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February 24th, 2018

Aggies fall at Weston

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Choudrant High School senior Trent Pesnell (with ball) and the Aggies fell 64-38 at Weston Friday night in opening round action of the Class B boys prep playoffs.

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Panthers roar past Montgomery

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GRAMBLING — Treun Ford led the Panthers with 23 points Friday night as the seventh-seeded Lincoln Preparatory School blasted Montgomery 66-36 in opening round play of the Louisiana High School Athletics Association Class 1A playoffs at the Frederick C. Hobdy Assembly Center.
Chanse Robinson turned in a double-double for Lincoln Prep with 16 points and 10 rebounds along with five assists and two steals while J’Colby Roberson chipped in with eight points for the Panthers.

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Cougars hold on for playoff win

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Cedar Creek took control early and then held on for a 51-47 win Friday night over University Academy of Louisiana in Louisiana High School Athletics Association Div. IV playoff action at The Brickhouse.
The 14th-seeded Cougars roared out to a 19-9 advantage by the end of the first quarter before 18th-seeded University Academy chipped into that lead in the second stanza to make it 29-24 at intermission in favor of Creek.
Cedar Creek led 36-32 at the end of the third period before holding on through the fourth quarter for the four-point win.

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Diamond ’Dogs defeat SIU-Edwardsville

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The Louisiana Tech baseball team notched its fourth-consecutive victory, and took the second of three meetings against Southern Illinois-Edwardsville by a 4-1 final Saturday afternoon at J.C. Love Field.
Tech (5-2) used another solid start from junior Logan Robbins, who went 5.2 innings, and gave up only five hits while striking out six batters. The Jones County Junior College transfer struck out at least one batter in each of his first four innings of work, and improved to 2-0 on the young season.

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G-Men’s win streak snapped by UAPB

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GRAMBLING — The Grambling State University men’s basketball team saw its 11-game winning streak snapped on Saturday night with a 75-66 loss to Arkansas-Pine Bluff in a Southwestern Athletic Conference game at the Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center.
Nigel Ribeiro paced the Grambling State (15-13 Overall, 11-4 SWAC) offense with 17 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two steals. Shirmane Thomas added 12 points, two rebounds and two assists while Ivy Smith, Jr. chipped in with 11 points, four rebounds, four assists and four steals.

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Techsters ice Blazers, 70-60

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala.— Alexus Malone scored 26 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and Kierra Anthony added 24 points to lead Louisiana Tech to a 70-60 road win over Conference USA league leader Alabama-Birmingham Saturday afternoon at Bartow Arena.
Tech (18-10, 9-6 C-USA) built a 19-point halftime lead, pushed it out to 23 early in the third quarter and then held off a furious UAB (22-5, 11-3) rally for the win.

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A love affair with baseball started early

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Baseball’s here.
Thank goodness.
As much as I enjoyed one of the most exciting NFL and college seasons ever in 2017, it’s time for my favorite sport: baseball.
The love for the national pastime began in equal parts of youth play in Ruston and in South Central Texas.
About those days as a member of the youth teams in which were organized by the Ruston Parks and Recreation Department, I was a “fair to middling” third baseman, but a puny hitter who wanted to declare a holiday when getting on base.

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Abby DeVane: Tale of ‘Beauty and the Bass’

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Abigale DeVane is a 17-year-old high school senior in Plant City, Florida, an honor student maintaining a near perfect grade point average. She is active in her FFA chapter, winning ribbons with her prized steer at an annual festival. She is drop-dead gorgeous with proof shown on page three of her school’s calendar — she was voted “Miss March.”
Abigale, or “Abby” as she is called, will be enrolling in college this fall majoring in Interior Design and with her grades and popularity, could no doubt garner scholarship offers from any number of prestigious universities.

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Peach Contest Winners

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The Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce announced their selection of the 2018 Louisiana Peach Festival T-shirt and poster design winners.
Ivana Flowers, the Chamber’s communications and special events coordinator, said Courtney Self, of Jonesboro, won the T-shirt contest, while Pamela Powers, of Breaux Bridge, won the poster design.
“We had nine posters and 11 T-shirt entries,” Flowers said. “In the past few years, most everything we have gotten has been digital, this year we had different entries. The poster is painted on wooden slates and the T-shirt is drawn.”

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Lake D’Arbonne edges above flood stage

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A rain-swollen Lake D’Arbonne is expected to crest at approximately 84.5 feet late tonight or early Monday.
That means docks at camps in low-lying areas could go underwater, Bayou D’Arbonne Lake Watershed District Commission Cary Brown, of Ruston, said Saturday.
“At 84.5 (feet), it’s kind of borderline minor to moderate flooding in low-lying areas,” he said.
As of deadline Saturday night, the lake was a little more than 83 feet. The normal water level, referred to as pool stage, is 80 feet.

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