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October 5th, 2015

Budd's Blog: Mike Green grateful for call to Tech Hall of Fame

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 So now that Mike Green is finally in the Louisiana Tech University Athletic Hall of Fame, what are we going to be writing about now?
I offer that completely in jest, but I feel as if I have been orchestrating a political campaign over the last several decades.
Correction: no political race has weathered as many disappointing “No, he didn’t make it” results than Green has with the Tech Hall of Fame.
For whatever reasons, the 6-11 center with the grace of a ballet dancer and a gift for performing jaw-dropping feats couldn’t attract enough votes from the selection committee.

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October 3rd

Bulldogs feast on Cajuns, 43-14

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It was kind of like a Cajun crawfish boil.
Louisiana Tech started off slow Saturday before turning red-hot with 36 unanswered points as the Bulldogs blasted Louisiana-Lafayette 43-14 before 26,910 fans at Joe Aillet Stadium Saturday night.
That marked the fourth-largest crowd in Tech history.
The Ragin’ Cajuns stacked the box to slow Tech’s Kenneth Dixon, limiting the senior running back to a season low 59 yards on 22 carries.
But the Bulldogs countered by letting senior quarterback Jeff Driskel do a bulk of the damage with his arms and his legs.

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Squire Creek is ideal host for USGA event

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Sooner or later, you figured that the Squire Creek Golf and Country Club would host a big-time event featuring an around-the-globe entry list.
Welcome to the 2015 United States Golf Association’s Mid-Amateur Championships.
It’s not like the Tom Fazio-designed course hasn’t already built a reputation for attracting well-known names for various events held over its par-72 and 6,061-yard layout.

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Davison takes early lead at USGA Championships

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CHOUDRANT — Home sweet home.
So it was for Sarah Davison on Saturday at the 29th annual USGA Women’s Mid-Amateur Championships.
Playing on her home course, the 6,010-yard Squire Creek CC, the 35-year old shot an even-par 72 to carry the lead into today’s second tier of stroke play, Davison, a member at Squire Creek Country Club, the host site of the event, shot even-par 72 on the 6,061-yard layout to lead after Saturday’s first round of stroke play.
Ashley Tonore, 38, of Monroe, and Casey Ward, 25, of Canada, trail Davison with scores of 74 each.

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GSU defeats Jackson State

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Jonathan Williams passed for 327 yards and five touchdowns as high-scoring Grambling State defeated Jackson State 59-27 on Saturday night.
Grambling State (3-2, 3-0 Southwestern Athletic) led 28-20 at halftime, but scored 21 unanswered points in the fourth quarter after Jackson State (1-4, 1-2) had closed to 38-27.
Williams threw scoring passes to Brandon Byrdsong, Chris Bazile, Ka’Jandre Domino and Chester Rogers. Martez Carter rushed for 97 yards and a touchdown. Jestin Kelly and Dre’ Fusilier also scored. Marc Orozco added a 29-yard field goal.

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Operation nets 29 arrests

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A four-month undercover operation by the Lincoln Parish Narcotics Enforcement Team has resulted 29 drug-related arrests in September, Sheriff Mike Stone said Friday.
Charges included possession of legend drugs, methamphetamines, cocaine and marijuana, as well as possession of drug paraphernalia and alleged weapons offenses. Legend drugs are those bearing a label stating federal law prohibits their distribution without a prescription.
The roundup targeted suspected mid- to higher-level drug dealers, Stone said.

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Ruston board to consider tax incentive

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Ruston’s Board of Aldermen could rebate $119,000 in sales tax if it endorses Going Yard, LLC’s participation in the Louisiana Enterprise Zone Program.
Going Yard’s request is among items on the agenda for Monday’s monthly board meeting. Aldermen convene at 5:30 p.m. in the courtroom at City Hall.
Also on the agenda:
• A request for permission to seek state capital outlay funding for city transportation projects totaling just over $37 million;

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Car show benefits charity

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More than 50 cars, trucks and motorcycles participated in several activities for charity at the Second Chance Car, Truck and Bike Show at the North Louisiana Exhibition Center.
The show benefits the Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency and will continue today until 3 p.m.
The show’s co-manager, Andy Curry, said Second Chance honors his late son Tommy Curry, who passed away from polycystic kidney disease.

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Ruston holds on to defeat Wossman

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MONROE — Alex Jessemidis’ leg was the difference on a windy Friday night at Wossman High School as the junior kicker led Ruston High School to a 13-7 win over the Wildcats.
Jessemidis’ 50-yard field goal on the final play of the opening half and his 32-yarder with 6:00 remaining was the difference in a game that saw both offenses start strong before turning into a defensive struggle.

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Cedar Creek races to 45-0 win over Ringgold

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It almost felt like a scripted movie Friday night as Cedar Creek went into “Fast and Furious” mode, racing past Ringgold 45-0 at home.
The Cougars didn’t waste any time pulling away, leading 24-0 by the end of the first quarter and 31-0 at halftime.
“That was good to see,” Cedar Creek coach Ben Haddox said. “Our players did a good job of coming out and jumping on Ringgold from the start. That is something we had not done so far this season — jump out on someone in a hurry.”

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