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August 30th, 2014

Plenty of star power on parish gridirons

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There’s no absence of star power on Lincoln Parish gridirons this season.
From running back Jawaun Wright of Ruston High to wide receiver Chester Rogers of Grambling State University, there are plenty of all-star potential performers to circle on your game program for the upcoming months.
Here are some names to keep in mind as another season gets under way:

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Tech boomed by Sooners

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Top 5 Oklahoma runs past Bulldogs, 48-16

NORMAN, Oklahoma — Oklahoma entered Saturday night’s game ranked as high as No. 3 and the Sooners showed why, rolling up 436 yards of offense in a 48-16 win over Louisiana Tech in front of 85,063 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman.
In his first career start, Tech’s Cody Sokol threw for 191 yards and two touchdowns in a 22-for-36 performance, throwing only one interception. The Bulldogs ended up winning the turnover battle as Oklahoma’s Trevor Knight was intercepted by Houston Bates while Vontarrius Dora recovered an OU fumble.

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Lamar surges past GSU, 42-27

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BEAUMONT, Texas — Lamar ignited to score 28 points in the third quarter Saturday to pull away for a 42-27 over Grambling State in the season opener for both teams.
Lamar’s Caleb Berry threw for 389 yards and five touchdowns, breaking the Lamar career record with his 41st touchdown pass, breaking John Evans’ mark of 40.
Berry now has 43 career TD passes.
Mark Roberts caught three passes for 139 yards and two touchdowns for the Cardinals while Reggie Begelton added 12 receptions for 119 yards and one score.

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Cougars crunched

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Cedar Creek falls to North Webster
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HAYNESVILLE — Cedar Creek head coach Ben Haddox knows his Cougars will need to rely on their defense as a young offense gains much-needed experience in the early season.
And he knew that resting some of his offensive skills position players during Friday night’s jamboree against Class 3A North Webster at Haynesville High School would be a tough test for his team.
That it was, as North Webster rolled to a 33-6 win over the Cougars.
“Our defense actually played pretty well,” Haddox said. “We just had a few big plays that got away from them or the score would have been much closer.”

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Tech volleyball opens season at 1-3

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KALAMAZOO, Michigan — Fresh off Friday night’s emotional five-set victory over Saint Francis, Louisiana Tech’s volleyball team could not replicate the same magic on Saturday morning as the team dropped its final match of the weekend to Western Michigan, 3-0 (25-12, 25-15, 25-15), at University Arena.

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Tech soccer nets third straight win

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CHARLESTON, Illinois — Five second half goals propelled the Louisiana Tech soccer team to a 6-0 victory over Lewis University on the opening day of the EIU Tournament at Lakeside Field on Friday afternoon.
The win was the third straight for Tech (3-0-1), which has proven at this point in the season to struggle in the first half, but produce winning soccer in the second.

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Ruston starts strong in jamboree win

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Bearcats roar past West Ouachita 20-0 as Wright runs wild
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Ruston High School head coach Brad Laird focused on the starts as his Bearcats played host to West Ouachita in jamboree action Friday night at L.J. “Hoss” Garrett Stadium.
And for the Bearcats, it was mission accomplished in a 20-0 win over the Chiefs.
“The main things I wanted to see was how we would handle coming out of the gate and then how we would handle coming back out to start the second half,” Laird said.

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Kittens scratch out 6-0 victory at Homer

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HOMER -— Grambling Laboratory’s Jerome Hudson scored on a 25-yard breakaway late in the contest to lead the Kittens to a 6-0 jamboree win at Homer Friday night.

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KJ Malone making name for himself at LSU

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KJ Malone is ready to make a name for himself.
Oh, there’s no escaping the fact that he’s the son of the legendary Karl Anthony Malone, he of former NBA fame.
No doubt about it, but that connection will always be a part of his recognition factor.
It’s just that now, two things will help KJ stand apart from his famous father:
• He is playing a different sport.
• He is playing at a different state school.
Which is fine by Karl.

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Owens retires

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Served LPSB for nearly 40 years
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After nearly 40 years of contributing to education, Charles Owens is retiring.
Owens, who serves as the current director of auxiliary servic es at the Lincoln Parish School Board, was honored by friends, family and coworkers at a retirement reception held at the LPSB office on Friday.
Owens, of Grambling, is a U.S. Army veteran and the second-longest serving elected official in Grambling as a Lincoln Parish Police juror from 1983 to 2006.

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