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January 16th, 2017

Lady Techsters’ iconic name is alive, well

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Sue Donohoe.
Vickie Johnson.
A Thomas Assembly Center filled with legends on a Saturday afternoon.
Louisiana Tech University’s nationally-prominent basketball program is alive and well.
Forget this fact: it’s been nearly 30 years since the Lady Techsters last won a national championship.
Their once dominant mode of operation across the national landscape has subsided, due to more schools creating a balance of power with increased budgets and an emphasis on the women’s game.

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Tech bowlers finish 13th

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JONESBORO, Ark. —After a weekend of action at the Mid-Winter Classic, hosted by Arkansas State University, the Lady Techsters took home a 13th place finish in the crowded and talented field, while also posting a head-to-head victory over Maryland Eastern Shore who entered the event ranked 10th-nationally.
The Lady Techsters entered Sunday’s bracket play as the 14th seed, but fell to Maryville University in straight-games. With a quick turnaround, Tech rallied against Drury University, winning 4-2, by scores of 165-140, 158-169, 179-189, 186-114, 198-143, 155-142.

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January 14th

Techsters fall to Old Dominion

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Jasmine LeBlanc scored a career-high 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds but for the second time in three years Old Dominion defeated the Lady Techsters on their home floor on Legends Day as the Monarchs prevailed 69-64 Saturday afternoon at the Thomas Assembly Center.
In a game that saw eight lead changes and five ties, Old Dominion (8-9, 3-3 Conference USA) used a 9-0 run over a five minute span covering the end of the third quarter and start of the fourth quarter, marking the third straight year the visiting team has won the match-up between the two programs.

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RHS’ Samuel has super sack stats

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SUPER SAMUEL: Or maybe Terrific Tahj.
By whatever name, this much is clear: Tahj Samuel of Ruston High is a terrific player on defense. Ask all of those teams who had to deal with the junior — yes, junior —this past season.
He had 21 sacks, a number seldom reached by defensive stars on their bio sheets.
But Samuel is no ordinary player. He’s a defensive end with a turbocharged, high-powered engine that also led the Bearcats in tackles, stops for negative losses and quarterback hurries in 2016.

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Lady Techsters honor ’81-’82 legends

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Top photo: The 1981-82 Louisiana Tech basketball team was honored during halftime of Saturday’s game against Old Dominion. Pictured is Tech President Les Guice presenting coach Leon Barmore with his national championship ring as fellow legends Sue Donohoe (second from right), a graduate assistant coach on that team, and Women’s Basketball Hall of Famer Pam Kelly-Flowers look on.

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Tech track and field strong at Texas A&M meet

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Louisiana Tech’s track and field teams wrapped up its first competition of the 2017 season with six top five finishes combined at the Texas A&M Aggie Team Invitational Friday at Gilliam Indoor Stadium in College Station.
Elia Nero led the way for Louisiana Tech with a first-place finish in the women’s 400-meter dash finals with the sophomore posting a time of 56.96 in the event.
Jermey Hicks was the top finisher on the men’s side after finishing in second place in the 60-meter dash finals with a time of 6.86.

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Dunkin’ Dogs power past ODU

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NORFOLK, Va. — Boykins, Bracey and McCree — three names that Old Dominion had no answer for on Saturday evening.
The trio of Bulldogs all scored 15 or more points, leading Louisiana Tech (16-6, 4-1 Conference USA) to an impressive 75-63 win over Old Dominion (11-7, 4-2 C-USA) at the Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Virginia.
“Old Dominion is a program that has had success for many, many years,” said Tech coach Eric Konkol. “We knew this was going to be a challenging game against a really good team.

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GSU women fall at Texas Southern

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HOUSTON — Monisha Neal poured in 19 points and pulled down nine rebounds to lead Grambling State, but that wasn’t enough as the GSU women fell 69-61 to to Texas Southern in Southwestern Athletic Conference action Saturday at H&PE Arena.
GSU led much of the way, outscoring TSU 20-11 in the opening stanza and taking a 34-25 advantage into the locker room at halftime.
But the home team started chipping away at that lead after intermission.
Texas Southern outscored GSU 20-13 in the third quarter, whittling the Grambling lead to 47-45.

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TSU tops G-Men

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Nigel Ribeiro (2) was one of three Grambling State Tigers scoring 12 points Saturday, but that wasn’t enough as the G-Men fell 76-55 at Texas Southern. Irvin Mitchell and Ivy Smith also scored 12 points for the G-Men. GSU (7-11 overall and 2-3 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference) will next play at Prairie View at 7:30 p.m. on Monday.

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Drug-related arrests, charges increase

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Drug-related arrests in Lincoln Parish jumped almost 40 percent from 2015 to 2016, and drug charges increased slightly more than 32 percent over the same time period, figures released Friday by Sheriff Mike Stone show.

Total arrests in 2016 were 394 compared to 283 the prior year. Total charges in 2016 were 885 compared to 669 the year before.

Stone said the statistics reflect increased activity involving methamphetamine and illegal use of prescription drugs, as well as other drug infractions.

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