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April 25th, 2015

Lange honored for academics

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Louisiana Tech’s Victor Lange has consistently led Conference USA on the golf course this season. Now he is also leading the league in the classroom as the junior was named to the C-USA All-Academic Team.
Lange joins Middle Tennessee’s Brett Patterson, Southern Miss’ Drew Kirby, UAB’s Paul Dunne and UTEP’s Martin Simonsen.
The team is selected by vote of the league’s sports information directors and nominees must have a 3.2 cumulative grade point average, be a sophomore in academic standing and have participated in 75 percent of the team’s scheduled tournaments.

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Buddy's Blog: ’Dogs could retain defensive swagger

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Pass-rushing wizard and Heart of Dallas Bowl Most Valuable Player Houston Bates is gone and so are ball-carrier antagonists Tony Johnson and Terrell Pinson.
Ditto for magic-weaving coordinator Manny Diaz.
Uh oh, sounds like trouble ahead for Louisiana Tech University’s defense.
Hold on, not so fast.
Despite such aforementioned losses, the Bulldogs’ defensive unit could follow up its outstanding performance last year, one that played a major role in nine wins, a runner-up finish in the Conference USA title chase and a 35-18 victory over Big 10 member Illinois in the postseason.

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What started out bad took a nice turn

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In last week’s column, several of you have shared my pain as this season’s turkey hunting efforts had gone so bad I had to go back and recall something positive from a prior year. That column was not fun to write; the one this week, however, is.
Turkey season this year has been plagued with wet, windy weather, not ideal conditions for turkeys to gobble and respond to calls. Saturday, April 11 though, was made to order as temperatures were chilly, there was no wind and for the first time in days, skies were clear.

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Stone, Godwin Crappie Master champs

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Ruston along with Union, Claiborne and Jackson Parishes played host to a one-day national qualifier on Lakes D’Arbonne, Caney, and Claiborne on April 18th.
This much anticipated event did not disappoint as 112 anglers from 13 different states reported catching large numbers of crappie daily during pre fishing. A lunchtime media day was held on the new D’Arbonne Pointe, which helped generate much interest for this first time Crappie Masters tournament in Louisiana. Once again, local knowledge played a major role in the outcome.

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Millsap receives Bob Pettit award

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For the fifth straight year and the seventh time in the past eight years, former Louisiana Tech basketball great Paul Millsap has been chosen as the recipient of the Bob Pettit Award for 2015 by the Louisiana Association of Basketball Coaches (LABC).
The award is given annually to the most outstanding professional basketball player from a Louisiana college.

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Capital outlay projects to benefit area

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Money for the development stages of an alternative water supply to the Sparta Aquifer, funds for Ruston’s proposed Tarbutton Road interchange and for a number of projects at Louisiana Tech and Grambling State universities are included in Louisiana’s proposed capital construction bill for the fiscal year that begins July 1.
None of the projects are new, although some have been moved up in the state’s five-tier priority system, Rep. Rob Shadoin, R-Ruston, said.
“The main thing I wanted to check was to make sure some of the money moved from Priority 5 to Priority 1,” he said.

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5k, Family Fun Day a success for autism

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The third annual Hope for Autism 5k and Family Fun day were a success, according to event coordinator Tiffany White.
Parent and event volunteer Brandi Doucet said there were between 450 and 500 attendees for the day.
“We had 290 pre-register for the race,” she said. “And another 60 were walk-ups. But there were even more who just enjoyed the activities.
“We had a couple really big groups come participate.”
In addition to the race there were also vendors set up that passed out information to attendees.

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Top Dawg Named

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RotoRanger was selected first place in the TOP DAWG competition for their innovative new way of bridging the gap to creating an efficient molding machine.
The Louisiana Tech University’s TOP DAWG Idea Pitch and TOP DAWG New Venture Championship, an event each year to encourage students to build innovative products and services that create value in the marketplace, awarded the team a total prize package of $8,000 from Tech’s College of Business. $5,000 to be awarded to first-, second- and third-place teams, and a $1,000 fund from Innovation Enterprise Fund presented to RotoRanger. 

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Garden tour showcases talent

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The Jolis Jardins Garden Tour was held Saturday and with the purchase of a ticket, residents were granted entry into three area gardens, The Garden Market and were provided a complimentary lunch.
Local gardener Jean McWeeney showcased her garden in the tour.
An hour into the event, McWeeney said her garden had already been busy.
“It’s been pretty busy so far,” McWeeney said. “We are going to be here all day and I anticipate a lot of traffic.”
Ruston resident Treba Vallery said this was her first time going to the Garden Tour.

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Walk raises awareness

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Louisiana Tech University students, from left to right, Natalie Perry, Ron Holmes and Jana Asuncion, lead the Out of the Darkness walk to raise suicide awareness Saturday.

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