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March 15th, 2014

Grass fires reported

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At 3:14 p.m. Wednesday at 462 Cooper Road, in Dubach, a brush pile being burned became out of control in an open field. The Lincoln Parish Fire District No. 1 was contacted by forestry for mutual aid.
The scene was cleared at 4:53 p.m. extinguished. The LPFD responded with seven units and 10 personnel. 
At 12:53 p.m. Thursday, LPFD responded to a grass/woods fire at 13795 Louisiana Highway 151, in Arcadia. Five units and 11 responders were on scene. 

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Don Shows loved ‘Hoss,’ Ruston High

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He was a Rebel with a winning cause, but a Bearcat at heart.
Don Shows, who passed away recently, formed a legendary head football coaching career during a 24-year stay at West Monroe High School.
Sixteen district titles, eight state crowns, seven Top 25 national rankings and a plethora of Coach of the Year plaques.
Oh, he had other stops on his nearly 50 years in the profession: in-state schools such as Farmerville, Jonesboro-Hodge and Pineville.

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T-Spoon relieved of duties

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Theresa Weatherspoon out as coach of Lady Techsters
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Louisiana Tech Athletics Director Tommy McClelland announced Saturday night that Lady Techster head basketball coach Teresa Weatherspoon has been relieved of her duties effective immediately.
Weatherspoon was hired in the summer of 2008 as the associate head coach under then head coach Chris Long.
She took over the reins of the program the following February as interim head coach and was then named head coach on April 2, 2009.

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Lions roar away with title

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New Living Word captures Class C boys championship
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LAKE CHARLES — It was three years in making, but the New Living Word Lions are finally kings of Louisiana’s Class C jungle.
After falling in the Class C semifinals the previous two seasons, the Lions roared to a 91-72 win Friday over Sicily Island at Barton Coliseum.
Javier Roper scored 28 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead New Living Word, pouring in 14 points in the second quarter as the Lions (31-8) stretched a nine-point lead into a 47-31 halftime advantage.

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Bulldogs bounced by Tulsa

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Golden Hurricane storms to C-USA Tournament crown
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EL PASO, Texas — The second half was extremely kind to Louisiana Tech during its two wins to advance to the C-USA Championship game.
But on Saturday morning, the second stanza proved costly as the Bulldogs connected on only seven-of-30 from the field.
Add to that a tournament MVP performance by Tulsa’s James Woodard who had a game-high 27 points and it resulted in a 69-60 defeat for the Bulldogs inside the Don Haskins Center.

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Bulldogs begin spring football

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Louisiana Tech opened 2014 spring football practice Friday as the Skip Holtz era officially reached year two.
Holtz and the Tech coaching staff put the Bulldogs through nearly two hours of work to begin the first of 15 spring practices.
The Bulldogs followed Friday’s workout with a closed practice on Saturday. They’re slated to return to the field with an open practice on Monday.

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New QB headed for Tech

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Louisiana Tech could have a new quarterback candidate come fall as Rivals.com reported this week that Cody Sokol, who found himself third in a three-way battle to become Iowa’s quarterback last summer, has transferred become a Bulldog.
The 6-foot-2, 215-pound native of Phoenix never took an official snap for the Hawkeyes after arriving from Scottsdale Community College.
He red-shirted in the 2012 season.
Sokol will have one year of eligibility at Louisiana Tech, which was looking for immediate help at quarterback after a 4-8 season.

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Maton pitches Tech past FAU

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BOCA RATON, Fla. — Phil Maton pitched a complete game and struck out a season-high seven batters to lead Louisiana Tech to a 3-2 league win over Florida Atlantic and tie the series at one game apiece Saturday afternoon at FAU Stadium.
Maton (2-2) earned the win for Tech (7-11, 2-3 C-USA) after pitching the fourth complete game of his career and his first of the 2014 campaign.

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Tech takes College Cup Championship

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LAFAYETTE — The Louisiana Tech soccer team opened up the spring season in impressive fashion as they defeated Nicholls State and host UL-Lafayette on Saturday evening to take the Louisiana College Cup title at Moore Park.
“It was two very tough games and a great achievement when you consider we only started spring practice two days ago,” said head coach Kevin Sherry. “The ladies executed the game plan perfectly and were deserving of the championship.”

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Hadnot ninth at Indoor Championships

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Louisiana Tech sprinter Trey Hadnot ran 20.78 to win his heat but fell just short of advancing to the finals as he finished ninth in the 200m at the 2014 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships Friday evening in Albuquerque, N.M.
At the NCAA Indoor Championships, the top eight times advance to the finals regardless of finish in the individual semifinal round heats.
Hadnot fell just short of advancing, missing the finals by one-hundredth (0.01) of a second.

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