illinois as he was named Most Valuable Player in the Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl. But his fairy tale ending is adding an epilogue.
After his standout performance in the bowl game, Bates has received All-Bowl honors from the Associated Press, Sports Illustrated and NFL.com and was recently selected to participate in the College Gridiron Showcase All-Star Game in Arlington, Texas, which kicks off at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 31.

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Buddy's Blog: Tech’s Driskel: New chance at stardom

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One last opportunity and Jeff Driskel hopes to make the most of it.
And hopefully for the 19-year-old native Floridian, no more what-might-have-beens, second guessing, criticism or less than comforting critiques from the “experts” in social media.
Driskel is turning over a new page in his college football career, having recently been granted a release by the University of Florida to play for Louisiana Tech University during the 2015 season.
It’s a change that the native of Oveido, Florida, and Tech Nation hope is for the better.

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Siblings bag big bucks after Dad’s snafus

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David McGehee is a Ruston-based pediatrician whose family owns a prime piece of property, Spring Bayou, in Madison Parish. His two adult children, son Daniel who lives in Dallas and daughter, Brittany, a resident of Covington, don’t have the opportunity to deer hunt on the property as often as their dad.
Thankfully, both Daniel and Brittany were able to waylay trophy bucks this season and they were successful because their dad suffered “equipment malfunction” when earlier, he had an opportunity to take both bucks.

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Congratulations go out to honor recipients

Lincoln Parish is without a doubt one of the best parishes in Louisiana for citizens who go above and beyond to make this a loving and caring community.
From our local law enforcement officers that keep us safe to our educators who help enhance the opportunities for our children’s futures and the community volunteers who dedicate their countless hours of community service, each and every one of you continue to make this a better place.

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Do not fear a healthy New Year

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Anyone who is a regular reader of my column — or who actually sees me on a semi-regular basis — is aware that I lost a significant amount of weight in 2014.
Unfortunately, it’s an almost daily battle between my pragmatism that reminds me that I’m nowhere near done and my optimism that reminds me I’ve done an amazing thing. In 2008, I gained the weight that finally put me at my heaviest, and every January after that I vowed to lose at least that weight again.

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Extra day of training will help teachers

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Thousands of people recently flooded Memphis as Graceland rolled out the red carpet to mark what would have been Elvis’ 80th birthday. Reports shared that many in attendance had been planning for the day since before the previous birthday celebration last January — it was that important to them. Now there are many that are already planning the trek to Graceland for what promises to be a big blowout for the 40th Anniversary of his death even though it won’t take place until August 2017. Planning just seems to be a part of the process when things are significant and really matter to you.

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Criminals being outsmarted

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More medicine?

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