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January 9th, 2017

Survey results point to Tech pride

The numbers are in and the results don’t surprise us in the least: The majority of Louisiana Tech University first-year students and seniors rate their overall educational experience at the institution as “excellent or good.”
Moreover, a very strong 90 percent of both first-year students and seniors said they “definitely or probably” would pick Louisiana Tech again, if they had to start over in selecting a college or university to attend.
Those are the findings of the recently released National Survey of Student Engagement’s 2016 insights report.

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‘VJ’ perfect fit as Stars’ new head coach as Tech great

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I’ve always had a special place in my collective journalism heart for Vickie Johnson.
She’s consistent as a mail carrier who makes daily runs to her family home in Coushatta.
She can be counted on to make a valuable contribution, evidenced by her two-time All-American accolades and high rankings in a variety of statistical departments at Louisiana Tech University.
She’s the epitome of loyalty. Look at her lengthy WNBA affiliation with the San Antonio Stars.
And now that Stars’ filled resume will continue with her recently being chosen as the team’s head coach.

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January 7th

Fred Dean jersey needs to be retired

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Some things I would like to see happen in the sports world in 2017:
RETIRE FRED’S TECH JERSEY: It’s time to retire another Louisiana Tech University football jersey number.
There’s been two such retirements: Terry Bradshaw’s No. 13 and William Roaf’s No. 71.
Now, how about Fred Dean’s No. 70? He’s got a plethora of impressive credentials as one the greats in program history:
He was an All-American and All-Southland Conference defensive lineman under the late iconic head coach Maxie Lambright.

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Roadrunners upend Dunkin’ Dogs

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Louisiana Tech failed to get the kill when it had a chance Saturday as Texas-San Antonio rallied late to down the Dunkin’ Dogs 69-68 before a crowd of 3,513 at the Thomas Assembly Center.
Tech led 37-27 at the half and by as many as 14 points at 47-33 with 17:01 remaining, but with their feet seemingly on the Roadrunners’ necks, the Bulldogs slipped up.
Tech led by 10 with 7:07 remaining before UTSA began chipping away, slicing and dicing the Tech advantage down to one point at 64-63 on a Gino Littles’ 3-pointer with 2:52 left.

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Techsters fall in C-USA heartbreaker

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SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Texas-San Antonio guard Loryn Goodwin banked home an off-balance, fadeaway 15-footer with 1.1 seconds to play Saturday, lifting the Roadrunners to a 63-61 win over Louisiana Tech at the Convocation Center.
Following a game-tying 22-foot 3-pointer by Kierra Anthony with 10 seconds to play, Goodwin received the inbound pass in the front court, dribbled off an on-ball screen, and found a way to hit the game-winning shot despite a solid defensive effort on the play from the Lady Techsters.

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Grambling women edged by Southern

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GRAMBLING — Failing to finish can be costly in a tight basketball game.
Grambling State’s Lady Tigers found that out the hard way Saturday as they fell to Southern 71-68 at the Frederick C. Hobdy Assembly Center.
Southern held a six-point lead at 59-53 with 8:12 remaining but the Lady Tigers quickly chipped away at that advantage as Monisha Neal hit a pair of free throws followed by a short jumper, and Takerra Parson’s layup with 6:49 left on the clock tied things up at 59-59.

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Jaguars take down G-Men, 87-79

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GRAMBLING — Southern led from start to finish Saturday night as the Jaguars topped Grambling State 87-79 in a Southwestern Athletic Conference showdown at the Frederick C. Hobdy Assembly Center.
Shawn Prudhomme hit on back-to-back 3-pointers to open the game and Southern moved on top 21-7 on a three-point play by Jared Sam early en route to a 44-35 halftime advantage.
Prudhomme hit on 11 of 13 shots from the floor, including five 3-pointers, and totaled 32 points to lead four Jaguars scoring in double figures.

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The Elite Of Lincoln Parish Football Players: 2016

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PRIDE OF LINCOLN PARISH: Bearcats, Cougars, share top honors on latest edition of team
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All three of our Lincoln Parish Prep football teams turned in strong seasons and reached the playoffs with young athletes playing crucial roles, so it’s only fitting that there’s plenty of youth on the All-Parish football team as named annually by the Ruston Daily Leader.
Ruston High School senior wide receiver Carlos Hunt led the Bearcats with 31 receptions for 413 yards and three scores to become the Ruston Daily Leader’s Bert Jones Offensive Player of the Year as well as earning Class 5A All-State honorable mention.

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All-Lincoln Parish Football Team

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The 2016 Ruston Daily Leader All-Lincoln Parish gridiron squad:
OFFENSE
QB-Eric Outley-Ruston-SO
RB-Jessie Sawyer-Ruston-JR
RB-Johlik Madison-Lincoln Prep-JR
RB-Jace Moss-Cedar Creek-JR
WR-Carlos Hunt-Ruston-SR
WR-Donald Johnson-Ruston-JR
TE-Graham Hanes-Ruston-JR
TE-Ray Parker-Ruston-SO
OL-Josh Riggs-Cedar Creek-JR
OL-Josh Colvin-Ruston-SR
OL-Chandler Ford-Ruston-SR
OL-John Skeeles-Cedar Creek-JR
OL-Jake Pipes-Cedar Creek-JR
K-Brandyn Reaser-Ruston-SR
RS-Tahj Atkins-Lincoln Prep-SO
RS-Chandler Hay-Cedar Creek-SO
ATH- Tanner Disotell-Cedar Creek-SR
DEFENSE

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Aldermen to consider bond ordinance

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Meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. Monday

Ruston’s Board of Aldermen is expected to vote Monday on a proposed ordinance that’s the next step in the city’s pursuit of state approval to issue up to $34 million in bonds for local transportation projects.
The ordinance and accompanying public hearing top the agenda for the board’s 5:30 p.m. meeting at City Hall. The meeting is open to the public.
Among other items up for consideration:
• Repairs to two water wells;

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